The City of Burlington is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario between Hamilton and Toronto at the west end of the Greater Toronto Area. It is roughly at the centre of the urban corridor known as the Golden Horseshoe. Burlington is a growing city with a population of approximately 165,000.
Major transportation corridors through the city include the QEW, Hwy 403, Hwy 407, and Dundas St. (former Highway 5). Commuter and travel rail service is provided by both GO Transit and VIA Rail. Burlington Transit manages the local bus system.
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There is much to enjoy for the residents. There are 75 parks within the city, including Lasalle Park in Aldershot and Spencer Smith Park located by the lake. Kerncliff Park is a naturalized area on the lip of the Niagara Escarpment with the Bruce Trail running through the park. The Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment offer some of the best hiking in the world. Other scenic routes include the Waterfront Trail that runs along the northern shore of Lake Ontario. Mount Nemo Conservation area is operated by the Halton Region Conservation Authority.
Burlington is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens shared with Hamilton. The Burlington Art Centre shows various exhibits throughout the year from local to national talent, and holds the world's largest collection of Contemporary Canadian Ceramics. Historical enthusiasts will enjoy the Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House at Oakridge Farm, a history museum that depicts family life from the 1850s to the 1920s. The Burlington Performing Arts Centre located in the downtown core opened in fall 2011. Burlington also offers four indoor and two outdoor pools, four splash pads, nine ice pads, six community centres and nine golf courses.
Some of the more well-attended events include Canada's Largest Ribfest and the Sound of Music Festival.
Larger shopping centres include:
- Appleby Mall - a mall located at Appleby Line and New Street
- Burlington Mall - a one-storey mall at Guelph Line and Fairview Street
- Mapleview Centre - located by the QEW and Fairview Street
- Millcroft Shopping Centre - an outdoor mall located at Appleby Line and Upper Middle Road
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