Burlington is a city for everyone. It was ranked the #1 mid-sized city in Canada, the #1 city in Canada for new immigrants and the fourth best city in which to retire, according to MoneySense magazine.
Population: 175, 779 people (as of 2011)
Wondering what to do in Burlington?
Spencer Smith Park, named after a former president of the Horticultural Society is located on the shore of Lake Ontario, in Burlington’s downtown. It is home to the Sound of Music Festival as well as Canada’s Largest Ribfest. It has a small beach and plenty of great walking paths along Lake Ontario.
Spencer’s at the Waterfront Restaurant is a two hundred plus seat restaurant with a large patio entirely made of glass, offering beautiful views of Lake Ontario and Lakeshore Road. The Centennial Pond nestled right beneath Spencer’s features ice skating in the winter months, and is used as a model sailboat pond in the summer. The Dofasco Waterjet plaza also opened in late July 2006 and offers a water play area for children with jets spraying water in the air, as well as a refreshed playground.
Along the walking path, across from the water, there is a Navy Memorial which recognizes the Canadian seamen that served in the Second World War. “Royal Canadian Naval Association Naval Memorial (1995)” by André Gauthier is a 6’4” high cast bronze statue of a WWII Canadian sailor in the position of attention saluting his lost shipmates, which was erected in Spencer Smith Park. The model for the statue was a local Sea Cadet wearing Mike Vencel’s naval service uniform. On the black granite base, you will find respectfully engraved the names of Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Merchant Navy ships which sunk during WWII.
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