4 free fun things to do in Burlington and Oakville
Burlington-Oakville has become a popular hotspot for first-time home buyers and those looking for larger, luxurious lots near a stunning waterfront. They’re safe, family-oriented cities just a quick Go Train away from downtown Toronto.
Either city is great for those looking for the perfect mix of a city/suburban/small town life, with home prices far cheaper than Toronto, but still more upmarket than the surrounding region. Currently, Burlington homes for sale go for just under $800,000, while Oakville homes for sale go for just under $1 million.
If you do decide to take the plunge and move there, or just want to check it out to see what’s happening, here’s our recommendations for four free fun things to do:
Bronte Creek’s Annual Maple Syrup Festival in Oakville
Check out this heritage festival, where staff will be dressed up in historical attire to guide you through the history of maple syrup making. Enjoy delicious pancakes, maple candy, wagon rides, farm animal and tours. (The festival is included in the park daily vehicle access fee.)
Belong Oakville — Open Doors event
The Oakville Community Foundation hosts an annual open doors event, where various businesses throughout the city provide one-day only free activities. Vendors range from Coder’s Nucleus which provides free kid’s coding classes, the Joshua Creek Heritage Arts centre who holds an exhibit showcasing artists with special needs, and the Oakville Library which hosts family storytime.
Hike the Bruce Trail
With 900 km of main trail, and 400 km of side trails, you can visit the Bruce trail a dozen times and still see something different! Although the Bruce Trail winds through various cities along the Niagara escarpment, start in Kerncliff Park in Burlington and check out a 200-year-old oak tree that was alive before the city was founded!
Art Gallery of Burlington
Get your culture on for free - this art gallery offers free admission every day of the week! Besides rotating exhibits, they always display the largest comprehensive collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world, totaling over 2300 works, ranging from the highly functional to sculptural installations.
There’s lots more fun to be discovered in Burlington-Oakville!