Mission Accomplished: 100 Burlington Adventures in 2013

We did it! Last year, I challenged my family to experience 100 adventures in Burlington by the end of 2013. Along the way, we captured the imagination of the city gaining over 6000 fans on Facebook and Twitter as residents followed our journey as tourists in our own town.

To learn more about our mission, see the articles written by the Burlington Post and B City Magazine.

I’ve included a summary of our 100 adventures below along with links to the individual blog posts and photo galleries as posted throughout the year.

Adventure #1: Burlington New Year’s Celebrations

January 1, 2013 – Tansley Woods Community Centre
Story & Photos: 13 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Burlington


Adventure #2: Tim Hortons Free Holiday Skate

January 5, 2013 – Appleby Ice Centre
Story & Photos: Rediscover the Fun of a Public Skate Date


Adventure #3: Library Speaker, The Gibbons of Thailand

January 10, 2013 – Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

Story & Photos: Get Smart at a Library Special Speaker Event


Adventure #4: Downtown Burlington Heritage Tour

January 12, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Story & Photos: Tour the Heritage Homes of Burlington’s Early Settlers


Adventure #5: Magnetic Hill

January 13, 2013 – King Road (Near Bayview Park)
Story & Photos: Roll Your Car UP Burlington’s Magnetic Hill


Adventure #6: Paws 4 Stories

January 23, 2013 – Burlington Public Library, Tansley Woods Branch


Adventure #7: Crock a Doodle: Pottery Painting Studios

January 24, 2013 – Walkers Line & Dundas
Story & Photos: Paint and Play Together at Crock A Doodle


Adventure #8: Skating and Tobogganing at Bronte Creek Park

January 26, 2013: Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Story & Photos: Go Gliding on Snow & Ice at Bronte Creek Prov Park


Adventure #9: Lowville Winter Games

January 27, 2013: Lowville Park
Story & Photos: Embrace the Chills of the Lowville Winter Games


Adventure #10: Burlington Heritage Fair

February 2, 2013 – Burlington Public Library, Central Branch
Story & Photos: Come to the Fair for a Celebration of Heritage


Adventure #11: RBG Winter Exhibit: Battle of the Titans

February 3, 2013 – Royal Botanical Gardens
Story & Photos: Roar with the Dinosaurs at the Royal Botanical Gardens


Adventure #12: Snowshoeing on the River & Ruin Trail

February 9, 2013 – Bruce Trail, River & Ruin Side Trail
Story & Photos: Make Tracks on the River and Ruin Trail


Adventure #13: Valentines Day Cookie & Cupcake Decorating

February 10, 2013 – MollyCake & Fortinos
Story & Photos: Dig Into Decorating Seasonal Sweets


Adventure #14: Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf and a Movie

February 16, 2013 – Putting Edge Mini Golf & SilverCity
Story & Photos: Make a Double Date with Mini Golf and a Movie


Adventure #15: YMCA Open House

February 18, 2013 – Ron Edwards Family YMCA
Story & Photos: It’s Fun to Play at the YMCA


Adventure #16: Burlington Harlem Shake

February 18, 2013 – Burlington Civic Square
Video on YouTube: Harlem Shake in Burlington Downtown’s Civic Square


Adventure #17: TERRA at Home Winter Market

February 23, 2013 – Terra Greenhouses
Story & Photos: Warm Up Your Winter at Burlington’s Indoor Market


Adventure #18: Burlington Women’s Show

February 24, 2013 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Story & Photos: Hit the Runway at the Burlington Women’s Show


Adventure #19: Bronte Creek Maple Syrup Festival

March 3, 2013 – Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Story & Photos: March Into Maple Syrup Month


Adventure #20: Family Theatre Series

March 8 & 14, 2013 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Story & Photos: Step Out to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre


Adventure #21: IKEA $1 Breakfast and Ball Crawl

March 10, 2013 – IKEA Burlington
Story & Photos: Eat Cheap and Have a Ball at IKEA


Adventure #22: Walker’s Chocolates Factory Tour

March 16, 2013 – Walker’s Chocolates
Story & Photos: Hop On Down to the Walker’s Chocolates Factory Tour


Adventure #23: St. Patricks Day Family Friendly Pub Crawl

March 17, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Story & Photos: Go Green on a St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl


Adventure #24: Burlington Chocolate Trail

March 23, 2013 – Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: Take a Trip on the Burlington Chocolate Trail


Adventure #25: Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event

March 24, 2013 – Ireland House Museum at Oakridge Farm
Story & Photos: Hunt for Sp’egg’tacular Eggs at Ireland House Museum


Adventure #26: Bowling

March 24, 2013 – Burlington Bowl
Story & Photos: Bowl ’em Over at Burlington Bowl


Adventure #27: Springridge Farm Easter Festival

March 29, 2013 – Springridge Farm & Black Bull British Pub
Story & Photos: Have a Farmyard ‘n Fish Fry Good Friday


Adventure #28: RBG Hendrie Valley

April 6, 2013 – Royal Botanical Gardens
Story & Photos: Feed the Birds and Hunt for Treasure in Hendrie Valley


Adventure #29: Earth Day – Clean Up Green Up

April 20, 2013 – Beachway Park & City Hall
Story & Photos: Clean Up and Green Up for Earth Day


Adventure #30: Indoor Rock Climbing

April 21, 2013 – Climber’s Rock
Story & Photos: Climb the Highest Heights at Climber’s Rock


Adventure #31: Burlington Teen Tour Band Spring Concert

April 21, 2013 – Music Centre & Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Story & Photos: Strike Up a Chord with the Burlington Teen Tour Band


Adventure #32: Splatter Painting

April 24, 2013 – 4Cats Burlington
Story & Photos: Splatter Paint Like Pollock at 4Cats Burlington


Adventure #33: Burlington’s Best Parks

April 26, 2013 – Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: Swing Into Some of Burlington’s Best Parks


Adventure #34: Geo-caching

May 3, 2013 – Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: Play High-Tech Hide ‘n Seek


Adventure #35: Mini Golf

May 5, 2013 – Within Range Golf Centres


Adventure #36: Burlington’s Best Awards – Keynote Speaker

May 9, 2013 – Burlington Convention Centre
Video: On YouTube


Adventure #37: Discover Tulips Festival

May 11, 2013 – Royal Botanical Gardens
Story & Photos: Tiptoe Through the Tulips in the RBG Rock Garden


Adventure #38: Burlington Mall Farmers Market

May 18, 2013 – Burlington Mall
Story & Photos: Find it Fresh at the Burlington Mall Farmer’s Market


Adventure #39: Spring Time on the Farm

May 20, 2013 – Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Story & Photos: Celebrate Spring Time on the Farm at Bronte Creek


Adventure #40: Lids 4 Kids

May 25, 2013 – Burlington Mall
Story & Photos: Saddle Up in the Lids 4 Kids Bike Rodeo


Adventure #41: Touch A Truck

May 25, 2013 – Roads & Parks Maintenance Yard / Transit Operations
Story & Photos: Touch-a-Truck and Take a Transit Tour


Adventure #42: Mount Nemo Day

May 25, 2013 – Mount Nemo Conservation Area
Story & Photos: Escape to the Edge of the Escarpment on Mount Nemo


Adventure #43: Burlington Humane Society Arf-mazing Race

May 26, 2013 – Spencer Smith Park
Story & Photos: Set Off on the Arf-Mazing Race


Adventure #44: Burlington Kite Festival

June 2, 2013 – Brant Hills Community Park
Story & Photos: Soar Sky High at the Burlington Kite Festival


Adventure #45: Burlington Model Railway Club Open House

June 8, 2013 – Hidden Valley Park
Story & Photos: Exposing the Secret Railway Community of Hidden Valley


Adventure #46: Bronte Creek Family Fun Day

June 8, 2013 – Lowville Park
Story & Photos: Cast a Line on Bronte Creek Family Fun Day


Adventure #47: Kaleidoscope of the Arts

June 8, 2013 – Burlington Art Centre
Story & Photos: Set Your Sights on a Kaleidoscope of the Arts


Adventure #48: Car Free Sundays

June 9, 2013 – Appleby Line
Story & Photos: Go Free-Wheeling on Car Free Sundays


Adventure #49: Brant Street Pier Grand Opening

June 15, 2013 – Spencer Smith Park


Adventure #50: Sound of Music Festival

June 13-16, 2013 – Spencer Smith Park & Downtown Burlington
Story & Photos: Welcome Summer with the Sound of Music


Adventure #51: Strawberry Picking

June 19, 2013 – Uncle Scott’s Farm
Story & Photos: Pick Your Own Strawberries, Sweet and Juicy


Adventure #52: Tent Camping

June 21, 2013 – Bronte Creek Provincial Park


Adventure #53: Saturdays in the Square & Fit in the Core

June 22, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Story & Photos: Enjoy the Good Life in Downtown Burlington


Adventure #54: Tri Kids Triathlon

June 23, 2013 – Nelson Park & Pool
Story & Photos: Swim, Bike & Run in the Tri Kids Triathlon


Adventure #55: A Taste of Burlington

June 25, 2013 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Story & Photos: Eat Like Royalty at the Taste of Burlington


Adventure #56: Strawberry Social

July 1, 2013 – Joseph Brant Museum
Story & Photos: Savour Summer at the Strawberry Social


Adventure #57: Canada Day Celebrations

July 1, 2013 – Spencer Smith Park
Story & Photos: Show Off Your Patriotic Pride on Canada Day


Adventure #58: Burlington Beach

July 6, 2013 – Beachway Park
Story & Photos: How Did Burlington Beach Become the Best? Find Out.


Adventure #59: Chefs Around the Block

July 7, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Story & Photos: Why ‘Chefs Around the Block’ is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread


Adventure #60: Concerts in the Park

July 7, 2013 – Central Park / Burlington Music Centre
Story & Photos: Concerts in the Park: A Senior’s Secret No More


Adventure #61: Biggest Little Night (BLN)

July 11, 2013 – Brant Hills Community Centre


Adventure #62: Movies Under the Stars

July 11, 2013 – Parks Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: The Evolution of Watching Movies Under the Stars


Adventure #63: Progressive Picnic in the Park

July 12, 2013 – Parks Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: The Only Burlington Picnic Resource You Will Ever Need


Adventure #64: Burlington Transit Cupcake Crawl

July 12, 2013 – Cupcake Stores Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: Our Crazy Cupcake Roadtrip Aboard Burlington Transit


Adventure #65: Centennial Bikeway Border-to-Border Bike Ride

July 20, 2013 – Across Burlington
Story & Photos: How to Bike Across Burlington the Easy Way


Adventure #66: Mountainside Splash Park & Burlington Splash Pads

July 20, 2013 – Parks Throughout Burlington


Adventure #67: Burlington Bandits Game – Throwing the First Pitch

August 1, 2013 – Nelson Park
Story & Photos: If You Love Summer, You’ll Love Burlington Bandits Baseball


Adventure #68: Garden Music Nights

August 2, 2013 – Royal Botanical Gardens – Hendrie Park
Story & Photos: 18 Ways ‘Garden Music Nights’ Will Soothe Your Soul


Adventure #69: Joseph Brant Day

August 5, 2013 – LaSalle Park


Adventure #70: Lakeside a la Carte

August 11, 2013 – Spencer Smith Park
Story & Photos: Why ‘Lakeside a La Carte’ is the Ultimate Summer Party


Adventure #71: Discover Sandcastles Festival

August 17, 2013 – Beachway Park
Story & Photos: Mr Burlington’s Guide to Sensational Sandcastles


Adventure #72: Burlington Children’s Festival

August 18, 2013 – Spencer Smith

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Adventure #73: Marques d’Elegance

August 25, 2013 – Brant Street & Paletta Mansion
Story & Photos: 14 Supercar Weekend Photos That Will Make You Say ‘Wow’


Adventure #74: Teddy Bear Picnic

September 1, 2013 – Royal Botanical Gardens – The Laking Garden
Story & Photos: 25 Things That Happened at the RBG Teddy Bear Picnic


Adventure #75: Canada’s Largest Ribfest

September 2, 2013 – Spencer Smith Park
Story & Photos: Ribfest Ribs Revealed: How to Pick the Best


Adventure #76: British Car Day

September 15, 2013 – Bronte Creek Provincial Park


Adventure #77: Doors Open Burlington

September 28, 2013 – Around Burlington


Adventure #78: Applefest Fall Fair

September 29, 2013 – Ireland House Museum at Oakridge Farm
Story & Photos: 12 Sights Our Scarecrow Saw at Applefest


Adventure #79: Apple Picking

September 29, 2013 – Frootogo Orchards
Story & Photos: Pick Your Own Apples, Fresh From the Tree


Adventure #80: Springridge Farm Harvest Festival

October 5, 2013 – Springridge Farm
Story & Photos: Embrace Autumn at the Springridge Farm Harvest Festival


Adventure #81: Bruce Trail Day

October 12, 2013 – Bruce Trail – King Side Trail
Story & Photos: Take a Hike on Bruce Trail Day


Adventure #82: Fall Into Nature, Crawford Lake

October 14, 2013 – Crawford Lake
Story & Photos: On Facebook


Adventure #83: Fall Into Nature, Mountsberg

October 20, 2013 – Mountsberg Conservation Area
Story & Photos: Fall Into Nature at Mountsberg Conservation Area


Adventure #84: Pick Your Own Pumpkins

October 23, 2013 – Hutchinson Farm
Story & Photos: Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Hutchinson Farm


Adventure #85: Treats in Our Streets

October 26, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Story & Photos: Collect Some Tasty Treats in our Streets


Adventure #86: Tansley Woods Spooky Splash

October 26, 2013 – Tansley Woods Community Centre
Story & Photos: Scare Up Your Courage at the Tansley Woods Spooky Splash


Adventure #87: Halloween Hike for Heart

October 27, 2013 – Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Story & Photos: Stretch Your Legs in the Halloween Hike for Heart


Adventure #88: Halloween Spooky Haunts Tour

October 27, 2013 – Throughout Burlington
Story & Photos: Embark on a Halloween Haunted House Tour


Adventure #89: Mapleview Safe Trick or Treat

October 28, 2013 – Mapleview Mall


Adventure #90: Burlington Ghost Walks

November 2, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Photo Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #91: Holiday House Tour of Distinctive Homes

November 9, 2013 – Across Burlington
Photo Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #92: Mayor’s Gala

November 9, 2013 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Photo Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #93: Remembrance Day

November 11, 2013 – Downtown Burlington
Photo Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #94: Santa Arrives in Burlington

November 16, 2013 – Burlington Mall
Photos Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #95: Holiday Bazaars Across Burlington

November – Schools and Churches Across Burlington


Adventure #96: Holiday Traditions

November 17, 2013 – Royal Botanical Gardens
Photo Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #97: An Old-Fashioned Christmas

November 17, 2013 – Ireland House Museum at Oakridge Farm
Photo Gallery: On Facebook


Adventure #98: Theatre Burlington Annual Children’s Show (Jack and the Beanstalk)

November 24, 2013 – Burlington Drama Centre


Adventure #99: Downtown Burlington Candlelight Stroll

November 29, 2013 – Downtown Burlington


Adventure #100: Burlington Santa Claus Parade

December 1, 2013 – Brant Street


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