How to Bike Across Burlington the Easy Way

Adventure #64.

Did you know that it’s possible to cycle across our entire city almost entirely off-road? And I’m not talking about dirt trails.

There’s a wide, paved path that runs from Burloak Drive at the Oakville border all the way into the downtown core. At Spencer Smith Park, you can then connect with the Waterfront Trail to bike over to the canal at the Hamilton border and beyond into Niagara.

I wanted to make a family adventure out of this but knew it would take careful planning. We incorporated some stops at local attractions along the way to provide breaks and make the journey more fun for the kids. We also positioned a car at the halfway point so that mom and the toddler could head home early for nap time.

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Mr Burlington's Guide to Sensational Sandcastles

Adventure #60.

The Discover Sandcastles Festival is day-one of the 22nd annual Children’s Festival. This year, it was all about the big top

as the circus came to town!

Discover Sandcastles was founded in 2007 to increase awareness and visitation to the Burlington Beachway. This beautiful, natural sand beach on the shores of Lake Ontario used to be a well-kept secret but, in recent years, many more area residents have come to know this local gem. We first discovered the majesty of Burlington Beach in Adventure #52.

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18 Ways 'Garden Music Nights' Will Soothe Your Soul

Adventure #59.

When you think of museums in Burlington, perhaps only two come to mind. There’s Joseph Brant House and there’s Ireland House, right?

Well, add Hendrie Park at the Royal Botanical Gardens to the list too. It’s much more than just a park — it’s a living museum, filled with nature’s treasures.

This living plant museum not only contains 18 different gardens but also hosts two Garden Music Nights each week throughout the summer. Tuesday is Country Music Night and Wednesday night features Red-Hot Jazz and Cool Blues.

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If You Love Summer, You'll Love Burlington Bandits Baseball

Adventure #58.

Could anything go together better than summer and baseball in Burlington? If you ask some residents, they’ll tell you “no way!” But others will scratch their heads asking, “there’s professional baseball in Burlington?”

It’s true, there is! I often talk about Burlington’s best-kept secrets and the Burlington Bandits is one of them.

Mr Burlington was invited to come by to check out one of their home games and to throw the first pitch. What an honour!

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Our Crazy Cupcake Roadtrip Aboard Burlington Transit

Adventure #57.

I have a confession to make. In over a decade of living in Burlington, our family has never before boarded a Burlington Transit bus.

That is, until this summer, when 7-year old Jr Burlington suggested Burlington Transit as one of our 100 Burlington adventures in 2013. As we all know, children offer a wholly unique perspective on the world. “It’s just like the buses we like riding at Disney World, Dad!”

He had a point. So why not enjoy a fun bus ride here at home?

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Top 10 Things to Do in Burlington on Civic Holiday Weekend

1. Joseph Brant Day Festival

Monday, August 5 | 10am-5pm | LaSalle Park

Museums of Burlington Heritage Festival featuring the M.M. Robinson High School Drum Line, First Nations Hoop Dancing, drum circle, militia drilling demonstrations, historic re-enactors bringing history to life.

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Read about our Museums of Burlington adventures: #51, #21 and #6

2. A Taste of Burlington

Through Monday, August 5 | Throughout Burlington

Experience the eclectic styles and flavours of the world, as Burlington’s finest restaurants offer prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner options. Twenty five restaurants, $15 or $20 lunch, $30, $35 or $40 dinner.

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Read about our A Taste of Burlington adventures: #54 and #48

3. Magic and Mischief: An Enchanted Garden Weekend

Saturday, August 3 – Monday, August 5 | 11am-4pm | Royal Botanical Gardens, Hendrie Park

A weekend of magic and mischief! Face painting, Fairy Tales, Tree Medallions, The Wishing Pond, Fairy Gardening, Mystic Forest Journey and much more.

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Read about our Royal Botanical Gardens adventures: #27, #25 and #10

4. Trout Unlimited On Location

Saturday, August 3 | 1pm-3pm | Lowville Park

Each week (through August 24) is one of the following activities – Fishy escapades, Fishy Art, Crayfish Craze, Crazy Casting, Amazing Aquatic Bugs

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Read about our Lowville Park adventures: #40, #55 and #5

5. Concerts in the Park

Sunday, August 4 | 2-3:30pm & 7:30-9pm | Spencer Smith Park Gazebo & Central Park Bandshell

Acoustically Yours plays at the Spencer Smith Park gazebo in the afternoon with the Hamilton Concert Band at the Central Park Bandshell in the evening

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Read about our Concerts in the Park adventure: #56

6. Burlington Downtown – Saturdays in the Square & Fit in the Core

Saturday, August 3 – 11am-2pm / Sunday, August 4 – 10am-11am | Burlington Civic Square

For music lovers and those who just enjoy getting outside, Saturdays in the Square is a summer long free outdoor music series hosted in Civic Square. The Steady Rebels play on Saturday.

From May to August, come by Civic Square in front of City Hall for Fit in the Core, an open air fitness session every Sunday in Downtown Burlington — free of charge. Brass Bombshells presents Chairfit on Sunday.

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Read about our Burlington Downtown adventures: #46, #54 and #23

7. Bronte Creek Park Ghost Walks

Sunday, August 4 | 7:30pm-9pm | Bronte Creek Provincial Park (Day Use Area)

Discover the supernatural side of Spruce Lane Farm; listen to personal accounts from costumed guides as we tour through our century old buildings by lamplight.

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Read about our Bronte Creek Provincial Park adventures: #33 and #7

8. Beachway Park and Burlington Beach

All summer long | Beachway Park

Burlington Beach Rentals offers beach spots, paddle boats and stand up paddle boards

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Read about our Beachway Park adventures: #52 and #24

9. Back to Nature Walks & Hiking

Sunday, August 4 – 10am | Hendrie Valley

Every walk is a different adventure. Led by an RBG volunteer. 1.5-2 hours in length. Meet at Cherry Hill Gate parking lot. Also try Mount Nemo or Hiking on the Bruce Trail (our favourite River & Ruin Trail is at Britannia and Blind Line, find a map at EveryTrail.com)

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Read about our Hiking adventures: #25, #38, #31, and #9

10. Parks: Picnics & Swimming

All summer long | Throughout Burlington

Great picnic parks include Lowville and Hidden

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Valley Parks. Pools & splash: Nelson pool, Mountainside pool and splash park, LaSalle wading pool and splash pad, Dofasco Waterjet Plaza, Bronte Creek 1 acre lake pool

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Read about our Burlington Parks adventures: #55 and #31

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Concerts in the Park: A Senior's Secret No More

Adventure #56.

Located next to Central Library on New Street, the Burlington Music Centre is a pretty special place.

It’s home to the Burlington Teen Tour Band (as we showcased in Adventure #26) and also provides a place for a bunch of other local bands to practice. Music lessons are offered here too as part of the largest municipally-run music program in the country.

The part of the Music Centre that most Burlington residents are familiar with, however, is its bandshell that rises from the rear of the building.

Recently repainted and refurbished, this fantastic asset to our city hosts approximately twenty band concerts every summer on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.

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The Only Burlington Picnic Resource You Will Ever Need

Adventure #55.

Nothing says summer like a picnic in the park. Sandwiches, lemonade and watermelon, all set on a colourful table cloth make for the quintessential summer combination.

After touring some

of Burlington’s best parks back in the spring (on Adventure #31), we wanted to discover even more.

I thought it would be fun to do a “progressive picnic” in which we’d eat successive courses of our meal at different parks across Burlington.

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Why 'Chefs Around the Block' is the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Adventure #54.

Have you ever had restaurant envy? The feeling that everyone else is wining and dining at the best restaurants in the city but you just can’t keep up?

We’ve had it, as have other parents I imagine. It cialis where to buy can be hard to maximum dose of viagra find both a sitter and the budget to dine at all those restaurants that people are raving about.

When I heard about the new Chefs Around the Block event, I knew this was our chance to dine at five of Burlington’s Best restaurants for the price of one — all in one day.

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The Evolution of Watching Movies Under the Stars

Adventure #53.

“Kids these days have it all,” or so the saying goes. But there’s one summer tradition that many kids are missing.

There was a time when hot summer nights were spent under the stars, watching a movie at the Drive-in. Accompanied by a bucket of popcorn in one hand and a fist full of candy in the other, a kid could watch the big screen from a blanket on the grass, the hood of a car or curled up in the passenger seat.

Today, the Drive-in theatre is all but a distant memory with only a handful left in Southern Ontario. Thankfully, we have the Movies Under the Stars series here in Burlington to fill the void.

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