Burlington is situated west of Toronto, Mississauga, and Oakville, and to the east of Hamilton. Mainly suburban in character, the city has pockets of old, village style neighbourhoods that have kept their historic charm. Stately homes line the Lakeshore, and many of the streets feature a canopy of old-growth hardwood trees. These are shady and cool in the summer, and offer spectacular colour through the fall. People living in Burlington enjoy the quietness of the suburban lifestyle, but when they choose, they have access to two major urban centers.
As with the other cities in the province, Burlington offers two publicly funded streams for primary and secondary schooling. The city is situated between Hamilton and Oakville, offering easy access to Sheridan College and McMaster University – both of which enjoy stellar reputations for the quality of their programming. As with Oakville, the commute to Toronto or Hamilton via the GO train, or by car via the major highways is convenient and speedy.
Burlington is proud of its green city heritage, with more than 1,436 acres of parkland and a quality of life second to none. In 2013, MoneySense Magazine rated Burlington the #1 mid-sized city in Canada to live. Burlington offers 4 indoor and 2 outdoor pools, 3 splash pads, 12 ice pads, 6 community centres, and 9 local golf courses. It offers some of the best hiking in the world on the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve. The Waterfront Trail – part of the Niagara-on-the-Lake to Québec border trail – skirts the shores of Lake Ontario and Burlington Bay/Hamilton Harbour. The cream-coloured sandy beaches and tepid waters at Beachway Park make hot summer days a welcomed event. Burlington Beach is also a busy destination.