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Overview of Burlington, Ontario, Canada

The city of Burlington, Ontario, has a total population of 164,415, a total area of 187 km² and a population density of 806.6/km². Burlington is located in the Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario, in the Halton region, and on Lake Ontario. The city is one of Canada's fastest growing communities, and is home to many beautiful suburban housing areas, extensive parkland, many local heritage museums, many exciting annual events, and has many successful public elementary and secondary schools as well as catholic schools.

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  • Population: 164 415(2006)
  • Population Density: 885.2/km²
  • Area: 185.75 km²
  • Latitude: 43º 19` N
  • Longitude: 79º 47` W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 200 MSL
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Burlington, Ontario

The region of modern Burlington, Ontario, was deeded in 1978 to Chief Joseph Brant, and settlement subsequently began. Wellington Square and Port Nelson became incorporated into the Burlington settlement in 1874, and the communities thus became an official village. The Village of Burlington grew to town status in 1915 and city status in 1974.

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Burlington's Demographics

In mid-2006, the city of Burlington, Ontario, had a population of 164,415 people, with children under five representing 5.7% of the population and residents 65 and older representing 15.4% of the population. The average age was 40.3, with 48% male and 52% female. The majority of Burlington's population, 91.9%, is Caucasian, mostly Irish, Scottish, German and English. Roughly 80% of Burlington's residents declared themselves as Christian in the 2001 census.

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Burlington's Climate

Burlington has a climate that is highly affected by the city's close proximity to Lake Ontario. Burlington has an average annual rainfall of 76.2 mm and an average annual snowfall of 31.2 cm. The city also has an average July temperature of 22 degrees Celsius and an average January temperature of -4.5 degrees Celsius. Burlington thus has relatively warm and muggy summers followed by cold and windy winters.

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Education in Burlington, Ontario

Ontario's Burlington has elementary and secondary schools that are part of the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board. The public high schools in Burlington are Aldershot, Burlington Central, Gary Allen, Lester B. Pearson, M.M. Robinson, Nelson and Robert Bateman. The Catholic high schools in the city are Assumption and Notre Dame. There is also work under way to bring a campus from McMaster University into Burlington.

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Transportation around Burlington, Ontario

The city of Burlington, Ontario, is served by the Burlington Transit bus system, taxi services, the VIA Rail and GO Transit railway services, and numerous major Ontario highways including the Queen Elizabeth Way, Highway 403, Highway 401 and Dundas Street. Burlington is also in close proximity to Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

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Tourism and Attractions of Burlington

Burlington, Ontario, is home to many tourist attractions, such as the Royal Botanical Gardens, 75 parks and 800 acres of parkland within the city, the Burlington Art Centre, the Joseph Brant Museum, Ireland House Museum, The City Hall War Monument, the Halton Region Museum, the Halton County Radial Railway, Mount Nemo Conservation Area and the city's many annual exciting events.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Burlington
  • Burlington Beach
  • Carlisle
  • Waterdown
  • Tansley
  • Zimmerman
  • Lowville
  • Mt. Nemo
  • Kilbride
  • Flamboro Centre
  • Aldershot

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Geography of Burlington, Ontario

The city of Burlington is located in Southeast Ontario on Lake Ontario. To the east of the city is Oakville, to the north is Campbellville and Milton, and Hamilton lies to the west and south.

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Burlington's Government

Burlington, Ontario, is governed by a city council consisting of Mayor Cam Jackson and six ward representatives – Rick Craven, Peter Thoem, Jack Dennison, Rick Goldring, John Taylor and Carol D'Amelio. Mike Wallace of the Conservative party is the Member of Parliament for the city, and Progressive Conservative Joyce Savoline represents the city in the Canadian House of Commons.

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Burlington's Economy and Industry

Burlington's economy is not dominated by any single employer or sector. Burlington's economic strength is the diversity of its economic base, mainly achieved because of its geography, proximity to large industries in southern Ontario (Canada's largest consumer market), its relationship to the Greater Toronto Area market and Hamilton, and its transportation infrastructure. The city has a robust economy with potential for future growth - it is located at the hub of the Golden Horseshoe, and is largely driven by both the automotive and financial sectors. It's leading industrial sectors, in terms of employment, are food processing, packaging, electronics, motor vehicle/transportation, business services, chemical/pharmaceutical and environmental.

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Burlington's Culture and Significant Events

Burlington's heritage is preserved in the cities many museums and monuments, including the Joseph Brant Museum, Ireland House Museum, the City Hall War Monument and the Halton Region Museum. Burlington, Ontario, is also home to many annual events, such as the Sound of Music Festival, Rotary Ribfest, the Spring Craft Fair, the Burlington Teen Tour band, the Music in the Park festival, Joseph Brant Day, Autumn Art Market, Harvest Festival and the Christmas Parade.

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Sports in Burlington, Ontario

Burlington, Ontario, is home to many local sports clubs and leagues, as well as provincial teams, including the Burlington Stampeders, the Burlington Barracudas, the Burlington Eagles, the Burlington Chiefs, the Burlington Cougars and the Burlington Bulldogs.

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Media of Burlington

Although largely reliant on Toronto and Hamilton for media, the city of Burlington, Ontario, is home to the Burlington Post local newspaper and the CTS Christian television station.

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