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Archive for July, 2012

Day 31 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Brantford Twin Valley Zoo

Mon, 30th July, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

I know this page is supposed to promote Burlington things to do, but I couldn’t resist adding this place as it is close enough to Burlington and is an excellent family activity. My children are 3 years and 3 months, so going to the Metro Zoo, is a bit much at this stage. The Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is an excellent facility to entertain the young ones!

When you enter the park, the kids get to walk into the Goat petting area. It was a great way to start the day. We gave Hartley (3 year old) the map and let him lead the way. Monkeys, jungle cats, camel, bears, and birds had him running from cage to cage. The Kids Zone and picnic area was nice for a little break. We had a nice picnic as we watched the deer roam in the field.

Be sure to check out one of the animal shows as it will give your little ones a chance to get up close to the critters.

An excellent, exciting and budget friendly event for the entire family.

Here is what the Zoo would like you to know
There’s no better way to learn about the wonderful animals of this world than to experience them up close and in person. Our goal at the Brantford Twin Valley Zoo is to create an enjoyable environment where children (and adults) can learn about animals of the world. Through this we aid in educating people about the importance of wildlife and the environment.
Come visit the animals, bring along your lunch and enjoy our picnic area, and take a stroll on a short nature trail (less than 1km long) in our 5 acres of woodland.

General Admission Prices for 2012
General Admission (ages 18 – 64): $14.50
Seniors (ages 65+): $13.50
Youth (ages 13 – 17): $13.50
Child (ages 2 – 12): $7.75
Child under 2 Years FREE

Park Hours (Summer)
Monday to Sunday 9am-6pm

Click the link for map and directions:

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Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 30 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Ya Man! Caribbean Cuisine

Fri, 27th July, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

A new Caribbean option just opened up in downtown Burlington so i thought I would give it a try. My usual spot is D Hot Shoppe on Fairview, but I thought i would give Ya Man! It is always nice to try new things and to help out a local business owner, but I really wanted to see how their Roti would stack up against D Hot Shoppe. The other curiosity I was trying to satisfy was the debate over who makes the better Roti, The Jamaicans (Ya Man!) or the Trinidadians (D Hot Shoppe).

Teddy was very informative at the counter and helped explain all the food options to the woman ordering in front of me. You could tell by the exchange that he was used to Burlingtonians not knowing much about Caribbean cuisine. Great guy and very helpful.

I ordered my Curried Goat Roti and was recommended to get the Mild as the Hot was REALLY HOT! I should have gone with my insticts and got the Hot option as the Roti experience just wasn’t the same without that caribbean zing. Before I can really compare the 2 shops, I will have to go back and try the Hot version so I am at least comparing apples to apples.

The sign out front boasts that Ya Man! is ‘Deliciously Different’ and ‘At Last…Healthier, Tastier Caribbean Dishes!’ No preservatives, No Wheat in sauces, No canned beans or peas, No MSG, No Soy Sauce and Halal Meats.

Ya Man! offers 2 appetizers I wanted to try but they are only served on Fridays and Saturdays. Pholorie are fried batter balls served with tamarind chutney and ‘Doubles’ are curried chick peas sandwiched between 2 pieces of seasoned fried batter. The menu also offers the usual suspects like Roti (Chicken, Beef or Goat), Oxtail soup and stew, and Jerk chicken.

They are located at 476 Brant Street downtown. Call them at 905-633-8787 to place your order for pick up or visit their website at www.ya-man.ca.

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 29 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Movies under the Stars

Thu, 26th July, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

When was the last time you actually sat outside and watched a movie? Better yet, when was the last time you went to the movies for FREE? Well, pack a blanket and some snacks and head out every Thursday to watch a movie under the stars! Every Thursday night from July 12 through August 16, Tim Hortons presents Movies under the Stars. This outdoor movie series is open to everyone and the best part? It’s free!

Here is the line up!
Tonight Thursday July 26 at Optimist Park you can watch The Muppets
Thursday August 2 at Emerson Park you can watch Toy Story 3
Thursday August 9 at Lowville Park you can watch The Lorax
Thursday August 16 at Burloak Park you can watch We Bought A Zoo

This is a great summer event for the whole family! Hope to see you all there

Things you should know to plan a great viewing under the stars:
BYO lawn chairs and/or blankets
Come early to reserve a spot
Parking and restroom facilities are available on site
Rain delays/cancellations may occur.
Call the Special Events Hotline at 905-335-7766 for more information
Check the weather prior to heading out

If you have any great ideas you would like to share with my readers, please feel free to let me know of an place, event, or restaurant and I would be happy to write a blog about it and share it with my fellow Burlingtonians!

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington

Costa Rica Vacation Investment Opportunity

Mon, 23rd July, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Own a little piece of paradise! Minutes from Costa Roca’s Eco-Adventure hub in La Fortuna. This 2.5 acre tropical paradise boasts 3 buildings with a total of 6 bedrooms. Take a short walk down to the Rio (River) La Palma or enjoy Volcano views from the wrap-around balcony. The property is gated and very private. It includes a 3000 ft2 airy and spacious home and 2 guesthouses and is surrounded by fruit and nut trees attracting a wide variety of exotic wildlife.

Located near the charming town of La Fortuna. The area is famous for its diversity of interests including rain forest walking, bird watching, river rafting, jungle cruises, jungle canopy tours, Zip lining, butterfly farms, horseback riding, world famous spas and hot springs or relaxing and enjoying the best views of Costa Rica’s biggest lake or the spectacular Arenal Volcano.

Location: Volcano Arenal, Lake Arenal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Central America (Near La Fortuna with great volcano views!)

Wonderful Investment Opportunity!

A piece of paradise can be yours for only $825,000! This is a perfect opportunity to own a vacation investment that you can enjoy as you are making money! You can vacation in one of the guesthouses while renting out the other two homes on the property. The main home which is currently rented out for most of the year commands $1400/week in rental income while the other guesthouse could be rented for $1000/week. Even if you only had the property rented out for half of the year, you could earn over $60,000 in rental income….and still keep one of the guesthouses for you to vacation for as long as you want, as often as you want!

For more details or information on other Costa Rica investment opportunities, please email me at sean.kavanagh@century21.ca or call 905-220-9198.

Category : Featured / Real Estate

Too Late! – SOLD – Burlington Bungalow for Sale – 1352 Dequincy Cres.

Thu, 5th July, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

This 3 +1 bedroom bungalow is located on a quiet crescent. Professionally landscaped with plenty of green space for the kids or pets to run around. Fully finished basement with large rec room (25’8” x 12’9”) and renovated full bathroom with glass shower and granite top vanity (2010). Room for 4 cars in the driveway! Roof (2009). Close to schools, shopping, transportation, highways and the new Mountainside pool and splash park. Call today for more details!

Category : Burlington Real Estate / Sold

Day 28 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Canada Day Celebrations at Spencer Smith Park

Sun, 1st July, 2012 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Happy Canada Day Everyone!

Head down to Spencer Smith Park today as there is always a lot of family fun to be had when celebrating our country’s birthday!
Bring your national pride and explore the abundance of Canadian inspired activities and musical entertainment all day long in Spencer Smith Park. Performances on 2 stages, children’s activities throughout the day, Aldershot Lion’s Club Beer and Wine Garden, plus the Scholars in Collars dog training show.

Victoria Hughes has compiled a list greater than anything I could have come up with, so instead of reinventing the wheel, I just thought I would pass on her list to you! CLICK HERE for the TOP 100 Things to do in Burlington on Canada Day.
At the park, you can take part in the following activities:

8:30 – Canada 5 KM run/walk

9:30 – YOGA in the park

11:00 – 4:00 – Strawberry Social at Joseph Brant Museum

12:00 – 4:00 – Stilt Buskers – A Mountie and a Hockey Player

12:30, 2:30 and 4:00 – Dog Show

2:00 – 7:00 – Rock Climbing Wall

On the Canada Stage

Welcome all our NEW Canadians at a ceremony at 10:00

12:00 – Queen’s medal Presentations

1:00 – Opening Ceremonies – Emcee Connie Smith and featuring the Burlington Teen Tour band

2:00 – The Altobeelays

3:00 – Charissa Pavlou

3:30 – Water Ski Show

4:00 – Summer of 69 (Bryan Adams Trubute band)

5:30 – Michael Buble Tribute Singer

6:30 – Water Ski Show

7:00 – Nightbox

8:30 – Ashley MacIsaac

10:00 – Fireworks!

AND Don’t forget to check out the RUSH Tribute band at the Waterfront stage at 7:00pm!

Happy Canada Day Everyone!

Category : 365 Things to do in Burlington
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