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365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 53 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Fri, 28th February, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Fresh Ontario maple syrup has been the focus of Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Annual Maple Syrup Festival since 1998.

“We are so excited to be partnering with the Friends of Bronte Creek Park who will be bringing a few new attractions to our festival.” Says Festival Coordinator Andrew Cirtwill. “You now have 4 more reasons to visit the already fantastic Maple Syrup Festival:
1. Maple Kettle Corn*
2. Maple Cotton Candy*
3. Hot Apple Cider*
4. Pony Rides*

Cirtwill adds “We were identified as one of the top Festivals in all of Ontario in 2013 and now with the help of our Friends we hope to.”

The Maple Syrup Festival in Bronte Creek Provincial Park kicks off this Saturday at 9:30am and is open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and from 9:30am to 3:00pm daily through the March Break.

It is too cold for the sap to run, but they are still offering 2-3 hours of activities for the whole family to enjoy including hot pancake meals and fresh taffy. Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. You can even pick up a bottle of maple syrup to take home with you. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages.

Due to this lovely weather we have been having, the ice skating rink will be extending their hours and remain open throughout the festival times. Treat your family to how outdoor skating used to be … Old-time skating: change into your skates beside the rink!

The rink is open daily 9:30am – ½ hour before dusk (weather permitting). Visitors are reminded that it is a good idea to call ahead to check condition before heading to the park. For more information on ice conditions, park events and facilities please call 905-827-6911.

Daily Vehicle Permits are $16.00/ vehicle or $53.82/ bus. For more information or to book your school field trip, call 905-827-6911 or visit www.BronteCreek.org.

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Day 52 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts for Kids

Thu, 30th May, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (2) Comment

Today was one of those days you tend to remember as parents. You remember their first time to crawl, the first solid meal, the first steps, the first tooth, the first words and you remember the first time you took the little one for their first haircut. At first, Rhys didn’t quite know why he was strapped into an elevated Lightning McQueen car and then got scared once the woman came out with the scissors. Allison took him in her arms and they finished the cut with Rhys on her lap. It was one of those times you will always remember as a parent.

‘Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts for Kids’ is a wonderful set up for kid’s haircuts. Located in the plaza at the south/east corner of Guelph Line and Upper Middle Road, kids can sit in Lightning McQueen, a black Hummer, or a pink Jeep while they watch their favourite cartoons on the flat screen TVs.

Margaret was wonderful with how she dealt with a squirming 1 year old in the chair. When the clippers came out I thought Rhys was going to lose his mind. However, her experience showed through as she turned on the clippers and pressed it up against her own skin first to show they wouldn’t hurt him. She did the same to Allison and then to Rhys’ arm. Once she was satisfied he was comfortable with the clippers, she began to trim his hair. Her manner with Rhys was very soothing which made mommy and daddy as comfortable as it made the child.

For appointments please call 905-332-5225

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Day 51 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Rude Native Restaurant

Tue, 7th May, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

With 2 kids under 4 at home, date nights are few and far between. So, when “Grandma” offered to come down and look after the boys so we could have a night out, we jumped on the opportunity. Sunday date nights are also sooooo underrated!

However, when it comes to picking restaurants in Burlington, our dilemma is always the same. We want to try new places, but you run the risk of choosing wrong and then you have to wait 2 months for your next date night! OR, you go to some of the tried, tested and true restaurants as you always know what you are going to get. After a few cocktails on the patio at the Beaver and Bulldog, checking out the ongoing construction of the pier, we decided to just take a walk around downtown and see what peaked out interest. We walked past the Rude native and were impressed with the different menu options. I was even more impressed when I saw the sign indicating that Sundays was 1/2 price entree night!

We walked in and was greeted by a couple of friendly staff members (wish I had remembered their names as they were fantastic). Looked at the menu and finally decided on spicy mussels in curry sauce as a started, BBQ Short Ribs and their Tandoori Butter Chicken. The mussels were spicy and full of flavour. They brought out some freshly baked bread (in house) to soak up the delicious sauce. Both entrees were fantastic!

I always like to ask the server for wine recommendations. I like to inquire about a few options and ask which one they would suggest. Often you can tell the server has tried none of the options you have suggested but recommends the most expensive option. To my delight, the Rude Native server (damn, I wish I could remember her name) went the other way. I asked her about her Shiraz selections of which there were $40, $37 and $30 options. She said the Hunt from Australia ($30 option) was her favourite Shiraz and that we wouldn’t be disappointed…..and we weren’t.

For a complete dining experience, the Rude Native is a fantastic option for downtown dining. We don’t often go out and don’t like to go to the same places twice, but we will definitely be going back to the Rude Native.

Specials run throughout the week and I can’t wait to try out each of the other nights of the week!
Mondays – 1/2 priced Wine
Tuesdays – All You Can Eat Mussels
Wednesday – 1/2 priced appetizers
Thursdays – 1/2 priced Noodles and Curries
Sunday – 1/2 priced Entrees

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Day 50 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Innovative New Junior Golf League in Burlington

Mon, 1st April, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

The City of Burlington is partnering with Within Range Golf Centres and Focus Golf Group to offer an innovative Junior Golf League starting in April 2013.

It is exciting to see that a group, including a branch of government, is coming together to raise awareness and improve the skill level of young Canadian golfers! A venture of this kind is vital to our community as it brings a sport like golf to everyone. No longer is golf just a sport for the rich. With the backing of the City of Burlington and two great organizations dedicated to the kids, golf is now accessible to the masses. AND, every child that joins the program will be given a new set of Callaway golf clubs!!!

The Junior Golf League for six to 10-year-old boys and girls tees off April 28 with five weeks of introductory golf instruction at Within Range Golf Centres followed by five weeks of play at Tyandaga Golf Course.

After five weeks of covering the basics with Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Canada professionals from Focus Golf Group at Within Range, the young golfers will shift their game to Tyandaga Golf Course where they will play on a modified junior 18-hole layout. Each hole will be shortened to 100 to 150 yards in length. They will play in groups of three starting at 4 p.m. on Sundays with their parent caddying for them and providing assistance where necessary. The five 60-minute teaching sessions at Within Range Golf Centres will be held on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. with afternoon sessions as well.

“Staff at the Tyandaga Golf Course, Callaway Golf, Within Range Golf Centres and the Focus Golf Group believe in growing the game and that starts with introducing youngsters to golf at an early age,” says Doug Lawrie, director of instruction at Burlington-based Focus Golf Group.

“Everyone is going to learn and we’re going to have fun doing it,” says Lawrie, the winner of the PGA of Canada Junior Leader of the Year award for 2012. “We have developed a 2,000-yard short course, a custom-designed scorecard and we’re going to get parents involved as caddies. Each child will also receive a new set of junior Callaway Golf clubs.”

The Golf Canada Future Links program will be followed for the clinics and will cover putting, chipping and full swing, rules and golf etiquette, how to play, safety and parents’ roles as caddies.

“This new league is designed to give children who might not otherwise have access to a golf course, the opportunity to play the game on a real course, “said Brad Weake, supervisor of golf operations at Tyandaga Golf Course. “It has also been developed as a feeder program for Tyandaga’s Junior Program that is available for 11 to 17 year-olds.”

The 10-week program will conclude on June 30 with a fun tournament and barbecue at Tyandaga Golf Course.

The cost is $350 plus HST per participant, including a new set of junior Callaway Golf clubs. Visit www.focusgolfgroup.com for more information.

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Day 49 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Momstown Easter Party

Fri, 29th March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Come by the Tansley Woods Community Centre on Saturday March 30 where we will be having baskets full of fun at the Momstown annual Easter Party.

This year I will be sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt and craft table so bring the whole family for all kinds of fun. Children can also participate in crafts, circle time, the famous parachute and Rugby tots. Don’t forget to get a picture with MOM to put in the Easter Photo Frame you will get!

Where: Tansley Woods Community Centre
When: Saturday March 30, 2013
Time: Starting at 11:00 am and going until 12:15

Hope to see you all there! If you do go, please stop by the craft table where I will be helping out the kids decorate their Easter baskets.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Day 48 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Around the Bay Road Race

Fri, 22nd March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Hamilton’s Around the Bay Road Race is the oldest in North America with the first running held in 1894, (3 years before the Boston Marathon). This race always attracts the best runners in the world and is a great event for Hamilton/Burlington.

So if you have time this Sunday, March 24th, get out along the route and cheer on the over 10,000 runners in the event. I’ll be cheering for my wife as she has taken up the challenge!

Here is the route:

The first 20k of the Around the Bay Road Race is an exciting, scenic, and fast route. The last 10k includes rolling hills through scenic North Shore Blvd. The race begins on York Blvd., 1 block west of Copps Coliseum.

The race proceeds east on York Blvd. which turns into Wilson Street to Sherman Avenue. At Sherman Ave runners turn north and then east at Cannon Street. Runners stay on Cannon Street which turns into Britannia Ave to Parkdale Ave. Runners then turn north at Parkdale Ave and east bound at Melvin Ave to Woodward Ave, and then north on Woodward Ave to the Beach Strip.

After crossing the Canal lift bridge the race turns onto Eastport Drive to Northshore Blvd. The race will turn west bound onto the rolling hills of Northshore Blvd., and then west onto Plains Rd. to Spring Garden Rd. Just past Woodland Cemetery awaits the Valley Inn Hill leading up to York Blvd. and the finish into Copps Coliseum at York Blvd. and Bay Sts.

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Day 47 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – The City of Burlington

Thu, 21st March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Since MoneySense magazine has confirmed what many of us already know, Burlington is the best place to live, I had to dedicate one of my days to the entire city of Burlington. When we were house hunting trying to get out of Toronto, we gave Burlington a try. We first came during the ‘Sound of Music’ festival weekend, took walks in Spencer Smith Park and enjoyed what the downtown had to offer. The next week we bought our first Burlington home. Even better, without planning it that way, the transaction closed during the ‘Ribfest’ weekend. I knew I was on to something special by moving to this great city!

The magazine has named Burlington the No. 1 mid-sized city (population between 100,000 and 400,000) in Canada.

“I’m thrilled with the rating,” Mayor Rick Goldring told the Post. “The fact we’re ranked the best city to live in, in Ontario and the best mid-sized city in Canada certainly is very helpful in helping us be noticed in our quest to attract more business to Burlington.”

The ranking was based on 33 categories, such as income, employment, housing costs, healthcare, culture, weather, crime rates and amenities. The magazine reported the average household income in Burlington was $110,031, with the average home valued at $417,102. The unemployment rate was reported at 4.65 per cent.

The other top nine cities in the mid-size category, in order, are: Oakville, Saanich, B.C.; Lethbridge, Alta.; Saskatoon, Sask.; Regina, Sask.; Kingston, Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Levis, Que.

“There’s something special that doesn’t show up in the MoneySense rankings,” said the Mayor. “It’s something that you can’t measure, but when you talk to people who move to Burlington from outside of Burlington, they are always quick to tell me how there’s something special about the city. It goes back to this connected, compassionate community.”

I could not agree more. We were in Toronto thinking ‘how could we ever leave this great city?’, until we found Burlington. Now our family could not imagine living anywhere else. Congratulations to the people of Burlington who are the reason this is the best place to live in Canada.

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Day 46 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

Thu, 14th March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment


St. Patrick’s day is always one of the highlights of the year and Burlington bars and restaurants have plenty of great events planned including dancing, singing and, of course, consuming large quantities of green beer!

On St. Patrick’s Day, dancers from Woodgate-Shamrock Academy of Irish Dance Inc. will perform at over 20 local pubs! Go out and support this great group as they are off to the World Championships in Boston next week.

Date: March 11, 2013 to March 17, 2013
St. Paddy’s Day at Emma’s Backporch

Presented by: Emma’s Backporch
Date: March 17, 2013,
2084 Old Lakeshore Road.
T. 905-634-2084.
www.emmasbackporch.ca — See poster image for details on St. Paddy’s Day, featuring Brad Cooper, at Emma’s —

Saint Patrick’s Weekend at The Dickens
Presented by: The Dickens Pub
Date: March 16, 2013 to March 17, 2013

St. Practice Day with The Killin’ Time Band & Carlsberg Sampling

March 17th

Annual St. Paddy’s Party
9 am Open for Breakfast
11 am Party Starts
1 pm to 5 pm featuring live music from Jon Goldie and Jameson Irish Whiskey Sampling
5:30 pm to 9:30pm Hailz & Koop from Killin’ Time
10:30 pm to 2 am The Tom Barlow Band (Tom Barlow Juno Nominee)
as well as a visit by the Shamrock Academy Irish Dancers, prize giveaways and Chef Richie Ife’s Irish food features all weekend…

The Dickens Pub
423 Elizabeth Street
T. 905-333-4991


Irish Jig Contest and Saint Paddy’s Weekend fun at The Rude Native
Presented by: The Rude Native Bistro & Lounge
Date: March 15, 2013 to March 17, 2013
Location: 370 Brant Street

Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17 –

Chef Jamie Hall’s Irish inspired food and drink feature menu running all weekend!

Friday and Saturday –
Irish jig contest.
Leprechaun your friend contest – prize giveaways including Taxi vouchers to promote a safe trip home, gift cards and swag.

1-4 pm Carolan’s Inspired Pancakes and Carlsberg sampling with prize giveaways.

12-2 pm Have your photo taken with the leprechaun (DJ Que will be stilt walking in front of the Rude!)

4-7 pm Jameson’s sampling complete with live photo-booth in which people can dress up with costumes provided and have the photos emailed to them.

10:30 pm – 2 am DJ Que playing the music. Complete with contest and prize giveaways.

Rude Native Bistro & Lounge
T. 905-632-6682


Eatalia’s Ireland vs. Italy! event
Presented by: Eatalia
Date: March 15, 2013 to March 17, 2013
Location: 527 Brant Street
Description: Friday March 15 to Sunday March 17 – Chef Daniel Holden’s Dessert Sampling: After sampling a complimentary dessert, vote on which version of Tiramisu is better, The Italian or Irish version – VOTE on Eatalia’s Facebook Page… for your chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate!
T. 905-634-3300


St. Patrick’s Week at SB Prime

Presented by: SB Prime
Date: March 11, 2013 to March 16, 2013
Location: 390 Brant
Description: March 11 to 16, Closed Sunday. SB Prime’s Chef Callen Clancy has created a special Irish inspired menu for St. Patrick’s Week! Friday and Saturday will also feature Irish Whiskey samplings. SB Prime,
T. 905-634-6275.


Beaver & Bulldog Saint Patrick’s Day!
Sunday March 17th

Presented by: Beaver & Bulldog Neighbourhood Taps & Grille

Date: March 17, 2013
Description: LIVE Entertainment will be THE SECOND STAGE BAND ~ Show time: 2:30 pm – 7 pm, no cover! Serving Green Beer & Irish Lamb Stew ~ * We will still honour our SUNDAY STEAK NIGHT specials ~ 8oz Sirloin Steak or Steak Tips Dinner for $12.99.

Beaver & Bulldog Neighbourhood Taps & Grille 2020 Lakeshore Road
T. 289-337-9119



More Music at the Drummer: Love, Laments and Leprechauns, Irish Melodies with Heather and Philip Corke
Presented by: A Different Drummer Books
Date: March 17, 2013
Event Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street
“We invite you to enjoy a spirited musical celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, at the bookshop, featuring two brilliant performers.

Love, Laments and Leprechauns, a bountiful palette of great Irish melodies, with Heather and Philip Corke.

Celtic music for voice, guitar, Irish bouzouki and harpsichord.”

Tickets are $15, Students $10.

To reserve seats, contact –
A Different Drummer Books
513 Locust Street
T. 905-639-0925
E. diffdrum@mac.com


Fantastic Live Music for the Month of St. Patty’s Day and on, at The Queen’s Head
Presented by: The Queen’s Head
Date: March 02, 2013 to March 28, 2013
Location: 400 Brant Street at Elgin T. 905-632-1300
Description: Saturday March 2nd – Killin Time – 9:30 p.m.

Thursday March 7th – Jason Mercer – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday March 9th – Glenn Groves – 9:30 p.m.

Thursday March 14th – Steve Denommee – 8:00 pm

Saturday March 16th – Bare Blue Sea – 9:30 p.m.

Thursday March 21st – Joshua Cross – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday March 23rd – No Fixed Address – 9:30 p.m.

Thursday March 28th – Kim & Frank Koren – 8:00 p.m.


St. Patrick’s event at Village Cigar Co.
Presented by: Village Cigar Company
Date: March 16, 2013
Event Time: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 2049 Pine Street
“We will be hosting an event in-shop on Saturday March 16th, from 2-7pm.

We welcome one of our bestselling brands, Alec Bradley Cigars, as they release a very limited edition of their Black Market line called the Filthy Hooligan. Limited to two-thousand boxes in the entire world, we are proud to be able to offer a very select number to our community.”

Village Cigar Company & Barber Shop
T. 905-681-2012


St. Patrick’s Day new menu items at Sweetness Bakery
Presented by: Sweetness Bakery
Date: March 2013
Location: 357 Brant Street
Guinness Cupcakes, Shamrock Sugar Cookies, Jumbo Mint Cupcake for 2, Green Sweety Pops, “Kiss Me I’m Irish” Cupcakes. Custom Made Cakes for Order.
Sweetness Bakery
T. 905-681-7678


Show Us Your Green!
Presented by: Tourism Burlington
Date: March 17, 2013
Event Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Visitor Information Centre, 414 Locust Street
Show us your green, let it be seen…
Visit us on St. Paddy’s Day…
T’is not a pot of gold,
T’is not a clover…
A small gift awaits, so come on over!
T. 905-634-5594
E. info@tourismburlington.com

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Day 45 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Centro Garden March Break Activities

Sat, 9th March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Jason and the rest of the group at Centro Garden is hosting a March Break event to help introduce KIDS to the wonderful world of gardening. What better way to take your mind off this dreadful winter than to do a little family gardening.

Centro Garden is the passion of Burlington resident, Jason Pepetone, a lifetime veteran of the garden center business. Jason grew up within his father’s successful garden center business before together forming Terra Greenhouses at the end of the 90′s which became one of North America’s largest garden center businesses.

Centro Garden is a unique urban garden store that features exceptional and beautiful design from around the world but most importantly, from around the corner too. Centro Garden does what it can to promote local artistry, so if you think you have something that might work in such a setting, drop by the shop and have a chat with Jason. The goal is to feature as much local design as they can reach.

Event For the KIDS!
Tuesday, March 12 — 2 to 3pm
Friday, March 15 — 2 to 3pm
Bring your kids into Centro Garden for an afternoon of fun.
Our staff will help your little ones create their own, kid –friendly garden.
$25 /child
Drinks and snacks provided.

Centro Garden is located in the historic downtown center of Burlington Ontario, across from city hall.
t 289.337.5755
f 289.337.5753
437 Brant St
Burlington, ON Canada
L7R 2G3

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Day 44 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Burlington Art Centre March Break Activities

Fri, 8th March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Burlington Art Centre March Break Activities

Ages 4 to 6
9:30 a.m. – noon OR 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Art and craft activities for kinders.
Fee: $125 (members $100)

Ages 6 to 8 / 8 to 10
9:30 a.m. – noon OR 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Enjoy a different activity each day, including
Painting, Cartooning, Weaving, Pottery and
Gallery Tours.
Fee: $125 (members $100)

Ages 11+
9:30 a.m. – noon OR 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Have fun with clay through handbuilding
techniques and throwing on the wheel.
Fee: $140 (members $115)

Ages 11+
1 – 3:30 p.m.
Learn to plan, film and edit your own video project.
Learn how to use Adobe programs on BAC Mac laptops.
Bring a digital camera if you have one.
Fee: $125 (members $100)

Ages 11+
9:30 a.m. – noon
Learn to use perspective, line and tone values,
textures and detail when drawing using pencils,
charcoal and pastels.
Fee: $125 (members $100)

Other great events at the centre!

Art Demonstrations by Guild Members Drop by every day next week to see something new!

Monday: 11:30 am-1 pm – Fine Arts; 2:30-4 pm – Rug Hookers
Tuesday: 11:30 am-1 pm – Wood Carvers; 2:30-4 pm – Fine Arts
Wednesday: 11:30 am-1 pm – Weavers; 2:30-4 pm – Fine Arts
Thursday: 12-2:30 pm – Instructor – Watercolour
Friday:11:30 am-1 pm – Wood Carvers; 2:30-4 pm – Potters

For more info, call (905) 632-7796

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