Doors Open Ontario presenting sponsor
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Doors Open Ontario:

Burlington

in-person event information

Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Burlington will showcase the infrastructure and cultural landscapes that shape and define our community. Join us to catch a behind-the-scenes look at cultural and historical sites around Burlington. Explore our great city and discover the stories of Burlington.

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Community information

The history of Burlington is rich and exciting. Dive into Burlington’s history and the settlers that came here more than 300 years ago to learn about this community’s roots.

The many natural advantages of this area attracted Indigenous people long before the arrival of the first white settlers along the lakefront in the late 1700s. In 1784, the British granted a large land tract to Captain Joseph Brant in recognition of fighting on the side of the British in the American War of Independence. The sale by Brant of lots in his block marked the beginning of the area that evolved into what we know today as Burlington.

The wave of Loyalist settlers into this area as a result of the American Revolutionary War was followed by immigration from the British Isles and Europe. By 1900, Burlington had evolved into a prosperous farming community with mixed farms and cash crops of fruit and vegetables.

The agrarian period of Burlington’s history was marked by activities that have disappeared. Commercial canneries, ice harvesting and basket factories have been replaced by modern companies and high-tech industries that have brought an influx of residents.

From the first settlers to this area over 200 years ago, Burlington has grown into a highly successful urban area with an appealing quality of life. It boasts natural settings with 581 hectares (1,436 acres) of parkland and some of the best hiking in the world – as it is home to sections of 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 – along with Spencer Smith Park gives you a front-row seat to panoramic views of Lake Ontario. The cream-coloured sandy beaches and tepid waters at Beachway Park are a hot ticket item all summer long. Burlington excels in public art, culture, and active living.

There’s lots to see and do in Burlington. Come and enjoy! For more information, visit Tourism Burlington.

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Become a volunteer

Since 1975, Burlington's volunteer program has been, and continues to play, an essential part in the development and implementation of the Museums of Burlington’s programs, events and activities – including Doors Open Burlington.

Museums of Burlington welcomes diversity and serves a large and diverse visitor base. This could be the right fit for you if you are looking for opportunities to:

  • Give back to your community
  • Seek professional development opportunities
  • Build skills and training
  • Gain experience that aligns with your education
  • Achieve your community hours

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can find more information on our website, or you can contact our Volunteer Program Administrator, Robin Hill at Robin.Hill@burlington.ca or 905-634-3556, ext. 323.

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COVID-19

Doors Open Burlington venues will comply with all Ontario public health measures and restrictions that are in place at the time of the event. Individual venues may choose to impose further restrictions, such as proof of vaccination, and it is up to visitors to verify requirements prior to their arrival.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the Halton Region Public Health website for updates related to the coronavirus and subscribe to the City of Burlington’s notifications.

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