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Burlington

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Digital Doors Open Burlington

Stay tuned for exciting new content premiering on Saturday, September 10, 2022 and enjoy the content year-round!

Explore some traditional Doors Open Burlington sites without having to leave home. Sites will offer virtual tours and videos to engage people of all ages.

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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 Commercial canneries, ice harvesting and basket factories have been replaced by modern companies and high-tech industries that have brought an influx of residents.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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Burlington Public Library, Central BranchDoors Open Burlington

Burlington Public Library, Central Branch

The Burlington Public Library (BPL) belongs to everyone in this community. The BPL has six full-service branches and a rural lending location that offer welcoming spaces where visitors can explore, discover, reflect, learn, improve, create and connect with others. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and join BPL staff for a unique virtual tour of the library. In addition, check out their free online resources (everything from genealogical resources to digital newspapers and online book clubs) as well as a large offering of online programs and events for all ages.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2331 New Street
Burlington, Ontario
https://www.bpl.on.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1969
Building type: Library
Architect: Brook, Carruthers, Grierson, Shaw Architects

Dates/hours open

May 16 - May 16

Freeman StationDoors Open Burlington

Freeman Station

The Burlington Grand Trunk Railway Station, more commonly known as Freeman Station, was built in 1906 to replace the original two-storey Great Western Railroad station (built circa 1850), which burnt down in 1904. Until its closing in 1988, Freeman Station was a hub of activity for Burlington and the surrounding area, transporting both passengers and freight. Management and restoration of the Station was undertaken by community volunteers, now incorporated as the Friends of Freeman Station. As part of Digital Doors Open, watch the video below and step into Burlington's past with the Friends of Freeman Station. Diorama Director, Ken Taylor, shows how Freeman Station volunteers have brought 1920s Burlington back to life with a large diorama located in the station's basement.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1285 Fairview Street
Burlington, Ontario
http://www.freemanstation.ca

Architecture

Year built: 1906
Building type: Transportation
Architect: Grand Trunk Railway

Dates/hours open

May 16 - May 16

Holy Rosary ParishDoors Open Burlington

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Holy Rosary Parish

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Parish will mark its 75th anniversary in 2022! The parish, created in 1947 to serve the growing community of Aldershot, continues to this day as a vibrant centre of worship, welcome, community and outreach. As they celebrate with joy all the gifts that they have been able to share, they look forward confidently to the future, eager to spread the good news by word and action. Videos coming September 10, 2022.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos

Contact info

287 Plains Road East
Burlington, Ontario
Email: hrosary@cogeco.net
https://holyrosaryburlington.com

Architecture

Year built: 1951 (Holy Rosary School); 1955 (when the church was dedicated)
Building type: Place of worship

Dates/hours open

Sep 10 - Sep 10

Ireland House MuseumDoors Open Burlington

Ireland House Museum

Built between 1835-37, Ireland House at Oakridge Farm was home to four generations of the Ireland family until 1985. In 1987, the City of Burlington purchased the property from the estate of Lucie Marie Ireland Bush and established a museum here, restoring the homestead to illustrate three distinct time periods that represent the generations of Irelands who lived in the house: the 1850s, 1890s and 1920s. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to go behind the scenes of Ireland House Museum with the Museums of Burlington's Curator Chris Selman. Learn about how many artifacts are on display in the historical home and where we keep the other artifacts that are in storage! In addition, there are online galleries to explore, school programs and resources (including education kits, home-school programs and virtual field trips), virtual “badge” programs (based on the Girl Guides and Scouts), lectures, a mix of in-person and virtual kids’ camps, and a variety of both in-person and virtual events.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

2168 Guelph Line
Burlington, Ontario
Email: museuminfo@burlington.ca
https://museumsofburlington.ca/

Architecture

Year built: 1837
Building type: Historical house Museum

Dates/hours open

May 16 - May 16

Joseph Brant MuseumDoors Open Burlington

Joseph Brant Museum

In 1798, King George III granted the Mohawk and British army captain land on what’s now known as Burlington Bay for his services to the Crown during the Seven Years War and the American Revolution. The museum was built in recognition of Joseph Brant “Thayendanegea” (1742-1807) as Burlington’s first citizen. Over the years, the museum has undergone a series of transformations. The current museum, which reopened in September 2019 after a significant restoration, features three permanent galleries and a space for travelling exhibitions. The white house atop the hill is an approximate replica of Joseph Brant’s original home, which served as the museum from 1941 to 2017. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below as Director of Museums, Kimberly Watson, shows us where and how artifacts are stored in the newly built Joseph Brant Museum. Learn how the recently reopened museum has managed to maintain a small carbon footprint while adding 1,115 square metres (12,000 square feet) of space. In addition, there are online galleries to explore, school programs and resources (including education kits, home-school programs and virtual field trips), virtual “badge” programs (based on the Girl Guides and Scouts), lectures, a mix of in-person and virtual kids’ camps, and a variety of both in-person and virtual events.

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

1240 North Shore Blvd. East
Burlington, Ontario
https://museumsofburlington.ca/visitor-information/joseph-brant-museum

Architecture

Year built: 1937-38; 2018-19
Building type: Museum

Dates/hours open

May 16 - May 16

Royal Botanical GardensDoors Open Burlington

Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, RBG plays a vital role in this region, protecting and preserving 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of environmentally sensitive areas (including nature sanctuaries, cultivated gardens and an arboretum), to improve the ecosystem from Lake Ontario to the Niagara Escarpment. Through displays, research, tours, demonstrations, trails and conservation activities, the RBG teaches us all about the importance of plants and nature, and how best to become environmental stewards in our own communities. Download a map before you visit, and watch this video to learn about their COVID-19 protocols. The robust RBG at Home program offers videos and activities for all ages. There are lots of activities for families, teachersand life-long learners. Check out the variety of educational virtual events, too. For Digital Doors Open, watch the video below to go behind the scenes of RBG with volunteer archivist and author, Marie Minaker. Learn about when the archives were created and see some of the rare items in RBG's archival collection!

  • Digital Doors Open
  • Videos
  • Activities and games
  • Collections and resources
  • Kid-friendly

Contact info

680 Plains Road West
Burlington, Ontario
https://www.rbg.ca

Architecture


Dates/hours open

May 16 - May 16