Canada’s 2nd best city to live in
Named the second best city to live in in Canada, Burlington is the westernmost edge of the Greater Toronto Area. So what makes Burlington so great? It has an excellent school district, with numerous private and public school options. Plus it has a strong transit system, including GO Trains in and out of Toronto. There are also beautiful parks and a gorgeous waterfront. These all help build the city’s reputation as a Canadian highlight. Most importantly, however, is Burlington’s sense of community and fun.
Housing in Burlington runs the gamut from subsidized apartments to multi-million dollar homes. You can also find a variety of condos, especially downtown. The only downside is that you can end up paying as much for some of these units as you would for certain places in downtown Toronto. How do you avoid this? Keep an eye out on prices and look at whole townhouses for rent outside downtown.
Typical housing type:
Detached homes of all sizes – and price levels.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian cities:
Burlington is 7% higher than the Canadian average
If you are apartmenting hunting in Burlington, let your fingers do the searching and check out rental websites. You’ll find more listings there than you will be able to handle. Downtown apartment and condos are the ones to check out for amenities like pools and laundry, while houses are more likely to offer backyards and dishwashers. There are also plenty of places that are pet-friendly or that have some or all utilities included. Plus, with some hunting, there are lots of deals to go around!
Community is important in Burlington, but some people have commented on a level of snobbery in certain parts of the city. These comments tend to be focused on the wealthiest parts of the town, including right by the waterfront. Don’t worry too much though, there are lots of other parts of town with more economic diversity and a welcoming atmosphere.
Burlington has a strong and active older population, as well as many families. There are large UK and Irish ex-pat communities, as well as a smaller Eastern European population. Locals are all about life outside work, with family and relaxation being priorities. Often they choose natural settings for this, which is easy given the glut of greenery in Burlington.
Perfect for: Active seniors and families.
Not-so-perfect for: Workaholics.
Life & Style
Life in Burlington is full without being hectic. Folks here work to live, not the other way around. In the evening, it’s all about spending time with family or friends – or just kicking back and relaxing. Weekends are filled with various events and activities, especially in the summer. If you love always having something to do, Burlington is the place for you!
Burlington is all about that green – and we don’t mean cash. It is a hotspot for picturesque natural spaces from the Royal Botanical Gardens to the waterfront, and there are numerous parks spread throughout the city. You have easy access to the 403, 407 and the QEW, as well as public transit to Toronto and Hamilton. Where the 407 and 403 meet, there is the Mapleview Shopping Centre, IKEA and many more stores. Further east, you will also find the Burlington Mall. In the south end of town are a number of hotels (perfect for visitors you cannot, or don’t want to, put up in your place), golf clubs, and even sailing clubs. Right around the 403 are a movie theatre and a convention centre. Head further north for homeware stores, like Canadian Tire and Rona. You will also have no problems locating schools, grocery stores, or restaurants close-by no matter what neighbourhood you live in.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Spencer Smith Park
Burlington Waterfront Trail
Art Gallery of Burlington
Ireland House Museum
Burlington City Hall