Experience everything Burlington has to offer this summer

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This column is scheduled to appear in the July edition of Snapd.

Burlington was recently named the best medium-sized city for a third year in a row in the MoneySense Magazine’s Best Places to Live 2015 rankings released in June.

The magazine also listed Burlington the third-best city overall in Canada, including the second-best place to raise children.Children's Festival Mascots and kids

Every day I meet residents who tell me how much they love our city. For some residents, they were born here and have remained in Burlington for their entire lives.

For others, it was a visit to one of our festivals or events that inspired them to relocate to Burlington, purchase a home and raise their family here.

Burlington is vibrant city that offers much to experience in all seasons – especially in summer.

With our location between Lake Ontario and the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, Burlington has a tremendous natural environment.

There is the Bruce Trail within the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the world renowned Royal Botanical Gardens and the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. margaret mccallum - bruce trail

Burlington offers a lively and accessible waterfront at Spencer Smith Park with the Brant Street Pier, Discovery Landing, the Burlington Rotary Centennial Pond and the Dofasco Waterjet Park.

There are beautiful parks and recreational facilities across our city that are great sites for recreation and family time.

Burlington also hosts many unique festivals and events throughout the year – with a large number of them in the summer months.

In June, hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors attended the Sound of Music Festival.

The Canada Day celebrations on July 1 are also a popular attraction.

There are numerous other festivals and events in the summer, such as the Sandcastles Festival and Children’s Festival in August and Canada’s Largest Ribfest on Labour Day weekend.Sandcastle Festival 111

Close to our waterfront are two cultural destinations: the Art Gallery of Burlington and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

History buffs can enjoy historic LaSalle Park, Ireland House and the Joseph Brant Museum, where our pioneer and aboriginal heritage have been preserved.

More information about enjoying a great summer in Burlington can be found on the City of Burlington’s website at www.burlington.ca and Tourism Burlington’s website at www.tourismburlington.com.

Have a wonderful summer – and make sure to stop and say hello when you see me at the many events around town this summer.IMG_3550

Connect with Mayor Rick Goldring by phone at 905-335-7607, by email at mayor@burlington.ca, on Twitter @RickGoldring and on Facebook at Rick Goldring. Subscribe to his monthly digital newsletter by emailing mayor@burlington.ca.

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