Local focus: Oakville & Burlington
by Gale Beeby
Oakville and Burlington are comprised of a number of traditional neighbourhoods. The old town of Oakville, which is along the waterfront, is chock-a-block with historical century homes and grand mansions, which spread the entire length of the township from the Mississauga border in the east to the Burlington border in the west. The stately homes continue along Burlington‘s waterfront. Click on the links above for a list of developments for sale in the area.
The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts holds performances by many international artists and is also the venue for the Oakville Symphony Orchestra, the Oakville Children’s Choir and the Oakville Ballet company. The Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is an annual summer event that features a number of stages along Lakeshore Road East. The Waterfront Festival takes place in Coronation Park and includes amusement park rides, arts and crafts, food and drinks, concerns and nightly fireworks displays.
Burlington is home to the award-winning Royal Botanical Gardens, which has the world’s largest lilac collection. It features over 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, including four outdoor display gardens, the Mediterranean Garden under glass, three on-site restaurants, the Gardens’ Gift Shop, and festivals.
The Art Gallery of Burlington houses the largest collection of Canadian ceramics. Ireland House at Oakridge Farm is a history museum depicting family life from the 1850s to the 1920s. Burlington’s Performing Arts Centre is a 750-seat facility that hosts a number of performances of varying styles and offers many children’s activities.
PARKS & REC
Oakville has 3,500 acres of parkland, over 300 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks. Burlington has 115 parks with 1,430 acres of parkland in the city. On the shore of Lake Ontario, Spencer Smith Park has been renovated with an observatory, outdoor pond, water jet play area and restaurant.
Several conservation areas feature year-round activities. Mount Nemo Conservation Area has paths that lead to the Bruce Trail and rock climbing areas. Bronte Creek Provincial Park features a campground and recreational activities and event throughout the year.
The Bruce Trail also runs through Kerncliff Park and at many points runs along the edge of cliffs, providing a clear view of Burlington, the Burlington Skyway Bridge, Hamilton and Oakville.
There are great boutiques, cafés, restaurants and bistros along the main streets of the villages that make up Oakville and Burlington. The largest mall is Oakville Place, which has a famous clock as its centrepiece. The Mapleview Centre in Burlington and Burlington Mall are the destination shopping centres and Appleby Mall has recently been renovated as an outdoor box store centre.
Oakville Transit provides local bus service and Burlington Transit connects with Hamilton. GO Transit runs train and bus service regularly from the area. The area is served well by highways, including the QEW and Highways 407, 403, 6, 8 and 20, making commutes into the Niagara Region or the GTA simple.
BY THE NUMBERS
|Oakville population: 193,800
Oakville average annual income: $163,752
Oakville walk scores: 51
|Burlington population: 183,400
Burlington average annual income: $88,085
Burlington walk scores: 54