Information and happenings in and around Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton areas


Burlington Events in August

 Wednesday, August 15, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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Burlington is sizzling this summer with all sorts of free and exciting events that will keep folks of all ages entertained. Whether you’re looking to dance, twist, or shout, downtown Burlington is without a doubt hosting some great events!

Jazz on the Plaza, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
August 11 and 12, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Don’t miss two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage, a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto. The Mike Downes Quartet caps off this FREE jazz event in downtown Burlington. There is nothing like original live jazz performances under a clear summer sky. Prepare to dance the night away at Jazz on the Plaza this August in Burlington!

The Rotary Club of Burlington Ribfest, Spencer Smith Park
August 31 - September 3

Burlington is home to the nation’s largest Ribfest! Canada’s Largest Ribfest, hosted by the Rotary Club of Burlington, lights up Spencer Smith Park from August 31 - Sept 3, Labour Day! This is the perfect end of summer event for locals and Halton regional residents. Let the kids forget about school for one last afternoon and you don’t even have to cook! It’s a win/win at Canada’s Largest Ribfest since 1996. For more information surrounding Ribfest visit http://www.canadaslargestribfest.com/

Gimli #489 Golden Rescue 5K Run/Walk Spencer Smith Park
August 18

This first time event is a run for rescued retrievers and dogs in need. The event takes place at Spencer Smith Park at 8 a.m., Saturday, August 18 in downtown Burlington. Dogs can join their owners and make friends at this great fundraiser for pets! Contact Kelly Arnott (905-512-2488) for more information.

Children’s Festival Spencer, Smith Park
August 19

The City of Burlington Children’s Festival is a top 100 event in Ontario and another great reason to live in the city! The downtown park turns into everything a kid could ever want. Games, activities, magic, face-painting, live performances and so much more! Be a kid again at this late summer festival at none other than Spencer Smith Park.

Open House - Taoist Tai Chi, 3390 South Service Rd.
September 6

Try something new this September! A free demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi will happen Thursday, September 6 at 3390 South Service Road in Burlington. Learn more about Tai Chi by interacting with instructors and find out how to join a beginners class. Contact the Burlington Branch - FLK Taoist Tai Chi at 905-634-4990 for more information.

Burlington is a top tier location without a doubt. A fantastic shopping scene, a beach, assorted types of real estate and restaurants plus, all sorts of huge free festivals!

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.


Burlington’s Beautiful Neighbourhoods

 Tuesday, July 17, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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The City of Burlington is constantly rated as one of the top Canadian cities to live in, according to many media outlets, including MoneySense Magazine. Finding the perfect neighbourhood isn’t too difficult for those wanting to move to this Halton Region hotspot. The following areas are some great communities to consider. 

Elizabeth Gardens

Elizabeth Gardens is the city’s most easterly neighbourhood and borders alongside Oakville. Lakeside and Lakeview properties give home buyers a taste of lakeside life. There are six different schools and many styles of homes for young professionals and families to call home. Getting away from work life with a late night stroll or bike ride along the shoreline is another added benefit to living in Elizabeth Gardens. Situated along Lakeshore Boulevard and minutes from the 403 makes a commuter’s lifestyle very convenient.  

Aldershot

The city's largest neighbourhood and the most mature neighbourhood is receiving a facelift along Plains Road and a lot of future revitalization will be coming to the area.  The GO Station at the entrance to the neighbourhood gives Aldershot tremendous appeal for professionals that need to get in and out of the city.  Just east of Hamilton, Aldershot boasts six schools and is well equipped for recreation. Lasalle Park has everything from lawn bowling, baseball diamonds and sports fields to a splash pad, marina and lakefront trails. This sensational neighbourhood is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) which gives people of all ages a place to visit on rainy days. RBG runs many programs and camps throughout the year. Aldershot is the perfect westside Burlington neighbourhood for home shoppers!


Roseland

One of Burlington’s top tier neighbourhoods, Roseland is in the heart of downtown on the shoreline of Lake Ontario. This beautiful, historic community is also home to six schools with the median home average retailing for $1.4 million for detached homes to $600,000 for attached homes according to www.burlingtonneighbourhoods.com. 

Burlington has a wide range of options available for home buyers in today’s market. A little bit of research and a casual stroll around the city will make anybody fall in love with their neighbourhood of choice. Whether it’s the newly renovated boardwalk and pier, the fabulous downtown, or the abundance of recreation and conservation there are lots of things to love about Burlington!

Want to know more about the Burlington area and the exciting listings that are currently available? Contact me by email at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.


See the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville

 Monday, July 9, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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Living in Halton Region has lots of perks…and one of them is being able to see high profile professional golfers tee off at the RBC Canadian Open! Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville will play host to the PGA tour Canadian National Men’s Open for the 30th time.  The Club Link course at Glen Abbey was designed by seven-time runner-up and golf legend Jack Nicklaus.  This year’s tournament runs from Monday, July 23 - Sunday, July 29.

Pro-Ams

This year the RBC Canadian Open will host two professional-amateur tournaments.  The Canada Day Pro-Am will tee off July 23rd at 12 p.m. and will consist of Canadian golfers and celebrities!  The RBC Championship Pro-Am will be held on July 25 with 52 teams competing.  These shot-gun start tournaments will tee off from the first and 10th hole giving fans an up close and personal perspective at some of their favourite players and celebrities! Proceeds from the Pro-Am benefit the Golf Canada Foundation and help support the developmental pathway to Team Canada and the Young Pro Program.

Championship Rounds 

The field has yet to be determined for the Canadian Open but the first two rounds are a shotgun start from both the first and 10th hole.  Once the cutline is determined after the first two rounds, rounds three and four will be scheduled according to individual scores.  The Sports Network, The Golf Channel, Global Television and CBS will all broadcast the event. Watching the golfers on the sidelines is exciting and is a great opportunity to stroll Glen Abbey’s beautiful grounds!

Special Events

All through the week, there’s something different happening.  On top of all the professional golf, all sorts of wonderful entertainment lay between the links.  Back again this year will be ‘The Rink’ for the Canada Day Pro-Am. The 7th hole will be outfitted with hockey boards and a Zamboni.  Additional bleachers and viewing decks allow ticket holders a rare, fun and exciting glimpse of the par three hole.  Don’t miss Red and White Day, July 27 when everyone is encouraged to wear red and white and Canadian Flags will be handed out at the front gate.  Canadian Armed Forces Day, presented by Commissionaires, will be held July 26 giving current and former members of Canada’s Armed Forces free access for the day with upgraded venues when they pre-register.  Foodies will not want to miss all the Food Trucks present all week!  

Watch some golf, spot your favourite pro golfer and shop the spectator village; it’s all happening at the RBC Canadian Open this month in Oakville.


Be a Tourist in Burlington

 Monday, June 18, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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The city of Burlington lays at the foothills of the Niagara Escarpment and is surrounded by conservation areas, vineyards and Lake Ontario. Credit Valley, Halton and Hamilton Conservation Authorities all have sites near Burlington. Bronte Creek Provincial Park and the Bruce Trail also provide residents with fun and picturesque nature areas to further explore around Burlington.

Hop on the Bruce Trail at Limehouse Conservation Area in Halton Hills. This area (with admission paid by donation) is great for bird watching and walking the dog. Open daily, from sunrise to sunset, come see the historic structures at Limehouse Conservation Area, 12169 Fifth Line, Limehouse, Ont.

Visit “Scotch Block Winery” on 10th Sideroad just outside Milton and view the escarpment as never before and even enjoy a wine tasting. Pop into the farm in the heart of Halton and try free samples and maybe find dad’s Father’s Day gift! Visit http://scotchblockwinery.com/ for this Milton vineyard’s full wine list.

Kelso Conservation Area, immediately north of Burlington, has changed over from a nordic to summer playground. Camp, boat, rock climb, mountain bike and more at one of the most breathtaking vantage points of the escarpment there is. Visit Halton Parks online for information about all of their parks as well as upcoming events at http://www.conservationhalton.ca/parks.

Sitting between Oakville and Burlington, Bronte Creek Provincial Park is another year-round venue for outdoor enthusiasts to take up their hobby. This provincial conservation site has a 50m deep ravine, disc golf course, children’s farm, heritage Spruce Lane Farm House (c. 1899) with loads of interactive programs and of course, not to be forgotten is the huge outdoor pool. Sign up now for Ghost Walks happening at the park this August. Visit https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/brontecreek for more on Bronte Creek Provincial Park.

Burlington is surrounded by the beautiful escarpment and conservation sites, beaches and parks — discover it this summer!

Want to know more about the Burlington area and the exciting listings that are currently available? Contact me at mariongoard@kw.com or 905-330-5201!


Outdoor adventure in Burlington for new residents

 Monday, June 4, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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According to MoneySense Magazine Burlington is consistently a top-ranked mid-sized city in Canada, and part of the reason why is because of Burlington’s easy access to nature and its proximity to outdoor adventure! For newcomers to Burlington, you’ll find great outdoor destinations a short drive away – mainly, Bronte Creek Provincial Park, the Lake Ontario coastline, Burlington Beach and the Niagara Escarpment. Here are a few more spots and neighbourhoods to explore:

Elizabeth Gardens is an incredible neighbourhood bordering Lake Ontario. Burloak Waterfront Park is home to a splash pad for kids and great pier. Elizabeth Gardens is also minutes from Bronte Creek Provincial Park for even more nature-centric outings and family events. Many great franchise eateries and amenities can be found in one of Burlington’s most affordable areas, with plenty of options in housing!

The neighbouring community of Pinedale is great for young professionals who need to commute to Toronto or Hamilton – it’s within walking distance of Appleby GO station! After work, Pinedale locals have access to the many nature trails and forested areas all through the community. Take a bike path across Burlington after you’ve settled into your digs and really get to know the city. Also since it borders Oakville, Pinedale residents get some extra perks!

Alton Village is a tight-knit community in the city’s north east. Norton Community Park and the Alton Branch of the Burlington Public Library offer neighbours excellent grounds to bond. Cosy up by the library fireplace and share a conversation or gather in a driveway movie-night at the neighbour’s, all summer long in Alton Village!

Burlington has so many excursions – the best way to choose your favourite is to get out and explore the city you now call home!