Burlington

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Introduction

The city of Burlington is in Southern Ontario at the western end of Lake Ontario. The city is located between Hamilton and Oakville. It is considered part of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) but is actually part of the Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area. By Canadian standards, it's a smaller city with the population of just over 185,000.

Geographical

Burlington has a total land area of 187 sq. km (73 sq. miles). Most people live in the southof the Parkway Belt and Highway #407. North of this is agricultural, conservation and some rural housing.


Transportation

Burlington is served by the 403/QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) and 407ETR express toll route. Dundas Street from Toronto also goes all the way to Burlington.

GO Transit provides commuter trains to Toronto from Burlington, Appleby, and Aldershot GO stations. VIA inter-city trains call at Aldershot and at neighbouring Oakville.

Local transit consists of buses operated by Burlington Transit; buses serve destinations within Burlington, with some routes into Oakville to the east and Hamilton to the west.

Weather

Burlington has a variety of weather with summers being hot and humid, temperatures can be well over 30C for several days at a time in the summer. Fall is a very pleasant time of year, the summer humidity has gone and temperatures can remain in the 20's into mid-October. Winters are cold, temperatures can reach -15C and it can feel even colder at times with the wind chill. Although it shares the temperate climate found in Southern Ontario, its proximity to Lake Ontario does moderate winter temperatures and it also benefits from a sheltering effect of the Niagara Escarpment so it can receive less snowfall than other areas.

Education

There are several schools within the city of Burlington. Halton District School Board

Public High Schools

Catholic Schools

Private Schools

Universities

Currently the nearest Universities are located in other cities however in 2004 the mayor of Burlington signed a deal with McMaster University in Hamilton to bring a new campus to the University which is to be located in Burlington. This campus is under construction.

Related information

Burlington, Ontario - Detailed City Profile - A good source of information for Burlington (weather, demographics, employments, etc.)