The distance between Burlington and Parliament Hill is approximately 507 km by highway. It can be said the riding is at a bit of a crossroads, as highways 403, 407 and the Queen Elizabeth Way all intersect here.
The proximity to Lake Ontario moderates local winter temperatures. It also benefits from the sheltering effect of the Niagara Escarpment.
Some of the waterways that flow through this riding are Grindstone Creek and Sheldon Creek.
Hendrie Valley is located in the riding’s south. It’s a 100-hectare nature sanctuary that features forests and a 60-hectare river-mouth marsh complex.
About 22% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the United Kingdom, Philippines, and India.
Spanish, Polish, and German are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 1% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $58,418.
The Burlington Sound of Music Festival is Canada’s largest free festival. It’s spread across the waterfront and throughout the downtown core.
Stop and smell the roses at the Royal Botanical Gardens. It’s a National Historic Site, as well as the largest botanical garden in Canada.
There are a number of golf courses in this riding, including the Wedgewood Golf Centre, Tyandaga Golf Course, and the Burlington Golf and Country Club.
Spencer Smith Park served as a filming location for the superhero film X-Men (2000).
Rock bands Finger Eleven and Walk Off The Earth were both formed in Burlington.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a sister city of Burlington.
Burlington gets its name from “Burlington Bay,” now known as Hamilton Harbour, which lies at the western tip of Lake Ontario. The name “Burlington” came from the town of Bridlington, in England.
The top industries are retail trade, manufacturing, and health care and social assistance. About 13% of the riding’s labour force is employed in the retail sector.
The unemployment rate was 5.9% in 2011.
Around 59% of the riding has some sort of post-secondary education.
A monumental annual city-wide event helps clean up the city. More than 55,000 participants have joined the effort, resulting in cleaner parks, streams, and neighbourhoods.
The Hendrie Valley Sanctuary used to have a bad carp problem since the invasive species would destroy the ecologically important marshland complex. Small carp barriers and artificial river banks have been put in place to keep the invading fish out of the habitat.
In 1669, while trying to find a sea route to China, famous French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, ended up in Burlington instead. Where he landed is now a park dedicated to him.
The idea for the Royal Botanical Gardens came about in the 1920s as a way to beautify Hamilton, Burlington’s neighbouring city. The garden was given formal permission in 1930 by King George V to be called “Royal Botanical Gardens.”