Home to approximately 158,900 residents and Halton Region's largest city, Burlington lies on the western edge of the GTA by the Niagara Escarpment. Once a bedroom community where young families valued the wide-open spaces but had a lengthy commute to work, Burlington now has its own surrounding suburbs, offering urban lifestyle and career opportunities.
Burlington's major employers include Maple Leaf Meats, The Cumis Group Limited, G.A. Love Foods and W. & H. Voortman Ltd. The majority of Burlington's 500 manufacturers base their operations in industrial parks along the QEW between Guelph Line and Burloak Dr. Burlington businesses and residents enjoy easy access to the QEW, Highways 403 and the soon to be completed 407.
Of Burlington's 40+ retail plazas, malls and centres, there are two main shopping centres; the Burlington Mall and Mapleview Centre. Village Square is an Old English Tudor style village.
The combined resources of the Department of Parks & Recreation, the YW-YMCA and Halton District School Board account for a range of services and activities, including five outdoor and three indoor pools, five hockey arenas, three skating rinks and a large number of tennis courts. Other popular lifestyles include golf, sailing, boating and horseback riding.
The waterfront, which is close to the downtown core, is a big part of the city's history and remains a valued community asset. Plans for its revitalization include a waterfront pier and marina, expanded walking and recreational trail networks, an outdoor performance area, improved pedestrian connections between the waterfront and downtown and dining facilities that take advantage the beautiful Lake Ontario view.
New home sites continue to rise up in Burlington. Divided into 15 different real estate neighbourhoods, options run the gamut from townhouse developments and single-family dwellings for first-time buyers to estate properties situated on lush golf courses.