Burlington Housing Guide


The City of Burlington is located in Southern Ontario on the north shore of Lake Ontario between Hamilton and Toronto. The Canada 2016 Census population of Burlington is 183,314.

Many annual free festivals take place in Spencer Smith Park, including Canada’s Largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day, Children’s Festival and Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Some of the main attractions in Burlington include Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Sound of Music Festival, Art Gallery of Burlington, Mapleview Mall, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and Spencer Smith Park. Most of these amenities are located near the city’s municipal offices in the downtown core.

Some of the best hiking in the world can be done in the local sections of the Bruce Trail and Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO-designated World Biosphere Reserve, as well as along the 20 km Waterfront Trail that skirts the northern shore of Lake Ontario.

Kerncliff Park, in an abandoned quarry on the boundary with Waterdown, is a naturalized area on the lip of the Niagara Escarpment. The Bruce Trail runs through the park, at many points running along the edge of the cliffs, providing a clear overlook of Burlington, the Burlington Skyway Bridge, Hamilton, and Oakville. On a clear day, one can see the CN Tower in Toronto, approximately 50 km (31 mi) from the park.

Burlington is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens, which has the world’s largest lilac collection.

Ontario’s botanical garden and National Historic Site of Canada features over 2,700 acres (11 km2) of gardens and nature sanctuaries. There are 115 parks and 580 ha of parkland within the city. Several conservation areas are minutes away and feature year-round activities. Mount Nemo Conservation Area is minutes from the 401 and QEW, while Bronte Creek Provincial Park is located along the eastern boundary of the city and features a campground and recreational activities and events year-round.

The Art Gallery of Burlington shows various exhibits throughout the year, from local to national, and houses the largest collection of Canadian ceramics. The exhibition spaces are fully-accessible and free of charge to visitors.

The Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House are also popular attractions. Joseph Brant Museum has ongoing exhibits on the history of Burlington, the Eileen Collard Costume Collection, Captain Joseph Brant and the visible storage gallery. Ireland House at Oakridge Farm is a history museum depicting family life from the 1850s to the 1920s.

The Woolcott Team is proud to work with some of the top Burlington real estate agents around. This team of Burlington realtors know the city inside and out, providing potential home buyers with an edge while looking for their dream home.

Alton Village

Alton Village is the newest residential community in Burlington, Ontario. This community, located in the northeast corner of the city, was first developed in 2006. The homes in this area are generally two storeys, and feature a mix of detached, semi-detached and townhome layouts. With quick access to the QEW Toronto and 407 ETR, our experts at The Woolcott Team find that these homes are popular because they help make the commuting lifestyle a little easier. Our Burlington realtors also say it’s popular for families, with a huge new recreational centre and skateboard park right in the neighbourhood.

The prominent builders in this area are: Mattamy Homes, Branthaven Homes, Sundial Homes and Emery Homes. There are a number of shopping areas located directly in the Alton Village area, including the Alton Smart Centre, which features, among many other stores, a Wal-Mart. Also in this area is a Starbucks, Winner’s, Cora’s Diner, Longo’s supermarket and a walk-in health clinic.


The Orchard, which is right at the border between Burlington and Oakville, is one of Burlington’s newest communities. The neighbourhood’s east side is bordered completely by the sprawling Bronte Provincial Park, where residents can hike and take in the views.

Development in this community began in the late 1990’s and features a number of different home types, perfect for almost any budget, including 2-storey detached units, condominiums and semi-detached homes.

The major homebuilders in this Burlington neighbourhood are Mattamy Homes, Sundial Homes, Fernbrook Homes and Branthaven Homes.

The Orchard offers a convenient location to its residents, with easy access to the Millcroft Shopping Centre at Appleby Line and Upper Middle. Here, there is a Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart and multiple bank branches. Access to the 407 ETR couldn’t be easier, as the highway is just above Dundas Street at Appleby Line.

Tansley & Corporate

The Tansley and Corporate neighbourhood in Burlington is often linked with Palmer, which is an older development to the west. Located in central Burlington, it is fairly new as development began in the early 2000’s. There are a large variety of homes to suit any needs. This area is also home to the Village of Brantwell, an adult community, which features bungaloft condo townhomes, for those looking for low-maintenance living.

Some of the great family features of this neighbourhood are the Tansley Woods Library and the Tansley Woods Park. There is also the Tansley Woods Centre for Learning and Leisure, complete with a pool, which is a great facility for events and functions.

Tansley and Corporate are just north of three highway accesses to the QEW Toronto and minutes away from the Appleby GO Station.

Pinedale, Dynes & Longmoor

The Pinedale, Dynes and Longmoor area in Burlington is a neighbourhood stretched across the southern part of the city. Spanning from Guelph Line to Burloak, this neighbourhood is close to Burlington’s prized Lakeshore area and the downtown core. It also features plenty of great schools. Burlington Mall and several other small shopping plazas are scattered throughout the area, offering easy convenience for residents.

Homes in this area were typically built in the late 1960s to early 1970s and feature large lots. According to our team of Burlington realtors, the average lot size is about 50 feet of frontage and 100 feet of depth. As this is an older area, most of the homes are detached, single-family homes. There are townhomes, but they are newer and certainly more difficult to find.

This area is known to be great for commuters, with four different accesses to the QEW Toronto and its close proximity to both the Burlington and Appleby GO Stations.

Elizabeth Gardens

Set in the southeast corner of Burlington, Elizabeth Gardens offers many advantages to its residents to make it a very attractive place to live. Access to Lake Ontario and the QEW to Toronto are minutes away, and the neighbourhood is in the middle of both the Burlington and Oakville downtown cores.

The Burloak Waterfront Park, which straddles the border of Burlington and Oakville, boasts over 800 metres of shoreline and is a great place to enjoy a picnic or take a long, lazy stroll.

An eclectic mix of homes is found in this area. Executive luxury homes on Lakeshore Road and beautiful townhomes mixed in with mature homes create a diverse mix of properties that is unlike any other development in Burlington.

Residents are just south of the QEW Toronto and have easy access to amenities in both Burlington and Oakville.


This older mature neighbourhood was built in the mid-1980’s around the Millcroft Golf Course. This North Burlington development also features newer surveys, which have been added in stages throughout the years. The streets are well landscaped and offer gorgeous views of the golf course. There are two elementary schools directly in the neighbourhood, with high schools are just outside.

The major builders in the Millcroft development are Monarch Homes, Fernbrook Homes and Mattwood Homes. The homes in the Millcroft neighbourhood are a range of three and four bedroom home layouts set on well-sized lots. There are also some condo townhomes and bungalows available.

This neighbourhood has easy access to the 407 ETR, and the QEW Toronto is just a short distance away.

North Burlington

North Burlington is a place like none other in Burlington. This rural area is expansive – it covers most of Burlington north of Dundas St to Derry Rd. There is truly a mix of homes in this area, from large, estate homes in the Bluffs, upscale developments in Kilbride, and smaller rural homes with beautiful, private settings. North Burlington offers homeowners country living in a city setting. Easy access to shopping, the 407 ETR and the 401 for the commuter lifestyle mixed with the quiet and peacefulness for those looking to get away from it all make this area the best of both worlds.

North Burlington is filled with beautiful green space and many hike-worthy forests. Golf lovers enjoy the area, as there are many private and public courses to choose from. Rock climbers flock to the area from Toronto and the Golden Horseshoe area to both hike and climb the Luxury limestone routes on Mount Nemo.

Palmer & Headon Forest

The Palmer and Headon Forest developments in central Burlington are mature, well-located areas. With many of the homes being built over 20 years ago, the tree-lined streets and yards have had time to mature and beautify the area. There are many parks, including Palmer Park, which is also home to Lester B. Pearson Secondary School.

Detached, single-family homes are the dominant style in this family-friendly neighbourhood. Most homes are located on large lots and are mostly brick exterior homes. The homes in the Palmer neighbourhood range from about 25-40 years old. The major builders in these developments are Mattamy Homes, Lambton Homes and Costain Homes.

As this is one of the more central neighbourhoods in Burlington, there is easy access to shopping and highways. The 407 ETR runs just to the west of the development, and the QEW Toronto is easily accessible with a short drive south.

Roseland & Shoreacres

The Roseland and Shoreacres neighbourhoods in Burlington, Ontario are placed together because of their proximity and similarity in composition. These neighbourhoods can be found in the south end of Burlington, bordered by Lake Ontario to the south, New Street to the north, Guelph Line to the west and Appleby Line to the east.

This is a very quaint area of Burlington and it is mostly comprised of homes. Anything one needs is close, whether it is highway access, restaurants or the downtown core. As this is a more mature area in Burlington, many of the homes here are single family, detached homes. The homes found here vary in age and lot size, as the area has been built up over a long period of time.

There are many parks and schools found here, as well as the Nelson Recreation Centre, solidifying this area’s status as a family-friendly neighbourhood. Access to the QEW Toronto is just a 10-minute drive for most people living in this area.

Brant Hills

This neighbourhood, located in the northwest area of Burlington, is a very mature neighbourhood. Trees line the streets and the parks and walking trails are abundant. Elementary schools are also within walking distance, helping to make this a very family-oriented area. The Brant Hills neighbourhood is nestled into the bottom half of the Niagara Escarpment and features homes that range from 20 to 30 years old.

There are many services available in this neighbourhood, including access to the Bruce Trail, the Brant Hills Community Centre and the Brant Hills library. Accesses to both the 407 ETR and the QEW Toronto are within two kilometres.


The Mountainside neighbourhood is an exciting mix of new and old, and city and green area. Located between the 407 and the 403, this Burlington neighbourhood offers many advantages for its residents. In the summer months, locals can often be found relaxing poolside at the Mountainside Park and Pool or playing baseball in one of the many parks. In winter, parents shuffle their kids to the nearby Mountainside Arena.

Mountainside is also home to many services, such as the Mountainside Pharmacy, the Burlington Walk-in Centre, a Costco Wholesale, and just a stone’ throw away from the Cineplex Odeon theatres. There is even a carpool lot at both the 407 ETR and QEW Toronto exits, making it easy for residents to get to and from work.

Central Core:

Maple, Central & Plains

The Maple, Central and Plains neighbourhoods in Burlington, Ontario are also known as the downtown core. This area of Burlington is a major draw to tourists and locals alike, as the beautiful Spencer Smith Park on the lakefront features a great restaurant, a boardwalk, parks and lots of green area. Spencer Smith is also the venue for major events, such as the Burlington Ribfest, which is Canada’s largest, and the Sound of Music Festival.

Mapleview Shopping Centre features many luxury stores and brings in people from the surrounding areas. Shoppers also make sure to hit the south end of Brant Street, where many independent retailers offer gorgeous products, unique boutiques and top-notch service.

Homes in this area are a range of mature homes, renovated properties and townhomes. Many of the detached homes are over 50 years old, with the townhomes and condominiums being much newer.

Quick access to Joseph Brant Hospital, the 407 ETR, the QEW Toronto, the QEW Niagara and the Burlington GO Station make this a very desirable Burlington location.


The Tyandaga neighbourhood in Burlington offers its residents a much sought-after mix of convenience and privacy. This community is built up into the Niagara Escarpment and the features in this neighbourhood highlight the natural beauty. The beautiful Kerns Park sits at the north end of the development and has gorgeous walking trails. There is also the Tyandaga Municipal Golf Course, which many homes back onto.

The types of homes in this Burlington development vary. Building began in the 1970’s and continued on through the 1990’s. Detached and semidetached homes are the main types found in this area.

The Tyandaga neighbourhood is close to the QEW Toronto and the 407 ETR, with easy access directly from the main roads surrounding the area. A Cineplex Odeon movie theatre, Costco Wholesale and an Indigo Books, as well as many restaurants, are all within the Tyandaga neighbourhood.


Aldershot is a little community of its own in the west end of Burlington, Ontario. The Aldershot area is filled with green areas, including the famed Royal Botanical Gardens. Gorgeous cemeteries, Lasalle Park and the Burlington Golf and Country Club are just some of the many beautiful lands one finds here. Aldershot is also home to one of only a few natural

Magnetic Hills in Canada, which can be found on the northern section of King Road, just 4 km from downtown Burlington.

According to our team of top Burlington real estate agents, these homes are a mix of entry-level and luxury condominiums, new apartment complexes, and a range of detached homes for any price range. The area has been built up over a number of years, creating a unique mix of old and new homes.

A new interchange at the 403 and Waterdown Road makes access to both Toronto and Hamilton extremely easy. Aldershot also has its own GO Station, which provides convenient rail access to and from Toronto and beyond.