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Fall Events and Festivals in Halton

Fall Has Arrived

Fall is here and there are so many ways to celebrate the season. Whether that’s going for a hike at Mount Nemo and experiencing the beautiful colours or visiting some fall festivals and events.

Halton is a large area and each community has there own events to check out. Burlington has a festival that you might consider going to that’s perfect for the whole family, the Harvest Festival. And in Oakville you might want to visit their Autumn Festival and then Halton Hills you have one last chance to get to their farmers market.

Burlington: Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival runs every weekend starting September 22nd to October 28th at Springridge Farms 10am – 4pm. This event is perfect for the whole family. Activities include wagon rides, spooky barn, singing chicken show, goat mountain, spider web climber and farm yard pip slide. You’ll also have access to The Farm Yard which includes the animal barn, giant sand box, corn trail, tube slide, bale jumping and the escarpment lookout. Springridge Farms also offers pony rides for an additional cost of $15. 

Admission to the festival is $13 per person ages 2-92 (includes HST). However, there’s no charge if you’re interested in just visiting the gift shop, bakery or farmers market. And Springridge Farms will be having a bbq with a great menu for the whole family.

Fall has always been harvest time for rural Burlington and farms have a history of celebrating this time of year with festivals and events. In addition, Burlington conservation areas offer guided educational walks. But Burlington isn’t the only city to host a series of events, Oakville has many as well. You’re able to find the entire list on their respective websites.

Oakville: Autumn Harvest

Looking for something to do on the weekend in Oakville look no further than the Autumn Harvest festival. This festival is held every Saturday in October from 1pm – 4pm. You can join others and celebrate the beautiful fall colours in downtown Oakville. There will be hayrides through downtown with the pickup location being Towne Square. 

Maybe ghosts are more your thing, Oakville Historical Society will be a hosting a ghost walk. This costs $12 per person and $6 per child. Downtown Oakville is a beautiful place to explore with many shops and walking trails by the lake. Halton Hills also offers up some great fall festivals and events that you and your family might like to check out.

Halton Hills: Georgetown Farmers Market

There’s nothing quite like a farmers market on a Saturday morning in the fall. Georgetown hosts one every Saturday from 8am – 12:30pm until October 13th. This is the last weekend so make sure you get out there and support your local community. The farmers market is located along Main St between James St and Church St as well as in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Church and Main. There are more events happening throughout the whole month, so be sure to visit Halton Hills events calendar. 

What Will You Discover This Fall?

There are endless amounts of activities to discover this fall in Halton and since there are so many beautiful communities you won’t have a weekend with out something to do. Make sure you get out and explore this stunning season!

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September 2018 STATs for Burlington

The chart above, Residential Market Activity for RAHB Areas, illustrates how much the average price for Burlington has changed and it’s showing us how much each area has changed since last year. We can see that there were a total of 247 sales for the month of September, which is an increase compared to last year.

 

The Average Residential Price by District graph indicates to us that Burlington is doing well from the escarpment to the bay. And that it continues to remain a hot area. You’re also able to see the average cost of a home for the month of September in each area.

The chart above, Residential Marketing Activity, includes area 35, which are the neighbourhoods of Millcroft and Headen Forest. We can see the sales activity was 86 for the month of September, down 2.4% but still up from 2016.

RAHB reported 948 sales of residential properties and a 4.6% increase over the same month last year. And that The Sales to New Listing Ratio was 50.1% – indicating that the overall residential market for the RAHB area is in a balanced position.

With a Sales to Listing Price Ratio of 98.4% we can see that this area of Burlington continues to do well. Millcroft and Headen Forest continue to stay consistent and the average time a home is on the market at 27.8%.

For more in-depth statistics and additional metrics, please refer to RAHB’s Burlington Residential Marketing Report for September 2018. 

And if you’re thinking of selling your home please make sure you contact us. We are ready to help you find what you’ve been dreaming of.

City of Burlington 2018 Proposed Operating Budget and Tax

City of Burlington has proposed a new operating budget and city tax increase of 4.19% in 2018. The officials are  planning to meet and discuss on Thursday Jan 18. And scheduled for council approval on Monday Jan 22.

Most of the budget will be going towards renewal of city infrastructure, followed by transit and fire protection. And a generous amount for enhancing and maintenance of city sport fields.

“Despite a number of significant budget pressures like the increase to Ontario’s minimum wage effective Jan. 1, 2018, and funding needed to address operational challenges in transit, Burlington’s proposed operating budget continues to ensure our assets are renewed and maintained in a fiscally responsible manner. Since 2011, overall tax increases in Burlington have averaged 1.9 per cent. In a comparison of property taxes in municipalities in the Great Toronto Hamilton Area, Burlington’s property taxes are the third lowest for a residential single-family detached home.”  said Joan Ford, City of Burlington Treasurer and Director of Finance

Proposed 2018 Operating Budget
Proposed 2018 Operating Budget

This is true when examined. Burlington appears to be 4th lowest for residential single-family detached home. Hamilton being the highest. Not to mention voted #1 mid sized city in Canada.

City Residential, Urban RT Tax %
Toronto 0.6616472
Milton 0.722042
Oakville 0.752824
Burlington 0.844535
Mississauga 0.849372
Brampton 1.067852
Flamborough 1.212147
Stoney Creek 1.216721
Ancaster 1.218259
Glanbrook 1.229302
Hamilton 1.312168

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