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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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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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Burlington scored best mid-sized city in Canada – Fifth year in a row

July 4th 2017 was a proud day for all Burlington residents, and all those in the past and present working hard to make Burlington, a true gem of a city! According to MoneySense, Burlington is best mid-sized city in Canada and the second best city in Ontario to live in.

MoneySense uses their own methodology to establish a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities and towns, taking into account things like demographics, unemployment, income & wealth, affordability, taxation, mobility, crime, weather, health care, amenities, culture & community. This year was their 14th edition and they’ve included even more cities in the report, about 417 cities to be exact.

Burlington scored high with having low crime, great weather and high wealth and incomes. It is also considered a top place to retire and a welcoming place for new Canadians.

Here is a summary of their 2017 reports (looking at Ontario and how Burlington compares):

Burlington is 2nd best place to live in Ontario after Ottawa.

Burlington  is 4th best place to retire in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 7th best place for weather in Ontario after Thorold.

Burlington is 14th best place for new Canadians in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 20th best place to raise kids in Ontario, after Oakville.

Overall, Burlington scored well and is an awesome city to live, work and play in. The city has come a long way and it’s continuously improving and growing. There are new developments all around, infrastructure upgrades, social and cultural programs underway. It’s a thriving city that’s got something for everyone. Situated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, well connected to all the major highways, positioned by lake Ontario – Burlington real estate is a good choice.

Burlington Mayor, Rick Goldring commented on MoneySense 2017 best places to live in Canada report: “There are many moving parts that go into creating a city, from economic prosperity to cultural vibrancy, from preserving history to building healthy communities. This is an acknowledgement of all of the people, past and present, who have worked to make Burlington the great city it is today.”

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