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Halton Events for February and March 2020

Halton Events To Look Forward To

There are always so many fun and family friendly events and activities happening in Halton. Burlington is part of the Halton region and its a beautiful place to explore. From the shores of Lake Ontario to the incredible views from the Niagara Escarpment. Today I’ll feature 5 different Halton events that you need to check out.

Walking Tour – Downtown Burlington

When: Saturday, February 8th from 10:30am to 11:30am

Where: 414 Locust Street, Burlington

About: Explore downtown Burlington and learn more about the city with Alan Harrington. This event will happen rain or shine so come prepared for various weather conditions. This is a great event if you’re interested in learning more about this beautiful city.

Family Day Winter Fun

When: Sunday, February 16th from 10am to 4pm

Where: Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville

About: Bring the whole family and enjoy some Family Day activities. You’ll explore the children’s farm and Playbarn, meet some animals check out the great demonstrations. It’ll be a fun day and we know your family will love every minute of it.

Museum After Hours – Discover the Myths and Mysteries of The Great Lakes

When: Thursday, February 27th from 6pm to 8pm

Where: Joseph Brant Museum, 1240 North Shore, Burlington

About: Spend the evening learning with access to all the galleries, the special visiting exhibition; Giants, Dragons and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creature. And enjoy a unique presentation from Swim Drink Fish Canada about the myths and mysteries of our Great Lakes. There will be snacks and refreshments provided at this event.

Maple Syrup Festival

When: March 1st, 7th & 8th, 14th – 22nd and the 28th & 29th

Where: Bronte Creek Provincial Park, 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville

About: Learn about the history of Maple Syrup at Bronte Creek Provincial Park in Oakville. The Provincial Park is located on a heritage farm from the 1900s. Other activities will include; the pancake house, maple syrup candy, fresh maple taffy, guided tours of Maple Lane, gift shop, wagon rides, visit the farm animals, historical tours, family activities and so much more.

Taste of Burlington Prix-Fixe Dining

When: Sunday March 1st from 11:30am to 10pm

Where: Participating restaurants in Burlington

About: This event is happening across Burlington and participating restaurants with lunch being offered at $15, $20 and $25. And dinner being offered at $30, $35 and $40. This is a fun way to try some restaurants you’ve never been to before or to go to an old favourite and try something different.

Contact Lori VanDinther

What’s better than trying out a new restaurant? There are events listed here I know I’ll be trying, it’s nice to keep busy during the winter. Another way to keep busy is to explore some great open houses and check out what’s on the market. I love helping people find their dream home and I know together we can find yours. Contact me today and let’s start the journey.

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Holiday Shopping in Downtown Burlington

Holiday Shopping in Burlington

Holiday shopping has never been easier when you take a trip to downtown Burlington. Brant Street and the surrounding streets host lovely shoppes with unique items. These items range from outdoor to beautiful jewellery. Let’s go on an adventure downtown Burlington and see what shopping we can accomplish today. First up is Joelle’s, a gorgeous women’s clothing store.


Address: 475 Brant Street

Open: Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

About Joelle’s: A locally owned women’s clothing store, Joelle’s has been offering fantastic clothing and accessories since 1996. The store is family friendly offering a supply of maternity and nursing clothing. Joelle made sure that the store had stroller access. And in recent years Jeff’s Guyshop opened up at the back of the store offering men fashions.

Jeff’s Guyshop

Address: 427 Brant Street

Open: Monday – Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday & Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 12pm – 5pm

About Jeff’s Guyshop: Jeff’s offers a great selection of mens clothing in a family friendly atmosphere. You can also find great accessories as well. This is a great place to find the perfect gift for Christmas this year. Jeff’s Guyshop was established in 2002 when Jeff’s wife Joelle (that’s right!) had a selection of men’s clothing in Joelle’s. Eventually becoming it’s own shop at the back of Joelle’s “offering moderately priced, high quality, well branded, sensible style.”

Downtown Burlington offers so many great options when it comes to shopping for the holidays and anytime of year. Down the street from Jeff’s and Joelle’s is Centro Garden. A unique experience that is one you’ll not forget, from outdoor to indoor this shop has it all.

Centro Garden

Address: 437 Brant Street

Open: Monday – Sunday 10am – 6pm and open until 8pm on Fridays

About Centro Garden: Centro offers a mix of indoor and outdoor decor and accessories. “A living design and style store that brings the real to life.” You’ll find lots of local artisan work and “plant centric” culture. Centro is a group of local individuals that are excited about design, art, style, gardens and “all things green.”

This is a place where you can buy some beautiful soaps, a lovely plant, a candle or two, maybe a scarf and then some gorgeous jewellery. But maybe you have someone on your list that had a love of books. A Different Drummer is a wonderful place to find the perfect books for that book lover in your life.

A Different Drummer Books

Address: 573 Locust Street

Open: Monday – Thursday 9am – 6pm, Friday 9am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm

About A Different Drummer Books: Established 45 years ago, A Different Drummer Books is independently owned and has been a staple in the Downtown Burlington shopping experience. This is a quant shoppe that gives you a personal and welcoming atmosphere.

Here you’ll find books of all topics with a staff that is happy to help you find the perfect gift and maybe a book for yourself. If you love the unique experience of the stores and shoppes mentioned above then you’ll be thrilled to check out The Little Popup Shoppe for your holiday shopping. This is a very special addition to the Village Square.

The Little Popup Shoppe

Address: 2045 Pine Street (in The Village Square behind Tamp Coffee)

Open: Tuesday – Sundays (or by chance)

About The Little Popup Shoppe: Talk about unique experience, The Little Popup Shoppe is a completely different kind of store compared to everything on this list. In that this shoppe has a rotating inventory every month. Meaning you can visit every month and find new and exciting items to buy or dream about.

The best part of visiting this shoppe is seeing what new and wonderful items they have that range from clothing to accessories to art. it’s so special to support local stores downtown Burlington because supporting local businesses helps support Burlington local economy and what a great feeling.

Contact Lori Today

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of our wonderful shops and local businesses in Downtown Burlington. And there are so many more places, I couldn’t list them all in this blog. We have to mention Kelly’s Bake Shop quickly right now because after all that walking around you might need a cupcake. If you love Burlington as much as I do and have been thinking about moving here contact me a call today and I know I can find you the home of your dreams.

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Independent Senior Living In Burlington

Senior Living In Burlington 

independent senior living in Burlington is gaining popularity. This no surprise since independence is something we all want for long as possible. It’s very important for REALTORS® to comprehend the importance independent senior living.

Many seniors are encouraged to sell everything they own and move into a care facility even if they aren’t ready. It’s important to remember that a lot of people have lived in their homes for many years. And This can be a difficult process for them. Burlington has quite a few great senior living residence that offer independence. And they might help to make this next stage in life a bit easier.

Encouraging Alternatives 

It’s wonderful when REALTORS® encourage alternatives to care facilities. Often these care facilities remove a lot of independence and it can be discouraging to someone who isn’t ready for that lifestyle.

Adult lifestyle communities are on the rise in recent years and are growing in popularity among many seniors. These communities usually require someone to be age 55 plus.

Two Senior Women Playing Dominoes At Day Care Centre
Burlington’s Independent Senior Living 

While there are quite a few places in the area here some of Burlington’s senior living communities that are worth checking out. Some of them are listed below.

The Heritage Place Burlington 

The Williamsburg

Pine and Pearl Retirement Residence 

Burlington Gardens 

Heritage Place
Heritage Place
Life Lease, What Does It Mean? 

Life lease is when you pay a lump sum out as a deposit and there’s very little change in the rates. Meaning the purchaser will now own the house for the rest of their life.

Recently these communities have become very popular. And they have started to meet the housing and support service challenges. Which are issues that are often faced by the aging Canadian population.

These life lease communities are allowing residents to be more active when it comes to managing their properties. And they are also playing an important role in the lives of seniors, with organized activities and events.

Seniors can often feel lonely when they are living in their family home. And these senior communities offer them a way to experience life again and the joy that comes with making new friends and being social.

Some of these life lease communities that are offering independent senior living are The Gardens in Burlington and The Village at St. Elizabeth Mills in Hamilton. Wellness support is very important in a seniors life. Maintaining your health is important at any stage but can present more challenges as we age.

The Gardens
The Gardens
Wellness Support and Independent Senior Living 

Personal car workers can be a vital part of our healthcare and especially so when we age. When seniors decide to stay at home and not move, it’s often personal care workers that come in and help with a mix of things. 

They offer companionship, house keeping, medical services (such as nursing), wound care and therapy. Bayshore Healthcare is a service that offers many of these services. These services can come in handy if a senior is living at home or living in garden suite and secondary suites as well. 

Garden and Secondary Suites

What are garden and secondary suites? They’re a pre-made structure that is installed in the backyard of a home. Much like an in law suite but it’s not attached to the home. The Ontario government is attempting to make it easier to create a secondary suite in their Housing Supply Action Plan. It’s a great alternative for a senior that wants to be close to family. 

Independent Senior Living 

There are so many options for seniors that offer a variety of living independently. Quality of life is so important for our mental health. And when we approach our senior years it’s important to remember that the loss of independence can be difficult. And That’s why it’s so encouraging to see so many wonderful and beautiful senior communities around Burlington.

Contact Lori 

If you or a family member are curious about senior communities please contact me. I can help you find the community that’s the right fit or we can talk about other alternatives. I can be reached directly at 905.330.2002 or by email info@loriv.com