Tucked between the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment (which is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) and the wooded Bruce Trail, Burlington offers the intrinsic attractions of a scenic location bordering Lake Ontario. And while everything may seem charmingly rural, Burlington is conveniently located within one hour of international airports in Buffalo, Toronto and Hamilton. Which is proof to planners that staging conferences at Burlington event venues can add surprising value.
When it comes to unique, large-scale venues, Burlington and its environs excel with evocative style. Chief among the city’s meeting venues, Burlington Convention Centre features 20,000 square feet of flexible space; it is suitable for groups of up to 1,800 and is popular for trade shows, training seminars and product launches. Other venues include the Burlington Performing Arts Centre that has recently opened in the downtown core. The Centre caters to conferences, galas and elaborate awards presentations; its main 718-seat theater fitted with excellent acoustics, a six-story fly tower and orchestra pit. Elsewhere, the Observatory at Discovery Landing is a glass building, which overlooks the waterfront, provides a stunning, light-filled place for receptions, product launches or wine-tasting events.
With more than nine brand name hotels, the city offers more than 1,000 guest rooms. Hotel venues in Burlington include the Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington, which overlooks the lakeshore and offers meeting facilities.
For a touch of natural elegance, the Royal Botanical Gardens, set on 2,700 acres, offers outdoor and indoor settings for up to 500 guests. For intimate welcome receptions, planners often book the historic Paletta Lakefront Mansion, which was allegedly deeded to Laura Secord.
Catering to discriminating planners specializing in meetings, incentives and sports travel, Burlington offers a dedicated program, led by talented experts eager to facilitate unique programs. Several restaurants that specialize in local products offer culinary programs. The Burlington Arts Centre, which hosts Canada’s largest permanent collection of contemporary ceramics, offers meeting space as well as instructive pottery and weaving sessions. For an upbeat event, planners often bus clients to the OLG Slots at Mohawk Racetrack for a “night at the races”.
Meanwhile, some of the most rousing and competitive incentives are held in Burlington’s many sports arenas, such as the famed Climbers Rock Indoor Climbing Gym that hosted the 2011 Canadian National Bouldering Championship. In addition, Burlington’s location is a boon to unique incentives; the Bruce Trail is a nature wonderland for hiking and biking team building exercises.
Hosting an event in Burlington, Ontario?
Burlington, Ontario, is ranked by Maclean’s Magazine as Canada’s best community and best place to raise a family. It is conveniently located between Toronto and Niagara Falls, at the centre of southern Ontario’s “Golden Horseshoe”.
It is surrounded by the spectacular natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment and Lake Ontario. The city has a quaint and picturesque downtown, a vibrant arts and cultural community, oodles of boutiques and specialty shops, and culinary delights for every palate. And can accommodate groups up to 1,800 people with more than 1,200 guest rooms and over 300 restaurants.
The city offers world-class urban amenities, including shopping and dining and is home to some of Ontario’s top festivals and events. Attractions include the world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, museums, art galleries, golf courses, scenic hiking and biking trails and lively festivals such as Sound of Music and Canada’s Largest Ribfest.
The city is conveniently accessible from 4 international airports (Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo and Buffalo), VIA Rail, GO Transit, and Ontario’s major highways including the 401, 403, 407 and QEW. Safe, clean and convenient, this beautiful urban oasis on the lake has all the amenities you need for a successful meeting or conference.
Local residents are immensely proud of their hometown and will welcome you with open arms.
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Featured Hotels and Facilities in Burlington, Ontario:
- The Courtyard by Marriott Burlington
- Royal Botanical Gardens
- Burlington Performing Arts Centre
- Burlington Convention Centre
- Discovery Landing
- NUVO Network, Coworking Space
- Comfort Inn
- Best Western
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Homewood Suites by Hilton
- Holiday Inn
- The Waterfront Hotel Downtown
- Pearle Hotel
- McMaster University DeGroote School of Business
Event Planners of Burlington, Ontario:
|Burlington Event Planners|
|Burlington Convention Centre|
|the ATRIUM, Hospitality Professionals|
|Fluid Events Inc.|
|Dayna Lyle, Event Coordinator|
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