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11:30 AM| 1382 Ontario Street
Following the Opening Ceremony, Alan Harrington of the Burlington Heritage Society will provide a memorable walking tour of the historic area surrounding St. Luke’s. The tour will highlight places of interest and the stories of several Burlington’s residents who left a lasting legacy with the community. Meet at the north side of the St. Luke’s Hall (1382 Ontario St.) by the cemetery gate. The tour will end at the Gazebo in Spencer Smith Park. In-person and register at email@example.com. Comfortable walking shoes, a sunhat and sunscreen or other weather appropriate wear are recommended for your enjoyment.
10:00 AM| 1382 Ontario Street
Take a walk through the world of quilts with the Halton Quilters Guild. See award-winning quilts through our history. Learn how quilts make a difference in our community (e.g., donations to our community partners, hospitals) and can build a community well beyond its boundaries. Watch demonstrations of quilt-making and have an opportunity to create something to take home. Donations accepted to the Burlington Food Bank and Compassion Society. In-person. No registration.
10:45 AM| 1400 Lakeshore Road (Spencer Smith Park - meet by the clock next to Rotary Centennial Pond)
Join Alan Harrington of the Burlington Historical Society on a walk from Spencer Smith Park to the Beach Canal/Lighthouse. Enjoy hearing stories along the route and looking at locations of interest. The beauty of the walk is much of it takes place in the shade along a paved trail. Hear about the history of this unique natural area and community. This walk will include the use of some modern technology; see how it can blend together with heritage. Meet by the clock next to the Rotary Centennial Pond in Spencer Smith Park at 1400 Lakeshore Rd. The walk will end at the canal bridge or may be extended to a visit to the outside of the lighthouse and keeper’s cottage on the southside of the bridge with the Beach Canal Lighthouse Group. In-person and register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking lot fees may apply. Comfortable walking shoes, a sunhat and sunscreen or other weather appropriate wear are recommended for your enjoyment.
06:00 PM| 1240 North Shore Blvd. East
Burlington has two museum locations, the Joseph Brant Museum and the Ireland House Museum. The Joseph Brant Museum was opened in 1942 in a replica of Joseph Brant's original home and has become a community landmark through the years, displaying Burlington's culture and heritage with a collection of 25,000 items. Expanded and reopened in 2019, the Museum features both themed permanent and travelling exhibitions in the new exhibit space. For Heritage Week, the travelling exhibit, Canada’s Waterscapes, will offer insights into our natural heritage. In the evening, step back in time and explore Burlington’s past with a film screening of “The Eyes of Memory.” Produced by Burlington-based film company Cinema 16, the film premiered in 1973 for Burlington’s Centennial celebrations. Regular Museum admission will apply to enter galleries when open during the day. Free evening movie screening (6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. in Shoreline Room) with attendance including light refreshments and popcorn (while supplies last). In-person with a maximum of 40 people per screening time. Registration online.
07:00 PM| 2311 New Street
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and be ready to get taken away musically by the Burlington Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 50th anniversary. Many Burlington and area residents have enjoyed listening to a variety of music played in this 60-year-old landmark band shell venue throughout the decades. In-person. No registration.
06:00 PM| 680 Plains Road West
Join a RBG interpreter on this approximately 90-minute guided walk to discover the natural and cultural significance of the Burlington Heights landscape and why it was designated as a National Historic Site. In-person with a maximum of 20 participants. Registration required at rbg.ca/events.
07:00 PM| 2331 New Street
Join Indigenous educator, Darin Wybenga, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Coordinator for the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), to learn about the lands around us and the treaties that govern their use. At the end of the 17th century, MCFN Ancestors arrived at the western end of Lake Ontario. They occupied, controlled and stewarded over 4,000,000 acres of land, including the lands occupied by the present-day City of Burlington. Learn about the history of this land and how we can uphold treaties to ensure it is respected and protected for years to come. In-person. Register online at www.bpl.on.ca.
07:00 PM| 440 Locust Street
Join Don Thorpe, Burlington Historical Society and David Craig, History Pix, for a fun evening of trivia about Burlington’s past and the characters that made it. Be ready to be surprised, possibly shocked and definitely to laugh as you decide whether to go with your first answer or your second answer. Come by yourself or with a group to compete to answer questions and win points for bragging rights for what you know. In-person with a maximum of 160 participants. Register at burlingtonpac.ca/events/burlington-trivia-night/.
12:00 PM| 2331 New Street (Centennial Room)
Burlington has many service groups and organizations that have and continue to contribute to the well-being and welfare of the area’s history and heritages. This event offers these groups an opportunity to showcase their activities and provide presentations on their history in Burlington. Enjoy talking with members and checking out exhibits and displays. Listen to speakers as a variety of groups highlight their activities. In-person. No registration.
01:00 PM| 2331 New Street, Centennial Room
In keeping with the Doors Open Ontario theme of food, Heritage Burlington is happy to be able to bring together a special talk with a unique group of local farmers whose family history is older than Burlington. Listen about their families’ ties to the area, farming and the changing characteristics of agriculture. View some interesting heirlooms and artifacts. In-person with a maximum of 70 seats. No registration.
09:00 AM| 5800 Guelph Line (Lowville United Church)
The Kilbride History Group invites all for a bus tour and walk of four historic cemeteries and two churches, to learn about the early settlers and the history of the area. In-person. For more information and to register for the cemetery bus tour which starts at 9 a.m., please go to www.kilbridehistory.com and click on Events. Bring your own non-spillable water bottle.
10:00 AM| various
Visit several of Burlington’s notable cultural and historical landmarks as we celebrate Burlington 150+. All in-person Doors Open Burlington sites offer free admission and on-site activities. Learn more about the Doors Open Ontario theme of food as you explore Burlington’s culture and heritage. Locations on the tour include BackedByBees, Kilbride United Church, Burlington Model Railway Club and Union Burial Grounds with more sites joining. In-person. No registration. Visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.
01:00 PM| 1333 Lakeshore Road
Join Suzanne Carte, Senior Curator as the AGB celebrates a milestone exhibition and programming series honouring the artists, curators, educators, volunteers and donors who have built the Gallery’s holdings and contributed to the intellectual growth of ceramics in Canada. Over the last 40 years, the AGB has amassed the largest comprehensive collection of contemporary Canadian ceramics in the world, totaling over 4,000 works. Check the gallery’s website at agb.life for other activities. In-person. No registration.