Town of Oakville - https://www.oakville.ca
Oakville is a lovely and vibrant town on the shores of Lake Ontario. One of the GTA’s most affluent communities, Oakville offers residents and visitors alike a dynamic mix of historic, cultural, recreational and shopping choices.
Founded in 1827, Oakville was the site of the first privately-owned harbour in Upper Canada, with founder William Chisholm’s son, George King, becoming the first mayor when the town was incorporated in 1857.
The historic downtown area of Oakville still contains many original 19th-century buildings, now converted into shops, restaurants and services, and preserves a charming small-town feel.
Oakville, however, is a very modern town, with a healthy business economy. However, residents here are very proud of the attractive lifestyle in Oakville, and development aims to minimize anything that will detract from it.
As a waterfront town, much of Oakville’s development has centred along the lake, with many lovely neighbourhoods, such as Eastlake, Ennisclare Park, Charnwood, Southwest Oakville, Bronte, Glenorchy, Clearview, Lakeshore Woods and Old Oakville spread along the Lakeshore.
Oakville is well-known for its spectacular estate homes, many with private waterfront lots. Styles range from the traditional to modern minimalism, with the ultimate in luxury amenities, such as indoor pools, wine cellars, conservatories, and beautifully landscaped acreage.
However, there are many options for home buyers with less than several million to spend. Oakville has everything from semi-detached and town homes, to executive two storey homes, to both low-rise and high-rise condominiums. Communities north of the QEW are highly desirable with the more mature areas lying south of Upper Middle Road from West to East including Glen Abbey, College Park, home of Sheridan College and Falgarwood; north of Upper Middle from West to East newer housing developments inlcude Bronte Creek, Westmount, WestOak Trails, River Oaks, Wedgewood Creek and Joshua Creek.
Oakville is also well-known for its quality schools; there are over 25 public and over 15 Catholic elementary schools, 5 public and 3 Catholic secondary schools, French schools and many faith-based, Montessori and private schools, including the prestigious Appleby College. Also located here is Sheridan College, with excellent animation and business programs.
Health care in Oakville is provided by the full-service Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. A new larger hospital is scheduled to begin construction in 2011, at the corner of Dundas Street and Third Line, which will eventually replace the existing one. Oakville also has complete fire and EMS service.
Oakville offers a rich cultural experience, from the annual Jazz Festival, the Bronte Maple Syrup Festival, to the Oakville Centre for Performing Arts and many galleries, museums and heritage sites.
For those seeking outdoor activities, Oakville has over 2,400 acres of park space, with walking, biking and heritage trails; two harbours with slips for boating enthusiasts; and community centres in Glen Abbey, River Oaks, Iroquois Ridge and West Oakville offering a variety of programs. Perhaps most famously, the Glen Abbey Golf Course is located in Oakville, home for several years to the Canadian Open.
Oakville is well-connected to the GTA and the rest of southern Ontario by the QEW, 403, 407 and GO Transit.
In Oakville, quality of life is the focus, resulting in a sophisticated yet fun and creative community.
Schools - Oakville/Burlington
Halton District School Board (Oakville/Burlington) https://www.hdsb.ca/Pages/Home.aspx
Halton District Catholic School Board https://www.hcdsb.org/Pages/default.aspx
Oakville Independent Schools http://educationoakville.com/
Go Transit http://www.gotransit.com/publicroot/en/default.aspx
City of Burlington https://www.burlington.ca
Burlington has been ranked as one of the top three cities in Canada to live. Just south-west of Oakville, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Burlington has many lovely natural features, making it a beautiful and gracious community.
Nature lovers in Burlington can hike through parks along the Bruce Peninsula and the Niagara Escarpment, a world biosphere site. Burlington's waterfront provides resident and visitors with a unique opportunity to participate in a variety of activities...walk along the promenade, cycle the 23 km trail, roller blade and grab an ice cream along the way, picnic, dine at an outdoor cafe, participate in the many events which take place such as the Canada's Largest Ribfest and The Sound of Music Festival. The waterfront provides recreational boating facilities, and has undergone recent development, with water features, playgrounds, restaurants and the Observatory, where visitors can learn about Lake Ontario and environmental issues, as well as view the stars.
One of Burlington’s most famous attractions is the Royal Botanical Gardens, one of the largest in Canada, which hosts the second largest annual flower show, Ontario Flower Show. The Gardens offers many programs on everything from basic botany to conservation of the wetlands, bird habitats and general bio-diversity of the area. The Bruce Trail Conservancy is located within the Gardens, and some of the 37 kms of trails are connected to the Bruce Trail itself.
Neighbourhoods south of the QEW in Burlington is characterized by tree lined streets, many parks and older homes including multi-million dollar lakefront properties with access to waterfront trails. Neighbourhoods in this area include Burlington Southeast, Dynes, Appleby, Elizabeth Gardens, Longmoor, Strathcona and the prestigious Shoreacres and Roseland areas.
Downtown Burlington is characterized by charming older homes, many 50+ years as well as townhomes and condo-appartments, there is something for every budget ranging from $200,000 to multi-million dollar lakefront properties. Walk to the waterfront, quaint downtown shops, pubs and restaurants. Spencersmith Park is the home for the Ribfest and The Sound of Music Festival events, right downtown.
Also bordering Lake Ontario on the southwest corner of Burlington lies the older neighbourhood of Aldershot featuring primarily detached bungalows, split level homes and luxury lakefront properties. With Lasalle Park, The Burlington Golf and Country Club and Royal Botantical Gardens in this neighbourhood there is no shortage of natural beauty in this area.
North of the QEW enjoy many of the more established mature neighbourhoods including Brant Hills, Headon Forest and Palmer featuring a mix of detached, condo-townhomes, semis and links with easy access to all highways including QEW, Highway 5, 403 and 407. Newer neighbourhoods north of the QEW in Burlington include Tansley located between Appleby and Walkers Line, a short drive to the GO and known for the Tansley Woods Centre for Learning and Leisure, an excellent facility for children and to hold functions. Millcroft is a unique more prestigious neighbourhood with beautiful homes built around the Millcroft Golf and Country Club. Villages of Brantwell is a Adult Lifestyle Community with newer bungaloft condo-townhomes, perfect for down-sizers looking for single floor living. The most known neighbourhood is the Orchard, a quaint family neighbourhood bordering Bronte Creek Provincial Park which offers a full range of housing from condos to townhomes and detached with prices ranging from $350,000 to $1M plus. Similar to the Orchard area but newer is Alton Village, just north of Dundas, a highly desirable area sought out by the younger families who enjoy modern home updates. The newer neighbourhoods north of the QEW are a commuters dream, close to numerous trails and parks and plenty of schools to choose from.
Burlington is a safe, quiet, family-friendly community, which is indicated by its high liveability ratings. There are over 25 public and 13 Catholic elementary schools, as well as a total of 10 secondary schools. There are also many private and Montessori schools, and McMaster University in Hamilton recently opened the Degroote School of Business in Burlington, for their MBA and other business management programs. There are several arenas and recreation centres with various programs for children and adults.
Burlington’s medical needs are met by the Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital, and emergency services, such as EMS, fire and police are operated by Halton Region.
Around town, Burlington has many attractions, such as the Burlington Art Centre, the Performing Arts Centre, scheduled for completion in 2011, Artists Walk, a weekend venue for local artists and artisans in downtown Village Square, Burlington Mall which is home to the local Farmer’s Market during the summer, the upscale Mapleview Mall, and annual events such as the Sound of Music Festival and Burlington Jazz and Blues Festival in summer or winter’s Festival of Lights in Spencer Smith Park on the waterfront. The city also boasts many libraries, galleries and museums celebrating the history of the area.
Transportation to and from Burlington is provided by the 403 Queen Elizabeth Way and the 407, along with GO Train service, and the Burlington Skyway which spans the harbour to connect the city with Hamilton to the south.
Burlington, with its combination of beautiful natural endowments and lively urbanscape, is a unique community in the GTA.