Written by Aleshia Javeri, CNN Toronto
If you’ve ever wanted to have a tea party at Tim Hortons, then Burlington, Ontario, may just be the perfect weekend destination for you.
Curious about what all the fuss is about? If you’re on a budget and love savory dishes, you’ve come to the right place.
Designer brunch time
Deerfoot Cove Bed and Breakfast: While this hotel’s four-and-a-half-star review has been marked down from the four-star “independent, seasonal, one-of-a-kind accommodation in central Ontario,” it is definitely worth a peek.
A few days after visiting Deerfoot Cove , it’s a peaceful stroll up to Water Street Park, which is filled with activity: a row of vintage-style dance floors, a climbing wall, tons of skating rinks and, for the kids, loads of soccer fields. The place is sprawled with small cafes, cafés, restaurants and events.
Where you’ll find: The rooftop teepee serves a delicious brew, plus three days of live music from Sunday to Wednesday.
What to try: Grilled octopus at Oli Catering , DIY snow day at Upholstery Trading & Resale , and, of course, those mint Tim Hortons Timbits.
Where you’ll find: Picturesque Water Street Park, where other events are held.
Don’t miss: Sitting right across the street from the park are four Tim Hortons , where you can have your craft coffee and Timbits on the inside.
Bowl a charity game with the Burlington Braves.
Badminton at Snow Bowl.
Logan Park: This indoor park has tennis courts, two indoor fitness studios, a mini obstacle course and indoor climbing wall.
A visit to Lake Milo is also a must-do. This park is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the eastern United States.
Where you’ll find: Logan Park is located next to Lake Milo, which is of particular note because of its diversity. Plus, adjacent to Lake Milo is Water Street Park, where games are played, including tag. You can also take canoeing or kayaking trips here.
What to try: The history section at the General Assembly
Where you’ll find: Lake Milo, with its sights and sounds.
Where to eat
Mason’s Garden: Fans of Toronto-based culinary artisans Jordan Grey and Sara Selina Munk will recognize this place as a favorite among their foodie friends. But even those who aren’t familiar with Grey and Selina Munk’s Chicago-born recipes for cornbread, roasted eggplant fries and Sriracha glazed chicken can appreciate their approachable dishes. The restaurant is located off of Mason Street.
Where you’ll find: In the building at the corner of Victoria Avenue and Church Street. It’s a short walk up to Lake Milo.
What to try: Salmon ceviche, roast corn with lobster scallops, black Angus beef with chickpeas and harissa.
Where you’ll find: At the corner of Victoria Avenue and Church Street. Just a quick walk down the street.
You’ll definitely want to get there on a Sunday morning.
Dog day out
Wharf House: Situated just a stone’s throw from Park Street, this hot spot serves local wines, local beers and, of course, delicious meals inspired by the owners’ personal lives.
Where you’ll find: Below Water Street on William Street, down a dimly lit alleyway and, even better, just underneath a giant red awning.
What to try: Entrees including Alaskan halibut, filet mignon, bison steaks and doughnuts.
Where you’ll find: Just under the awning and on the path with the park.
What to try: Alaskan halibut, sirloin roast, pork shoulder, pork belly.
Where you’ll find: Just underneath the awning and on the path with the park.
Kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and more
Le Foyer : Founded in 2015, Le Foyer occupies a pier alongside Lake Milton. The eatery serves locally-sourced and inventive food and drinks.
Where you’ll find: After exiting the car port, you’ll want to explore the inner banks of the lake. The neighborhood may be quiet at night, but during the day it’s bursting with activity.
What to try: The homemade peanut butter, banana and bacon pierogi