My favourite place in the beautiful city of Burlington has been the same throughout my life. The downtown Burlington Pier and Spencer Smith Park has provided me a place to laugh, admire, celebrate, and even just breathe and reflect on my life. Something about standing by the edge of the endless lake, listening to the current and looking at the sun glisten off the water provides a sense of comfort that no other place does. But that’s not the only special thing about this location.
The Burlington Pier and Spencer Smith Park are home to one of the biggest festivals in Canada, The Sound of Music. Every summer for two weekends, the land right beside the shore of Lake Ontario is transformed into a concert venue and carnival, full of creative music, rides, delicious food, and most importantly, a hotspot for all members of the community to gather, regardless of age. This year we were blown away by the live performance of Burlington’s hometown band, Walk Off The Earth.
Even when there isn’t a buzzing festival or celebration there is still a lot to do at the Pier and Spencer Smith Park. As a small child, I spent many hot and humid afternoons cooling off at the splash pad, and then I would get ice cream from a nearby parlour to complete the day. As I grew older my interests in the park changed. Last summer I joined the plague of zombies wandering the park, oblivious of the scenery in our pursuit of rare pokemon to add to our collection on Pokemon Go (And yes, I just admitted that).
But summer isn’t the only season to enjoy the attractions at the Pier and Spencer Smith Park. Every winter the venue is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with dazzling light displays, illuminating the darkest of winter nights. Each year my siblings and I challenge each other to seek out the newest display.
This Canada day, I proudly celebrated Canada’s 150th at Spencer Smith Park along with thousands of other members of the community from every walk of life. The Canadian Carnival atmosphere was back, and had everything from hot poutine to beaver tails. At the end of the evening, we were rewarded with the highly anticipated and most spectacular display of pyrotechnics Burlington has to offer.
It is no wonder that MoneySense Magazine choose Burlington as the best mid-size city in Canada for the 5th consecutive year. Who wouldn’t want to live here?!?! But, it isn’t our ranking that matters most, but the warmth of the people and the community spirit that makes me proud to call this place my home.