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How to beat the winter blahs

 Wednesday, February 26, 2020     unknown     Community News and Events

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The seasonal blues often strike this time of year, as the cold weather and dark days combine to make us feel bored or depressed. Feeling better involves making time to exercise, adopting a more positive mindset, trying light therapy and taking supplements.

Another way to beat the winter blues is by taking a vacation somewhere warm. Research shows that the benefits of such a trip extend weeks or even months before, as you have something exciting to look forward to in the future.

For those suffering from sun deprivation, a great country to check out is Greece, filled with history, architecture and beaches. Here are a few tips to make your Greek island-hopping dreams come true:

Soak in the ancient vibes. Start your adventure in Athens and visit the Acropolis. This will open your heart and mind to Greek history and culture and set the stage for your island trek.

Keep things simple. A flights, hotels and activities package makes your trip smooth and stress-free. Plus, island transfers can be tricky and it’s best to book with a trustworthy source since ferries often change schedules and are weather permitting. Booking with Air Canada Vacations guarantees that you will be informed of any associated changes and rebooked to keep up with your itinerary. 

Find the perfect mix. Each island offers something unique. You may want to mix a classic such as Santorini or Mykonos with an island that is less explored, like Paros or Crete. Another option is to go totally off the beaten path with Naxos, Folegandros or Milos.

Try a road trip. Driving in Greece could be described as hectic if you are not accustomed. But Crete on the other hand is another story. You can you drive around while discovering charming fishing villages, gaze at stunning mountain views, relax on the many beaches and enjoy delectable local food and wine.

January newsletter - Burlington events and real estate tips

 Wednesday, January 8, 2020     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Inside my January newsletter you'll find events happening in Burlington and tips for homeowners, as well as a delicious recipe to help us start the new year off right!

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Holiday events in Burlington

 Monday, December 9, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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December's only getting started! Here are some local events to keep you in the holiday spirit all month long!

Santa's Signature Experience
Weekends in December
Royal Botanical Gardens
Visit Santa before he heads back up to the north pole before Christmas! This all-ages event offers a fun holiday experience for the entire family. Your purchase of a ticket includes a return trip on the RBG Express, a hot beverage and cookie, as well as fun storytelling and crafting with Santa’s little helpers. For more information, visit

Winter Lights at the Rock Garden
December 20 – 23
Royal Botanical Gardens
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens this winter by enjoying a leisurely walk through the historical Rock Garden at night. Walk through the thousands of lights and lit walkways that lead you through a winter wonderland with classic Christmas music, festive drinks and tasty treats! Enjoy this special holiday evening with your loved ones while getting into the Christmas spirit. For more information, visit

Burlington Festival of Lights
Until January 8
Spencer Smith Park
For 24 years, Burlington’s waterfront has been aglow with 60 magical displays at Spencer Smith Park. Enjoy this family tradition and take a stroll along the lakeshore this holiday season! Open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit

Burlington Events Nov 2019

 Friday, October 25, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Visit 17th annual Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour

November 2 - 3

The Art in Action Burlington Studio Tour is a free annual event that occurs November 2 and 3. This is a self-driving tour where you visit different studios and meet some of the most creative artists and artisans in Burlington. While you are visiting each studio, the artists will demonstrate their skills and offer original, one-of-a-kind fine art and crafts for sale.

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Holiday Wreath Making OR Holiday Decor Piece - Hosted by Kay At Home

November 6 & 13, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Join host Kay, owner of Kay At Home, and create your own Holiday Wreath or Holiday Decor Piece. They provide the wood, holiday-themed pieces, lights and all supplies. Bring your creativity and get ready for an evening of fun and festivities.

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FREE Family Movie Night

November 8, 7 pm

Join in on the fun of a free family movie night! Bring your blanket and enjoy a movie among friends this weekend at The Burlington Salvation Army Community Church, located at 2090 Prospect Street. It’ll be a fun night filled with lots of laughs and memorable moments. For more information visit:


Join fellow tea lovers at the 4th Annual Tea Festival at Royal Botanical Gardens

November 9 - 10

Enjoy live performances and celebrate tea’s cultural origins with an authentic traditional tea ceremony. Sample teas from all around the world and learn about the heritage of tea, its deep history and learn from special guests with their educational presentations.

Looking to get a unique gift for someone for Christmas? Look no further than great holiday gifts at this festival. For more information, visit

RBG Speaker Series: Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic

November 15, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Adam Shoalts, national best-selling author, renowned adventurer and explorer, will talk about his newest book, Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic, and share pictures and stories from his harrowing, nearly 4,000 km solo canoe journey across Canada's Arctic. Shoalts has been called "one of Canada's greatest living explorers," and was named "Canada's Indiana Jones" by the Toronto Star. $18 ($6 for RBG Members). Pre-registration required.


Aldershot Village Tree Lighting

November 16, 3 – 6 p.m.

Enjoy the sparkle of Aldershot Village’s Tree Lighting ceremony. This all ages family event offers a visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, as well as horse drawn carriage rides! Visit


Santa's Signature Experience at RGB

Wednesdays to Sundays, November 16 to December 22

Visit Santa and his merry elves who have returned to deliver the most joyous holiday celebration yet with a signature experience for all his visitors to enjoy! Includes a ride on the RBG Express, storytelling, crafts and more.


Fest-of-Ales, RBG Centre

November 28 - 29, 6 - 11 p.m.

Celebrate Ontario’s independent craft breweries at the 5th Annual Fest-of-Ales! For two nights guests are welcome to enjoy the surroundings of the RGB Centre and taste the best beer our region has to offer! You’ll receive your own mug with access to vendors and experts from around the area! This is a 19-plus event!


Burlington Santa Claus Parade

December 1, 2 – 4 p.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town December 1st! Burlington’s annual parade will be filled with colourful floats, mascots, feature bands, and the jolly man himself, Santa Claus! Downtown Burlington will be filled with festive cheer so be sure to visit and wave to Santa!



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Burlington Events

 Thursday, August 29, 2019     Laurence Mongeau     Community News and Events

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Applefest Fall Fair

September 22
Celebrate the changing of seasons at Ireland House Museum’s Applefest Fall Fair on September 22. The day will feature main stage entertainment, food trucks, museum tours, animal attractions, historic demonstrators, antiques cars, vendors, and a kid’s farm zone! Admission is $5 per person.

Harvest Festival
September 28
There are lots of things to do for all ages at Bronte Creek Provincial Park. Your family can enjoy historical demonstrations, wagon rides, pumpkin carving, traditional family games, farmhouse tours, food and beverage, plus more. Everything (except food and pony rides) is included in your daily park admission fee. 

Appleby Line Street Festival
September 29
This event brings families, churches, businesses, schools and organizations together by creating an open street for the neighbourhood to gather and participate in activities, a marketplace and demonstrations. For more information on this community delivered event please visit

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