Five Best Picnic Spots in Burlington

Five Best Picnic Spots in Burlington

Picnic season is not very long in Ontario, so when it is here, we need to take full advantage. There are many lovely places in Burlington where you can lay out a blanket and a delicious spread to enjoy with friends and family. To avoid disappointment in finding a spot on one of a handful of nice weekend afternoons, we recommend planning ahead and booking early.

Bookings for the City of Burlington parks begins in January. Bookings can be processed in person at City Hall, main level, 426 Brant St. or at Haber Recreation Centre, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr. or by email to <a href=""""> Once staff have confirmed availability, complete a <a href="""" target=""blank"">Rental Space Application and submit it along with your fee so that a permit may be issued. For further information call 905-335-7738 or <a href="""">e-mail.

Here is our list of the best picnic spots in Burlington:

###Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Where: 1219 Burloak Drive

How: Exit QEW at Burloak Drive North

What: Bronte Creek Provincial Park is a great outdoor space for picnics with family and friends. It offers a couple of semi-enclosed concrete picnic areas with fireplaces with removable grills, sinks, electrical outlets and large fields for family games and sports; as well as several open wooden shelters with charcoal barbecue, electrical outlets, washroom facilities, water taps and drinking fountains nearby. The park also feature a recreation complex, the historical Spruce Lane Farm, a nature centre, children's farm & play barn, nature trails and a store.

###Hidden Valley Park

Where 1137 Hidden Valley Road

How: Located at Lemonville Road & Hidden Valley Park Road. Exit Plains Road to Howard Road and follow to park.

What: Hidden Valley Park has nine picnic areas for groups up to 250. Outfitted with washrooms, rain shelters, a couple of wheelchair accessible picnic tables, a ball diamond, playground, walking path, and nature trails. One of the paths leads to the Royal Botanical Gardens where it connects to many kilometres of trails. You can bring your own hibachi or portable barbecue to Hidden Valley Park but open fire are not permitted in the park.

###LaSalle Park

Where: 841 Lasalle Park Road

How: Plains Road West turn south to LaSalle. Corner of North Shore Boulevard East and LaSalle Park Road.

What: LaSalle Park is a great place to picnic with kids because it has a wading pool and splash pad the kids can enjoy in the summer as well as a playground. For those who like to get out on the water, there is a boat launch ramp and marina with a Pavilion. There are three picnic areas that hold up to 80 people each. The park also has washrooms, an open area, ball diamonds, a walking path, a multi-use path, and ample parking. You can bring your own hibachi or portable barbeques however no open fires are permitted in the park.

###Lowville Park

Where: 6207 Guelph Line in village of Lowville

How: Guelph Line north of Brittania Road and south of Highway 7

What: Lowville Park is a popular spot for company, church and family picnics. With big shady trees, a winding creek, seven picnic areas for up to 250 people, a concession stand, washrooms, an open area, ball diamonds, nature trails, walking path, parking, a playground and rain shelter, it offers everything you need for the perfect afternoon with good friends and family. No open fires are permitted in the park but you can bring your own hibachi or portable barbecue.

###Royal Botanical Gardens

Where: 680 Plains Road West

How: Plains Road just West of Waterdown Road

What: The Royal Botanical Gardens are Canada’s largest botanical garden, with over 2,450 acres of protected nature sanctuaries, containing environmentally sensitive habitats, it is the perfect space to explore and be at one with nature. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a day of fun. Regular park admission prices apply.