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Celebrate the Many Aspects of Burlington’s Heritage During Heritage Week, Aug. 2-8

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — July 19, 2021 — Burlington’s Heritage Advisory Committee has put together an exciting lineup of activities in honour of Heritage Week, taking place from Aug. 2 to 8. A variety of events are planned, with a focus on sharing more about the happenings, issues and sites that have shaped Burlington.

“Come join us to enjoy many aspects of Burlington’s diverse cultural heritage. Thank you to the civic partners, community groups, and volunteers whose time and efforts made this year’s event possible. Special thanks to Don Thorpe for his leadership, and to David Craig of HistoryPix for sharing his collection of historic material and for his superb video and artwork productions.” — Michele Camacho, Heritage Burlington Chair

About the schedule of events

The 2021 Heritage Week marks the first time the event has been held in August. The event was moved from February to the summer to allow for more participation and a larger variety of events conducive to the warmer weather, and to not conflict with Black History Month. A detailed schedule of all the events taking place during Heritage Week, including locations and how to register, is available at All in-person programs planned will follow public health guidance where required, including physical distancing, capacity limits and wearing masks or face coverings.

Monday, Aug. 2 & Thursday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.Virtual Hearth Demonstration from Museums of Burlington
Join a Museum Educator from Ireland House Museum to prepare scones and strawberry jam using 1850s cooking techniques.
Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 p.m.Aldershot Bike Tour
Join this in-person bike tour of various heritage sites between Francis Road and LaSalle Park Road in Aldershot.
Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.Burlington Public Library and Royal Botanical Gardens present “Heritage Trees in Burlington and Beyond”
Join Dr. David Galbraith, Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens for a unique look at trees as part of our cultural and landscape heritage.
Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m.Halton Freedom Celebration Virtual Festival
This video festival will celebrate Canada’s first national Emancipation Day (Aug. 1) and the 187th year of emancipation.
Thursday, Aug. 5 at 2 p.m.Burlington Public Library and the Art Gallery of Burlington: Behind the Scenes with AGB Collections Manager Christine Saly-Chapman
Follow a pre-recorded tour of the collection vault at the Art Gallery of Burlington, led by Collections Manager Christine Saly-Chapman, featuring contemporary Canadian ceramics. Followed by a live question and answer period.
Thursday, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m.Heritage Trivia Pub Crawl
Learn some interesting historical facts while visiting some of Burlington’s oldest pubs.
Thursday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) Burlington Heights Tour
Join RBG staff on this hour-long tour to learn why the Burlington Heights area of land was designated as a National Historic Site in 1929.
Friday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m.Burlington Public Library and The Mississaugas of the Credit: We are still here
Join Darin P. Wybenga, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Coordinator, for this talk about the history of the land in the Burlington area, and a focus on treaties applicable to the City of Burlington.
Friday, Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m.Walking Tour of Brant Street
Join Alan Harrington, from the Burlington Historical Society, for a walking tour of Brant Street.
Saturday, Aug. 7 & Sunday, Aug. 8Doors Open Burlington: Behind the Door
Join Museums of Burlington for this virtual event focusing on amazing Burlington businesses and how they operate behind closed doors.
Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m.Historic Tour of Kilbride
Join this guided tour of historically significant sites around Kilbride to learn about the early footprint and activities of the village.

Quick Facts:

  • Heritage Week is organized by the members of Heritage Burlington, in collaboration with the Burlington Historical Society, Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington Public Library, Burlington Museums, United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada – Burlington, Freeman Station, Halton Black History Awareness Society, Heritage Services – Halton Region, and David Craig of History Pix.


As a huge supporter of heritage in our city, I am delighted to see all of the great activities planned for Heritage Week. One of my top priorities as your mayor is to ensure we preserve and protect the character, heritage and history of our buildings, our people, our stories, our residential areas and our green spaces. I encourage you to take part in this event and discover all there is to know about our wonderful city through heritage.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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2 thoughts on “Celebrate the Many Aspects of Burlington’s Heritage During Heritage Week, Aug. 2-8”

  1. Dear Mayor, I sent an email to the city asking why, of all years, Joseph Brant Day wasn’t being celebrated.
    The email said it was because of Covid. Seems a really hollow answer considering the list of activities for celebrating the heritage of Burlington.

    I checked with the family to see if they were involved with this decision and they certainly were not.

    There was a wonderful celebration outside at LaSalle park Aug 2, 2019 with great attendance including Karin Gould, so it’s not as if the event isn’t well attended.

    I attended a vigil in Stoney Creek, Hamilton for the residential children in May of this year, many people and allowed by the city.

    I truly would like your honest response as to why Joseph Brant is being left out of this years heritage celebrations.

    With sincerity, Carrie Lively

    1. Hi Carrie, this is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist. I also reached out to City and Museums staff and confirmed the Joseph Brant Day Festival (that is organized by Museums of Burlington) is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Staff considered a virtual event, but the resources needed to produce such an event are not currently available, unfortunately again due to COVID-19. Staff will be looking at some sort of acknowledgement of Joseph Brant Day on the day, perhaps on social media.

      The Joseph Brant Day Festival is planned and run by Museums of Burlington and Burlington’s Heritage Committee does not play a role in this event. This year, Heritage Week happened to coincide with the date the Joseph Brant Day Festival would typically run. In the past during large in-person events, there has been Indigenous entertainment, vendors, and/or cultural organizations participating.

      While the City has planned events coming up for Heritage Week, these events are either virtual or if there is an in-person component to them, they’ll be subject to the current COVID-19 safety protocols issued by the Province.

      If you would like more information, please feel free to reach out Museums of Burlington Supervisor of Public Programs Kate Almeida at

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