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Burlington Beach Strip Cottages, A Bygone Era!

Updated on June 29, 2013

In 1975 the City of Burlington (Ontario, Canada) began the process to purchase lands on Burlington Beach Strip along Lakeshore Rd. for the purpose of creating Beachway Park.

Up to this time much of the properties were privately owned with little access for the public to an amazing sandy beach at the south-western end of Lake Ontario.

One large land parcel belonged to Canadian National Railways for their railway tracks with their surplus land between the tracks and the beach that had been rented out to people to build cottages. In the mid 1970s the City of Burlington and Halton Conservation Authority purchased all this land from CNR. The tracks were removed and made into a wide multiuse pathway. There were at least 79 cottages that had been built on the CNR rented land with a 99 year lease from CNR, with some dating back to early 1890's. The City of Burlington allowed these 79 cottagers to remain until 1999 at which time they were to move out. Up to this time the City would buy out the cottagers for the value of their cottage and most did this. As can be expected there were a few holdouts.

In addition to purchasing the cottages on this rented land, the City also purchased home/cottages on freehold lands, as they came up for sale, and paid the appraised value of both the land and buildings.

The following pictures of cottages are mostly those on the rented land, except for the six buildings that belonged to Mr. Terry which also included the land.

In the mid 1990s, Beachway Park opened to the public and became an instant hit with the citizens of Burlington.

In 2004 the last cottage was obtained and demolished. This process took 29 years and I had the opportunity to be involved in this project for the entire 29 years, looking after all the demolitions and the construction of Beachway Park until I retired in 2005.

The following photos, which either I have taken myself or collected, show some of the cottages that did exist in a bygone era. Hopefully this Hub will be of interest to any Beach Strip history buffs. Comments are welcomed!

Beachway Park in Burlington located at the south-western end of Lake Ontario on a beautiful sandy beach.
Beachway Park in Burlington located at the south-western end of Lake Ontario on a beautiful sandy beach.
994 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
994 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
996 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989. The six Terry cottages were located adjacent to Lakeshore Rd.
996 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989. The six Terry cottages were located adjacent to Lakeshore Rd.
998 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1995. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
998 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1995. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1000 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1000 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1002 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1995. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1002 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1995. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1008 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1008 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1010 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1010 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1012 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1012 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1014 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1014 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1018 Lakeshore Rd. during filming of movie "Home Coming" in 1995. Demolished shortly after this in 1995. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1018 Lakeshore Rd. during filming of movie "Home Coming" in 1995. Demolished shortly after this in 1995. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1020 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry.  This cottage was demolished in 1989. The concrete stand in bottom left (holding a bowl) was a marker for the "Around The Bay Road Race", however it was stolen before demolition began.
1020 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989. The concrete stand in bottom left (holding a bowl) was a marker for the "Around The Bay Road Race", however it was stolen before demolition began.
1022 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1022 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994. It was located behind the Terry cottages along the beach.
1028 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989. Note the second row of cottages in background which are located along the beach.
1028 Lakeshore Rd., one of six cottages owned by Mr. Terry. This cottage was demolished in 1989. Note the second row of cottages in background which are located along the beach.
Aerial photo of Beach Strip in 1990.  The brown dirt area in foreground beside Lakeshore Rd. is where the six Terry cottages used to be. Note that in this area the cottages were double stacked, and only the cottages along the beach remain in 1990.
Aerial photo of Beach Strip in 1990. The brown dirt area in foreground beside Lakeshore Rd. is where the six Terry cottages used to be. Note that in this area the cottages were double stacked, and only the cottages along the beach remain in 1990.
1030 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1030 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1032 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1032 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1038 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1038 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1040 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1040 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1044 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1044 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1050 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was owned by Bert Oldershaw & demolished in 1999.  Herbert "Bert" Oldershaw (Nov. 10, 1921 – March 28, 2006) was a Canadian sprint canoer and sprint kayaker who competed in 3 Olympics from 1948 to 1956.
1050 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was owned by Bert Oldershaw & demolished in 1999. Herbert "Bert" Oldershaw (Nov. 10, 1921 – March 28, 2006) was a Canadian sprint canoer and sprint kayaker who competed in 3 Olympics from 1948 to 1956.
1054 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1054 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1056 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1995.
1056 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1995.
1058 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1058 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1060 Lakeshore Rd. showing the rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1060 Lakeshore Rd. showing the rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1062 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1988.
1062 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1988.
1064 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1064 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1066 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1066 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1068 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1068 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1070 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1998.
1070 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1998.
1078 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1999.
1078 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1999.
1092 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1092 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1092 Lakeshore Rd. showing the living room inside the cottage in 1988.
1092 Lakeshore Rd. showing the living room inside the cottage in 1988.
1096 Lakeshore Rd. showing the rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1096 Lakeshore Rd. showing the rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1098 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1098 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1100 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1100 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1102 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1991.
1102 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1991.
1104 Lakeshore Rd. showing the side of the cottage.  This cottage was demolished in 2002.
1104 Lakeshore Rd. showing the side of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 2002.
1106 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2002.
1106 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2002.
1120 Lakeshore Rd., rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 1999.
1120 Lakeshore Rd., rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 1999.
1130 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1130 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1989.
1134 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1134 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1136 Lakeshore Rd. showing the rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1136 Lakeshore Rd. showing the rear of the cottage. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1138 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1138 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1140 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1140 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1148 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1148 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2003.
1154 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1154 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1166 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1988.
1166 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1988.
1174 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1992.
1174 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1992.
1184 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2004.
1184 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 2004.
1184 Lakeshore Rd. being demolished with me standing in front of the cottage in 2004. Note that this was the last cottage to be demolished along the Burlington Beach Strip.
1184 Lakeshore Rd. being demolished with me standing in front of the cottage in 2004. Note that this was the last cottage to be demolished along the Burlington Beach Strip.
1186 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1186 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1196 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1196 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1994.
1198 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1993.
1198 Lakeshore Rd. This cottage was demolished in 1993.

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      Dave Heshka 

      22 months ago

      I lived at 1144 Lakeshore road on the Burlington Beach .I left when my mother passed away .after spending over 30 years there .since the fifty's.

      Worked at the amusement park when I was 15. Made 75 cents an hour .

      Looked after the boats for one summer than moved to the Roller coaster .

      Loved the foot long Hotdogs across the street.Two years I worked there .Even did a trial at the bowling alley.

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      Julie Rogers 

      2 years ago

      Just came across this article and photos. I remember these places just like yesterday. What an awesome stroll down memory lane. I grew up on Martha St.. Many good times as a kid in Burlington!

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      Joseph Hollick 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Thanks Dave for your comments and interest in the article.

      Sadly, I do not have a picture of 1144 Lakeshore Rd.. Do you know when it was demolished? Maybe if you have a picture of it when you lived there, I could include it in this article?

      Cheers, Joe

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      Dave Heshka 

      3 years ago

      I grew up at 1144 Lakeshore road .Went to Lockhart ,than to Central High.

      Your article is awesome and brings back fond memories.

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      Joseph Hollick 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Hello Ann, Thanks for reading this article and posting your comment. Sorry to say that I do not have any photos of your house at 956 Lakeshore Rd. before it was demolished. Hopefully another reader may have some.

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      Ann Walker 

      3 years ago

      I grew up on Lakeshore Rd (956) which was sadly demolished. Wondering if anyone has any photo's of the house or the neighborhood from 1955-1970?

      Add Your Comment...

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      Mark Edwards 

      4 years ago

      My uncle Steve had a cottage right across from the amusement park in the 60s. I was around 10 years old and enjoyed the rides and the arcade. My parents owned a restaurant in Aldershot called Barb n Eds drive in. We were famous for our 12inch hot dogs and our dance hall.It was right across the street from the Royal Botanical Gardens.I grew up in that place.I have wonderful memories of the beach strip and the cold water of Lake Ontario.

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      Joseph Hollick 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Thanks for your comments!

      Glad that you enjoyed this Hub and the other comments.

      I do remember the 12" hot dog sign across the road from the amusement park but cannot recall if I ever had any as I was fairly young at the time.

      Sorry to hear about your mother passing away.

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      Janine DeRoches Bissonette 

      4 years ago

      Hi everyone! This site is fantastic. Thank you for all your hard work. I used to love the ponies the best at the amusement park! If you remember the Angus Inn restaurant across the road from the park, it sold 12" hot dogs. My parents owned it until it was torn down. My mom just passed away November 11, 2013 and I have been looking for some nostalgia! Thanks, this helped.

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      Joseph Hollick 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Thanks for adding the link to the great video about the residents who still live and own their homes and properties along the Beach Strip.

      The Hub article above is about the cottages that were located on the 99 year leased land but also included the Terry cottages and properties when they came up for sale.

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      Linda Mcghie-Milner 

      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

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      Joseph Hollick 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Thanks Gary for the information. I will have to get the book!

      Joe

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      Gary Evans 

      5 years ago

      If you go to Prints Along the Beach, or Memories of the Beach Strip, you will not only find photographs of the amusement park, but a story about the rides in the Memories book.

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      Joseph Hollick 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Hi David, Thanks for the nice comments!

      I used to go to that amusement park when I was very young however I do not recall any carvings on the building.

      Also sadly I did not take any pictures at that time, thus I have no photos to examine.

      Joe

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      David Billings 

      5 years ago

      Do you know of some carvings that were on the maine building of the amusement partk? I rmeember them vaguely as foxes. By the way, thank you for your work with the waterfalls of Hamilton Joe, you seem to be a very prominent historian whose efforts are needed. I heard your name mentioned at the Hamilton Camera Club.

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      Joseph Hollick 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, ON Canada

      Hi Grace,

      No I do not have any pictures of the amusement park which was just across the canal on the Hamilton side.

      I also used to go there when I was about 10 years old and I liked the roller coaster the best.

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      Grace Campbell 

      7 years ago

      Do you have any photo's of the amusement park that use to be on the beach stip, I remember the boats that went round and round in water, and the merry go round with the horses that moved up and down these were two of my favourite rides when I was young. There were rides and other fun things but I do not remember all of them & would love to see some pictures of what it use to look like. Those Cottages that have been removed I remember some of them as my dad would drive past them & I was dreaming we had one of them.

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