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Burlington From the Air

Updated on January 13, 2015

Burlington Ontario, a city of about 180,000 people, is located on lovely Lake Ontario beside Hamilton and about 45 minutes from Toronto. The city has great waterfront parks and festivals and a fantastic sandy Beachway Park.

The Niagara Escarpment (also called Giant's Rib), a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, runs through the city and provides ideal hiking and exploring trails.

I had the opportunity to fly over Burlington Ontario in a four seater Cessna airplane on numerous occasions from 1987 to 2002 to take aerial pictures, a fun and great experience.

Following are a few of those photos of which some may be considered vintage. Also included are a few ground photos to compliment the aerial photos. I hope you enjoy all the pictures.

Note that I have added several more photos as of this revision December 2012.

Winter Morning Commute across the Skyway Bridge before sunrise in winter
Winter Morning Commute across the Skyway Bridge before sunrise in winter
Burlington Beach Strip area, July 1, 1987
Burlington Beach Strip area, July 1, 1987
This aerial photo, about 1995, shows some of the cottages along the Burlington Beach Strip before they were demolished to make way for Beachway Park.
This aerial photo, about 1995, shows some of the cottages along the Burlington Beach Strip before they were demolished to make way for Beachway Park.
This aerial photo taken in 1998 shows many cottages along the beach have been demolished compared to the 1995 aerial photo. This photo, at the bottom, shows the cottage with the catamaran boat club which still remains today.
This aerial photo taken in 1998 shows many cottages along the beach have been demolished compared to the 1995 aerial photo. This photo, at the bottom, shows the cottage with the catamaran boat club which still remains today.
Ground photo of me standing beside the last cottage to be demolished, 1184 Lakeshore Rd., (2004) to make way for Beachway Park.
Ground photo of me standing beside the last cottage to be demolished, 1184 Lakeshore Rd., (2004) to make way for Beachway Park.
Beautiful sandy beach at Beachway Park
Beautiful sandy beach at Beachway Park
The Burlington Beach Strip and Skyway Bridge connecting Burlington and Hamilton.
The Burlington Beach Strip and Skyway Bridge connecting Burlington and Hamilton.
The Burlington Art Centre on Lakeshore Rd., 2002, after its expansion.
The Burlington Art Centre on Lakeshore Rd., 2002, after its expansion.
The compass at Spencer Smith Park about 1998 shortly after its construction and before the construction of the Waterfront Centre.
The compass at Spencer Smith Park about 1998 shortly after its construction and before the construction of the Waterfront Centre.
The bridge, 1987, on No. 2 Side Road over the Bronte Creek west of Appleby Line after it was constructed.
The bridge, 1987, on No. 2 Side Road over the Bronte Creek west of Appleby Line after it was constructed.
The Burlington CN Railway Station (building on right) (about 1999) and a maintenance building on left side before construction of the thrid railway track. The Burlington Train Station (also called Freeman Station) was moved in 2004 from this location
The Burlington CN Railway Station (building on right) (about 1999) and a maintenance building on left side before construction of the thrid railway track. The Burlington Train Station (also called Freeman Station) was moved in 2004 from this location
Here is a ground photo showing the Freeman Station being moved around the intersection from Brant St. to Fairview St., 2004
Here is a ground photo showing the Freeman Station being moved around the intersection from Brant St. to Fairview St., 2004
Here is another ground photo showing the Burlington Freeman Station being moved along Fairview St.
Here is another ground photo showing the Burlington Freeman Station being moved along Fairview St.
Burlington City Hall, July 2000
Burlington City Hall, July 2000
Downtown Burlington with City Hall at sunrise on a winter morning December 2000.
Downtown Burlington with City Hall at sunrise on a winter morning December 2000.
Ireland House and grounds about 1998.
Ireland House and grounds about 1998.
Ground view of Ireland House as it looked in winter 1992.
Ground view of Ireland House as it looked in winter 1992.
Joseph Brant Museum in 1995 shortly after it was moved to this location to allow for the hospital expansion nearby.
Joseph Brant Museum in 1995 shortly after it was moved to this location to allow for the hospital expansion nearby.
Here is a ground photo showing the Joseph Brant Museum being moved 400 ft. across the grass to its present location as seen in the  previous picture.
Here is a ground photo showing the Joseph Brant Museum being moved 400 ft. across the grass to its present location as seen in the previous picture.
Joseph Brant Museum, Nov. 7, 2001.
Joseph Brant Museum, Nov. 7, 2001.
The boardwalk at Kerncliff Park shortly after it was constructed.
The boardwalk at Kerncliff Park shortly after it was constructed.
Kerncliff Park at sunrise showing the face of the Niagara Escarpment (Giant's Rib) and the boardwalk covered in snow.
Kerncliff Park at sunrise showing the face of the Niagara Escarpment (Giant's Rib) and the boardwalk covered in snow.
LaSalle Marina in summer in full operation.
LaSalle Marina in summer in full operation.
LaSalle Marina with the floating docks in storage on the permanent dock in winter to prevent ice damage.
LaSalle Marina with the floating docks in storage on the permanent dock in winter to prevent ice damage.
LaSalle Pavilion and Park about 1997 shortly after its reconstruction due to a fire earlier.
LaSalle Pavilion and Park about 1997 shortly after its reconstruction due to a fire earlier.
Nelson Pool in 1996 after its reconstruction and addition of a splash pad.
Nelson Pool in 1996 after its reconstruction and addition of a splash pad.
Paletta Mansion and Paletta Lakefront Park 2002.
Paletta Mansion and Paletta Lakefront Park 2002.
The site of the future parking garage on Locust St. (2001) before construction began when it was still a parking lot. Also the former Halton Regional Police Building can be seen to the left of the parking lot.
The site of the future parking garage on Locust St. (2001) before construction began when it was still a parking lot. Also the former Halton Regional Police Building can be seen to the left of the parking lot.
Parking garage site with construction beginning, July 2002.
Parking garage site with construction beginning, July 2002.
The newly constructed soccer dome at Sherwood Forest Park about 2000.
The newly constructed soccer dome at Sherwood Forest Park about 2000.
The original Animal Shelter before reconstruction as seen on June 15, 1990
The original Animal Shelter before reconstruction as seen on June 15, 1990
The new Animal Shelter after construction as seen on May 6, 1998.
The new Animal Shelter after construction as seen on May 6, 1998.
Tansley Woods Community Centre and Library, October 29, 1998
Tansley Woods Community Centre and Library, October 29, 1998
Sioux Lookout Park, May 6, 1998, Burlington Canada
Sioux Lookout Park, May 6, 1998, Burlington Canada
Royal Botanical Gardens on Plains Rd. covered in snow, Dec. 7, 2000.
Royal Botanical Gardens on Plains Rd. covered in snow, Dec. 7, 2000.
Spencer Smith Park, July 1, 1987
Spencer Smith Park, July 1, 1987
Downtown Burlington, Canada - June 15, 1990
Downtown Burlington, Canada - June 15, 1990
Spencer Smith Park opposite Brant St., July 1995, Burlington Canada. Note that the coloured impressed asphalt walkway along the waterfront (left side) has just been completed.
Spencer Smith Park opposite Brant St., July 1995, Burlington Canada. Note that the coloured impressed asphalt walkway along the waterfront (left side) has just been completed.
Burlington Waterfront from Brant St. (top right & under construction) to Pearl St. (bottom right) on May 6, 1998.
Burlington Waterfront from Brant St. (top right & under construction) to Pearl St. (bottom right) on May 6, 1998.
Rambo Crescent after reconstruction as seen on July 1, 1987.
Rambo Crescent after reconstruction as seen on July 1, 1987.
Walker's Line from North Service Rd. (at top of picture) and going northerly under the newly constructed railway underpass (towards Mainway which is just out of the picture at bottom) July 1, 1987.
Walker's Line from North Service Rd. (at top of picture) and going northerly under the newly constructed railway underpass (towards Mainway which is just out of the picture at bottom) July 1, 1987.
Elizabeth St. from James St. to Caroline St., after reconstruction, July 1, 1987 - Burlington Canada
Elizabeth St. from James St. to Caroline St., after reconstruction, July 1, 1987 - Burlington Canada
Cedar Springs Road was rebuilt in 1984. This photo was taken in 1987. Note the rock cut we had to blast about 2/3 rds. way up the Niagara Escarpment.
Cedar Springs Road was rebuilt in 1984. This photo was taken in 1987. Note the rock cut we had to blast about 2/3 rds. way up the Niagara Escarpment.

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