Burlington Heritage Month

It's a month-long celebration of our city's heritage, from our earliest days to the present. Most events and activities around the city are FREE. Heritage groups welcome you to their events and meetings throughout February. All welcome!

All images from the Ivan Cleaver Postcard Collection, Burlington Public Library

Oral History Drop-In Days and Scanning Days: every Thursday: 9am to 5pm, Burlington Public Library – Central. Record your memories of Burlington and the people who have lived here by telling their stories or by having your old Burlington photos scanned.

Sat Feb 3: Friends of Freeman Station & Burlington Public Library present Train Time @Central Station featuring a Thomas the Tank Train exhibit (9.30-4.30pm), storytime @10.30-11.30am and a talk @2-3.30pm. Burlington Public Library – Central

Sun Feb 4: Ireland House Museum Open House. Displays celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Ireland House Museum, 2168 Guelph Line

Wed Feb 7: Screeners: Dunkirk (2017). Show time: 6.30pm. Burlington Public Library – Central

Thu Feb 8: Black History Month speaker Kelly Gray, 6.30-8pm. Admission: $10/person. Ireland House Museum, 2168 Guelph Line

Sat Feb 10: Have a free Saturday morning? Meet up with Alan Harrington at the Burlington Tourism Office, 414 Locust Street, at 10am for a 45-minute historical walking tour of downtown Burlington. Rain or Shine!

Mon Feb 12: Burlington Historical Society monthly meeting. Dennis Scott lectures on Black History Month at 7pm. Burlington Public Library – Central

Mon Feb 12: Genealogy Club, 6.30-7.30pm. One of the fastest growing hobbies! Discover your roots. Call 905.639.3611 ext 1321 to register. Burlington Public Library – Central

Tue Feb 13: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra presents the Haydn Festival, 2-3.30pm. Call 905.639.3611 ext 1321 to register. Burlington Public Library – Central

Thu Feb 15: National Film Board Triple Feature: Canada Remembers, 2-5.30pm. Burlington Public Library – Central

Sat Feb 17: Brant Inn Day. FREE screening of the documentary film, Meet Me at the Brant Inn, about this Burlington landmark, our own "Hollywood of the North.” Show times at 10am and 2pm. Burlington Public Library – Central

Mon Feb 19: Ireland House Museum Family Day. Activities from 1-4pm, Admission: $15/family. Ireland House Museum, 2168 Guelph Line

Tue Feb 20: Open Mic Night - Tonight's topic: Does the Past Matter? What do you think? 7-8.15pm. Burlington Public Library – Central

Wed Feb 21: Does the Past Matter? continues with a panel lecture, 7-8.30pm. Call 905.639.3611 ext 1321 to register. Burlington Public Library – Central

Thu Feb 22: Throwback Thursday: Dunkirk (1958).

Thu Feb 22: United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada, Hamilton Branch meeting. Guest speaker: Erika V. Alexander, the granddaughter of Lincoln & Yvonne Alexander. “Grandparents” is her topic for Black History Month. Everyone welcome! 7.30 pm. St. Matthews on the Plains, 126 Plains Road East


Throughout the month of February, heritage groups display information in the lobby of Burlington Public Library – Central, 2331 New Street.

Jan 26 to Feb 2: Burlington Heritage Month committee photo display of Burlington over the years

Feb 2 to 9: Museums of Burlington

Feb 3 to 18: Halton Grown:150 Years of Local Agriculture

  • Learn about farming from the 19th century to today. Take a peek into life on a family farm and discover the wide variety of crops grown right here in Halton Region. Presented by Halton Region Heritage Services in partnership with the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee

Feb 5 to 10: Ontario Black History Month presented by Ontario Black History Society

Feb 9 to 16:

  • Burlington Historical Society
  • Burlington Caribbean Connection presents an interactive display aimed to the youth of our City

Feb 16 to 23: UELAC-Hamilton Branch

  • The history of the United Empire Loyalists in our community from the migration to Upper Canada to present day

Feb 23 to Mar 2:

  • Beach Canal Lighthouse Group
  • Joseph Brant Museum


Hosted by the heritage organizations of Burlington:

Beach Canal Lighthouse Group

Burlington Historical Society

Burlington Public Library

City of Burlington Heritage Advisory Committee

Friends of Freeman Station

Halton Region Heritage Services

Heritage Burlington

Museums of Burlington

United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada (UELAC) Hamilton Branch

For more info: Follow Twitter #BurlHeritageMonth