Thursday, December 15, 2011

A Stroll Along Burlington Beach

Burlington Ontario sits on the western edge of Lake Ontario looking southwards to the Niagara area (both Canadian and American). The waters edge has in places sandy beaches and naturally the city had in times past promoted this area for visitors and locals. Burlington Beach is only about a seven minute drive from my home and for the past year or so I have been taking walks with a friend along the path or on the sandy beach itself. However, until recently the beach was not enjoyed as fully as it could have been due to the pollution in the lake.

Part of the pollution in our area comes from the steel mills that were the backbone of industry for the city of Hamilton.Constant infilling and channel dredging damaged fresh water streams and hurt the wildlife they supported, disrupting the ecological land balance. Chemical, industrial and thermal pollution continued to damage the environment particularly after 1890. Asian carp were also a concern.
Government has been working at cleaning up the lake for many years now and is succeeding.

The parking lot views. I don't know why I am showing you this but I guess it gives a sense of the place.
Ever since I have lived here you would hear at some point in late spring or early summer that the beach  is closed due to pollution levels and no swimming was permitted. This year was the first year I am aware of that this did not happen. And you could certainly see it with your own eyes as the beach was crowded all summer long with swimmers, picnickers, walkers, and sun worshipers.

At this time of year it is the devoted walker that is seen at the beach, sometimes in pairs or groups or on their own.

There are many openings from the paved path to the beach.

I don't know why the city, or whoever, decided to place the hydro towers along the beach. What made them think that this was a good idea? Obviously they were not thinking about beach attraction.

Looking at Burlington

Viburnum trilobum or Cranberry bush growing wild

 The is the Burlington Canal lift bridge (in orange with green towers) and the Skyway Bridge. While the Skyway is a nice bridge, and most people use it to cross the canal, the lift bridge is much more interesting. It takes cars and pedestrians and emits a fog horn sound when the bridge is going to rise up to accommodate any large boat, ship or tanker. If you like bridges, here is a link to the government site which has a nice article on the history of the Burlington Lift Bridge.

That is it for a cool day in December by the beach. You might want to sit here awhile and enjoy the view.


  1. To przykre, że jezioro było tak zanieczyszczone, że nie można było się kąpać, ale tak już nie jest i to najważniejsze. Musi być tam ładnie, co widać na Twoich zdjęciach. Pozdrawiam

  2. nice stroll around Burlington. you are lucky to be near the beach. we are too, sort of, but they are mostly private beaches. i do have clients with beach front so i get there on occasion. nice images also.

  3. Hi Patty, It must be nice living within walking distance to the lake. I agree about the hydro towers. What were they thinking? They not only look ugly they make an annoying hum. It is encouraging to read that that government has done enough cleanup that swimming is possible.
    Have a great Christmas holiday Patty! It does not look promising for a white Christmas, but you never know. Best wishes for 2012!

  4. Happy New Year, Patty! May 2012 bring you peace, prosperity and plants.

  5. I would be one of the winter-time beach walkers when it's foggy and damp and there's no sun.

    Have a marvelous year in 2012.

  6. Patty, thank you for stopping in and commenting. I was not quite sure how to interpret your comment, but it is a very complex situation for all, whether they are too poor or too rich. I really was not expecting others to do more than voice. It seems that is what is needed to at least have others listen. I wish you a very Happy New Year and all the best in the coming year. I wanted to get back to you, so feel free to delete this comment since it has nothing to do with your post.

  7. That is a lovely part of the world there, except for the hydro towers. I'm glad they are getting the lakes cleaned up.