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Oakville-Burlington Ontario City Information information, listings and links



Here are some basic facts about Oakville & Burlington:

Location

view of the 401 as it passes by Milton The Burlington and Oakville lie on the north shore of Lake Ontario, just west of Toronto, the provincial capital. The city is connected to the rest of Ontario by the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) at its south, the 401 Macdonald-Cartier Freeway in the middle, and the 407 Toll Highway in the north. The major communities are located: Burlington: 43 degrees 19 minutes North & 79 degrees 48 minutes West, Oakville: 43 degrees 28 minutes N 79 degrees 41 minutes W, and Milton: 43 degrees 30 minutes N 79 degrees 53minutes W The city is at 44 deg. 24 min. North latitude; and 79 deg. 40 min. West longitude, and lies 228 metres above sea level. We are in Eastern Standard Time, The same as Toronto and New York, and 6 hours earlier than western Europe.

Name

Oakville was named by co-founders and friends William Chisholm and Robert Baldwin Sullivan (who went on to become mayor of Toronto) for the numerous large white oaks that were key to the local oak stave industry.

Burlington is named for Burlington Bay, which was named in 1792 by Lt-Governor John Graves Simcoe for a town in England near Hull. (The Bay was officially renamed Hamilton Harbour in 1919, though both names remain in use).

Population

The population of Burlington is 163,800 and Oakville's population is 144,000. The Halton Region is expected to grow by 20% by 2010.

Ontario is the most populous of Canada's provinces, and was one of the original provinces in Canada's Confederation in 1867. Ontario has 11 million residents in its 1,100,000 square kilometres (413,000 sq miles). Barrie is about 100km (60miles) north of the province's capital city, Toronto.

Industries

The major industry in the Halton Region reflects its location, light and heavy manufacturing (especially automotive) in support of the huge Toronto marketplace with agriculture close behind.

Weather

Burlington's climate is generally continental with warm humid summers and cold, dry winters. This is moderated by the proximity of Lake Ontario, which tends to reduce temperature extremes. Monthly mean temperatures range from 22 degrees centigrade (71 degrees F) in July to -5 degrees centigrade (23 degrees F) in January. The annual precipitation consists of about 28 inches of rain and 51 inches of snow. Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest. The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.

Average daily temperatures are:

ScaleJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Celsius

-8

-7

-2

3

10

23

26

25

20

13

6

-5

Fahrenheit

17

19

28

37

50

73

79

77

68

55

43

23



An approximate guide to Celsius Temperatures is as follows:
Metric-Imperial temperature conversion chart

Burlington's climate is generally continental with warm humid summers and cold, dry winters. This is moderated by the proximity of Lake Ontario, which tends to reduce temperature extremes. Monthly mean temperatures range from 22 degrees centigrade (71 degrees F) in July to -5 degrees centigrade (23 degrees F) in January. The annual precipitation consists of about 28 inches of rain and 51 inches of snow. Easterly winds off the open waters of Lake Ontario may add substantially to local snowfall however the prevailing winds are from the southwest. The average date for a late frost is May 3rd, and the first autumn frost occurs about the 15th day of October.

Tipping

Some hotels include tips or gratuities with group programs to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. In a hotel, bell service should be tipped about $1 per bag, and housekeeping $1 to $5 dollars a day (in proportion to your room rate). Visitors should know that the standard tip in restaurants is 10%-15% (on restaurant bills, an average tip will be 50% higher the GST & tax), with 20% (about double the GST & tax) for very outstanding service. This is especially important for visitors from countries where tipping on meals is not done: here the waitering staff depend on tips for a significant portion of their incomes. Tip taxis about 10%, and a dollar a bag they carry for you (not just unload), or at the very least round fares up to the nearest dollar.


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