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Spencer Smith Park, Burlington

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Spencer Smith Park is a park in downtown Burlington, Ontario located on the shore of Lake Ontario. It was named in memory of Spencer Smith, a former president of the Burlington Horticultural Society who was instrumental in the development of the park system throughout the city. It is home to the Sound of Music Festival, Canada's Largest Ribfest and the Burlington Beer Festival. It has a small beach and plenty of walking paths along Lake Ontario.

The City of Burlington Waterfront Project opened in early June 2006. It is home to Spencer's, a restaurant with a capacity of more than two hundred diners, with a large patio are entirely made of glass offering beautiful views of Lake Ontario and Lakeshore Road. The Centennial Pond features ice skating in the winter months, and is used as a model sailboat pond in the summer. The Dofasco Waterjet plaza also opened in late July 2006 and offers a water play area for children with jets spraying water in the air, as well as a playground.
Along the walking path, across from the water, there is a Navy Memorial which recognizes the Canadian seamen that served in the Second World War. "Royal Canadian Naval Association Naval Memorial (1995)" by André Gauthier (sculptor) is a 6’4" high-cast bronze statue of a World War II Canadian sailor in the position of attention saluting his lost shipmates, which was erected in Spencer Smith Park. The model for the statue was a local Sea Cadet wearing Mike Vencel's naval service uniform. On the black granite base, the names of Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Merchant Navy ships sunk during World War II are engraved.
On June 16, 2013, during the annual Sound of Music Festival and Fathers' day, the 137 meter long attraction Brant Street Pier officially opened to the public as a part of the park. The pier is designed with a walkway, raised platform and a beacon.
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  • The park is great for a walk or a picnic. In the wonder the winter lights are beautiful. Each year a new display is added. This is a popular destination for young families and couples. Make sure.....  more »
  • Good place for walks. Well maintained garden. Many restaurants within walking distance. Family picnics can be arranged.  more »
  • A great attraction along the waterfront area in Burlington. Usually something is going on here. A great attraction for the tourists. The park has activities for all ages. Such a natural beauty that makes you feel relaxed. A very reasonable place for a walk too. It's not far from main Hamilton city therefore many people who visit Hamilton go to see this natural beauty too. On your way to this area you come along Royal Botanical Gardens .Though a beautiful drive all the way down.
  • I totally love this place. Is perfect for tourists and locals. If you're visiting and don't want to spend much, this park is perfect. And if you want to eat delicious, Spencer's is right there (not so cheap, but it's worth every dollar 😍). In winter, you can skate on ice, in summer, you can enjoy the lake, and chill on the beach. Summary, is perfect.
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