5) Burlington, Ontario
On the shores of Lake Ontario lies another festival-loving city. Burlington is host to a number of fun celebrations including the Burlington Beer Festival, Ribfest, and Children’s Festival. The Burlington Downtown Waterfront is the place to dine out, people watch, or just get some daily exercise. The location is ideal, making many places like Toronto, Niagara Falls, and the U.S. border very accessible. The Bruce Trail is popular in all seasons for hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking. Downhill skiers will enjoy the slopes at Glen Eden Ski Centre. There’s a strong sense of community amongst the almost 200,000 residents, reflected in the low crime and unemployment rates. Burlington also scores point in the affordability category with a new home averaging about $340,000. The average salary in Burlington is higher than the national average, with a median household income of around $88,000.
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