Burlington Ontario is located in Southern Ontario's Golden Horseshoe region across Lake Ontario from Hamilton. Burlington is part of the Greater Toronto Area, however it is still considered part of the Hamilton Metropolitan Region, and is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. The city ranges from areas concentrated with many new immigrants, to upper-middle class suburbs to expensive areas by the lake. In 1989, Itabashi, located in Tokyo, Japan, became Burlington's twin city. Many programs and exchanges have been instigated and proven successful between the two cities. Burlington is also sister cities with Myrtle Beach in south Carolina, and Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Chief Joseph Brant (the prominent Mohawk leader and loyalist) was granted the land which is now Burlington in 1798, by King George III, in return for his services to the Crown during the American Revolution and the Seven Years War. A wave of Loyalist immigration followed by a large group of European settlers grew the community, and the area's main industry in addition to farming was lumber exports for the construction of ships.
Burlington is home to many interesting sights; the Joseph Brand Museum holds a replica of the original Brand Homestead, and the beautiful world-renowned Royal Botanical Gardens houses a 2,700 acre wildlife retreat. Bronte Provincial Park holds living history demonstrations of an 1890s farmhouse, and one of the many summer festivals includes Canada's Largest Ribfest. The Burlington Art Centre houses various exhibits both national and local, including world famous nature artist Robert Bateman.
Many of Burlington's over 164,415 population (according to the 2006 Census) are single and looking for that special someone. Because of Burlington's convenient access to downtown Toronto (accessible through Highway 407, the QEW, Go Transit and Via Rail), as well as Mississauga, a great way for Burlington residents to meet other singles is through a 25dates.com Speed Dating Event. Everyone participating in the event is single, which cuts down on some of the nonsense that happens in the bar scene. Participants sign up online and choose which event they'd like to attend based on their sexual preference and age group. All attendees meet at a designated restaurant or lounge, and set out on their three minute dates. After each date they mark down on a "matchcard" whether they'd like to see that person again or not. At the end of the night they hand in their cards to a 25dates.com staff member, results are tallied up and emailed two days later, letting everyone know who they "matched" with (a match means two people said "yes" to each other). 25dates.com is a fun, no pressure way to meet other eligible singles.