About Paletta Lakefront Park
Paletta Lakefront Park has four heritage buildings (the Mansion, the Orientation Centre and Loft, the Art and Environment Study Centre, and the Dollhouse) on the property.
The park is great for walking and enjoying the waterfront and is available for ALL of Burlington to enjoy! The Paletta Mansion is available for rent for corporate and social functions.
- Paletta Mansion
- Dofasco Shoreacres Creek Discovery Trail and Park
- The Art & Environment Study Centre & Welcome Centre
- Orientation Centre & Tim Horton's Learning Loft
The mansion is an 11,000 square foot house designed by Stewart Thomson McPhie, in association with Lyon Sommerville (1886-1965). Built of local limestone, the mansion has many formal design elements. Classical influences can be seen in the Tuscan columns on the east and south elevations and the scroll pediment above the west entrance. The mansion is almost a square in design, a descendant of Edwardian simplicity.
Restoration began on the mansion in April 2000 and was completed in December 2000. The three floors of the mansion were upgraded to modern standards, while maintaining the historic charm and character of its features: the grand hall and staircase, the seven fireplaces located throughout the house, hardwood floor and the decorative interior details.
Dofasco Shoreacres Creek Discovery Trail
Discover a world apart. A truly diverse and magnificent walk and adventure for your mind.
This 14 acre heritage park is a unique blend of open spaces, wetlands, waterfront nature trails and pathways, which provide access to the lakeshore and panoramic views of Lake Ontario.
The 10 acre Discovery Trail features a flood plain that is one of the only natural areas of its kind remaining along the Halton shoreline of Lake Ontario. The wetland area on the park attracts migratory birds because of the protection, cover and food supply provided. The site also attracts and shelters rare species of birds who inadvertently venture off course.
Rare plant species also exist on the park site as well as a variety of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The wildlife existence is significant, emphasizing the continued commitment to preserve the natural habitat and landscape of this parksite.
Orientation Centre & Tim Horton's Learning Loft
The two storey barn and stable, situated on the northwest corner of the park, was built primarily for recreational equestrian use.
The stable, now identified as the Orientation Centre, houses story boards which provides visitors with a history of the park and its evolution.
The property features a "dollhouse", a children's playhouse, which came equipped with electricity and running water. The dollhouse is the only known heritage children's playhouse in Burlington. The Burlington Professional Firefighters Association, as a millennium gift to the city has restored it.