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Spencer Smith Park

1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, ON
Size: 6.37 acres

Festival at Spencer Smith Park

Centrepiece of the Waterfront

The land for this park was originally part of a parcel granted to the Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, in recognition of his service to The British Crown during the American Revolution.

During the 19th century and into the 20th, Lakeshore Road was immediately adjacent to Lake Ontario. There was no protection from storms, and waves frequently washed over the road, threatening nearby property. In 1939 the federal government stepped in and built a seawall. That same year, the Burlington Horticultural Society became involved in cleaning up the shoreline just west of the foot of Brant Street. That land, known as Lakeside Park, was renamed Spencer Smith Park in honor of Spencer Smith - a former president of the society. In 1965 construction was begun on Confederation Terrace and Spencer Smith Park as a Centennial Project for the City of Burlington.

In recent years, Spencer Smith Park has been redeveloped with community input by the Waterfront Team to become the recreational centre of our Waterfront Trail. The wide promenade allows a magnificent view of the lake, beach and Skyway Bridge while sitting on the breakwall, walking, cycling or roller blading. The park boasts:

  • Discovery Landing Waterfront Centre with use for skating in winter and water-jet play area in the summer months
  • Several performance areas
  • Historic monuments
  • Children's playground
  • Japanese Garden
  • Expansive lawns for leisure activities

  • Spencer Smith Monument


For visitors to the area, a Tourist Information Centre operated by Tourism Burlington is located at 414 Locust St. across Lakeshore Road from the park. Spencer Smith is a major attraction for both local residents and tourists, as it is in the heart of downtown and is the venue for major community events along the waterfront such as Burlington's Sound of Music Festival, Canada Day, Children's Festival and Rotary Ribfest.

Next Door To Spencer Smith Park

Burlington Arts Centre
Joseph Brant Museum
Tourism Burlington Visitor Information Centre

Park Amenities

Special Events Links

Visit the following websites for further information about these exciting festivals.

Sound of Music
Rotary Ribfest