During the day, Paletta Mansion is one of the most beautiful places in Burlington. At night, some say it could be haunted.
The mansion sits on the shores of Lake Ontario on Lakeshore Road between Appleby Line and Walker’s Line. Some people have called it the Jewel in the Crown of the Burlington Waterfront. For people who live close to it they wouldn’t disagree.
It’s certainly one of the major attractions living in south eastern Burlington. The 11,000 square foot mansion is surrounding by 14 aces of natural and landscape lands. Shoreacres Creek flows through the east side of the property and you can take a stroll along the Discovery Trail and see the natural beauty of the area. It’s one of the last remaining natural areas in Halton along Lake Ontario’s shoreline.
The trail will lead you to many interesting interpretative signs, where you can learn about the birds, mammals, fish, trees and fauna that live in this rich environment. Several regionally rare plant species are found here.
The property provides nesting and a stop-over habitat for an extremely high diversity of bird species. In the spring, the area is a birder’s dream. The area is also a perfect spot for painting and photographing wildlife and natural landscapes.
The property was originally granted by the Crown to Laura Seacord in 1809. The mansion was built in 1930 on the original 6.4 hectare property. Throughout the years, the property was broken down and sold into smaller parcels then purchased by the City in 1990.
The facilities at Palatta Mansion can be rented out for meetings, weddings, social gatherings or any special event. The Mansion also offers catering and the onsite parking is free. Throughout the year, the Mansion hosts several classes from Yoga to Pilates. There is also an annual Exotic Car show at the Mansion.
Paletta Mansion is also home to Mansion Toastmasters, which meets every Wednesday from Sept. to June at 7:30 p.m. For more information: www.mansiontoastmasters.com
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