Burlington is ranked as Canada best community by Maclean's Magazine and as best place to raise a family. Burlington is close to major transportation, to the cities of Hamilton and Toronto and to the U.S. border. The UNESCO world biosphere reserve Niagara Escarpment is in its backyard and Lake Ontario in its front yard. Burlington boasts great employment opportunities, low crime rates and a community feel. More than half of the city is protected rural space. The city also offers world-class urban amenities, including shopping and dining and is home to some of Ontario's top festivals and events. Attractions include the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.