Burnside is a Canadian urban neighbourhood located along the northeast shore of Bedford Basin in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality. Officially still termed a dispersed rural community, Burnside has been the location of a major concentration of industry and commercial development since the 1970 completion of the Mackay Bridge near the previously existing Industrial Estate, which had only 4 enterprises prior to the bridge opening. There are very few dwellings in Burnside as it is used almost exclusively for commercial operations; the only residential area being the adjacent communities of Highfield Park, Albro Lake and Wright's Cove.
Burnside Park, formerly known as Dartmouth Industrial Park, then Burnside Industrial Park and later Burnside Business Park, is a major commercial and industrial development located in the community of Burnside along the northeast shore of Bedford Basin. It encompasses about 970 hectares (2,400 acres) of land running up the hill from the Basin and was developed as the former City of Dartmouth's industrial park following the completion of the A. Murray MacKay Bridge in 1970.
Current employment estimates state that 17,000 people regularly work in the park and there are more than 1,000 employers. A wide variety of businesses are located in Burnside, mostly specializing in sales, manufacturing, electronics, transportation, and services. The park is composed mostly of low-rise office buildings, warehouses and retail stores.
Its location has played a large role in its success. The construction of the A. Murray MacKay Bridge resulted in a boom of development in the area, since it provided a quick link to Halifax Peninsula, the Fairview Cove container terminal, the Halterm/south end container terminal, as well as many residential areas in the north end and Clayton Park, where many of the park's employees live. It is also located at the terminus of four highways: Highway 101 (via Windmill Road Trunk 7 and Bedford Bypass), Highway 107, Highway 111 and Highway 118 via Highway 107.
Furniture manufacturer, Swedwood Canada began operations in Burnside Park in 1987. From 1991-2004 the company was operated by IKEA. In 2004 Scanwood Canada purchased the company from IKEA Group with the assistance of Nova Scotia Business Inc. Now Nova Scotia owned, the company has diversified while continuing to maintain its IKEA contracts.
Due to the size and nature of the park, there are several hotels oriented towards business travellers located within its boundaries, including a Ramada, a Day's Inn, and a Comfort Inn. The park includes the smaller City of Lakes business incubator park. Burnside Park underwent an expansion in its eastern end during 2006 with the adjacent development of the Dartmouth Crossing retail and office development.