Burnaby, east of Vancouver, is best known for Burnaby Mountain and Burnaby Lake. At the top of Burnaby Mountain is the architecturally stunning Simon Fraser University, with its Museum of Archeology and Ethnology. The recent additions to the Metrotown mega-mall will satisfy even the most diehard of shoppers. In Deer Lake Park, you'll find the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Heritage Village and the Shadbolt Centre for the Performing Arts. Barnet Marine Park offers spectacular forest walks beside scenic Burrard Inlet.
Burnaby the City was named after Burnaby Lake, which in turn was named for Robert Burnaby (1828-1878) who was the private secretary to Colonel Richard Moody, commanding officer of the Royal Engineers during the survey of New Westminster in 1959. Incorporated as a district municipality in 1892, Burnaby became a city in 1992.
Burnaby is located between Burrard Inlet on the north, and the north arm of the Fraser River on the south. The municipality is named for Robert Burnaby a British merchant and an early colonist in the area (he lived from 1828 to 1878).
The trees in Central Park, on the boundary with the City of Vancouver, were first thinned out in 1863 by the royal engineers collecting trees suitable for making masts for the Royal Navy's ships. Burnaby was incorporated in 1892, and is now the most heavily populated part of the Lower Mainland, and second only to Vancouver for level of employment.
Annual festivals, events: Burnaby's Birthday Party (Sept).
Here are the most popular attractions in Burnaby:
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Trans Canada Highway, and Kensington Street
This 300 hectare nature park in the middle of Burnaby is found between the Lougheed and Trans-Canda highways. Over 200 species of birds call this park home, including bald eagles and hummingbirds. There are many native mammals that can be seen from the network of trails around the park. The lake is the internationally-famous centre of competitive rowing in and around Vancouver, and has several beaver colonies. Its natural qualities, though, are being threatened by purple loosestrife and white water lilies.
Burnaby Lake Nature House
4519 Piper Avenue at Winston St
(604) 420-3031 or 432-6322
On the north shore of the lake, the Burnaby Lake Nature House offers interpretive programs, hikes, and canoe programs. This is a great place to get away from the bustle of the city without ever leaving it. During a visit take in spectacular bird watching on numerous hiking trails. The nature house is open year-round on weekdays, and from mid-May to August daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Burnaby Mountain Park
The park is wrapped around the Simon Fraser University campus and overlooks the suburb of Burnaby. There are splendid views of downtown and the Islands to the west, and of Indian Arm to the north. Visit the "Playground of the Gods" monument for Japanese-Canadian friendship, the rose garden and see several totem poles.
Burnaby Village Museum
6501 Deer Lake Ave.
This museum is located on nine acres of parkland and shows the life of early settlers in the Lower Mainland. It features over 30 authentic buildings from the 1890s to 1925 era. Historically costumed villagers will invite you into their homes and involve you in hands-on activities of their time. Watch a blacksmith at work, meet a herbalist and take in the various displays in the different buildings. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $6.10, seniors pay $4.25, kids aged six to 12 pay $3.55 and kids under six get in for free.
Deer Lake Park
This park, accessed from Sperling Ave offers a number of recreational pursuits: fishing, boating, jogging, picnicking, strolling. The lake is full of waterfowl and offers views of Burnaby mountain and Vancouver's downtown. Also on the lake is the Burnaby Art Gallery (6344 Deer Lake Ave., 291-9441), which resides in the Ceperly mansion overlooking the park. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays.
Simon Fraser University
Gaglardi Way, atop Burnaby Mountain
The spacious campus is perched the top of Burnaby Mountain and is an award-winning architectural triumph by Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey. The campus also features the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, which features Northwest Coast native art, tools and utensils. The just-turned 30 year old University campus was a hotbed of rebellious activity in the turbulent 1960s.
Here are the most popular Burnaby parks (Map),
listed from north to south (see other area parks):
Barnet Marine Park
Located on the spectacular Burrard Inlet, north of Simon Fraser University, Barnet Marine Park is a favourite of water-lovers. The park has stunning views of the forested mountains of Belcarra and North Vancouver.
Burnaby Mountain Park
The mountain, water and city views from high atop Burnaby Mountain make this destination popular for both locals and visitors. The Centennial Gardens & Pavillion are an attractive feature of this park. You can also wander over to the grounds of Simon Fraser University.
Confederation Park. On Burrard Inlet just east of the Second Narrows Bridge, offers both recreational facilities, centered around Confederation House (off Willingdon) and untouched wilderness, closer to the water.
One of Burnaby's sport centres, with the Burnaby lake Sports Complex, the Burnaby Pake Rowing Pavillion, its popular pitch and putt greens, sports fields that for softball in the summer and soccer during the winter.
Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Located in the middle of the city, Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a stunning wildlife sanctuary. Visit the Burnaby Lake Nature House for interpretive tours and exhibits.
Deer Lake Park
The beautiful park surrounding Deer Lake is the hub of arts, culture and history in Burnaby. On the north shore of the lake, you’ll find Heritage Village, the James Cowan Theatre, and the Burnaby Art Gallery.
Robert Burnaby Park
This large park, on the South Shore of Burnaby Lake, is known for its wooded ravine and forest trails, which attract walkers, joggers and nature lovers. The park is also home to a popular swimming pool on its southern edge.
BC Parkway & Highland Park Line
Burnaby's portion of the B.C. Parkway Trail is a 19 kilometre linear park strip which connects the Westminster Quay waterfront to False Creek in Vancouver.
Central Park has two sides: urban wilderness and recreational facilities. Similar to the west coast rainforests that made up much of the area, the park has a forest of immense Douglas fir, western hemlock, poplar and maple. The Park is also home to Swangard Stadium, a swimming pool, and Central Park Pitch & Putt and is readily accessible from the Patterson SkyTrain Station.
Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park
This picturesque riverside park, nestled between the Riverway Golf Course and an light industrial area, provides a wonderful opportunity to experience and explore the mighty Fraser River. On the other bank is the East Richmond Woodland Vegetation Study Area.