BURNABY WELCOMES YOU
Burnaby, BC is in the center of it all! This growing, multicultural urban center is in the heart of Metro Vancouver, with Downtown Vancouver, the NorthShore Mountains, and the Vancouver International Airport less than 25 minutes away. Getting here is easy, and no matter what time of year you visit, Burnaby’s attractions and events are sure to please.
Stroll along the foreshores of the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet. Shop your heart out in Metrotown, home to Canada’s second largest mall, with nearly400 shops and restaurants. Enjoy spectacular views of the city’s twinkling towers from high a top Burnaby Mountain.
Burnaby has over 150 parks. Visit beautiful Deer Lake Park, home to the Burnaby Village Museum, where you can explore a 1920s village and ride a historic carouseI. If you’re visiting during the summertime, lay down your blanket near the shores of Deer Lake and take in the music during the annual Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in the Park concert and the Blues and Roots Festival.
Delectable eateries are found throughout the city, especially along Kingsway in Metrotown, Hastings Street in the Heights shopping district, and Edmonds Street. Leaving the car at home? Two SkyTrain lines provide quick and convenient travel throughout the city and to Downtown Vancouver.
There is much more to Burnaby, so explore, enjoy, and visit often.
FAST FACTS & HIGHLIGHTS
- Population: 233,734 (2014 BC Stats estimate) and growing
- Area: 98.6 km2
- Kilometers of cycling routes: 150
- Horses on the beautifully restored 1912 C.VW. Parker
- Carousel at Burnaby Village Museum: 36
- Number of plants and bulbs in Century Gardens at Deer
- Lake Park: 37,000
- Parks in the city: 159
- Shops in Metropolis at Metrotown, BC’s largest shopping center: nearly 400
Celebrities with Burnaby roots….
- Carrie-Ann Moss, Actor
- Cliff Ronning, Former NHL Hockey Player
- Matthew Good, Musician
- Joe Sakic, Former NHL Hockey Player
- Michael Bublé, Musician
- Michael J. Fox, Actor
A PROUD HERITAGE
The City of Burnaby has a proud heritage as one of British Columbia’s pioneer settlements. The city is named after Robert Burnaby, the private secretary to Colonel R.C. Moody of the Royal Engineers, who founded New Westminster, the colony’s first capital city. In 1859, Robert Burnaby led a survey party with local aboriginal guides to explore the wilderness surrounding Burnaby Lake, which is named in his honor.
Burnaby owes its existence and prosperity to its for tannate location between New Westminster, the old colonial capital, and Vancouver, the terminus and port city for the great Canadian Pacific Railway created in1886.Travel between the old capital city and the new port city led to the construction of the country’s first interurban electric tramline in 1891(today’s SkyTrain Expo Line route). The tramline opened up the area to farming and settlement, and local residents banded together to form the new Municipality of Burnaby, which was incorporated on September 22, 1892.
In its early days, the city was promoted with the slogan “Beautiful Burnaby”, as its great natural beauty made it one of the most attractive suburbs in the province. By 1930, Burnaby had shed its early agricultural beginnings and hadgrown to become the third largest municipality in British Columbia. Today, the City of Burnaby is one of the most dynamic, sustainable and prosperous communities in Canada.
BURNABY SHOPPING CENTERS
Metropolis at Metrotown
Did you know that BC’s largest shopping complex spans three city blocks? Metropolis at Metrotown has nearly 400 shops and 1000 seat food court (the largest in Western Canada), and a T-Screen cinema. The complex is connected to the Metrotown Sky Train station and bus loop. Free parking is available.
Located at the corner of Willingdon Avenue and Kingsway In Metrotown, this Chinese Asian retail complex has 200 stores and services including specialty food stores and eateries. 4500 Kingsway.
Lougheed Town Centre Mall
More than 140 shops and services for shoppers and visitors to explore. There is excellent access to the mall via Sky Irain (Lougheed Station) and by bus. 9855 Austin Avenue, 604.421.2882.
Brentwood Town Centre Mall
More than I10 shops and services for shoppers and visitors. The Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain station and bus loop are located near the southwest side of the mall. 4567 Lougheed Highway, 604.298.73 14.
Heights Commercial District
Burnaby’s oldest and most vibrant shopping street is lined with restaurants, cafes, and many specialty shops. Hastings Street, from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue. 604.294.8899.
North Road Corridor
North Road is home to the regions largest Korean shopping district and to many award-winning restaurants. 604.420.2799
Big Bend Specialty Retail Centre
Located in South Burnaby, Big Bend Crossing and Marine way Market cater to those looking to “power shop” for home furnishings, shoes, clothing, and more. Marine Way near Byrne Road.
Burnaby Farmers’ Market
Seasonal market with vendors featuring farm fresh produce, local crafts, delicious edibles, and much more. North Parking Lot, Burnaby City Hal, 4949 Canada Way
Golf lovers will enjoy Burnaby’s two full-size public courses. Both offer lessons and have driving ranges, pro shops, and restaurants.
Burnaby Mountain Golf Course
This course is a tree-lined beauty, making it a favorite with players of all levels. Before your game, hit some balls at our driving range. 7600 Halifax Street, 604.280.7355.
Riverway Golf Course
This classic championship course in south Burnaby was designed by Les Furber and is one of the premier layouts in the region. 9001 Bill Fox Way, 604.280.GOLF (604.280.4653). After your game, join us at the Riverway Clubhouse for a West Coast inspired menu.
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Burnaby’s two excellent par 3 pitch and putt golf courses at Central Park (3883 Imperial Street, 604.434.2727) and Kensington Park (5889 Curtis Street, 604.29 1.9525).
BURNABY LAKES& FORESHORE
Burnaby is bordered by the Fraser River to the south and Burrard Inlet to the north, and is home to two lakes.
Barnet Marine Park
Burrard Inlet makes a stunning backdrop for this beach park where you can swim, picnic, walk the shore trails, or launch a canoe or kayak. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park and Deer Lake Park
Conveniently located in the center of the city, these parks have many kilometer of walking trails and are perfect places to reconnect with nature. Both are popular with bird and wildlife watchers. Burnaby Lake has a rowing course and a public canoe launch. Seasonal group boat rentals are available at the east shore of Deer Lake. (Deer Lake Boat Rentals, 604.839.2201)
Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park
See a piece of BC history. The mighty Fraser River is still a working river, plied by tugs, fish boats, and barges. Stroll along the trails and have a picnic. Bring your fishing rod and your golf clubs – Riverway Golf Course is next door
RESTAURANTs in BURNABY
Burnaby has two fine dining restaurants located in scenic City parks: the elegant Tudor-style Hart House on the shores of Deer Lake (6664 Deer Lake Ave, 604.298.4278, and Horizons on Burnaby Mountain, with spectacular panoramic views.
Looking for a patio seat? Be sure to stop by the Clubhouses at Riverway Golf Course or Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. Burnaby also has a wide variety of casual, ethnic, and family-style restaurants, especially along Kingsway in Metrotown, Edmonds Street and on Hastings Steet in the Heights Commercial District.
YEARLY SPECIAL EVENTS OCCURING
Each year Burnaby comes alive with exciting special events and festivals you won’t want to miss.
- Rhododendron Festival (May) – Century Gardens / Deer Lake Park
- Environment Week (June) – Various locations
- Hats Off Day Parade and Street Festival (June) – Hastings Street
- Canada Day Celebrations (July) – Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel, Edmonds Park and Swangard Stadium
- Giro di Burnaby (July) – Burnaby Heights
- Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony in the Park – Deer Lake Park
- Burnaby Blues+ Roots Festival (August) – Deer Lake Park
- World Rivers Day (September) – Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
- Haunted Village (October) – Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
- Edmonds Festival of Lights (November) – Edmonds Street
- Illuminations at Heritage Christmas (December) – Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
DID YOU KNOW?
Burnaby is Hollywood North! The city has over 60% of the studio space in Metro Vancouver, and over 5,000 Burnaby residents are employed in this billion-dollar industry for the province. Major feature films shot here recently include: Mission Impossible Ghost Patrol, Tron: Legacy, Twilight: New Moon, Catch and Release, Mission Impossible 4, Underworld, Watchmen, the Twilight movies, and Coesar-Rise of the Apes. TV series include: Juno (2007), Smallille, Supernatural, Once Upon a Time, The Killing, Chaos, Vampire Diaries,
Supernatural, Psyche, Fringe, and Hellcats. Global BCs television studios and the Knowledge Network, a public educational broadcaster, are also located in Burnaby. The city is working with production companies to “green” the film industry.
Burnaby is home to two major post-secondary institutions.
Simon Fraser University is one of the top-ranked comprehensive universities in Canada and has over 35,000 students.
The main campus is located at the top of Burnaby Mountain and was designed by world famous architect Arthur Erickson. Be sure to stop by the campus art gallery and the Museum of Archeology and Ethnology and take in the stunning views of the Lower Mainland. Guided tours are available.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology is Canada’s premier polytechnic institution and BC’s largest post-secondary institution, with more than 48,000 full- and part-time students. The school specializes in advanced technology training in a wide range of fields and provides the majority of apprenticeship training in the province. BCIT’s main campus is located just north of Metrotown along Willingdon Avenue.
The city is also home to the head offices of many leading-edge, high-tech companies including Electronic Arts, Alpha Technologies, Ballard Power, PMC Sierra, Telus, Schneider Electric, Webtech Wireless and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals.
By Air: The Vancouver International Airport is located approximately 25 minutes from Burnaby.
By Car: All major routes provide access to Burnaby including Highway #I, Lougheed Highway, Canada Way, Hastings Street Kingsway, and Marine Way.
By Public Transit: TransLink provides a completely integrated regional public transportation system that includes:
- SkyTrain and Canada Line: Explore Burnaby by Sky Irain, the region’s automated rapid transit system. Four stations are located in south Burnaby on the Expo Line, and seven stations are located in north Burnaby on the Millennium Line. Travel to Downtown Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey in less than 25 minutes. Connect from Vancouver to Richmond and YVR Airport on the Canada Line.
- Coast Mountain Bus: Offers convenient, economical, safe, and regular service throughout Metro Vancouver, including connections to SkyTrain stations.
By Taxi: Bonny’s Taxi is the largest taxi company servicing Burnaby. 604.435.6655.
By Bicycle: Cyclists can safely ride along the city’s extensive network of Urban Trails, Bikeways and Cycle Roads. Bicycles are permitted on Sky Irain during certain perinde of the day, and most buses are equipped with bicycle racks.
We’ve pioneered Eco-sculpture in this corner of North America. Our lovingly tended, pruned and manicured creations have drawn delight and merriment from children, adults and seniors alike since the program began in 2005.
Gator, Eileen Dailly Pool’s mascot, has come alive and welcomes patrons to the center.
A sloth of three bears at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course remind us of wild areas and our coexistence with wildlife.
A hive of bees signifies the importance of pollination and remind us of the direct link of sustainable horticulture and urban environments. Location changes.
Symbolizing change, transformation and celebration, this butterfly was created in partnership with Taylor Park School and lives in Taylor Park.
Cow & Calf
Reminiscent of the farming heritage of the Burnaby area, a cow and calf can be found grazing in the lower pasture at the Burnaby Village Museum.
Tancho and Sandhill Cranes remind us of the value of protecting wetland habitat and fragile species. Located in Centennial Park next to Horizon’s Restaurant on Burnaby Mountain and at Riverway Golf Course.
At Cameron Park, a dragon nestled in a children’s play area brings to life folktales and stories of ancient times.
This Eco-sculpture represents the Cowie Dragster that broke the world speed record at Mission Raceway in 2007.
Created for the 2009 World Police and Fire Games, eagles represent power, knowledge, prestige, friendship and peace. Located in Central Park and along Kensington Avenue.
These frogs are a reminder of the fragile environment we have on land and water.
Located in front of University Highlands School, this hawk majestically overlooks Burnaby.
Parsley and Sage, our signature pieces, represent the historic C.W. Parker Carousel, housed at the Burnaby Village Museum. Located at Norland Ave and Canada Way.
This school of salmon reminds us of the food that we eat and the rivers where we play. Created in conjunction with Rivershed Society of BC, the salmon are located at Marine Drive and Glenlyon Parkway.
A flock of sheep was created to celebrate the Year of the Sheep, 2015.
SPORTS & FITNESS
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex
This multi-sport and recreation area contains more than a doze Tields, tennis courts, a fitness circuit, rowing pavilion, archery rai’gequestrian centre, indoor pool, the Bill Codeland Sports Centre’s innedce rinks (3676 Kensington Avenue, 604.297.4521), and C.G. Brown roo (/02 Kensington Avenue, 604.297.4520). Canlan Ice Sports’ Burnaby Rinks, a practice facility of the Vancouver Canucks, is around the core Burnaby 8 Rinks is also home to a BC Centre of Excellence, one of the premier figure skating training facilities in Canada.
The stadium is host to several international meets and sporting events, pius community special events. Sit back, take in great mountain views, and enjoy the game in Central Park. Boundary Road and Kingsway, 604.297.4848.
Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool and Fitness Centre
This complex has pools, a waterslide, and water features it’s a kid’s paradise! Adults can also enjoy the steam room, sauna, hot pool, weight room, and fitness classes. 240 Willingdon Avenue, 604.298.SWIM.
Bonsor Recreation Complex
Next door to the Metrotown shopping district, this large recreation facility has a pool, racquet courts, gymnasium, yoga studio, weight room, and more. 6550 Bonsor Avenue, 604.297.4597. The Metro Skate Park, with over 2,000 m of skating area, is nearby at Bonsor Avenue and Jubilee Street.
Edmonds Community Centre
Edmonds Community Centre is Burnaby’s newest multi-generational and multi-service recreation centre located in southeast Burnaby. The centre has indoor pools, waterslides and water features it’s a kid’s paradise!
There is also a weight and cardio room, gymnasium, seniors and youth lounges, playground and more. 7433 Edmonds Street, 604.297.4838.
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Burnaby’s 21 other recreation facilities -some of the finest in Canada. There’s no need to miss your daily workout! Mountain biking enthusiasts can also enjoy the 8,000 m* Mountain Air Bike Skills Course on the north side of Burnaby Mountain, on Barnet Highway at Takeda Drive.
Thinking of hosting a meeting, banquet, convention, performance, or sports event in Burnaby? The city has facilities to suit every requirement.
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
This elegant building has perfect spaces for receptions, conferences, theatre presentations, and trade shows. 604.205.3020.
Bill Copeland Sports Centre
This site can seat up to 2,000 people and has reception space for up to 500. 604.320.2207.
Riverway Clubhouse / Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse
With their West Coast inspired menu, breathtaking views and outdoor patios, our Clubhouses are a culinary experience to savour for banquets up to 200 guests. 604.297.4883.
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Other facilities available in the city, including the lakeside Burnaby Lake Pavilion (604.205.3033), the historic Ceperley House (604.297.4422), and the Alan Emmott Centre, which is located within a restored 1914 school building (604.320.22 I7). Catering services can be arranged at all locations. Call 604.205.3026 for complete information.
ARTS, HERITAGE AND CULTURE
Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel
Where History Comes to Life” Transport yourself to the 1920s. This four-hectare open-air museum features a town street with shops, homes, costumed interpreters, a farmhouse, the historic C.VN. Parker Carousel, and the restored Interurban 1223 tram. Free gate admission (during regular public hours). 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, 604.297.4565.
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
This award-winning glass, stone and cedar arts centre is a venue for performing arts, education and conferences. 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Box Office: 604.205.3000, General: 604.291.6864.
Burnaby Art Gallery and Deer Lake Gallery
Built in 1912, Ceperley House is now home to the City’s public art gallery, where it exhibits works by local, national and international artists. 6344 Deer Lake Avenue, 604.297.4422. Art collectors also won’t want to miss the Burnaby Arts Council’s Deer Lake Gallery 6584 Deer Lake Avenue, 604.298.7322.
Heritage Walking Tour at Deer Lake Park
This two-hour, two-kilometer self-guided walk takes in seven stately heritage estate homes set in a country landscape.
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
This multi-use facility houses the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the Nikkei National Museum and offers arts and cultural programming, special exhibits, and more. 6688 Southoaks Crescent, 604.777.7000.
Sculptures are made up of thousands of plants and are an exciting, imaginative, horticultural attraction. View the carousel horses at Burnaby Village Museum, the Tancho Cranes high atop Burnaby Mountain, the bears at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course, and many Oee map for locations.
PARKS AND TRAILS
Burnaby is one of the greenest cities in Canada with an amazing I59 parks and many kilometers of walking, hiking and cycling trails.
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
Get that top-of-the-world feeling at Burnaby Mountain. This wilderness conservation area has easily accessible lookouts with spectacular views of the city and Burrard Inlet, many kilometers of hiking and mountain biking trails that take you deep into Burnaby’s natural beauty, and is home to Horizons Restaurant
Deer Lake Park
The grounds of this picture-perfect park are home to the city’s arts, cultural and heritage facilities, extensive walking trails (Including the Heritage Walking Tour), boat rentals, and wildlife viewing points. Keep an eye out for television and movie production crews which often film in the area.
Only minutes from the Metrotown shopping district and accessible by SkyTrain, this urban park has excellent recreational facilities including a sports stadium, fitness circuit, outdoor pool, tennis courts, pitch and putt golf, a playground, and easy walking trails, all within an urban forest of immense Douglas fir, hemlock, and maple.
Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park
This nature park is one of the best birdwatching spots in the Lower Mainland. A viewing tower on the lake’s north shore is a prime observation point. Other park features include a Nature House, canoe/kayak launch, picnic sites, and a 9 km circle trail.
Trans Canada Trail
The completed Burnaby section of this cross-Canada 17,000 kilometer shared-use trail traverses five North Burnaby parks and links to the neighboring cities of Port Moody and Vancouver.
This linear park connects the New Westminster waterfront to Vancouver’s False Creek by separate cyeling and pedestrian trails that follow the Expo SkyTrain route.
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The city’s Urban Trail System and designated cycling routes, which link many community services with residential areas. There are also many other wonderful parks located around the city, each with its own unique character. Travelling with your dog? Several parks have off-leash areas. Pick up our brochures Burnaby Bike Map, Central Valley Greenway, and Dogs in Burnaby Parks or visit
Southwestern BC’s gentle climate nurtures plants that don’t grow anywhere else in Canada.
These formal gardens feature a fabulous array of mature rhododendrons, Burnaby’s official flower. Situated by the Burnaby Art Gallery in Deer Lake Park, the garden’s style complements the grand old mansion perfectly. The park hosts the popular Rhododendron Festival every May.
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The Centennial Rose Garden at Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Earl and Jennie Lohn Perennial Garden in Central Park, Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Gardens, and the Japanese Canadian Garden at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.