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 /Transportation-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. [More Burnaby Lake photos]
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. [More Burnaby Mountain photos]
Virtual Reality Panorama Views from Burnaby Mountain
Burnaby Village Museum
6501 Deer Lake Ave.
Experience Heritage - Stroll down the streets of our 1920s BC Electric Railway tram stop community. This living heritage village has heritage and replica buildings on a 10-acre site with . period-costumed townsfolk to welcome visitors and provide demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the garden at the farmhouse and the General Store. Be sure to take in the elegance of the Interurban #1223. An exciting must for every visitor is a whirl on the historic 1912 CW Parker Carousel. Amenities include picnic tables, a gift shop, and an ice-cream parlour which offers a menu for light meals and snacks. The site is wheelchair accessible. . The museum is open seasonally, Tuesday-Sunday, times vary. Admission $6-$12.
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. [More Simon Fraser photos]