Burnaby is a city in its own right, not just a suburb of Vancouver. It is a thriving city in its own right. It’s the third biggest city in the province, to be exact. It is between the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River. In the background are the Canadian Rockies. Burnaby is, in short, a beautiful city.
Burnaby is often missed by people because it is so close to Vancouver. But it is a great day trip from a bigger city because it has a lot to offer. You should also spend a few nights here to get the most out of everything it has to offer. The best things to do in Burnaby are the following:
1. Let’s go back to the 1920s.
The 1920s are well-known all over the world for their music, art, and architecture. A great example of this is the Burnaby Village Museum, which shows what life was like in the city back then.
The open-air museum is a village from the 1920s. It is spread out over four hectares of land and has 31 buildings. Some of the buildings are the originals that were moved to the site, and others are copies.
Walk around the streets and look at buildings like Tom Irvine’s House, Central Park Theatre, Bell’s Dry Goods, and Vorce Tram Station. Take a ride on the well-known C.W. Parker Carousel afterward.
2. Look around you
Burnaby Mountain is a 370-meter-high hill that looks out over the Burrard Inlet and the city of Vancouver. Spend an afternoon at the top of the mountain and take in the amazing views.
Bring a picnic lunch and find a quiet spot to enjoy the scenery, or eat at Horizons Restaurant and look at the views from there. There are also places to hike and ride mountain bikes, as well as a playground for kids.
At Burnaby Mountain, you can often see animals like deer, coyotes, racoons, and even black bears. You can also walk around a beautiful rose garden.
3. Play in a park
You can take your kids to some great parks in Burnaby, or you can play there yourself. You can even bring your dog to a park if you are visiting with him or her.
Central Park is by far the best of all the parks in the city. The 90-hectare park is known for its award-winning playground, but it also has tennis courts, lawn bowling, picnic areas, and walking trails.
Go to Robert Burnaby Park to play disc golf, tennis, or to let your dog play with other dogs in the off-leash zone. People know Kensington Park for its sports fields, where they can play football and baseball.
4. Look at birds
Burnaby Lake is a good place to see great blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and green herons. Birdwatchers can’t miss the glacial lake, but anyone who likes being in nature will enjoy their time here.
Around the lake, there are more than 70 different kinds of birds, and many of them can be seen on the 19 km of trails. When you walk around the lake, you will also see other animals and plants.
There is also an equestrian center in Burnaby Lake that takes care of six kilometers of horseback riding trails. On the lake, you can also kayak, canoe, or row a boat.
5. Check out art
The Burnaby Art Gallery is in a historic house and has both new and old works of art on display. Spend a couple of hours looking at art as you walk around the gallery.
Most of the art on display is by local or regional artists, but there are a few pieces by national and even international artists. It also focuses on new artists by offering programs for education.
There are also community events and special shows at the gallery. When you’re done looking at the art, you can take a walk through the lovely garden on site.
6. Take a walk on campus
Simon Fraser University is one of the best schools in Canada. It is at the top of Burnaby Mountain. The campus of the university is beautiful, and you should definitely take a walk around it.
The Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is part of the university. It has a big collection of Northwest Coast Indian artifacts. The Simon Fraser Gallery is also there, and it has more than 5,000 pieces of art in its collection.
The planned community of UniverCity, which has won a lot of awards, is right on campus. It is home to more than 4,000 students and has shops, restaurants, and art installations outside.
7. Go shopping a lot
There are a number of shopping malls in Burnaby where shopaholics will enjoy going on a shopping spree. There are also small stores on the streets of the city.
Metropolis at Metrotown is the biggest mall in the city and the second biggest in all of Western Canada. There are also the Brentwood Town Centre and the Lougheed Town Centre Mall.
Crystal Mall, Canada’s biggest Asian mall, is a good place to find something different. Or, you could take a walk down Hasting Street and shop in designer boutiques or artisan shops to find gifts.
8. Go fishing
Burnaby is surrounded by water, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it has great fishing. You can catch fish in the river, the inlet, or one of the lakes in the city.
Burrard Inlet is one of the most popular places to fish, especially if you want to catch saltwater fish like flounder, herring, and dog fish. If you want to fish for freshwater fish on Deer Lake, you can rent a canoe or rowboat from Deer Lake Boat Rentals.
Burnaby Lake is also a place where you can catch fish, but it’s not the best place to fish. There are also places to fish outside of the city, such as Como Lake in Coquitlam or Sanctuary Pond in Vancouver.
9. Ride a steam train
This is great for people of all ages, but it is especially fun for people who are visiting the city with kids. The Burnaby Central Railway has an old-fashioned steam train that is a lot of fun to ride.
Listen to the train’s whistle as you ride it through Confederation Park on a classic steam train. The track is longer than three kilometers and keeps getting longer.
Between 11am and 5pm from Good Friday to Canadian Thanksgiving, trains run on the Burnaby Central Railway. If this is something you’re interested in, you should go to the city in the summer and ride a steam train.
10. Go to some farms
There are more than 40 working farms in Burnaby, and some of them can be seen on a tour. A self-guided tour of the farms in the area can be done by the whole family.
Visit beautiful greenhouses, farms with vegetables, farms where people work together, and even farms with animals. You can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers or eat at one of the farm’s cafes.
You can also meet animals, buy seeds for your own garden, and buy some beautiful pottery. One of the best ways to see some of the local farms is by biking along some of the city’s urban trails and bike lanes.