Posted by: cherylyoung | December 13, 2012

The Community of Burnaby is nestled around the high peak of the solitary Burnaby Mountain

 
 

The community of Burnaby is nestled around the high peak of

solitary Burnaby Mountain.

As private secretary to Colonel Richard Moody, the Colony’s

land commissioner, Robert Burnaby displayed notable talents

as an explorer, legislator and speaker.

In 1859, when Moody received word from local natives that a

fresh water lake existed north of New Westminster, Burnaby

immediately volunteered for the survey party.

Moody would later name his discovery Burnaby Lake, a name

that pioneer citizens would unanimously choose for the

thriving municipality of Burnaby in 1892.

Burnaby is blessed with a remarkable number of

interconnected parks and trails of different sizes and

features.

Deer Lake Park, Burnaby’s hub of arts, culture and heritage,

is the crowning jewel of this park system.

High atop Burnaby Mountain sits Simon Fraser University,

designed by celebrated architect Arthur Erickson, and

named after one of British Columbia’s foremost explorers.

Not long ago, it used to be easy to distinguish Vancouver from

its neighbours.

Bridges spanned Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River to

connect with communities to the north and south, while

buffer zones of undeveloped land defined where the

Big Smoke left off and all else to the east began.

By the 1970s, such distinctions had blurred to the point

where one hardly noticed a transition from one city to the

next, particularly between Vancouver, Burnaby, New

Westminster, and Port Moody.

Although mainly a residential area of Vancouver,

Burnaby’s diverse sights and attractions are yours

to discover.

Burnaby has the largest retail and entertainment complex

in British Columbia and outstanding sports and recreation f

acilities.

The Metrotown area, a 15 minute SkyTrain ride from

downtown Vancouver, is where you’ll find over 500 stores –

enough to keep even the most dedicated shopper happy.

Population: 205,477

Location: Burnaby is located in east Vancouver, 10 miles

(16 km) east of downtown Vancouver.

Access is by Highway 7 and 7A, and the Trans-Canada

Highway 1.

Take a trip down memory lane at the Burnaby Village

Museum, a 10-acre open-air museum circa 1925.

Made up of more than 30 shops and homes depicting the

1890s through to the mid-1920s, the village includes a

Chinese herbalist, a rural area, a blacksmith and an

Ice Cream Parlour.

Ride on the vintage C.W. Parker Carousel, wander amidst

costumed townspeople, view demonstrations and displays,

and take part in the hands-on activities and self-guided

tours.

Playland Amusement Park at PNE Fairgrounds on East

Hastings Street is a seasonal amusement park offering a

collection of 28 rides and attractions, midway games, and

a variety of food venues.

Popular attractions include the historic wooden roller

coaster, a spectacular woodie that has been operating since

1958, the Corkscrew upside down roller coaster, the Wild

Mouse, and the 90-foot-tall giant Westcoast Wheel.

Visitors can also take a spin on one of a number of flat rides.

The Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Simon Fraser

University is home to displays of Northwest Coast Native

art and culture.

Extensive and detailed, these exhibits allow visitors a

glimpse into the natural and harmonious way of life

pursued by the First Nations people of the West Coast before

the arrival of Europeans.

The Museum is located in the Academic Quadrangle on the

Concourse Level.

Set in the natural splendour of Deer Lake, Deer Lake Avenue

recreates the turn-of-the-century era with over 30 buildings

and outdoor displays.

In addition to the Burnaby Village Museum, visitors will

find the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Gallery at

Ceperley House, presented by Visual Arts Burnaby.

Naturalists will be amazed by Century Gardens, where

hundreds of Rhododendrons, Burnaby’s official flower, burst

into bloom each spring during the annual Rhododendron

Festival.

While on Burnaby Mountain, visit the astonishing

Playground of the Gods, a home away from home for 50 or

so totem poles carved by Japanese artist Nubuo Toko and

his son Shusheo.

The Tokos are members of the Ainu culture, Japan’s first

inhabitants. Installed on the top of an open slope looking

west over Coal Harbour, the poles honour the ties between

Burnaby and its Japanese sister city, Kushiro.

The spectacular setting inspired Toko to imagine it as Kamui

Mintara, or Playground of the Gods.

The poles represent the story of the gods who descended to

earth to give birth to the Ainu.

Animal spirits such as whale, bear, and owl adorn the tops

of the slender poles that are bunched together in groups of

twos and threes.

A killer whale and a brooding raven stand apart from the

rest, looking west across the Strait of Georgia towards

Vancouver Island (and Japan).

This is a stunningly beautiful setting, one of the best examples

of art in a public place in the Lower Mainland.

You’ll want to photograph it, especially at sunrise or sunset,

to take away with you as a memory of Vancouver.

Enjoy a fascinating ride aboard the miniature railway, or

discover trails, tennis courts, a skateboard park, and a

spray pool at Confederation Park.

From the park, a 5.5-km network of trails wind along the

picturesque Burrard Inlet.

Vancouver and Burnaby both have beaches on the Fraser

River’s North Arm, and both are named Fraser River Park.

Watching activity on the Fraser is the main attraction from

both beaches.

The beach at Burnaby’s Fraser River Park lies at the south

end of Byrne Road off Marine Drive in Burnaby.

Although wading in the Fraser River is refreshing, full

immersion is a dicier proposition and is not recommended.

Two trails take you inland: the western route, surrounded by

wet brushland, leads to the Marine Way pedestrian overpass,

and the eastern route follows Byrne Creek.

Children can pretend they’re pirates on the riverside pirate

ship, an intriguing play area.

Hiking and Walking: A good stretch with a forested feeling

is the Burnaby River Trail (easy; about 6 miles/10 km return).

This hard-packed, cedar-lined dirt pathway runs east beside

the Fraser River from the south foot of Boundary Road near

Marine Way towards New Westminster.

An alternate approach to the trail is at Fraser River Park.

Here in the park, the log booms that line the shoreline

beside much of the trail give way to a long stretch of

open beach.

One of the most attractive sights along the trail is Mount

Baker’s snow cone, framed by the spires and guy wires of

two bridges, the Queensboro and the Pattullo.

For more information on the trail and park, contact the

Burnaby Parks and Recreation Department, (604) 294-7450.

The Mountain Biking trails on Burnaby Mountain (elevation

1,200 feet/365 metres) are not open to mountain bikes, but

try telling that to the mountain bikers who regularly make

their way along one of the dozens of trails that crisscross

the mountain.

Its high usage stems in part from the fact that students

attending Simon Fraser University at the top of Mount

Burnaby want alternate paths up to and especially down

from school other than the two roads that wend their way

up Mount Burnaby (more often referred to as Burnaby

Mountain).

Golf: The contemporary designed 18-hole layout at Burnaby

Mountain Golf Course has always been a favourite with

players of all levels.

It requires precise shot making to achieve par, but

recreational players find it very forgiving.

The natural tree-lined beauty of its fairway and the gentle

rolling terrain at the foot of Burnaby Mountain offer a blend

of charm, character and serenity that will enhance your

enjoyment of the game. Par 71, 6,431 yards.

Golf Vacations in an around Vancouver.

Burnaby’s Barnet Marine Park is located on the site of an old

logging community that flourished in the first half of the

20th century.

All that remains are the massive concrete towers and a

squat scrap burner hunkered on the broad beach.

Burnaby has replaced the old wharfs with a pier from which

visitors can scan Burrard Inlet for marine and birdlife.

A large boomed-off swimming section fronts the hard-packed sandy beach.

Picnic tables with barbeque stands are shaded by tall poplars.

There’s also a boat launch here.

A level pathway leads west of the park towards the Ironworkers

emorial Second Narrows Bridge.

It provides visitors to Barnet with a chance to cycle or stroll

amid the lazy trails on those overcast days when the beach is

not the exclusive reason for visiting this charming site.

Barnet has a paved driveway that can be used to launch canoes,

kayaks or sailboats in Burrard Inlet.

No motorized boats can be launched from here.

True to its name, Central Park is situated in a key location

on the Burnaby side of Boundary Road, the dividing line

between Vancouver and Burnaby.

The park is a popular place for tennis, jogging, pitch-and-putt,

cycling, picnicking, or just wandering about.

The numerous paths make the 222-acre (90-hectare) green

space seem larger than it actually is.

A dense stand of towering Douglas fir blocks most of the noise

from the three main thoroughfares that constitute the

park’s north, south, and west borders.

City planners around the Lower Mainland seem to have

deliberately placed parks bordering on major roads, perhaps

to attract passersby, perhaps to contrast the natural and

the artificial. For instance, Hwy 1 (the Trans-Canada Highway)

runs through Burnaby’s largest green space, formed by Deer

Lake Park, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, and Robert

Burnaby Park.

Deer Lake Park was once a popular swimming destination, but

poor water quality has forced the Burnaby Parks Board to

keep the area closed for nearly a decade.

Still, it is an attractive picnic area or a good place to drift

about in a canoe, rowboat, or sailboat for a few hours.

A Squamish legend tells of an underground river that runs

from Deer Lake to False Creek.

The Deer Lake area is home to the Burnaby City Hall

(including the Burnaby Parks and Recreation Dept at 101-4946

Canada Way, (604) 294-7450, a good place to pick up maps and

information on municipal parks), the Shadbolt Centre for the

Arts, the Burnaby Village Museum, and the local Royal

Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment.

Deer Lake Park has a pleasant, grassy picnic location: one look

at the lake is enough to cool anyone down.

Too bad there’s no swimming.

Robert Burnaby Park is located about a mile (1.5 km) east of

Deer Lake, a peaceful setting of huge western hemlock, cedar

and Douglas fir.

This large park is known for its wooded ravine and forest

trails, which attract walkers, joggers and nature lovers

enjoying the exercise and quiet surroundings.

Trails are laid out on hillsides, meandering through ravines

and into open meadows.

Burnaby Lake Regional Park is on the north side of Hwy 1,

across from Deer Lake, and is a blend of highly developed

recreational facilities alongside a completely undeveloped

wildlife sanctuary.

Special features in this 740-acre (300-hectare) park include

both the Nature House (open mid-May to Labour Day), and a

BC Wildlife Watch viewing tower at the Piper Avenue

entrance.

An easygoing 6-mile (10-km) walking trail circles the lake.

There are three main access points to Burnaby Lake Park,

including two off Winston Avenue and another off Sperling

Avenue.

All are well marked. For more information on Burnaby

Lake Regional Park, call (604) 520-6442.

Burnaby Mountain is Burnaby’s tallest landmark.

Simon Fraser University sits on top, a crucible of learning

designed by architect Arthur Erickson, who also put his

imprint on the Provincial Courthouse and the Museum of

Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.

Simon Fraser’s campus is surrounded by Burnaby Mountain

Park.

The park is a warren of trails that cut through deciduous

second-growth forest. Most visitors come to visit the

Playground of the Gods.

In June, a formal rose garden nearby perfumes the air and

makes the environment appear even more like the

Elysian Fields.

A grassy slope descends the mountain below the totems,

contributing to the open feeling of this part of the park.

A special event in Burnaby is the Burnaby Village Museum

Heritage Christmas in December.

See the best of the area on a driving Circle Tour. Head north

out of Vancouver for a scenic tour of the

Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island, or stay on the

intensely scenic Sea to Sky Highway, passing through the

magical winter resort town of Whistler and looping through

the Coast Mountains.

To explore the rural farmlands and forests of the fertile

Fraser Valley, travel outbound on the scenic route north of

the historic Fraser River, returning westwards along the

Trans Canada Highway 1 to Vancouver. Circle Tours in BC.

                         

CHERYL YOUNG, REALTOR

SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY

SIDNEY, BC   www.cherylyoung

 

 

 

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