Burnaby is situated in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia and
borders the communities of Vancouver
in the west, New Westminster in
the south-east, Port Moody and Coquitlam
in the east. From the south slopes of Burnaby you can see the Richmond
across the Fraser River.
Burnaby is a large community area-wise bordered by the Fraser River
in the south and Burrard Inlet in the north. Burnaby is divided
into several main shopping and business areas including: Metropolis
at Metrotown near Central Park, the Hastings Street Corridor in
the north, Brentwood Town Centre, Lougheed Town Centre and the Lake
City Business Centre.
Metrotown is British Columbia's largest and Canada's second largest
shopping mall complex. Now referred to as Metropolis at Metrotown,
this shopping area is situated on Kingsway Street just east of Central
Park near Willingdon Street. At Metropolis at Metrotown, you can
find at least 470 stores and services including the largest food
court in Western Canada.
The name 'Metrotown' now refers to the district as a whole and includes
other shopping nearby but not part of Metropolis at Metrotown. Other
stores, malls, attractions and residences close to this area include
the Crystal Mall which specializes on an Asian theme, Station Square,
Metrotown Centre Mall which has a Sears, The Bay and a T & T
Supermarket, Old Orchard Mall, Hilton Metrotown Vancouver Hotel
and a substantial number of high-rise residential towers overlooking
The Hastings Street corridor in North Burnaby goes east from Boundary
Road all the way to the start of the Barnet Highway and the way
to Port Moody. This part of Burnaby has a number of old and established
restaurants and entertainment establishments. Familiar names and
past memories such as the old North Burnaby Inn, Anton's Pasta and
Paul's Chinese Food all come to mind.
The Brentwood shopping area is located near the crossroads of Lougheed
Highway and Willingdon Street. Here you can find the newly renovated
Brentwood Mall now called the Brentwood Centre with stores including
London Drugs, Zellers and Sears, then across Lougheed Hwy, Carter
Dodge and Carter GM, two of British Columbia's largest vehicle dealerships.
The Lougheed Town Centre is located at the corner of Austin Avenue
and North Road near Lougheed Hwy and the border of Coquitlam. The
Lougheed Town Centre was first established in September 1969 and
through expansions now has 170 stores and up to 600,000 square feet
of shopping space. You can find a Wal-Mart, London Drugs, Safeway,
SportChek, The Bay, Starbucks
and a Skytrain station.
City Business Centre
Lake City Business Centre is located along Lougheed Hwy just west
of Gaglardi Way. This business district has transformed itself from
an industrial park in the past to a zone of high technology development
and movie and film-related activities. Nearby to the Lake City Business
Centre you can find the original Costco that opened in Canada in
October 1985 at 3550 Brighton Avenue.
Centre and Casino
Also near Brentwood Centre, you have the Executive Hotel & Conference
Centre a new facility on the grounds of the old Lougheed Hotel.
Nearby, the former Sheraton Villa site, later renamed Radisson Hotel
Burnaby near BCIT on Dominion Street, is being transformed into
a new casino facility operated by Gateway Casinos.
You can view this new facility and all the construction as you drive
on the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 near the Willingdon Exit. The new Grand
Villa Casino is a joint project between Gateway Casinos, City of
Burnaby constructed by a world-leader construction firm, PCL Contractors.
This Arthur Erickson designed masterpiece sits on top of Burnaby
Mountain on the east side of Burnaby near Coquitlam. The two ways
to get to SFU are to either take Gaglardi Way off Hwy 1 or Burnaby
Mountain Parkway that starts at the very eastern end of Hastings
If you do happen to make it to Simon Fraser University, try also
to visit Burnaby Mountain Park on the same outing. From here, the
views of Burnaby, Vancouver and Indian Arm, Deep Cove and Burrard
Inlet are spectacular. If you like to walk or go for a jog, there
are a couple of trails that start near the parking lot at Burnaby
Some other parks in Burnaby worth visiting include: Burnaby Lake
Regional Park the site of beautiful bark mulch trails perfect for
wildlife viewing, jogging or walking. At Deer Lake Park you can
find the Burnaby Village Museum, Burnaby Art Gallery and The Shadbolt
Centre for the Arts.
When visiting Central Park, you can find Swanguard Stadium, home
of the Vancouver Whitecaps Soccer Club with 8.5 km (5.3 miles) forested
pathways, an outdoor swimming pool and an 18-hole Pitch and Putt.
For access to the ocean, try going to Barnet Marine Park located
in North Burnaby at the end of Hastings Street on the Barnet Hwy
towards Port Moody. At Barnet Marine Park there is a picnic area,
a white sandy beach and lots of fun swimming for the kids on the
log boom. There is also a boat launch to venture into Burrard Inlet
and Indian Arm, all within easy reach.
Fraser Foreshore Park
If you want to visit the Fraser River and experience beautiful views
along its banks, try visiting Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park. Once
at the park you can find 4.1 km (2.5 miles) of nature trails through
grassy meadows, forested areas and along the Fraser River's North
Arm. Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park is located in South Burnaby near
Marine Way, just south of Riverway Public Golf Course
Blues + Roots Festival
For festivals, one event well worth seeing and one you might want
to catch is the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival. Happening annually
in August at Deer Lake Park the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival brings
together high-calibre international artists performing on a variety
of stages throughout the day.
Kings Fish N Chips
For people who enjoy fish & chips, please visit Cockney Kings
Fish N Chips, which is located at 6574 Hastings Street next door
to the Kensington Mall. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday they offer
'all you can eat' fish and chips.
Line Skytrain Station
One of the easiest ways to travel around in Burnaby is to utilize
the Skytrain. There are four Skytrain Stations located in Burnaby
along the Expo Line. Starting in the west near Boundary Road, there
are Patterson, Metrotown, Royal Oak and Edmonds Stations.
Line Skytrain Station
Also along the Millennium Line, there are seven stations: starting
in the west, Gilmore, Brentwood Town Centre, Holdom, Sperling-Burnaby
Lake, Lake City Way, Production Way-University, and Lougheed Town