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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > Burnaby

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.

Shopping and Business
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.

Metropolis at Metrotown
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.

Metrotown District
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 area.

Hastings Street
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.

Brentwood Centre
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.

Lougheed Town Centre
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.

Lake 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.

Conference 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.

Grand Villa Casino
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.

Simon Fraser University
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 Street.

Burnaby Mountain Park
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 Mountain Park.

Burnaby Parks
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.

Central Park
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.

Barnet Marine Park
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.

Burnaby 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

Burnaby 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.

Cockney 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.

Expo 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.

Millennium 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 Centre.

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Burnaby Mountain Park
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Cockney Kings Fish N Chips
Cockney Kings Fish N Chips

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