Burnaby is a suburb of Vancouver. It was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992 In the first 30 to 40 years after its incorporation, the growth of Burnaby was influenced by its location between expanding urban centres of Vancouver and New Westminster. It first served as a rural agricultural area supplying nearby markets. Later, it served as an important transportation corridor between Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Interior of the Province.
Burnaby is well integrated with nearby municipalities. It is easily accessible by car and Translink , the regional transit system, provides bus and Skytrain service to Burnaby.
By public transit
Two Skytrain lines pass through Burnaby. The Expo line connects the city to downtown Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey, while the Millennium line also starts in downtown Vancouver before running through to New Westminster and looping back around through the northern part of Burnaby to Broadway Station in Vancouver. The approximate travel time from downtown Vancouver to Metrotown (central Burnaby) on Skytrain is 20 minutes.
Many buses connect Burnaby with Vancouver and its suburbs. Some useful bus routes for getting into Burnaby from Vancouver are:
#19 - runs between downtown Vancouver and Metrotown Mall
#130 - runs between downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Mall along Hastings St
#135 - connects downtown Vancouver and Simon Fraser University via Hastings St (services Burnaby Heights area)
The fare to get into Burnaby by public transit is generally $3.75 on weekdays and $2.50 on weekends and evenings after 6:30PM. Fares are transferable between Skytrain and bus within the Translink system.
Highway 1 (the Trans-Canada highway) is the main thoroughfare in and out of the city. Kingsway, Hastings St and Broadway provide further access from Vancouver, while the Lougheed Highway is main arterial road from Coquitlam and otherpoints east.
The Millennium line Skytrain loops around Burnaby with plenty of stops, but unless you're looking to get to a shopping mall, it will not provide direct access to the city's attractions. It can be used with the buses to get where you want to go, although it will rarely be the fastest way. Fares for public transit within Burnaby are $2.50.
Burnaby Lake Park, end of Piper Ave. Burnaby's largest lake, a great place to see wild birds.
Burnaby Mountain Park. Enjoy the mountain, water and spectacular views of Greater Vancouver from this green jewel. Featuring the resplendent Rose Gardens, hiking and walking trails, picnic areas and children's playground.
Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel (Heritage Village), 6501 Deer Lake Ave, ☎ +1 604 293-6515, . May-early Sept: Tu-Su 11AM-4:30PM, late Nov-Dec: Tu-Su Noon-5PM. Discover Burnaby urban heritage at an authentic turn of the century town and rekindle romance on the restored vintage 1912 carousel. It is staffed by people dressed in period clothes. You can visit the common houses or the many shops, including the Blacksmith and the Chinese Herbalist. It is best to go on the weekend since many of the staff are volunteers and the "town" is somewhat emptier during the week. Saturdays are best.$6-12 (child/adult), carousel $2 per ride. (49.2391,-122.9661)
Capitol Hill Reservoir Park, North Hythe Ave at Dundas St, Capitol Hill. Amazing views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet, the Lions Gate Bridge and the North Shore Mountains. Best sunset viewing spot in town.
Central Park. A 90 hectare urban park oasis that features an award-winning children's playground, pitch and putt golf, and a couple of small ponds shared by ducks and remote-controlled boats.
Deer Lake Park, Deer Lake Ave (parking is available off of Deer Lake Ave and Sperling Ave). Burnaby's hidden gem, an almost circular lake in the middle of the city, offering birdspotting opportunities, great views of Metrotown and miles of shoreline walking. Canoe and kayak rentals are also available. The park includes the Burnaby Art Gallery and Century Gardens that exhibit contemporary and historical artwork in a heritage house.(49.2367,-122.9774)
Simon Fraser University— Located on Burnaby Mountain, discover the Simon Fraser Gallery, and view Northwest Coast Indian artifacts at the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Take a look at the new residential community being built on the mountain, just east of the university.
Swangard Stadium, 3883 Imperial St (Boundary Rd & Kingsway), ☎ +1 604 435-7121 (events). Located in picturesque Central Park, Swangard Stadium is home to the track and field and local sports events. This stadium was one of the venues of the FIFA U-20 World Cup held in 2007.
Simon Fraser University (or SFU)  is located in north Burnaby atop Burnaby Mountain. SFU was constructed in the 1960s, and while some have compared it to a "concrete jungle," most of the campus buildings were designed by renowned British Columbian architect Arthur Erickson, who also designed the Museum of Anthropology and the Walter Koerner Library at UBC. The university offers a variety of degree programs in the arts, sciences, business and education.
The British Columbia Institute of Technology, or BCIT, is considered one of the best technical colleges in Western Canada. It is known for its proactive approach, taking advice from local businesses and industry when designing its programs. The college specializes in technology and trades career preparation (ranging from computer/network administration, project management, marketing, welding, airplane and marine repair, plus others), but also offers a number of evening courses and part-time options.
Shopping Malls— Burnaby has large modern malls, including Metropolis at Metrotown, Lougheed Mall and Brentwood Mall. Metropolis  is the second largest Western Canadian mall, behind West Edmonton Mall.
Crystal Mall— An Asian mall with mostly Chinese merchants. Crystal Mall is the largest mixed purpose mall in Canada with stores, public market, professional health and education services, Hilton Hotel and residential apartment suites. It is located a few minutes walk Northwest of Metrotown.
Hastings Street— For those who enjoy the traditional street front shopping with some local flavour, includes an enticing mix of fine dining, cafes and specialty shops. Look for delis selling delicious cheeses, meats, and baked goods.
Horizons Restaurant, 100 Centennial Way, 604 299-1155. Nestled in beautiful Burnaby Mountain Park, Horizons overlooks the bright city lights below. Specializing in steaks and seafood grilled over an open flame. It is reasonably common to find coupons for this restaurant in the Georgia Straight.
Hart House on Deer Lake, 6664 Deer Lake Avenue, 604 298-4278. An idyllic lakefront heritage estate, Hart House invites you to retreat from the city pace and enjoy the best in food and wine. Renowned for its culinary excellence, tranquil setting, and friendly service.
Anton's Pasta, 4260 Hastings Street, (604) 299-6636. Another crowd favourite. They serve huge dishes of pasta for around $14.
Bombay Bel, Hastings Street next to Anton's Pasta. A newer Indian restaurant serving delicious Indian food for about $11-15 a plate.
Tom Yum Thai, 4010 East Hastings Street, 604-677-1489. A new Thai restaurant serving excellent food at low prices but in an unappealing decor.
Delis, bakeries, and cafes are located all along the Burnaby Heights area (Hastings Street, around Willington and Gilmore). There is a deli/bakery/cafe next to Anton's that is a neibourhood favourite.
Diamond Alumni Centre, SFU Burnaby Mtn, 778 782-4794. Great food served in a room with an amazing view. Only open for lunch and reservations are recommended. Great prices, partly because it's university subsidized.
Saffron Suite 5, 4300 Kingsway, (604) 436-5559 . An Indian restaurant with a contemporary decor, near Metrotown. Excellent Indian food at about $11-15 a plate.
X-site Bar and Grill, 4625 Hastings St, 604.298.7483. A favorite of SFU students. Known for cheap food and drinks and good specials throughout the week.
The Pear Tree Restaurant, 4120 Hastings Street, North Burnaby (just east of Boundary Rd), ☎ 604.299.2772, . The only restaurant east of Vancouver repeatedly included in the top 10 finest city restaurants. Top reviews over the past decade thanks to the exceptional Continental cuisine offered by the owner and chef Scott Jaeger who represented Canada at international culinary competitions and by his team.
Cockney Kings Fish & Chips, 6574 East Hastings Street, ☎ 1 (604) 291 1323. A favourite amongst the locals and voted best in town for some 9 years running - as well as been recognized in `The British Columbian` newspaper and `The Georgia Straight` as one of the best fish & ship shops in the province of B.C. Friendly staff and polite service - and they even wrap their take out in newspaper, just like the old days in England! All you can eat fish & chips is available Monday through Wednesday for only $9.50! You might even see Michael Bublé (Singer) or some Vancouver Canucks Alumni, who drop in from time to time to get their fix! Open Monday to Thursday, 11am - 8pm, Friday, 11am - 9pm, Saturday, 11am - 8pm, and Sunday, 12pm - 8pm. $10+.
Hop and Vine, 1601 Burnwood Drive, ☎ (604) 421-1092. Serving great pub food, some of the most tasty burgers in pizza in town, while the beer selection could be better, the outdoor patio is perfect for a drink during summer.
Keg Steakhouse and Bar, 2656 Eastbrook Pky, ☎ (604) 294-4626. Great place to enjoy quality steaks amongst good company. Decorated in tasteful, darker tones, it's an ideal place to enjoy an intimate dinner.
Accent Inn, 3777 Henning Drive. A 3.5 star hotel that features hundreds of hanging flower baskets, a fitness room, as well as a jacuzzi and sauna. All rooms have kitchenettes, private baths, AC and the beds feature the highest standard of mattress available in Canada. Wireless internet also available.
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, 6083 McKay Avenue, ☎ 1-604-438-1200, . checkin: 3pm; checkout: 12pm. Hilton Vancouver Metrotown is nearby British Columbia’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, Metropolis at Metrotown. The recently updated hotel is located in the City of Burnaby and only yards from the SkyTrain station which provides easy access to downtown Vancouver, cruise ship terminal, BC Place, Rogers Arena and the Vancouver Convention & Exhibit Centre. Hotel amenities include a fully-equipped fitness center, outdoor pool, whirlpool, business center and high-speed internet access.
Executive Hotel Burnaby, 4201 Lougheed Hwy, ☎ toll free: 1-800-590-3932. Deluxe suites are extremely comfortable, offering spacious living areas, jacuzzi bathtubs, fridge, coffee maker, and microwave. Service is attentive and friendly.$96-$384.
Holiday Inn Express Midtown, 4405 Central Boulevard, ☎ toll free: 1-877-323-1177. Children under 12 stay and eat free.
Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre (Grand Villa Casino), 4331 Domimion St (Near Canada Way and Willingdon), ☎ 604-453-0750 (email@example.com), . checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. $99 - $200.
Best Western Plus Kings Inn, 5411 Kingsway, ☎ 604-438-1383, . checkin: 3 pm; checkout: 11 am.
Local semi-weekly newspapers are the Burnaby Now and the Burnaby News Leader.
Burnaby is well located if you want to move onto to other spots in Greater Vancouver. Nearby destinations include:
Hiking, skiing and outdoor opportunities abound in the North Shore, 30 minutes away on Highway 1.
Visit a Buddhist temple or see the historic village of Steveston in Richmond.
White Rock, with its long stretch of beach, is 45 minutes south near the U.S. border.
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