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Burnaby

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Burnaby

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Burnaby [2] 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.

Get in

Get around

  • Skytrain[3] services the Greater Vancouver area, with several stations in Burnaby. There are two lines, the Expo line, running from Downtown Vancouver through to Surrey, and the Millennium line, which also starts in Downtown Vancouver before running through to New Westminster and looping back around through Coquitlam to Broadway. Fares are transferable with the bus system, which is extensive.

See

  • Simon Fraser University [4]— 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Do

  • Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel [5]— 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.
  • Burnaby Art Gallery and Century Gardens— The Gallery exhibits contemporary and historical artwork in a heritage house in Deer Lake Park.
  • Swangard Stadium— Located in picturesque Central Park, Swangard Stadium is home to the Vancouver Whitecaps professional soccer club and a host to other track and field and sports events.

Learn

  • Simon Fraser University (or SFU) [6] 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 [7], 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.

Buy

  • Shopping Malls— Burnaby has large modern malls, including Metropolis at Metrotown, Lougheed Mall and Brentwood Mall. Metropolis [8] is the second largest Western Canadian mall, behind West Edmonton Mall.
  • Crystal Mall [9]— 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 [10]— 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.

Eat

  • 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.

Drink

  • 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.
  • Soho Bar and Grill, 7090 Lougheed Hwy, 604-421-4877. While the service may be indifferent and lax at times, go to Soho bar for the cheap drinks (Stella for under $5) and the amount of flat screen TVs showing sports constantly.
  • 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.

Sleep

  • Accent Inn, 3777 Henning Drive. Located only 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver, this 3.5 star hotel 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, 6083 McKay Avenue, 1-604-438-1200. Choose from a mountain or a city view at the Hotel, both are guaranteed to please. Great for business travellers with a 16,000 sq. ft. convention centre; fitness facility, and pool.
  • 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. Conveniently located next to BC's largest shopping & entertainment centre. Ideal for families, 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, [1]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. Awaken and excite the senses at the new Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. A Hotel designed with the savvy business and adventurous traveler in mind; offering sleek convenient amenities and a harmonious balance between style and comfort. $99 - $200.


Cope

Local semi-weekly newspapers are the Burnaby Now and the Burnaby News Leader.

Get out

Routes through Burnaby
VictoriaVancouver  W noframe E  CoquitlamKamloops
ENDVancouver  W noframe E  CoquitlamHope


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