Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Hwy #1 and Kensington, Burnaby, BC
This natural wonder is the perfect city escape.
|Getting There |||Take the Trans Canada Highway. Exit at Kensington Avenue North to Sprott Street and Sperling Avenue.|
|From the start of Daylight Saving Time to Labour Day, 8AM to 9PM All other days, 8AM to dusk. Closing time is posted at park entrances; earliest closing is 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 27, 2009
Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a sprawling city oasis and a Burnaby gem. And, amazingly enough, the lake was created 12,000 years ago by a glacier. Today, the park is home to a wildlife sanctuary and an incredible number of birds, including such rarities as blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers and green-backed herons. There are several trails that loop the park, giving you a great opportunity to exercise, enjoy the fresh air and possibly get a glimpse of the rare wildlife that make the park their home. Vehicles may be left at any of the trail's four access points.
Row, row, row your boat
Among the park’s biggest attractions is the placid lake and its marshy shores, which makes for a perfect kayaking and canoeing spot. In fact, this city park is known as one of the best places in the Lower Mainland to canoe or kayak. While on the water, keep an eye out for beavers, diving ducks and turtles feeding. The park’s Rowing Pavilion has change rooms and a public canoe launch area for you to get in and out of your wet gear.
If you prefer to stay out of the water, Burnaby Lake Regional Park has tons of amenities for the public. If you like to work out outside, try the fitness circuit activity stations located off Sperling Avenue. At the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, you’ll find tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool (C.G. Brown), two skating rinks (Bill Copeland Sports Centre), and fields for soccer, rugby and field hockey. There are also equestrian trails and, fittingly, an equestrian area with barns. With all these spaces for activities at one stop, you can kayak, horseback ride, swim and skate all in the same day. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch – sounds like you’ll need a lot of energy!
Park Amenities: Drinking water, public toilets, Transit service, seasonal visitor centre