Deer Lake Park
Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC
Nature, art, culture music and history come together in this scenic Burnaby park.
|Summer Hours: May 5th to September 3rd, 10AM – 4PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 22, 2009
The park trails run by the lake, and through meadows and impressive woodlands in this beautiful and peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city.In the summer, rent a boat or paddle your own canoe or rowboat on the lake, or sunbath on the beach at the lake’s east end. All year round, the marshes are a bird watchers paradise, and keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife. For a more orderly taste of nature, visit the Century Gardens, where in the spring, hundreds of Rhododendron’s greet the sun’s warm rays.
Art in the Park
Not only is Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park a bastion of tranquility and nature in the heart of the city, it is the home to the arts. Both the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, a multi-purpose community arts facility, are located within the park itself.The Shadbolt centre, named for world-renowned artist Jack Shadbolt and his wife Doris, long time Burnaby residents, offers year round program of art classes, performances, festivals exhibitions and special events. Highlights include summer concerts, the Burnaby Rhododendron Festival, the Burnaby Discovery Day Festival, live shows at the James Cowan Theatre, Symphony in the Park and the annual Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival in it’s 10, 000-seat natural Amphitheatre.
Steeped in History
For a taste of what life was like in Burnaby during the 1920’s, visit the Burnaby Village Museum. Spread over a ten-acre site, the museum features heritage buildings, with staff and volunteers dressed in period costumes giving demonstrations of daily life in the olden days. To get an idea of how people used to get around, visit the BC Electric Tram Interurban #1223 interactive exhibit and take a trip of a different kind on the fully restored 1912 CW Parker Carousel. After, enjoy an ice cream or a light meal in the ice cream parlor.
Admission: Children under 5 free. Annual passes available.
Amenities: Ice cream parlor, interactive exhibits.