Simon Fraser University is located on Burnaby Mountain, a lush forested hill that is largely protected from over developing by the province. As such, there are a plethora of outdoor activities that people attending the school can enjoy during their time there.
From hiking to intramural sports, there’s never a lack of things to do in the great outdoors up on the hill.
Here are five fun outdoor activities to do at SFU.
With more than 330 hectares of protected land, it’s no surprise there are a number of hiking trails to choose from. But fair warning: they start at an intermediate level and go up to advanced.
Here’s a list of the trails accessible within SFU, with their ratings:
Most of SFU’s intramural sports are played indoors, but its recreational soccer league is still played in the great outdoors. It’s free to join and is a great opportunity to form new friendships, get in shape, and breathe that fresh mountain air.
The outdoor soccer league meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, depending on which division you join.
In addition to great intramural sports, SFU also offers various sports clubs. To capitalize on your outdoor time, choose one of the following:
Keep in mind, unlike most of the intramural sports that are just for fun, many of these leagues compete on a provincial or national level.
Geocaching is described as “the world’s largest treasure hunt.” It’s also kind of like Pokémon GO, without the fighting and gyms.
First you download the geocache app, then you go on an adventure to find the geocache(s) based on the map the app provides you with on your smartphone. Once you find it, log it, share your experience online and then re-hide the geocache where you found it.
On SFU’s campus alone, there are at least seven geocaches waiting to be found. If you want to broaden your horizons, Burnaby Mountain has dozens more.
Not far from SFU’s campus lies a myriad of stunning Japanese sculptures in a display called the Kamui Mintara, or Playground of the Gods.
The carved wooden poles were created by Japanese sculptor Nuburi Toko and his son, Shusei, to commemorate the good relationship between Burnaby and its sister city, Kushiro, Japan.
To get there, just turn North onto Gaglardi Way from Lougheed Highway to Centennial Way.