Bucket list: 8 things you need to do in Burnaby this summer

May 12 2017, 7:29 pm

Burnaby is a big city, with lots to do.

If you’re new to the area—or simply looking for something to do with the day—you’ve got to check out some of Burnaby’s best pastimes this summer.

Visit Burnaby Village Museum

If you live in Burnaby odds are you’ve spent a day in the village, learning the history of your city and maybe taking a spin on the carousel. If you haven’t, well there’s no better time than the present, and admission is FREE throughout the summer!

  • Where: 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Watch a sunset on Burnaby Mountain


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Here’s a free one for any desperate date night planners: Bring the Mrs./Mr. to spend a day picnicking, admiring the Japanese totem-pole-like carvings, and, if you’ve picked the right night, get an epic view of the sunset.

  • Where: Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, 800 Burnaby Mountain Pkwy, Burnaby

Take a walk around Deer Lake Park 

After Sunrise

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The perfect place to get away from the fast pace of the city, Deer Lake Park is Burnaby’s natural oasis. Take a canoe out on to the water or sit in the sunshine on the park’s green grass fields. If you’re lucky, you may even get to listen to a live concert from the park’s festival lawn.

  • Where: 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Shop at the largest mall in BC

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Can you really say you’ve been to Burnaby if you’ve never got lost in Metropolis at Metrotown’s labyrinthian halls? There’s so much to see and do here that you can kill hours just wandering in air-conditioned bliss— all without even spending a dime if you don’t want to.

  • Where: 4700 Kingsway #604, Burnaby

Hit the links

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Burnaby has some quality golf courses in the area, and they even offer a few Pitch n’ Putts for anyone that might be intimidated by 300+ yard par fives. Kensington Pitch and Putt is a favourite (and how can it not be at just $13 for a full 18 holes?), While Central Park also offers a smaller, easier version of your usual golf course.

Send a jump at the Mountain Air Bike Skills Park

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A great (and free!) way to spend a sunny day, the bike park in Burnaby caters to those of all skill levels. Just make sure you’re wearing a helmet if you’re going to finally attempt that backflip!

  • Where: Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, Port Moody

See the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

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Your chance to enjoy some outdoors music at Deer Lake Park, the Burnaby Blues and Roots festival is an annual event that brings talented musicians to one of Burnaby’s most beautiful parks for a (hopefully) sunny Saturday. Food vendors, beer gardens, and live music will be plentiful, making this one event you do not want to miss.

  • Where: 6450 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
  • When: Saturday, August 12

Take a ride on a tiny train

With over two miles of track, the Burnaby Central Railway is a great way to spend a day in the sun. The miniature railway enthusiasts put together a rideable train that traverses the hills and tunnels of the track, and visitors are welcome to ride along for a small fee ($3.50).

  • Where: Confederation Park, 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
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