Morning in North Burnaby, Photo by Kyle Pearce
The city of Burnaby is located directly east of Vancouver along Highway 1. It is bordered on the south by the Fraser River and New Westminster, and to east by Coquitlam. The third largest city in British Columbia, Burnaby is well known for being a unique city with a ethnically diverse population, and one of Canada's best run cities according to a 2009 survey by Maclean's magazine. With a population of 223,000 people and a real estate market of 91,300 homes, Burnaby continues to grow.
Over the years, Burnaby has received high praise and recognition nationally and internationally for it's economic, sustainability, and strategic policies. The economic outlook of Burnaby is strong: it has a diversified economy including the information technology industry, the biotechnology industry, life sciences, film, new media, environmental technology, professional services, education, and a strong tourism sector. Residents of Burnaby find it an outstanding place to live, work and play.
Burnaby is well known for being an "urban forest", and has dedicated 25% of its land as green space. A large network of parks and multi-use trails run through the city, ideal for running, walking, or cycling. Throughout the city's green spaces and parks, you'll also find a favourite public art feature: the colourful Eco-sculptures. These living topiary sculptures are found throughout Burnaby, and each one is lovingly prunded and maintained. A popular outdoor attraction for residents and visitors alike is Burnaby Mountain: a low, forested mountain which offers spectacular views of the city, shoreline, and contains the a Conservation Area, the Playground of the Gods sculptures, and the Simon Fraser University grounds. Other major parks inc lude Sqint Lake Park, Burnaby Lake, and Deer Lake Park.
The city has a wealth of recreational facilities, including the new state-of-the-art Edmonds Community Centre, which features a swimming pool, fitness stuido, gymnasium, indoor playground, and more. Other attractions include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Village Museum and 1960s Town, and the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. In the heart of Burnaby you'll find the shopping district, including North America's second largest shopping centre Metropolis. Within the city you'll also find the Simon Fraser University campus, which has consistently been rated amongst the top post secondary institutes in the country.
Get better acquainted with the city of Burnaby: learn more about our city services, our history, our local government, the city's strategic direction, our business community, and how to get around.
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Burnaby dedicates 25% of it's land area to greenspace and urban parkland. We have many cycling routes, multi-use trails, parks, and outdoor facilities to enjoy.
Burnaby values its rich, diverse heritage, and has some excellent arts and cultural facilities.
There's lots to keep you busy and active in and around the city of Burnaby BC. These are just a few of the facilities, centres, and attractions in the area: there are lots more where these come from!