During the winter, visitors to Burnaby Lake Regional Park can enjoy views of the snow-capped mountains and surrounding park.
Burnaby Lake Regional Park is Burnaby's largest park and surrounds picturesque Burnaby Lake, a large freshwater body of water which is home to a wide range of flora and fauna which includes sixteen endangered resident species. Encompassing 770 acres, the Park is a popular locale for people enjoying a wide range of seasonal activities from hiking to boating to bird watching.
Burnaby Lake's history stretches back 12,000 years during the Pleistocene Ice Age when the region was encased within a glacier. As it receded, a lake was carved into the landscape. Today, it is fed by the Brunette River which is controlled via a dam to ensure water levels stay consistent year round. Burnaby Lake was named by Colonel Richard Moody in 1859 after his private secretary, Robert Burnaby who led an expedition to find the lake after First Nations guides spoke of a large freshwater lake in the region. Burnaby Lake was once the site of several sawmills which provided lumber for the growing populace - today, a viewing tower sits on the very spot those sawmills once did, providing Park visitors with a spectacular view of the lake. In 1972 Burnaby Lake and its surrounding marshland and forests was designated a wildlife sanctuary and later named Burnaby Lake Regional Park.
Visitors to Burnaby Lake Regional Park can also enjoy a wide range of activities as the Park encompasses several hiking and equestrian trails (map), viewpoints (including a viewing tower), bird watching (the lake is a popular locale to spot a wide range of wading birds, waterfowl, songbirds and raptors - 214 species along have been identified within the Park's boundaries) and animal spotting (keep an eye out for elusive beavers, coyotes, bats and many others). As well, Burnaby Lake is a popular boating locale (once hosting the 1973 Canada Summer Games) with clubs (membership only) that offers dragon boat racing, kayaking and canoeing. There is also a Nature House with exhibits that focus on the nature found within the Park - as well, walks and special events are offered during the operating season
Year round, Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a spectacular locale to explore and enjoy. Bring a lunch, spend the day walking along the ten kilometre trail which loops around the lake and experience a bit of nature in British Columbia's Lower Mainland.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Burnaby Lake Regional Park | Burnaby, British ColumbiaEntry to the Park is at Glencarin Drive, Piper Avenue, Avalon Avenue, Roberts Street and Sperling Avenue.
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region