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BURNABY (British Columbia)

BURNABY: A TOURIST FAVORITE

Located East of Vancouver is the city of Burnaby. It is third among the largest cities in the British Columbia based on population. It was before a suburb, rural area compared with its neighbor, Vancouver. In the past decades, however, Burnaby had grown dramatically. This metropolis is fast becoming one of country’s most visited tourist spots. People are drawn to its culture and they cannot wait to visit the Shadbolt Center for the Arts. Even though the city is filled with cosmopolitan streets, Burnaby still keeps nature within reach. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and enjoy a relaxing moment at parks surrounding the city.

HOW IT BEGAN

Burnaby was incorporated in 1892 and was proclaimed a city in 1992. The name was a result of voting among the citizens and they had chosen to name their municipality after the Freemason legislator, Robert Burnaby. Burnaby was previously a market for agricultural products, serving nearby metros like Vancouver and New Westminster. It then became a transportation bridge connecting Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Interior (the city still is). As it grows economically, it became the bedroom community for those working in Vancouver. The changes took place dramatically and progressively. Years after its incorporation, Burnaby has transformed from an agricultural rural region, to suburban and now, to urban.

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╣Central Park Pitch & Putt. Itching for 18 holes? Burnaby has the golf course to feed your need and practice those swinging moves. This course is designed for a quick round of the sport and is open to the public. It is located at 3883 Imperial Street.

╣Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. It is a public range that will challenge you. Located at the foot of Burnaby Mountain, the golf course has natural paths lined with trees and areas with gentle rolling terrain. You are sure to enhance your precision skills here at 7600 Halifax Street.

╣Riverway Public Golf Course, if you are up for the challenge of a championship course. The range was designed by Les Furber and the fairways are lined with wild fescue and white tan bunkers and water hazards. Visit this golf course at 9001 Riverway Place.

╣camping at Hyak Wilderness Adventures, if you are up for a wild adventure. This tour includes rafting along the rivers near Burnaby such as Chilliwack, Thompson, Fraser and Tatshenshini. You can ask for a one-day, two-day or a week-long excursion through the woods. Reserve for a spot at 203-3823 Henning Drive.

╣Nature Discovery Summer Camps. This is a unique summer camp for your children. This activity will teach your kids basic survival and navigation tactics. They will also learn how to work in a team. This will never be boring because the lessons are combined with wildlife encounters and outdoor recreation. Visit the store at 11715 Harris Road.

╣Barnet Marine Park at the Burrard Inlet. If you want to swim in the ocean, get your tan or grab some crabs, this is the place for you. They offer picnic and barbecue tables, change rooms and showers. During summer, food concessions are also available.

╣the Burnaby Village Museum at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. It will take you back to the 1920s when Burnaby was still young and shy. You will be welcomed by staff dressed as townspeople and will provide instructional guides and demonstration so you can feel as if you have been in the 1920 Burnaby. Gifts and souvenirs are available.

╣Nikkei Place at 6688 Southoaks Crescent. It is a museum that will take you to a different setting is the. It is the largest Japanese-Canadian Complex in the country. This place displays the Japanese Culture and its influence to the city. It houses the National Nikkei Heritage Center, Japanese Canadian National Museum and the Nikkei Garden.

╣Hart House on Deer Lake, if you want to dine inside a magnificent architectural marvel. The now restaurant was previously a Tudor manor in 1910. It has a distinct flat-roofed tower. It is set along Deer Lake and quite distant from the busy city proper. It is located at 6664 Deer Lake Ave.

╣Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park. It is a 300-hectare piece of nature where visitors can walk and hike through the forest and marshland. Learn more about Burnaby’s nature at the Nature House where they show educational videos. They also have a viewing deck so you can have a clearer view of birds and other wildlife. The Lake is also open for canoeing, kayaking and rowing. The Burnaby Mountain Park has a Rose Garden, hiking trails and picnic areas. Children can play safely in the provided playground and the whole family can enjoy a sumptuous meal at the Horizons restaurant. It includes the Conservation Area and the Playground of the Gods sculpture created by Japanese sculptures from Kushiro, Japan. The Deer Lake Park is where the Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel stands. It is also home to the Century Garden, Burnaby Art Gallery, the James Cowan Theater and the Concert Bowl. If you need to see many places at one time, visit Deer Lake.

TOURISTS SHOULD KNOW

Burnaby is home to the SkyTrain Rapid Transit System, which crosses from east to west in two places. The Expo Line crosses the south and the Millenium Line leads to the Lougheed Highway. If you are traveling by car, you need to remember the roads that cross the city. For example, the Boundary Road, Kensington Avenue, Royal Oak Avenue, Cariboo Road and North Road are some that crosses the city from north to south. The roads that cut the city from east to west include East Hastings Street, Barnet Highway, Lougheed Highway and Kingsway. The previous Douglas Road cuts the city from south to north; however, it has been replaced by the Trans-Canada Highway.

You can move around the city by public transportation such as rentals cars and buses. Burnaby is served by the Metro Vancouver bus system, which is run by the Coast Mountain Bus Company. If you want to splurge, you can always hire limousines from Classic Limousine Service and Excel Limousine. These stretched cars can pick you up straight from the airport to your hotel. You can also start your city tour riding a luxury car of your choice.

Burnaby is a city that has transformed from rural to urban in a very methodical manner. It is not surprising that the “rural” character of the city still stands. In fact, Burnaby has been promoting green environment by recycling. Burnaby is a metropolis with a rural heart. Most of its attractions involve the outdoors (lakes and parks) so be ready with your hiking shoes and camping gears.