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The City of Burnaby

Metrotown View from Deer Lake

Located just east of Vancouver, Burnaby is the 3rd largest city in Metro Vancouver and home to Burnaby Village, Metrotown and Burnaby Mountain.

With a population of over 220,000, Burnaby is also the third largest city in British Columbia, behind Vancouver and Surrey, and home to Swangard Stadium, Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).


In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Burnaby closed all rec centres, ice rinks, public pools, playgrounds, libraries, golf courses and city-owned restaurants in the spring of 2020. Spring Break camps were also cancelled. Parks and trails remained open, although park restrooms were closed. The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts was also closed and giving refunds for tickets to cancelled shows.

As of May 1st, municipally-run golf courses have reopened. This includes the courses at Riverway and Burnaby Mountain, as well as the pitch and putt venues at Central Park and Kensington.

On May 12th the city announced that it was cancelling all large city-run events until at least the end of September 2020. This includes the Symphony in the Park event at Deer Lake Park in July as well as the Giro di Burnaby cycling race and World Rivers Day. Prior to My 12th Hats off Day had already been cancelled, as had Burnaby’s July 1st Canada Day Celebrations.

Also as of May 12th, 2020, the city announced that no programs operating out of community recreation centres, municipal parks and cultural facilities will be taking place this summer. This includes all city-run summer camp programs.

For more information on what’s happening in Burnaby click Burnaby Updates.

For updates on other events and attractions affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus, see our article about COVID-19 in Metro Vancouver.

Burnaby’s Best Places

The best places to visit in Burnaby include Metrotown (for shopping), Burnaby Village (for its history), Burnaby Mountain (for its views and parkland) and the Michael J Fox Theatre (for live community performances).

Other great parks in Burnaby include Central Park (which is home to Swangard Stadium), Deer Lake Park and Confederation Park (which has great forested walking trails).

Also of interest is the Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market that happens every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm from May until October. The farmers market takes place in the north parking lot at Burnaby City Hall (at 4949 Canada Way) and is a good place to pick up fresh produce, people watch and meet the farmers that grow the food.

Burnaby Central Railway is a miniature railway open from the Easter Weekend until Thanksgiving from 11 am to 5 pm. Located at Confederation Park at 120 North Willingdon Avenue, rides cost about $4 or so and last for about 10 minutes.

The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is a place that showcases Japanese-Canadian culture and history. It hosts a number of events over the course of the year including the Nikkei Matsuri on the first weekend in September.

Deer Lake Lily Pads
Deer Lake view from the boardwalk

Burnaby’s Best Festivals & Events

  • Hats off Day – a giant street festival along Hastings Street in early June.
  • Canada Day – Burnaby celebrates July 1st each year with festivities at Edmonds Community Centre, Burnaby Village Museum and Swangard Stadium.
  • Symphony in the Park – a free outdoor concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at Deer Lake Park in mid-July.
  • Giro di Burnaby – a cycling race through the streets of downtown Burnaby in July.
  • Colombian Independence Picnic – a small free community festival in Central Park in mid-July.
  • Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a music festival at Deer Lake in Burnaby in early August.
  • Burnaby Artisan Farmers Market – a medium-sized weekly farmers market taking place outside Burnaby City Hall on Saturdays from May until October.
  • Nikkei Matsuri – a Japanese festival during the Labour Day weekend in September.
Hats Off Day in Burnaby
Hats Off Day on Hastings Street in Burnaby