Burnaby Mountain is a park overlooking Metro Vancouver. On the mountain is Simon Fraser University, a conservation area and walking trails.
Up until the end of February, 2020, Horizons Restaurants stood at the top of the mountain. However, it has since permanently closed.
Burnaby Mountain Park
The Burnaby Mountain Park offers amazing views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains, as well as downtown Vancouver far in the distance.
What to do at Burnaby Mountain
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area is a nice place for picnics on the grass while enjoying the views, and it’s also a good place for hiking. Burnaby Mountain has several kilometres of fairly easy trails.
Dogs are permitted on leash in the park at Burnaby Mountain, and mountain biking is allowed in most areas. For more information on hikes at Burnaby Mountain, check out the Vancouver Trails website.
If you are looking for a place to eat after hiking around Burnaby Mountain or playing frisbee on the lawns, you used to be able to visit Horizons Restaurant. It boasted some of the Lower Mainland’s finest views. It was a bit expensive, but a nice treat. Unfortunately though, the restaurant closed for good at the end of February in 2020 (which was actually before the COVID-19 pandemic got serious and forced many other restaurants to close too).
How to Get to Burnaby Mountain
Burnaby Mountain is located at 100 Centennial Way in Burnaby, about 9 km from the corner of East Hastings and the Trans-Canada Highway.
To get to Burnaby Mountain, when heading east along East Hastings turn left onto Centennial Way after about 7 km.
There is also Public Transit, including bus #135 from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver, which takes about 45 minutes. Check the TransLink website for the best routes and information based on where you’re coming from.
Photo Tips for Burnaby Mountain
TIP #1: If you plan to take photos, Burnaby Mountain can be a good place to catch the sun setting over Vancouver. You’ll want to get there early in the day though if you want day pictures of the city in the sun. Plan to use a zoom lens.
TIP #2: The North Shore mountains will be in the sun most of the day, but not so much in the late afternoon in summer. There are lots of great backgrounds for family pictures on Burnaby Mountain.
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