This article contains information about the park, as well as a couple of videos. One of the videos features the lake and the trail that goes all around it in the spring. The second showcases the gardens, Canada geese on the lawns, and a bit of the lake and its walking trails in autumn.
DEER LAKE PARK AND COVID-19
Due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus many attractions such as the Burnaby Village Museum, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Burnaby Art Gallery shut their doors temporarily in the spring.
The park itself, however, remained open throughout the year for folk to enjoy the outdoors. The paths around the lake have been one-way though to help people maintain proper physical distancing. As of early November, 2020, the lakeside path is still one-directional.
As of mid-July, 2020, both the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and the Burnaby Art Gallery had reopened. Burnaby Village Museum also reopened for a few weeks in the summer. However, it was unable to operate its Heritage Christmas attraction during the last few weeks of the year because of increased COVID-19 restrictions.
Deer Lake Park in Burnaby
The Burnaby Village Museum is located in the northeast corner of the park at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue. It’s an excellent outdoor museum with free admission in the summer and at a few other times of the year.
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is at the north end of the park just a short ways further down the road at 6450 Deer Lake Avenue. Also nearby and at the north end of the park, the Burnaby Art Gallery is located at 6344 Deer Lake Avenue.
Other places of interest at Deer Lake Park include Hart House which is a historic building and present-day restaurant at 6664 Deer Lake Avenue. The public beach and boat rentals area is at 5435 Sperling Avenue (on the western edge of the park). The lake itself is the middle of the park and it has walking trails all around.
Deer Lake Events
A number of annual events take place at Deer Lake including the following:
- Symphony in the Park – a free concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on an outdoor stage at Deer Lake Park in July.
- Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival – a popular music festival in early August.
- Haunted Village – the Halloween attraction at Burnaby Village runs during the last few days of October.
- Deer Lake Christmas Craft Fair – a holiday craft market at the Shadbolt Centre in November.
- Heritage Christmas – the Christmas attraction at Burnaby Village between late November and the beginning of January.
Deer Lake Videos
To give you an idea of what Deer Lake looks like, check out the following two videos. One was taken in the spring and the second in the fall. As you’ll see, the park is beautiful year-round.
Deer Lake in Spring Video
As you’ll see in the following video, there is a path that goes all the way around the lake. It takes about an hour to do the full route, plus or minus, and the views all around are stunning.
This first video was taken in the early spring, before most of the leaves and early spring flowers had bloomed. A few weeks later it was even more beautiful.
In this video the three people walk all the way around the lake, starting near the large open grassy area in front of the Shadbolt Centre (which doesn’t appear in the video). The trio go around the lake in a clockwise direction.
As you’ll see in this first video, there is a small sandy beach at one end of the lake. The terrain and ecosystems are also not always the same. Also as you’ll notice, the park and its trails are all very dog-friendly.
Deer Lake in Autumn Video
This next video was taken in early November of 2020 when the fall colours were at their peak. The video starts on the large lawn in front of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts which is the modern-looking building you’ll see behind the Canada geese in the second scene.
In the video the woman goes for a walk in the gardens which are located between the Shadbolt Centre and the Burnaby Art Gallery.
After leaving the gardens the woman and her dog head down to the lake. It’s not a hug lake, but it is a pretty one. The walking trail goes all the way around the lake.
The above video about Deer Lake in Spring shows more about the walking pathways around the lake. This second one shows just a glimpse of what the lake and its trail are like and focusses more on the autumn colours in the gardens. In spring, the garden is famous for its rhododendrons.
For more details about Deer Lake Park see the City of Burnaby‘s website.
To learn more about the surrounding area see our article about the City of Burnaby.
For information about arts programs at the park, check put the Shadbolt Centre of Arts.
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