The city of Burnaby, located directly to the east of Vancouver, is British Columbia’s third-largest city and easy to access thanks to public transport links from Vancouver. It’s well worth a visit, so be sure to check out these fun things to do in the city, which are perfect for the entire family.
This locale is another great Burnaby activity for children, and one that many locals don’t even know exists! Burnaby Central Railway is a miniature-railway park where people of all ages can go for a ride on a miniature train. It’s open on weekends, from Good Friday until Thanksgiving, and run by the British Columbia Society of Model Engineers, a non-profit organization. It’s a fun day out for the family, and people can even hold birthday parties at the railway.
The Burnaby Art Gallery dedicates itself to exhibiting “contemporary and historical art exhibits and events by local, regional, national and international artists,” according to the city of Burnaby’s website. The art gallery’s current exhibition, Myth/us, features artwork by senior secondary students who participated in the Burnaby Art Gallery’s Artist Apprenticeship Program in 2020. The Burnaby Art Gallery will feature more in-person exhibits from its reopening in September 2020, and also organizes public and school educational programs.
Deer Lake Park is where you can find both the Burnaby Art Gallery and Burnaby Village Museum, as well as the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Hart House Restaurant – but it is also the home of Deer Lake. There’s a small beach and a popular walking trail that takes you around the lake’s circumference, and during the summer you can rent rowboats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats too.
Burnaby Heights is a neighborhood located in northern Burnaby. While tourists don’t visit it all that much, it does host some excellent events throughout the year including a Lunar New Year parade, the Giro di Burnaby bicycle race, Halloween on the Heights, Deck the Heights for Christmas and Hats Off Day, which is a big street party that’s great for families and features games, a parade and a lot of fun.
The purpose of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre is to honor, preserve and share Japanese culture and Japanese-Canadian history. Upcoming exhibitions include Broken Promises, which will focus on dispossession of Japanese Canadians in the 1940s. There is also Witness to Loss, which includes the entire English translation of an unpublished memoir by Japanese Canadian, Kishizo Kimura.
Located in Burnaby Heights, Anton’s Pasta Bar is Vancouver’s original pasta restaurant. It is also known for its long lines. Why do people line up for pasta at Anton’s? Two words: portion sizes. The extensive lunch and dinner menus feature a range of pasta dishes that are reasonably priced and include enormous servings. If you can finish your meal without asking for a to-go container (or the help of peckish friends), then you will receive a small gift to celebrate – a pen that says you ate your entire meal at Anton’s Pasta Bar. That’s a cool Vancouver souvenir.