Do you enjoy music, sports, great dining, or outdoor activities? If so, the suburb of Burnaby might be the beginning and end of your Vancouver housing hunt.
More and more, people are moving to Burnaby because of its reputation as town that “has it all.” Not only is the Burnaby district within easy reach of downtown Vancouver, it also features a long list of attractions to keep you satisfied without ever leaving your own neighborhood.
Burnaby’s number one claim-to-fame is its expansive list of parks, nature preserves, and outdoor activities. The town boasts numerous pristine natural areas where residents can forget that they are only minutes from a major metro area. And the good news is that there are plenty of homes for sale in Burnaby within easy reach of these parks.
Of all the outdoor options available, the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area is probably the hometown favorite. This elevated preserve gives hikers and naturalists a spectacular view of Greater Burnaby and the surrounding waterways. Residents come to bird watch, see springtime flowers and autumn tree colors, and to stretch their legs on the 20-plus miles of hiking trails.
Other popular activities include walking around the sprawling Burnaby Lake, and canoeing or sailing in waters of Deer Lake Park.
Arts & Culture in Burnaby
Many homes for sale in the area are situated nearby the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, one the hubs of the Burnaby community. The Centre hosts frequent performances and openings by musicians, theater groups, and visual artists. During the summer, the Centre welcomes a number of festivals and craft fairs. Those with an artistic flare will love the convenience of having the Shadbold close by.
Several of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants are located in Burnaby. Of particular interest are Burnaby’s Asian cuisine options. Like many other places throughout Vancouver, Burnaby has a vibrant Asian community, and many authentic restaurants serving the various cuisines of East Asia. Even relatively obscure cuisines can be found—connoisseurs should check out Ali Shan, one of British Columbia’s only restaurants dedicated to Taiwanese cuisine.
For fine dining, Burnaby’s best bets are Horizons on Burnaby Mountain, and the Hart House in Deer Lake Park. Both restaurants serve trendy cuisine in elegant, refined settings, and are on par with any of Canada’s best restaurants.
For more casual dining, Edmonds Street offers a range of possibilities, covering all types of cuisine. A quick stroll down the street will turn up at least a few bars and restaurants to suit anyone’s tastes. Best of all, for those who might make Burnaby home, the street is within easy reach of many homes for sale in the city.