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Best Spots to see Cherry Blossoms in Burnaby

Spring is here, and that means cherry blossoms have begun blooming! More than 40,000 cherry trees are located across over 2,000 locations in the Lower Mainland.  Soon, everywhere you look, trees will be painting neighbourhoods in awash of colour from a blush of pink to pure snow white cherry blossoms.

Below, we’ve put together a brief list of favorite places to see cherry blossoms in Burnaby – don’t forget to share your cherry blossom photos with us through #ExploreBurnaby

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Burnaby a strong part of the 2017 Vancouver Rugby Festival

Rugby fans in Burnaby will get the chance to see some top-level young players this month during the 2nd annual Vancouver Rugby Festival.

Held in conjunction with the HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament (to be played March 11 and 12 at BC Place), the festival, hosted by Rugby Canada and BC Rugby Union, features local and visiting teams in various divisions playing games in venues across the region.

Burnaby is front and centre with a jam-packed schedule of games at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club on March 9 and 10 with a pair of tournaments. BC Rugby Union is hosting its age-grade U18/U16 tournament and Rugby Canada is staging the Canadian U18 Sevens Championship. In all, more than 100 games will be played over the two days in Burnaby.

“With teams travelling from as far afield as New Zealand and Bermuda, as well as having the best local talent on show, this is sure to be both a competitive and fun two days,” said Oisin Daly, BC Rugby competitions and events coordinator.

“The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club is the perfect location to showcase our age-grade portion of the Festival, because not only is it an exquisite venue but it provides us with a blank canvas to build the event into something spectacular in the future,” added Daly. “At our Festival, athletes and fans can expect a fun and high-energy environment that will draw in rugby fans from all over the province.”

“Players of all abilities, ages, genders and ethnicities from around the world have enjoyed the spirited play, culture and camaraderie of our club,” said Simon Smoldon, president of the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. “We are thrilled to be part of the Vancouver Rugby Festival to showcase our facilities and vibrant social atmosphere. We offer a first-rate experience for all competitors and spectators. Rugby is a world game and we look forward to welcoming the world.”

“We’re pleased to again play a key role in the Festival. Burnaby Lake Rugby Club is a fantastic venue so it’s a natural fit,” said Jennifer Scott, Senior Manager of Sport Burnaby. “We have enthusiastic and knowledgeable rugby fans here in Burnaby, ready to cheer on this next generation of rugby stars.”

The Burnaby Lake Rugby Club is located at 3760 Sperling Ave. behind the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

For tournament schedules and results, please visit the BC Rugby Union and Rugby Canada websites.

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Burnaby fans show their support for international rugby

More than 3,400 fans braved a chilly and damp Saturday night in February to demonstrate their enthusiasm for international sport in Burnaby.

It was Canada versus the USA on February 18 at Swangard Stadium in a key match of the America’s Rugby Championship – a month-long series of games which began on February 3. The games are taking place in locations in North and South America involving six teams from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, USA and Uruguay to determine the top national rugby squad across two continents.

“It’s really wonderful for Burnaby,” said The Honourable Carla Qualtrough Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. “Burnaby has a great fan base. It’s a really sporting community. You can just tell by the energy in the stadium. Families are here and it’s an affordable event.”

Despite the 51-34 loss to Team USA, Team Canada Captain Ray Barkwill said the players were pumped by the local support. “For a nice cold night in February, the crowd is fantastic. I love Burnaby. It’s always been a great place to come.”

For Team Canada’s Admir Cejvanovic, who grew up in Burnaby, losing in front of a hometown crowd was disappointing. “They really supported us and cheered us on and helped us get out of that hole that we put ourselves into in the first five minutes of the game. I tried my best, but at the end of the day, we still lost.”

Canadian fans weren’t the only ones waving flags and cheering in the stands. Groups of American supporters also made some noise that didn’t go unnoticed by Todd Clever, captain of Team USA. “There was a good chunk of them. I don’t know if they drove up or are living here,” he said. “It’s always a hostile environment coming to Canada, but you’ve just got to feed off of it and take that good energy and stick to your game plan.”

The Minister of Sport summed up the impact of such sport events on a community. “I am a big fan of sport hosting. It’s a really important part of our sport development and part of strategy around sport tourism,” added Qualtrough. “A shout out for Burnaby, well done Burnaby, you made us proud!”

Saturday’s game was the final meeting between Canada and the United States before their pivotal Rugby World Cup qualifier later this year. Canada returns to action on February 25 for a game in South America against Uruguay.