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Top 5 Burnaby Summer Hitlist

We all know that summer is the best time of year. Even after you leave the “summer vacation” cycle of school, everything’s a little more lax in the summer time. This is when people take vacations and long lunches, sprawl in the extended sunshine, and enjoy frosty beverages. So throw the heavy jacket into the back of your closet and check out the top five things to do in Burnaby over the summer.

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1) Outdoor Concerts

In the summers, Deer Lake Park turns into outdoor concert-central! The best way to play the game is to make a day of it: as soon as the gates open, show up with a blanket and set up shop. You can read, soak in the sun, wander the park’s trails, and have a picnic before the music begins and – oh look! – You’ve got the perfect seat. This summer get ready for Jack Johnson, CBC Music Festival, Beck, and the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival – and that’s just what’s been announced so far.

2) An afternoon at the pool

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Whether you skip out of work for an afternoon, are having a vacation (or staycation), or wait for a weekend, Burnaby has some great outdoor pools to check out. Central Park, Kensington, MacPherson, and Robert Burnaby all have outdoor pools open all season long. If you can swing a weekday afternoon then you’ve got it made – it’s not too busy and again, the perfect place to throw down a towel and chill for a while.

3) Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery

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What is a hot summer day without a trip to the soda shoppe? Think Archie and the Gang, think Saved by the Bell, think anything from the fifties, and you’ve got Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionery. A nostalgic old-style shop with ice cream, floats, and vintage candy to treat yourself to. They’ve got malts, sundaes, and something I’ve never heard of, but now desperately want to try: an egg cream. Turns out that doesn’t contain any egg or cream, but chocolate syrup, milk, and a lot of seltzer. Fizzy and refreshing! (Check out last year’s review of Glenburn for more info)

4) Brunch at Horizons Restaurant

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There’s nothing better than a patio on a sunny day, and Burnaby certainly offers a lot of those. Pair that, however, with the amazing scenery surrounding Horizons Restaurant, and you are set to feel like you’ve run away to the Alps. Worth the drive up Burnaby Mountain, Horizons has a lovely Sunday brunch including an omelette bar (yes, please) and maple orange french toast (double yes, please!) Or head out in the evening for dinner or a late drink and watch the sun disappear.

(This photo of Horizons Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor)

5) Take a hike

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I bet you didn’t know that Burnaby has over 230 kilometres of walking paths and trails. From the relatively easy stroll around Barnet Marine Park to the Burnaby Mountain hike, there are so many options. Check the Discover Burnaby Parks & Trails guide for all the options available and handy difficulty ratings so that you don’t accidentally end up on a 13km round-trip when you intended to be back home for lunch!

That’s just the start, of course. Watch the aerial bicyclists try their thing at the Bike Air Skill Park, wander the side streets, check out a free film screening at Civic Square, or escape the heat to the air conditioned theatre and art gallery of Shadbolt Centre. Just a few of the things Burnaby has to offer. For a schedule of events in Burnaby this summer, visit the Tourism Burnaby events calendar.

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