Burnaby International Festival Series: About Burnaby
About Burnaby: Explore BC’s Third-Largest City
Nestled in the heart of Metro Vancouver lies the growing, multicultural urban centre of Burnaby. Burnaby is British Columbia’s third-largest city, with a population of 230,000 residents hailing from 80 different cultural backgrounds and speaking more than 100 languages. This international flavour weaves itself through Burnaby’s shopping, restaurants, cultural centres, festivals and neighbourhoods.
With 130 parks, Burnaby is known as a green city. One quarter of the city is lush green park space – the highest percentage for any North American city. These parks house extensive walking, hiking and biking trails, and remarkable natural attractions such as Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area and Deer Lake Park.
There’s lots to do in Burnaby while you’re here. If you love to browse local shops and eateries, take a stroll through The Heights on Hastings Street in Burnaby. Known for its Italian roots, this neighbourhood is as warm and welcoming as a hug from nonna. In addition to savoury favourites like Anton’s Pasta and Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli, you’ll find local gems such as Chez Christophe, Glenburn Soda Fountain & Confectionary and The Valley Bakery to satisfy your sweet-tooth.
For those who love to shop, visit Metropolis at Metrotown, Canada’s second-largest shopping mall. With over 450 stores and services, a movie theatre and frequent in-mall activations, you’re sure to find a little something for those on your list. If Metrotown sounds daunting to you, check out Brentwood Town Centre, Lougheed Town Centre or Crystal Mall for other great shopping centres.
If cultural activities are what you’re after, visit the Burnaby Village Museum, where history comes to life as you stroll down the streets of the 1920s tram-stop community. The museum features a restored Interurban #1223 and 1912 CW Parker Carousel. Its located in the Burnaby Arts District, so after you’re finished you can take a walk around Deer Lake, or stop in at the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts or Deer Lake Gallery.
The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre is another cultural must-see in Burnaby. Since opening its doors in 2000, the Centre has strived to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese Canadian culture through public programs, exhibits, services, publications, public use of the facilities and special events. The facility is home to the Nikkei National Museum, a Japanese Canadian cultural centre, and a Japanese Canadian garden.
With 12 hotels to choose from, including international brands such as Best Western, Executive Hotels, Marriott, and Starwood, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs and budget.
Visit Tourism Burnaby’s website for more things to see and do in Burnaby.