The center of all the action
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 over 230,000 and residents hailing from over 80 different cultural backgrounds. This international flavour weaves itself through Burnaby’s shopping, restaurants, cultural centres, festivals and neighbourhoods.
With over 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 like Burnaby Lake, Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area and Deer Lake Park and other recreational opportunities.
Burnaby’s natural beauty and central location is a winning combination.
Burnaby’s temperate climate allows athletes to train and compete outdoors year-round, yet still provides quick and easy access to some of the world’s best outdoor recreation.
Burnaby has a mild climate year-round, resulting in spectacular greenery and urban scenery. Winters are wet rather than snowy; snow does not usually accumulate at lower elevations but may stay for much of the winter months at higher elevations. The average winter temperature is 7⁰C/44.5⁰F and average summer temperature is 21⁰C/70⁰F.
As a world class tourism and event destination, national and international access to Burnaby is fantastic. Metro Vancouver is one of North America’s premier transportation hubs, which offers convenient access via all modes of transportation: air, car, bus and sea. Within Burnaby, the mass transit system and extensive road network provide quick and easy connections.
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just 20 km south west of Burnaby’s city centre. YVR is among the most modern and efficient airports in the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA ) ranked YVR for the fourth year in a row as one of the top ten airports in the world. YVR has direct flights from most major Canadian cities including Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton and Whitehorse.
British Columbia’s Lower Mainland is also easily accessed by car from other parts of Canada via the Trans-Canada Highway and from the United States via the I-5 Freeway which connects Vancouver with the entire West Coast of the United States.
The transit system within Metro Vancouver – known as TransLink – offers comprehensive service to the region via bus, rapid light rail trains and ferry routes. Burnaby’s central location and abundant public transportation infrastructure ensures the city is an accessible and affordable option. It also makes trips to downtown Vancouver, the stunning North Shore Mountains and other popular area attractions a breeze.
Metro Vancouver is known for its dining scene with a focus on fresh, local food and Burnaby is no exception. There is a wide range of restaurants suiting every style and budget. There are ample Canadian staple restaurants located in close proximity to the venues including Boston Pizza, Earl’s, Cactus Club, White Spot and Swiss Chalet. For those with a more adventurous palate – there are countless restaurants that reflect the cultural diversity of the region. Teams would be able to use their dedicated vehicle and driver to head into the community and eat at the restaurant of their choosing. We can help find suitable options for team meals, performance-focused meals or celebratory team meals.