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Burnaby Lake Regional Park

This regional park, right in the heart of Burnaby, is a place to reconnect with the natural world without leaving the city. The lake was created by a glacier 12,000 years ago, and only a century ago its shores were home to bustling sawmills.

The area is a stunning wildlife sanctuary where birdwatchers regularly spot great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, osprey and even rarer birds such as the small green-backed heron. There’s even a viewing tower providing a bird's eye view for spotting wildlife. Be sure to bring you binoculars to spot views of busy beavers, diving ducks and turtles feeding in the marsh.

You can view the lake from your canoe or kayak to get an up-close look at the busy beavers, diving ducks and turtles feeding in the marsh. Burnaby Lake has a rowing course suitable for canoeing, kayaking and rowing training. The rowing pavilion at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex has change rooms and a public canoe launch.

If you are looking for a good walk the lake is circled by a 19-km/12-mi circle trail.

Watch for ducks along the shoreline and in the small streams and ponds beside the trail. These areas are ideal habitat for diver and dabbler ducks. Many build their nests on the ground in tall grasses, so be sure to stay on the trail with your children and leashed dog.

The park’s north shore includes a Nature House, which offers interpretive nature classes and displays on summer weekends which are fun learning experiences for parents and children. Cariboo Dam on the north shore of the lake is ideal for a picnic. On the south shore, visit the Wildlife Rescue facility that houses a wildlife habitat garden.

You could easily spend a whole day walking around the lake with excursions to the Nature House, rowing pavilion, wildlife lookout towers, viewing docks and, last but not least, a stop at the sports complex to watch some of the local teams competing in their favourite sport.

Located in the centre of the city, Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a stunning wildlife sanctuary not to be missed.