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Golfing in Burnaby

Burnaby Mountain: The contemporary designed 18-hole layout at Burnaby Mountain has always been a favourite with players of all levels. The natural tree-lined beauty of the fairway, combined with the gentle rolling terrain at the foot of Burnaby Mountain offer a blend of charm, character and serenity that will enhance your enjoyment of the game. riverway golf course burnaby bc(Par 71, Slope 121, 6,431-5,830 yards) Staffed by qualified professionals who can help you with all aspects of your game, Burnaby Mountain also offers a comprehensive golf development facility that includes a driving range. While you’re here, be sure to visit the course's golf shop, which is well stocked with a diverse selection of equipment, accessories and attire. click here to see course layout

Riverway: This classic 18-hole championship golf course is one of the premier layouts in the area. Its imaginatively designed, link-style fairways are lined by sweeping mounds of wild fescue. And an array of white tan bunkers and water hazards are strategically placed to make every shot exciting. The course's diverse yardage - 5,400 to 7,000 - lets you select the appropriate length and challenge that suit your game and enjoyment level. click here to see course layout

Burnaby: Walking, Cycling, Jogging, Sailing, Rollerblading, Canoeing, Strolling and kayaking

A world of adventure awaits you in Burnaby's many parks. Small neighbourhood parks offer rest and respite from the city life. The meandering trails of Deer Lake Park provide endless opportunities for exploration. And areas such as Central Park offer an array of sports and recreation facilities for all ages. Whether you live in Burnaby or are a visitor to our beautiful city, you'll fall in love with our parks. They showcase the best of our city, which encompasses ocean shores, rivers, mountains, lakes and wilderness areas. Parks are an important element in Burnaby's superb quality of life, providing beauty and tranquillity within the community. Here is detailed listing of the parks.

barnet marine parkBarnet Marine Park: Located on the spectacular Burrard Inlet, Barnet Marine Park is a favourite of water-lovers. You can swim in the ocean, explore the shoreline or just bask in the sun. Picnic tables and barbeques are scattered under shady trees and a concession stand, change rooms and outdoor showers are available in summer. If you like to be on the water, launch your canoe, kayak or sailing dinghy. You can even try your luck at crabbing! Just across the water, large freighters are at work and pleasure craft navigate the choppy waters. At high tide, the water can rise 14 feet, making the marine traffic appear closer than it really is. A mill town at the turn of the century, this park still has remnants of its early days. The remains of the mill's scrap burner juts out into the water, resembling a small castle. In mid-December merry makers gather at Barnet Marine Park to watch the flotilla of Christmas Carol Ships sail by. A huge, cheery bonfire makes this a popular vantage point for this Lower Mainland custom.

BC Parkway & Highland Park: Burnaby's B.C. Parkway Trail is a 19 kilometre linear park strip connecting the Westminster Quay waterfront to False Creek in Vancouver. The Parkway provides a separated cycle and pedestrian trail system within a beautifully landscaped park corridor. The B.C. Parkway concept grew into a major amenity trail system with the help of public and private community contributions. You will enjoy many special feature areas made possible by these various contributions. At Buller Avenue, the Highland Park Line offshoots the B.C. Parkway. It extends the paths east along the landscaped corridor, ending at Edmonds and Kingsway. Travel by bicycle. Take a picnic lunch and stop at a park. Jog or walk the route. There are many possible destinations, which provide opportunities for brief outings or a longer journey. The B.C. Parkway is very accessible and a pleasure to experience. Walk one way, then hop on the SkyTrain back to your starting point!

foreshore parkBurnaby Fraser Foreshore Park: This picturesque riverside park provides a wonderful opportunity to experience and explore the mighty Fraser River. The shoreline trail is perfect for a jog, walk or leisurely stroll. Log benches dot the pathway, so you can rest and enjoy a view of the marine traffic on this busy waterway. Two trails take you inland — the western route, surrounded by wet brush lands, leads to the Marine Way pedestrian overpass and the eastern route follows Byrne Creek. The Fraser River attracts hopeful fishers, angling for Coho. Children enjoy fun and fantasy on a riverside pirate ship, and intriguing play area that is accessible to children with disabilities. Pack a lunch and plan to spend the day along the Fraser River shore. Picnic tables in the shaded woodland provide a peaceful natural environment where you can listen to songbirds and watch resident squirrels at play.

Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area: The mountain, water and city views from high atop Burnaby Mountain make this destination popular for locals and visitors alike. Make sure you bring your camera -- you'll want to capture the beauty of this park. The green hillside offers room to throw a frisbee or send a kite soaring. A network of trails offers a variety of hiking, walking and jogging options, and there is a playground tucked into the upper hillside. playground of the godsThe Centennial Pavilion area features the resplendent Rose Garden, with its vibrant colours, heady scents and great variety of roses. Nearby are the acclaimed Horizons restaurant and two majestic totem poles, a reminder of the community's proud native heritage. Towering over the distant city are the tall Kamui Mintara (Playground of the Gods) sculptures. The Kamui Mintara is more than a dozen carved poles created by Japanese sculptors Nuburi Toko and his son, Shusei. These impressive sculptures commemorate the goodwill between Burnaby and its sister city, Kushiro, Japan. The majority of this 1,423 acre park is comprised of steep, forested mountain slopes. The conservation of such a large natural area, in one of North America's fastest growing metropolitan regions, will ensure the accessibility and preservation of a valuable natural heritage. Burnaby Mountain has many significant ecological assets, including a mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, diverse wildlife—such as blacktail deer, bald eagles and many perching birds—and creeks that provide critical habitats for fish and wildlife. The park area, with its many trails, provides untold opportunities for outdoor recreation, nature interpretation and education in Burnaby. For a map of the park and trails 'Click Here'.

Confederation Park and Skateboard Park: Confederation Park offers the best of both worlds -- recreational facilities and untouched wilderness. Part of it is developed for lawn bowling, bocce, tennis, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, skateboarding (as of June 1996) and track running. The north side of the park has been left in its natural state with the 1.3 kilometre Penzance Trail, which meanders through dense forest and offers view of Burrard Inlet. On the southwest side, you can find the Eileen Dailly Pool & Fitness Centre, Confederation Community Centre for the Retired and McGill Library. Families can keep busy all day at Confederation Park. You can picnic among the trees or take a ride on the model steam railway, which operates on weekends during the summer. The summertime spray pool provides hours of fun on a hot day. confederation skateboard parkConfederation Skateboard Park: What do you get when you combine hard work and input from skateboard loving kids, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Commission and staff, local citizens and the R.C.M.P.?..... You get a Skateboard Park that's been a model of community involvement and one praised by the Canadian Amateur Skateboarding Association. In 1994, local youths approached the Commission about building a skateboard facility in Burnaby. After an extensive community planning process, young skateboarders took part in design workshops where they worked with clay and foamboard panels, designing a park that incorporates both the "bowl" slope of the Confederation Park site and street features like pyramids, ramps steps and walls. Kensington Park: One of Burnaby's sport centres, Kensington Park is known for its popular pitch and putt greens, as well as sports fields that play host to softball in the summer and soccer during the winter. There are also tennis courts, a top-quality running track, an outdoor pool and the Kensington Arena for hockey and ice skating.

Burnaby Lake Regional Park: Located in the middle of the city, Burnaby Lake Regional Park is a stunning wildlife sanctuary. The lake was created by a glacier 12,000 years ago and its shores were home to sawmills in the late 1800's. Birdwatching is superb. Look for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers and osprey. You might even spot rarer birds such as the green-backed heron. A viewing tower provides a bird's eye view for spotting wildlife. Or you can canoe the lake and get a close-up view of busy beavers, diving ducks and turtles feeding in the marsh. Don't miss the north shore, which includes Warner Loat Park and the Nature House. The House is open weekends in the summer and provides interpretive nature classes and displays. On the south shore visit the Wildlife Rescue facility, which houses a wildlife habitat garden. Several trails circle the lake, giving you the opportunity to enjoy fresh air, exercise and more chances to view birds and animals in this wilderness environment.

robert burnaby parkRobert Burnaby Park: This large park is known for its wooded ravine and forest trails, which attract walkers, joggers and nature lovers. The trails are laid out on hillsides, meandering through ravines and into open meadows. It's easy to imagine you're far from the city in this peaceful setting of huge western hemlock, cedar and douglas fir. Whether it's a picnic, tennis, baseball or a nature walk in the forest, Robert Burnaby Park is perfect for a family outing. Don't miss the playground or the large outdoor pool, set in the middle of all the greenery. Somewhat difficult to find, it is one of the better "secret" places in Burnaby for a woodland retreat away from the crowds.

Central Park: An urban forest of immense douglas fir, western hemlock, poplar and maple, Central Park is similar to the magnificent rainforests that once dominated North America's west coast. Located just minutes from Metrotown Mall, this wooded oasis will transport you far from the hustle and bustle of city living. central park burnaby bcCentral Park is known for its excellent sports and recreation facilities. There's tennis, golfing at the pitch and putt, a large outdoor pool and a horseshoe pitch. The park's many trails (marked with signs) are popular with walkers and joggers. Or you can sit back and cheer on your favourite team at Swangard Stadium. This century-old park features two ponds, home to geese and ducks, and the pretty Earl and Jennie Lohn Perennial Garden. There's also the award-winning Variety Club Playground for children. This integrated play area provides fun and challenges for children of all ages and abilities. For a detailed map of walking/running trails and distance guide in Central Park, 'Click Here'

Deer Lake Park: The beautiful park surrounding Deer Lake is the hub of arts, culture and history in Burnaby. Step back in time at the Burnaby Village Museum & Carousel, visit the Burnaby Art Gallery or check out the entertainment at the James Cowan Theatre or the outdoor Concert Bowl. Don't miss the stunning architecture of the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts or the historic Hart House Restaurant. Deer Lake Park offers a peaceful natural environment in the heart of the city. The trails meander around the lake and through unique meadows and woodlands. In the summer you can rent a boat, launch your own canoe, sailboat or rowboat on Deer Lake, or enjoy sunbathing on the beach at the lake's east end. There are also wildlife watching opportunities in the lake, forest, meadow and marsh areas. Bird watchers will be thrilled and horticulturalist shouldn't miss the Century Gardens, with hundreds of rhododendrons bursting in bloom every spring. Deer Lake Park also plays host to such annual popular outdoor events such as the Burnaby Rhododendron Festival, the Burnaby Discovery Day Festival, Symphony in the Park and the Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival in its 10,000 seat natural amphitheatre. The House of Blues also programs a summer long series of music concerts.

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