Burnaby: A Community Endowed with Nature’s Gifts
Burnaby is the fusion of distinct communities, each with its own unique attributes and character. Located at the eastern end of Vancouver, Burnaby is considered as the 3rd biggest city in Canada by population, next to Surrey and Vancouver. Burnaby is also the seat of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. The city is enjoying a status as the model for social sustainability, eyed by many suburban planners in Northern America. Burnaby has also been awarded as the “Best Run City in Canada” in the year 2009. Originally an agricultural area, Burnaby now boasts vibrant neighborhoods, parks, creational facilities, high density residential & commercial areas and high quality schools.
The current real estate market in Burnaby is indeed growing, with single family homes flocking around the residential neighborhood of North Burnaby and the high density apartment buildings in the metro area. The median real estate price for homes in the city is $870,000. The city’s residential quadrants feature its own town center with higher density housing projects in the urban areas.
Shopping and Dining
Burnaby boasts several commercial and retail centers that feature both local and international brands. Drop by Hastings Street and enjoy authentic Italian restaurants, branded shops and wedding fashions. Just right at the boundary through Edmonds is Kingsway, with its wide range of stores and service centers. With over 500 stores, 22 cinemas and the Metropolis Centre, the Metrotown Retail & Entertainment Complex is Canada’s biggest shopping facility, stretching for up to three blocks. Located in Metrotown neighborhood, the Crystal Mall is a Chinese mall featuring specialty boutiques, shops and regular events.
Recreation and Entertainment
Burnaby features one of North America’s highest ratios for parklands and green areas for residents. The city boasts an abundance of parks, waterways, natural reserves. Some of its most notable parklands and waterways include Kensington Park, Still Creek, Central Park, Robert Burnaby Park, Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake, Squint Lake, Burnaby Mountain and the Brunette River. During the warm days of summer, the locals love to flock on these parks and enjoy other outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, boating and many more.
Burnaby is located at the heart of the Greater Vancouver Regional Area and is therefore easily accessible through bus links, the Trans Canada Highway which link the city to Surrey, and the SkyTrain lines which go directly into the city. Currently based in Burnaby, the SkyTrain Rapid Transit crosses the west and east in 2 places namely the Millennium Line that follows along Lougheed Highway and the Expo Line which crosses south along Kingsway. The major streets crossing the city include Royal Oak Avenue, Willingdon Avenue, Boundary Road, Cariboo Road, North Road, Gaglardi Way and Sperling Avenue. Burnaby has also established efficient cycling trails.
Burnaby is under School District 41. The city also has a Community & Adult Education Department and an International Student Program. The major college level institutions include the British Columbia Institute of Technology and the Simon Fraser University. Burnaby also offers a Provincial School for the deaf and other continuing education programs.