Fed by Still Creek and drained by the Brunette River, Burnaby Lake is truly the heart of the city. Both the lake and the Central Valley are the products of glacial erosion during the Pleistocene epoch. Wildlife watchers will want to keep an eye out for great blue herons, northern flying squirrels, Pacific tree frogs, pied-billed grebes, red-winged blackbirds and western painted turtles.
On foot: Make the most of your visit to Burnaby Lake Regional Park by circumnavigating its centrepiece. Points of interest on the 10-kilometre Burnaby Lake loop include Cariboo Dam and the Piper Spit boardwalk and viewing tower.
By transit: To access the loop from the Sperling-Burnaby Lake station, cross the pedestrian overpass, walk south to Sperling Avenue and enter the park.
Stephen Hui is the author of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia, which will be published by Greystone Books in 2018. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @StephenHui.
May has been proclaimedInvasive Species Action Month in BC. Take positive action against invasive species. Learn all about native and invasive plants and animals, and how to tell them apart.
Join the Burnaby Lake Park Association in tackling and removing invasive species: non-native plants that have become established and replaced native species around Burnaby Lake. We’ll provide gloves, tools, and snacks. Dress for the weather and be prepared to work off-trail in the woods. Join us! Ages 8+
If you are interested in bringing a group to help out or for more information, call 604-520-6442 or email the Burnaby Lake Park Association Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com. You can request to be added to the email list that gets sent out with confirmation of meeting locations and times, or if there are any weather related updates.