Easy Walks in Burnaby to let out some energy

As 2021 kicks off, we are all looking for less demanding activities to contrast the holidays’ hustle. We recommend taking a leisurely walk. With over 25% of Burnaby being parkland, it just makes sense!

We have rounded up 5 easy trails in Burnaby to tackle- kids in tow.  All the locations are stroller friendly, so even the youngest family members can join you.

Remember to know before you go- check for trail locations and closures on the City of Burnaby website. Please follow all recommended social distancing guidelines, and maintain a 2-metre distance from people not in your household.

Fraser Foreshore Park

Are you looking for a quiet stroll along the Fraser River? The 3.9 KM walk hugging the banks of the Fraser River will not disappoint!

If you have a train or bridge lover in your family, stop and watch the CNR bridge connecting Burnaby to Lulu island in Richmond.  If you are lucky, the bridge will swing open for passing marine traffic. The pier is an excellent spot for a picnic or to watch the barges pass by. With an open, grassy field and playground, there are many places to burn off some steam!

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Deer Lake Park

Nature marries art in this cultural precinct.  Home to Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Hart House Restaurant, don’t overlook the lakefront trail in this urban oasis. With over 5 KM of trails, there are lots to see and do here!

The park has many trails taking you past Beaver Creek and Deer Lake. Stop at the dock or beach to take in the view of the city peeking over the trees, watch the ducks, and maybe even build a sandcastle.  For your budding architect, the view across the lake of Arthur Erickson’s Baldwin House will be sure to spark conversation and perhaps even a Lego creation in the future.

Due to COVID-19, trails are currently 1-way loops.

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Barnett Marine Park

Located on what was the site of a logging mill camp, Barnett Marine Park takes you along a small section of the Burrard Inlet. Artifacts of the past can still be seen with concrete towers and the skeleton of scrap burner on the beach and peeking out of the water.

A popular spot to watch the sunrise, the sounds and smells of Burrard Inlet are a welcome escape from your daily routine. This waterfront trail is short and begging for a beach picnic.

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Central Park

You may know Central Park as the home of Swangard Stadium – BC’s premier outdoor track- but there is so much more to see and do here. With three main trails and many interconnected paths, you could spend an entire day exploring this 86.4-hectare park and still have more to see.

Trail loops vary between 2 KM and 5 KM. With two ponds, a perennial garden, and picnic areas, Central Park is a serene oasis compared to the city’s hustle and bustle.  Full of Douglas fir, western hemlock, cedar, poplar, and maple groves, you can fully appreciate the coastal rainforest that marks Burnaby’s climate.

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Willingdon Linear Park

Not your typical park, the Willingdon Linear Park covers 13 blocks on Willingdon Avenue between the Amazing Brentwood and Hastings Street.  An urban park boasting a lush tree canopy, the trail borders the road, providing great sites of vehicles and cyclists passing by- fantastic for those that are stroller bound!

You can view modern public art throughout this beautiful outdoor hallway that makes an attractive, dynamic background for your next Instagram selfie.  The trail has many stopping points to take it all in, including ample seating, two unique pocket parks, play structures and a splash pad.

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Once you have explored these trails, share your thoughts on Instagram with #burnaby365 – we will share our favourite finds!

Find out more about outdoor activities in Burnaby here.