Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Activity:This is not a swimming lake. Burnaby Lake is a lake with lily pads and lots of birds. This 300 hectare park has a 2.5 mile trail around the lake, squirrels, beavers, lots of geese and ducks, and other waterfowl. At the end of Piper Avenue is a nature house and bird watching tower. There's a dam at the eastern end of the lake from which the Brunette River flows to the Fraser River. The dam is used to regulate the level of the lake during times of heavy rainfall.
In 1858, having heard the local Native Indians talk of a fresh water lake north of New Westminster, Colonel Moody of the Royal Engineers send out a search party to find the lake. Moody named Burnaby Lake after his aide and secretary, Robert Burnaby.
Details:Free. Open all year from dawn to dusk, nature house open weekends and holidays 10 am - 4 pm from May to September. Located at 4519 Piper Avenue, Burnaby. Call (604) 520-6442 for more information. Website: www.metrovancouver.org