Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area is a beautiful city park on the top of Burnaby Mountain. It is a great place to hike, walk around, and enjoy the scenary.
Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area is the 370-meter (1,214-feet) tall Burnaby Mountain, right next to Simon Fraser University. It is the highest point in the surrounding area, and it is possible to see the downtown fireworks from here.
Most people stay close to the parking lot. The Horizons restaurant, the rose garden, the Japanese garden, and Kamui Mintara Playground of the Gods are all nearby. It is also possible to look down to the beautiful Burrard Inlet. The park also offers totally different scenery in different seasons with cherry blossom in spring and autumn leaves in fall. I last visited the park last fall and took the above photo. It was a great place to relax, walk around, and see the different views.
In Aug 2018, my sister and I went hiking on Burnaby Mountain. We started from the mountain top parking lot and hiked the entire loop. We first went west on Trans Canada Trail. After descending to the sea level, we hiked on Barnet Trail which is parallel to Barnet Highway. Then, we returned to the parking lot by climbing up Mountain Air Trail and Pandora Trail. I’ve included a map below.
It took us 3 hours to finish the hike. The first 2/3 of the route on Trans Canada Trail and Barnet Trail was pretty easy. Rest was not necessary at this point. Climbing up was the challenging part with steep stairs. We rested very frequently, but we still felt super tired in the end.
It was a good exercise, but unfortunately, there weren’t many gourgeous scenes along the way. Most of the routes are in the forests, and the views are blocked by trees.
If you need an escape from the city for a short while, Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area is a great place to come. Vancouver and the Lower Mainland are surrounded by mountains, but Burnaby Mountain (though technically not a mountain) is one of the more approachable ones. I will revisit this park again in spring and check out the cherry blossoms.