Summer has finally arrived in Vancouver! The weather is getting hot and somehow I can’t find the motivation to move away from the fan =(
The plan for this weekend was kayaking on Deer Lake in Burnaby but the heat meant plans had to be changed and the great outdoors was replaced by a room in a karaoke bar. (All you can sing from 2 – 7 PM for just $10 + tax in Richmond!)
In any case, on Sunday, on the way to Lougheed Town, we did stop by Burnaby Lake. It’s a park located in Northern Burnaby and it has a trail that spans 10 KM.
Transit: Google map told us that the best way to get there is to get off on the millennium line at Burnaby Lake Station (ok that seems fair). We crossed the busy Lougheed Highway to the other side and walked down a flight of stairs to a quiet neighbourhood.
It was about 10-15 minutes walk through the neighbourhood before we got to the entrance of Burnaby Lake. Similar to most regional parks, there’s not going to be any vending machines or places for purchasing snacks, so it is best to come equip, especially with snacks, water, as well as sunscreen and mosquito repellents! There isn’t a lot of washroom either, but there are signs along the way, and as well as print-out maps at the entrances.
The path is fairly even and it eventually lead us to Piper Spit.
The area was gorgeous and it hosts an array of ducks, geese, and cranes. There are cute bird houses for them too.
Some people brought with them bags of seeds to feed the birds while others just took out their tripods and cameras for bird watching.
Far across the lotus and waters is Metrotown!
All the different types of west coast birds converge in this area …
The ducks are following the leader down a mysterious green path in search for new waters and food …
The duck held its breath for a long time… couldn’t take a proper close up photo =(
There were only two cranes that day .. and they were both very busy finding food.
It started raining so we decided not to do the 2 hours round trip hike but just a small walk towards the other entrance closest to Production Way Skytrain station. Along the way, there were more squirrels than there were humans.
Apparently, there are bears in the area!
There are turtles in the area too.. !!
Finally arrived at the Brunette River Dam,
More information about Burnaby Lake here: http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/burnaby-lake/
Returning to Production Way Station, we went back to the Lougheed Town Center for some much-needed ice cream at Rocky Mountain Chocolate.
Finally ending the day with chicken and beer at Dasarang at 4501 North Rd, Burnaby. The area around North Road near Lougheed Station has many Korean restaurants, markets, etc ..
There goes another weekend outing =)