Burnaby : Burnaby Lake

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  =(

Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake

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!)

Road to Burnaby Lake
Road to Burnaby Lake

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.

Cross Road
Cross Road

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.

Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake

The path is fairly even and it eventually lead us to Piper Spit.

Piper Spit
Piper Spit

The area was gorgeous and it hosts an array of ducks, geese, and cranes.  There are cute bird houses for them too.

Piper Spit
Piper Spit

Some people brought with them bags of seeds to feed the birds while others just took out their tripods and cameras for bird watching.

Piper Spit
Piper Spit

Far across the lotus and waters is Metrotown!

Piper Spit
Piper Spit

All the different types of west coast birds converge in this area …

mama and baby bird
mama and baby duck

The ducks are following the leader down a mysterious green path in search for new waters and food …

follow the ducks
follow the leader
Piper Spit
Piper Spit
Piper Spit
Piper Spit
Piper Spit
Piper Spit
two birds
two birds

The duck held its breath for a long time… couldn’t take a proper close up photo =(

Finding food, finding food
Finding food, finding food

There were only two cranes that day .. and they were both very busy finding food.

bird watching
bird watching
bird watching
bird watching

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.

Squirrels
Squirrels
Squirrels - not afraid of humans
Squirrels – not afraid of humans

Apparently, there are bears in the area!

Beware of bears
Beware of bears
path towards the Brunette Dam
path towards the Brunette Dam
trees
trees
Burnaby Lake Park
Burnaby Lake Park
Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake
Silver Creek
Silver Creek

There are turtles in the area too.. !!

Turtles!
Turtles!

Finally arrived at the Brunette River Dam,

Brunette River Dam
Brunette River Dam
Brunette River Dam
Brunette River Dam
Brunette River Dam
Brunette River Dam
Brunette River Dam
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.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate @ Lougheed
Rocky Mountain Chocolate @ Lougheed

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 ..

Canadian Beer
Canadian Beer
Chicken and Beer
Chicken and Beer

There goes another weekend outing =)

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