Burnaby: Deer Lake Park

My friends spontaneously decided to do some exercise via pedal boating on Deer Lake.  We meet after work for dinner before heading out there.

Burnaby Lake
Burnaby Lake

We meet up at Metrotown and had Ramen at Kawawa Ramen Restaurant.  Compared with other ramen places, the service wasn’t as good but it’s expected.

Special Ramen
Special Ramen

After dinner, we were on our way to Deer Lake.  By transit, visitors can take the 144 to Deer Lake Park but we drove and it was pretty close.

From: Metropolis at Metrotown, 4720 Kingsway #604, Burnaby, BC V5H 4N2 To: Deer Lake Park, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5H 4R4

There were still lots of people at the park even during dawn, as the parking lot was quite full.  We rented a boat, which is $29.46 / hour but we had a coupon so it was half price and split by four.  More information on their website: http://deerlakeboatrentals.com/

Boat rental house
Boat rental house

We were required to sign a waiver as well as wear a life jacket.

life jacket
life jacket
our 4-person pedal boat
our 4-person pedal boat

We believe they must make a lot of money, considering it is just a plastic device that’s not even cleaned after use (we had some pudding on the floor … or at least we hoped it as pudding).  The staff who secured us to the seat and made sure we were safe to go appears to be a high school student …

on the boat
on the boat

We set out right in time for the sunset.

heading towards the sunset
heading towards the sunset

The edge of the lake isn’t that deep and we were joke we might run aground if we get too close, especially at the edge.

not that deep
not that deep

Boat pedaling was awfully exhausting but at least the sky was nice and the mosquitoes were fairly minimal.  Although staring at the sky, we felt we were at the planetarium …

the sky
the sky
sunset
sunset
Deer Lake
Deer Lake
Deer Lake
Deer Lake

Boats are restricted from entering the center part of Deer lake (marked by the buoys circling it) because there are species still living in theses waters.  We pedaled around the buoy and did a wide circle around the lake.

the other side of Deer Lake
the other side of Deer Lake

We saw lots of ducks in these waters, one was swimming straight towards us .. and then diverted to avoid a head on collision (we won the chicken game against the bird!)

Ducks
Ducks
ducks
duck

While resting on the boat, we actually saw something moving in the water and it was flat and definitely not a bird.  We moved closer and saw a baby river otter!  It would be on the surface and then submerge to find food, then come back up again.  Eventually, it swam away from us and back towards the land.

Baby river otter!
Baby river otter!

We only rented for an hour, returning around close to 9 PM.  Back on land, there are still lots of people … feeding birds.

sunsets
sunset

Weekday outing ends ~

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