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101 THINGS TO DO in Burnaby and New Westminster

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  1. Mothers Day — New Westminster Symphony Orchestra presents a special Mother’s Day Concert on May 8 featuring Mozart and Bizet. Massey Theatre, 735 Eighth Ave. at 2 p.m. Info: www.masseytheatre.com.
  2. Bowling — There are few things as satisfying as rolling a heavy object towards a target and watching it all fall down. Visit Old Orchard Lanes (4429 Kingsway) and REVS Bowling (5502 Lougheed Hwy.) in Burnaby, and Lucky Strike Lanes (1205 6th Ave.) in New Westminster.
  3. Burnaby Rhododendron Festival — On Sunday, May 1, gardeners can enjoy a blend of art and horticulture, entertainment, mini-workshops and more at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Visit www.brags.ca.
  4. Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival — The 12th Annual Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival features internationally acclaimed artists from 2 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 13. Headline act is kd lang. Children’s activities on site. Where: Deer Lake Park Festival Lawn, next to Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Ave. Visit www.burnabybluesfestival.com.
  5. Hyack Festival — From May 21-29, New Westminster’s Hyack Festival is one of the largest festivals in B.C. It includes a parade, antique fair, fireworks and much more. Visit www.hyack.bc.ca.
  6. Hyack International Parade — On Saturday, May 28, B.C’s largest international parade is coming through and you’ll want to see it all — up to 140 entrants from B.C. and the U.S. Visit www.hyack.bc.ca.
  7. Horseshoes - Central Park — Come and learn from BC Championship title holders at the Central Park Horseshoe Club, at 1 p.m. every day except Sundays. Also Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Info: Jim, 604-435-9790.
  8. Art galleries — Burnaby Art Gallery, in historic Ceperley House (6344 Deer Lake Ave.), features contemporary art. Info: www.burnabyartgallery.ca. The Burnaby Arts Council has a gallery a few doors down (6584 Deer Lake Ave.), with exhibitions featuring its members. Info: www.burnabyartscouncil.org. At Simon Fraser University is the SFU Gallery (www.sfu.ca/gallery). In New Westminster, the Arts Council of New Westminster hosts monthly exhibitions at Centennial Lodge in Queen’s Park. Info: www.artscouncilnewwest.org. The Van Dop Gallery (421 Richmond St.) showcases artworks in a home and garden setting, by appointment at 604-521-7887. Info: www.vandopgallery.com.
  9. Live Theatre — New Westminster’s Queen’s Park is home to the Bernie Legge Theatre, the stage of the Vagabond Players (vagabondplayers.ca). Douglas College’s theatre department presents four student productions a year at the New West campus (700 Royal Ave.). Info: http://bit.ly/gaEz0C. In Burnaby, Shadbolt Centre presents touring productions from professional companies such as the Arts Club. Info: http://shadboltcentre.com/theatre.php.
  10. Cemetery tours — Cemeteries aren’t just final resting places, they’re a rich source of history and stories. In New Westminster, Fraser Cemetery is regularly the site of walking tours by local historians Archie and Dale Miller. Info, www.nwheritage.org or call 604-526-6113. In Burnaby, tours of Ocean View, Forest Lawn and Masonic cemeteries are occasionally hosted by Burnaby Village Museum. Check burnabyvillagemuseum.ca for more details.
  11. Live Music — On weekends, don’t be surprised to see live bands playing at public spaces, including Hyack Square and the Queen’s Park Bandshell in New Westminster. In Burnaby, Civic Square, next to Bob Prittie Metrotown library, is home to live music and other events July 3 to Aug. 8. Info: 604-570-4000. Also visit the Heritage Grill, Java Jazz Cafe (New West), and the Marine Pub and Admiral Pub (Burnaby).
  12. All aboard - Every November the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association Canada hosts a giant  exhibition of miniature model railroads at the Cameron Recreation Centre in Burnaby. This year’s is Nov. 12-13. Info: www.bctrains.org
  13. Nikkei Place — Visit National Nikkei Heritage Centre and Japanese Canadian National Museum. The museum hosts exhibitions on Japanese-Canadians history. Info: www.nikkeiplace.org.
  14. Burnaby Village Museum — Step into the 1920s at Burnaby Village Museum where original heritage homes sit alongside historically-accurate replicas of Burnaby buildings. And for 2011, the museum’s 40th anniversary, admission is free! Info: www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca or 604-297-4565
  15. Beaches — While other other beaches in the Lower Mainland get all the attention, Barnet Marine Park in North Burnaby quietly provides locals with a salt-water setting of fun and relaxation. Deer Lake, meanwhile, offers its own beach off Sperling Avenue, which can be used as a launching point for not only walks around the lake but trips on the water by canoe, kayak, rowboat or pedal-boat, all available at Deer Lake Boat Rentals.
  16. European Festival — The 14th instalment on Saturday, May 28 will be a showcase of more than 30 countries including folk dancers, musicians in costume, cultural displays, food, beer garden and a finale with a live band. Held at Scandinavian Community Centre (6540 Thomas St.) in Burnaby. Visit http://eurofestbcsociety.com/
  17. Foodies — Check out Burnaby Heights, along Hastings Street, for everything from Italian to Asian groceries, French bistros, cappuccino bars, and the beckoning presence of Valley Bakery. Edmonds Street and the adjacent HighGate area has become a multicultural mecca for food, with groceries, butchers and restaurants representing Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Asian, North African, Turkish cuisines and more. In New West, River Market at Westminster Quay is in the midst of a major overhaul which will eventually see it become a focus for foodies. The city is also home to Karmavore (610 Columbia St.), an independent, 100 per cent vegan store.
  18. Mountain biking at Burnaby Mountain — Mountain Air Skills Facility on Barnet Highway at Takeda Drive. features jumps, berms, ramps, ladders, rollers, walls and beams. Riders can then test those skills on the 20 km of trails that encircle and bisect the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Info: www.bmba.ca
  19. Hats Off Day — Enjoy Burnaby’s biggest street party Saturday, June 4, when Heights merchants take their hats off to the community. It begins with a parade on Hastings between Boundary and Gamma. Visit www.burnabyheights.com.
  20. Sapperton Day — Sapperton businesses put on Sapperton Day Street Festival on June 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on East Columbia Street in New Westminster.
  21. Fish hatchery — There are a number of fish releases in Burnaby every spring, the largest is the Great Salmon Send Off at Stoney Creek, May 7, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Stoney Creek school. Info: vcn.bc.ca/stoney/welcome.html. The Sapperton Fish & Game Club also maintains a hatchery in New West to stock streams that feed the Brunette River. Info: www3.telus.net/dallydog/sapperton/index.html
  22. Fishing — Drop a baited line into Deer Lake. If you fish from shore, or from the dock, you’ll likely reel in a carp. Paddle or float into deeper water, especially in spring and fall, you might hook a rainbow trout, stocked there by the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. You’ll need a B.C. freshwater fishing license.
  23. Aim for a bullseye — The Burnaby Archers have been aiming their arrows at the largest outdoor archery range in B.C. since 1980. The range, which includes a sand pit for the use of bow hunters, is located at the north end of Burnaby Lake Park, near the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Joe Sakic Way. For more information: www.boormanarchery.com/burnabyarchers.php. There is also an indoor archery range located in New Westminster, at 426 E. Columbia St.
  24. Squash & Racquetball — The popularity of squash and racquetball has waned since the 1980s, but there are still courts available, including Bonsor and Cameron recreation complexes in Burnaby. There are also members-only courts at REVS Fitness Centre.
  25. River to Sea Heritage Fair at Burnaby Village Museum — Celebrate Canada’s heritage in the form of student projects with a history or heritage theme. Students share their work May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca.
  26. Gamble — For those who get their blood pumping with a throw of the dice there is the Grand Villa Casino in Burnaby and the Starlight Casino in New Westminster.
  27. Bird watching — Burnaby’s two lakes provide ample opportunities for bird-watching. From the viewing tower at the east end of Burnaby Lake, look for herons, eagles, kingfishers, osprey and ducks. Reach the tower from Piper Avenue. Walking the trail that encircles Deer Lake will provide chances to see songbirds, ducks, egrets, kingfishers, hawks, ducks, herons and the occasional eagle. Spot shorebirds and eagles from the beach and along Drummond Walk at Barnet Marine Park. In New West, the best bird watching is by walking the trail that skirts the Brunette River from the lower parking lot at Hume Park.
  28. Shopping — Metropolis at Metrotown has 450 stores, making it the largest shopping centre in B.C., but there’s also Lougheed Town Centre and Brentwood Town Centre. All are easily accessible along SkyTrain. For a more “neighbourhood” shopping experience, stroll Hastings in Burnaby’s Heights area, or visit burgeoning districts like HighGate or along North Road, where Korean merchants have concentrated. In New West, Royal City Centre anchors the Uptown, while Downtown offers an eclectic mix of boutiques, antique shops and wedding outfitters.
  29. Cycling — The Central Valley Greenway is a safe network of marked bike lanes and designated paths that travels from Columbia Street in New West, through Burnaby along the Millennium SkyTrain route into Vancouver. There’s also the bike-friendly 26-km BC Parkway, beneath the Expo line.
  30. Farmers markets — Burnaby and New West are home to three weekly farmers markets that run through summer. Burnaby Farmers Market (www.artisanmarkets.ca/) runs Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., May 7 until Oct. 29, at Burnaby Village Museum. There’s also a pocket market Wednesday afternoons at SFU. The Royal City Farmer’s Market (rcfm.ca/) returns to Tipperary Park June 9, Thursdays 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. until Oct. 6.
  31. Walk — The boardwalk that spans the Quayside in New Westminster is a pleasant stroll to enjoy the working waterway known as the Fraser River. Upstream is a pleasant walk at Sapperton Landing, while downstream there’s Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park. There’s more challenging terrain in Robert Burnaby Park, in the forests surrounding Simon Fraser University and in Penzance Park in the northwest corner of Burnaby. There are also many picturesque trails to walk in Central Park, Deer Lake Park and Burnaby Lake Park, and the BC Parkway running along the SkyTrain line offers an optimal walking opportunity.
  32. Boating — Deer Lake is one of the most picturesque spots in the Lower Mainland and one of the best ways to experience it is on the water. Deer Lake Boat Rentals rents canoes, kayaks, pedal boats and row boats. The boathouse is at 5435 Sperling Avenue at the southeast corner of the lake.
  33. Rowing — With its calm waters, Burnaby Lake offers one of the best places in North America for competitive rowers to train. And it will be even better once the City of Burnaby completes dredging the lake. Burnaby Lake Rowing Club at the west end of the lake has many experienced scullers but also offers private lessons for those who want to learn. The Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club is run out of the same facility and offers programs for people age 8 and older.
  34. Paddlewheeler ride — Travel on the Fraser River just as the province’s pioneers did, by paddlewheel. Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises is based out of New Westminster Quay and offers various spectacular cruises along the river.
  35. Running — The trails surrounding Burnaby Lake are ideal for the serious jogger. Central Park has marked distance trails and for those that want an optimum technical experience, the track at Swangard Stadium is open for public use Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., except during stadium events. Queen’s Park in New Westminster also has a pleasant path.
  36. Runs — There are several runs and walks for charity held throughout the year in Burnaby including the Jan. 1 Resolution Run at Fraser Foreshore Park, and the Father’s Day Run to support prostate cancer research at Burnaby Lake. Lengths vary. For a running calendar visit www.events.runningroom.com.
  37. Ice skating — Public ice skating is available in Burnaby at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre and Kensington Arena in Burnaby, and Queen’s Park and Moody Park arenas in New Westminster. Times are available in the parks and recreation areas of the city websites: www.burnaby.ca and www.newwestpcr.ca.
  38. New West Museum and Archives — Keeping history alive is what the New Westminster Museum and Archives is all about. The museum is at Irving House (302 Royal Ave.), one of the oldest homes in Metro Vancouver, which is dressed up just like it was back in the 1800s.
  39. Eagles Estate Garden — This magnificent mansion and gorgeous garden on the southeast corner of Deer Lake are open to the public to enjoy. The 1.6 acre terraced garden was designed by renowned horticulturist Frank E. Buck for Blythe and Violet Eagles, and is being restored to its former glory. The Land Conservancy of British Columbia has an office in the home, and offers workshops. An interpretive centre is generally open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from May until Thanksgiving weekend.
  40. Westminster Regiment Armouries — The grand old armoury stands stately at the corner of Queens and Sixth. A museum featuring photos, small arms and other memorabilia going back to 1863 is open Tuesday and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment (604-526-5116).
  41. Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame — Lacrosse is a large part of New Westminster’s social and recreational fabric so it is fitting the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame is located at Centennial Community Centre.
  42. Spray parks — On hot summer days there’s nothing that provides more relief than a spray park. Parks throughout Burnaby and New Westminster provide a place to frolic in the sun amongst some pretty creative water works.
  43. Golf — Golf can be played here almost year round, and there are two beautiful courses nearby. Burnaby Mountain (7600 Halifax St.) offers a gorgeous natural setting, with rolling terrain at the foot of Burnaby Mountain, and Riverway (9001 Bill Fox Way) is a classic 18-hole championship course with one of the best layouts in the area. Both include driving ranges. There is also a range at Hastings Golf Centre (6555 E. Hastings St.) and pitch-and-putts at Central (3883 Imperial St.) and Kensington parks (5889 Curtis St.).
  44. Climb a Wall — BCIT offers a great chance to go up its Tech Towers 20-foot climbing wall, with or without assistance at its SE16 building. Visit http://www.bcit.ca/recreation/facilities/wall.shtml.
  45. Burnaby Central Railway — B.C. Society of Model Engineers operates Burnaby Central Railway at Confederation Park in Burnaby from Good Friday (April 22) through Thanksgiving (Oct. 10). The miniature railway offers rides at 120 North Willingdon Ave. Call 604-291-0922.
  46. Pride 2011 — The Royal City Pride Society stages Follow the Rainbow Pride Festival Aug. 11-14, with the main events slated for Saturday, Aug. 13, 1- 5 p.m. in Tipperary Park in New Westminster. Info: www.royalcitypridesociety.com.
  47. Swim at an outdoor pool — New Westminster has outdoor pools at Hume Park and Moody Park. In Burnaby there are four outdoor pools at Central Park, Kensington Park, McPherson Park and Robert Burnaby Park. Check each city’s website for opening dates and operating hours.
  48. Ultimate — Burnaby has an active and popular ultimate league. People interested in disc sports can visit Burnaby Ultimate and Disc Sports’ website at http://burnaby.bcdss.bc.ca/index.php.
  49. Canada Day Celebrations — New Westminster always celebrates with a Happy Birthday Canada party in Queen’s Park. In Burnaby celebrations are at Richmond Park and the city’s official party at Burnaby Village Museum.
  50. Multicultural Festival — Enjoy cultural diversity and entertainment from a variety of groups on June 26 at the Bonsor Complex, 6550 Bonsor Ave., Burnaby, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  51. Great Salmon Send-Off — Experience the thrill of releasing baby coho to begin their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Hosted by the Stoney Creek Environment Committee. The event is May 7 and runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Stoney Creek Elementary in Burnaby (2740 Beaverbrook Cr.). Info: www.vcn.bc.ca/stoney/gsso.html or phone 604-420-9132.
  52. Victoria Day — On May 23, Burnaby Village Museum is the place to be to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Meet her royal highness herself and enjoy a piece of birthday cake in an atmosphere of the 1920s. Visit http://www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca/.
  53. Heritage Home Tour — New West Heritage Preservation Society presents a self-guided tour of homes on May 29. Tickets on sale May 7. Visit www.newwestheritage.org.
  54. Yam Jam — Hyack Square will be full of artists and entertainers on Saturday, June 4 at this annual youth arts festival in Downtown New Westminster. When: noon-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Info: 604-525-3244 or www.artscouncilnewwest.org.
  55. Royal City Multicultural Festival — Arts, crafts, history, culture, and food from all over the world will be found at the Royal City Multicultural Festival next to River Market at Westminster Quay on Saturday, May 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Info: visit http://downtownnewwest.ca.
  56. Arts in the Park — The Arts Council of New Westminster hosts a children’s art festival on Saturday, June 18 featuring crafts, music and performances. When: Noon to 3 p.m. Where: Moody Park, New Westminster. Info: 604-525-3244 or www.artscouncilnewwest.org.
  57. Royal City Show and Shine — With an average 400 entries each year, the show & shine draws car enthusiasts from all over the Lower Mainland, Interior, Vancouver Island and the U.S., who come to crowd the streets of Downtown New Westminster and gaze at classic, hot rod, vintage and collector cars and motorcycles. The car show is July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: 604-524-4996 or visit www.royalcityshowandshine.com.
  58. Hyack Fraser Fest — FraserFest runs July 22-19, and celebrates the Fraser River, B.C.’s mightiest river and most important inland waterway.  This event takes place along the boardwalk at Westminster Quay lining the river, and brings together the public, community groups, cultural organizations, businesses, and a flotilla of working and historic vessels. Info: 604-522-6894 or www.hyack.bc.ca.
  59. Kensington Community Fair — Enjoy entertainment, a mini-midway, food and activities for kids of all ages on Aug. 6. Free admission, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kensington Park (Kensington and Hastings), Burnaby. Info: 604-671-1000.
  60. Terry Fox Run — This year’s run is Sunday, Sept. 18. Updates for runs in Burnaby and New Westminster can be found at www.terryfoxrun.org.
  61. Queensborough Day — Celebrate Queensborough with entertainment, rides, and delicious food at the Queensborough Community Centre (920 Ewen Ave.) on Sunday, May 29, noon to 4 p.m. Info: 604-525-7388.
  62. Symphony in the Park — Hear the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 11 in the gorgeous setting of Deer Lake Park as you sit on a blanket or lounge in a folding chair. This free event starts at 7:30 p.m.
  63. Giro di Burnaby — Check out this professional criterium cycling road held July 14 in the Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood along Hastings and surrounding streets. Race start is 6 p.m. Visit girodiburnaby.com for more details.
  64. City Fair & Classic Car Show — The popular annual fair returns July 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Edmonds between Canada Way and Kingsway. This year there is the addition of a classic car show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  65. Discovery Day Festival — The 27th Annual Burnaby Discovery Day Festival on July 10 features family fun and creativity. Free. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Deer Lake Park. Info: www.tourismburnaby.com.
  66. Fall Fair — Enjoy an old fashioned fall fair on Sept. 5 complete with games of chance, entertainment, crafts and a parade at Burnaby Village Museum. Also a baking, jams and preserves competition and best of the summer harvest vegetable competition. From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At 6501 Deer Lake Ave.
  67. Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum — The circus is coming Oct. 28-30. The ghoul community in the village is hosting a traveling circus. Problems ensue. Come join the dead-folk and help solve the mystery. From 6-9 p.m., 6501 Deer Lake Ave. Info: 604-293-6500.
  68. Remembrance Day Ceremonies — Remembrance Day is marked with a ceremony at the Royal Westminster Regiment’s Armoury, 530 Queens Ave. in New Westminster. In Burnaby, there are ceremonies in North Burnaby at Confederation Park, and at the cenotaph at Nelson and Imperial. Watch the NewsLeader for details.
  69. Edmonds Santa Claus Parade — The annual Santa parade returns Saturday, Nov. 26 and showcases the Edmonds community. The route travels Edmonds Street, between Canada Way and Linden Avenue, and starts at 1 p.m.
  70. Tennis — Unleash your inner Rafal Nadal at one of Burnaby’s 80 outdoor public tennis courts, 37 of which are lighted. There are also four indoor courts at the Cameron Recreation Centre. No opponent? The courts at six parks - Broadview, Central, David Gray, Robert Burnaby, Westridge and Willingdon Heights - have a wall for solo play. Visit www.city.burnaby.bc.ca/Home.html for locations. In New West, there are 28 outdoor courts and four practice walls at nine parks. Info: www.newwestpcr.ca/parks/park_amenities/tennis_courts.php. Or you could join the New Westminster Tennis Club which was established in 1890 and has occupied its current location in Tipperary Park since 1901.
  71. Hyack Santa Claus Parade of Lights — Kick off the Christmas season with Hyack’s Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Downtown New Westminster. It includes bands and floats. Parade starts at 4 p.m. and travels along Columbia Street between Fourth and Eighth streets, ending up at Hyack Square. Visit www.hyack.bc.ca
  72. Very Victorian Christmas at Irving House — New Westminster’s Irving House was built in 1865 and dresses up for the holidays with traditional decorations, including a tree in the large parlour. Running Dec. 3-31. Irving House is at 511 Royal Ave. Info: 604-527-4640.
  73. Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum — From Nov. 26 to Jan. 1, enjoy a traditional 1920s Christmas at the village, beautifully decorated for the season. At 6501 Deer Lake Ave. Phone 604-293-6500. Recorded info: 604-293-6501.
  74. Listen to some poetry — In New West there are two chances to hear poets in action. Poetic Justice is Sundays, 4-6 p.m. (except holiday weekends) at Renaissance Books, 43 6th St. Info: 604-522-7613 or flouann@telus.net. And World Poetry Night Out is the fourth Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. at the New Westminster Public Library. Info: 604-526-4729.
  75. Fly a kite - It’s always breezy atop Burnaby Mountain, and the open hillsides in Discovery Park make it perfect for kite flying. Even parasailers have been known to use the park to practice their takeoffs.
  76. Stop to smell the roses - The Centennial Rose Garden in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area features dozens of varieties of the fragrant and colourful flowers that bloom throughout the summer. Wander over to the fence for breathtaking views up Indian Arm and over the Burrard Inlet.
  77. Feel the G’s — If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, and feel g-forces, drop by the Harry Jerome Sports Centre on the Barnet Highway where the Burnaby Velodrome Club can teach the intricacies of track racing. Burnaby Velodrome Club: www.burnabyvelodrome.ca/
  78. Sail a model boat - The Burnaby Association of Marine Modellers gathers at the duck pond at Central Park, on Imperial Street, Sundays to sail their hand-built, radio-controlled sailboats, tugs, freighters, and even scaled-down warships. Deer Lake is also conducive to the hobby.
  79. Fly a plane - You don’t need a pilot’s licence to fly radio-controlled planes at Burnaby Lake. The Burnaby Lake “Hoods Up” Flyers flying club was formed in 2000 to control and police flying in the park. Info: http://www.hoods-up.com
  80. Lacrosse - Enjoy Canada’s sporting heritage by watching a lacrosse game. The Burnaby Lakers and New Westminster Salmonbellies play in the Western Lacrosse Association. Season runs May to September. Info: burnabylakers.ca, salmonbellies.ca.
  81. Future lacrosse stars - Lacrosse is Canada’s official national summer sport. Many of its future stars develop on the floors of arenas in Burnaby and New Westminster. The best play in the BC Junior A Lacrosse League, or on field lacrosse scholarships at American universities. The Burnaby Lakers and New Westminster Salmonbellies organizations also have busy youth leagues. For more information:
    www.bcjunioralacrosse.com
    www.burnabylacrosse.com
    www.minorbellies.com
  82. Get your ‘roo on - The Burnaby Eagles play in the British Columbia Australian Football League. The team is largely comprised of Aussie ex-pats and rugged blokes who play the sport from down under that is a fast-paced melange of soccer, rugby and football. The team plays some of its home games at the east fields of the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, and on July 2, they’ll be hosting the annual BC Footy Cup. For more information: www.burnabyeagles.com
  83. The SFU Clan are the defending champions of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League. They play their home games at the Bill Copeland Arena, from September to March. For more information: www.sfuhockey.com
  84. Play ball - The Vancouver Cannons play in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League, the top rung of amateur baseball in the province. The league has produced major leaguers like Jeff Francis, Ryan Dempster and Justin Morneau. The Cannons play their home games at Queen’s Park Stadium in New Westminster. For more information: www.vancouvercannons.com
  85. Cherish your freedom - Go to Sapperton Landing Park at the foot of Cumberland Street in New Westminster, turn around and look up towards the old gatehouse of the BC Penitentiary. That’s the view prisoners would have seen as they experienced their last moments of freedom before being walked into the Wharf Warehouse, which has been preserved at the site, then up a tunnel to be processed and locked away for the duration of their sentence. There are signs in the park retelling its colourful and important role in New Westminster’s history.
  86. For the love of the game - All the players on the Burnaby Buzzards baseball team are over 45 years old. But they haven’t let age diminish their enthusiasm. The Buzzards’ season runs April to June, and they play most home games at beautiful Robert Burnaby Park. Info: www.ballcharts.com/buzzards
  87. Icing the puck - The Grandview Steelers of the Pacific International Junior Hockey League play home games at the Burnaby Winter Club every winter. Many players go on to play in the Junior A BC Hockey League or at American universities. Info: www.grandviewsteelers.com
  88. Bowl a googlie - The grass fields at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex are one of the grounds used by the British Columbia Mainland Cricket League. For more information: www.bcmcl.org.
  89. Cheer hockey’s future stars - Those guys in the stands at the Burnaby Winter Club with clipboards in their hands and serious looks on their faces are scouts of future talent for teams in the Western and BC hockey leagues. The Vancouver North West Giants is comprised of the top midget-aged players in Metro Vancouver, some of whom will be drafted in the sport’s higher rungs and may eventually reach the NHL. For more information: www.bchockey.net/MML
  90. Raise a ruckus - Every Saturday from October to April, the grass fields at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex and Hume Park in New West are churned up by male and female rugby players from the Burnaby Lake and United rugby clubs. Both organizations also have regular jamborees to introduce the sport to youngsters. Info: www.bcrugby.com
  91. Boot up - The Vancouver Metro Soccer League is a top-level amateur league for players who have outgrown the youth system but still want to play at a competitive level. The league has 15 divisions for players 18 years-old to Masters. The Sapperton Rovers play in the Premier division. Their home games, September to April, are at Queen’s Park Stadium in New West. They also have a team in the Under-21division, along with Burnaby-based Cliff Avenue United. Info: www.vmslsoccer.com
  92. Aim for a bullseye - The Burnaby Archers have been aiming arrows at the largest outdoor range in B.C. since 1980. The range is at the north end of Burnaby Lake Park, near Kensington Avenue and Joe Sakic Way. Info: www.boormanarchery.com/burnabyarchers.php.
  93. Boo a bully - Hockey isn’t just played on ice. The field game is alive and well in Burnaby, where men’s, women’s and youth teams play their home games on the turf fields at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. The senior season runs from September to late March. The kids play through the spring. And a bully is a sort of faceoff that is used to restart play when possession is unclear. For more information: www.fieldhockey.org
  94. See a salchow - You can watch some of Canada’s top international figure skaters hone their jumps and twirls at Skate Canada’s BC Centre of Excellence, which is located at the 8-Rinks Complex in Burnaby. Every day, top level coaches like Joanne McLeod and Victor Kraatz work with up-and-coming skaters who may someday represent Canada at the Winter Olympics. The Centre of Excellence is located at 6501 Sprott St.
  95. Friday night lights - From September to late October, Friday night is Football Night in New Westminster and Burnaby. That’s when the high school senior football teams play their rivals from across Metro Vancouver. The New Westminster Hyacks play their home games at Mercer Stadium. The St. Thomas More Knights play at the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West. For more information: www.bchighschoolfootball.com
  96. Sweep your cares away - The Royal City Curling Club has produced Olympians and world champions, but you can also learn how to play the sport on its six sheets of ice. Every October, the best male curlers in the world compete for prize money in the Westcoast Curling Classic. For more information: www.royalcitycc.com
  97. Field of dreams - The $1.25 million Beedie Field at SFU is the new home for the school’s women’s softball team, as well as the Douglas College Royals softball squad. The facility is built to NCAA specifications with lighting, bleachers, batting cages, scoreboard and scorekeepers box. The season runs March to May. It was partially funded by a $500,000 donation from Burnaby developer, and softball booster, Keith Beedie.
  98. Ride the sky - The Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines that run on elevated guideways through Burnaby and New Westminster afford a unique perspective of the city from about 25 feet above ground. The lines skirt green parks, forests, industrial parks, residential areas, cemeteries, shopping districts, clusters of gleaming office and condo towers, the Fraser River and even rail yards. For more information: www.translink.ca
  99. Time travel to the 1960s - The Baldwin House on the southern shore of Deer Lake in Burnaby is a two-storey modern post-and-beam home designed and built in 1965 by renowned architect Arthur Erickson. For years the house was the home of Erickson’s friends, Dr. William Baldwin and his wife, Ruth. It now belongs to the BC Land Conservancy and has been restored and refurnished to its former glory. The house is available for rentals. Info: blog.conservancy.bc.ca/
  100. Get spooked - Ceperley House, in Burnaby Deer Lake Park, isn’t just the home of the Burnaby Art Gallery; it also houses a ghost. The 1909 mansion was built by Henry Ceperley as a retirement home for himself and his second wife, Grace. When Grace died, she willed the house to her husband with the condition that if he ever sold it, the proceeds would go towards constructing a children’s playground in Stanley Park. But Henry kept the money to himself, and now the house is said to be haunted by a woman in a white flowing old-fashioned dress, thought to be Grace. Info: spooky-canada.livejournal.com/912.html
  101. Pet a horse - The Burnaby Horseman’s Association has operated stables at the east of Burnaby Lake since 1971. The facility has two outdoor riding arenas, one indoor arena, a round pen, as well as access to the network of trails around Burnaby Lake. For more information: www.burnabyhorsemensassociation.com
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