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History and Features

Burnaby Mountain Park


First logged in 1903, Burnaby Mountain became a popular hiking area in the 1920s. The city dedicated the area for park and recreation use in 1957. Simon Fraser University opened its doors in the mid-1960s; the university transferred 820 acres of its land to Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area in 1995.

Did you know?

Red huckleberries favour soils rich in decaying wood. This means you often find them growing on stumps or logs on the ground.


From the parking lot on Centennial Way, you have room to throw a frisbee or send a kite soaring in the open area beside the forest playground. The Centennial Rose Garden, with its vibrant colours, heady scents and stunning array of roses, is sure to awaken city-dulled senses. In the summer, Tancho crane eco-sculptures nest in the gardens.

Diners can satisfy their taste buds at the acclaimed Horizons Restaurant, then walk beneath the Kamui Mintara sculpture, an impressive landmark that commemorates the goodwill between Burnaby and its sister city Kushiro, Japan. The carved poles were created by two sculptors, Nuburi Toko and his son, Shusei. 

Sitting under these poles is one of the most popular places in the Lower Mainland to watch the sunset. The outline of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains provide a stunning backdrop. 


See our Eco-sculptures