January 13, 2023:
The portion of the Trans-Canada trail between North Skeena Street and the North Boundary Road access point is temporarily closed for slope stabilization upgrades. The multi-use path between North Skeena Street and North Boundary Road can be used as a detour while work is underway.
Explore Burnaby's portion of The Great Trail
The Burnaby portion of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is a 12.1-kilometre route incorporating a number of trails crossing the city along its northern fringe–from Barnet Highway in the east to Montrose Park near Boundary Road in the west. It links Burnaby Heights trail, Scenic View trail, and Hastings Street Urban trail to the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area Trails. The TCT manages to follow paved or gravel pathways most of the time but in some sections it's actually on controlled quiet streets with sidewalks.
Burnaby and Vancouver portions of the TCT
Confederation Park to Montrose Park via Trans Canada Trail runs from Barnet Marine Park to the Vancouver-Burnaby boundary. It includes a paved section along Penzance Drive from Confederation Park to Scenic Park, and forested trails within Scenic Park. It's suitable for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running and road biking. Dogs are welcome on this trail but must be kept on a leash.
Burnaby Mountain to Barnet Marine Park
This forested route offers fantastic views of Burrard Inlet–the reward for a very steep climb about 2 kilometres up the mountain and an equally steep 4 kilometres back down to sea level. Check the map to see alternate routes that aren't so challenging–like the route along Burrard Inlet that takes in Barnet Marine Park–it has just a few short, steep climbs. There are trails in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area that are accessible to everyone–with it's steep hill sections, this portion of the TCT isn't one of them.
Vancouver to all points east
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can walk, bike or hike the trail from downtown Vancouver, making a loop around Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, English Bay and False Creek before heading east to Burnaby, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam. You can cross the Fraser River on the Golden Ears Bridge to Langley. The Trans Canada Trail can take you all the way to St. John’s, Newfoundland.
About the Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail, officially named The Great Trail, is a cross-Canada system of greenways and roadways that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. The trail extends over 24,000 kilometres. It is now the longest recreational, multi-use trail network in the world. The idea for the trail began in 1992, shortly after the Canada 125 celebrations. Since then it has been supported by donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and all levels of government.
The Trans Canada Trail is a testament to communities working together. It links more than 800 communities, connecting all of Canada’s distinct regions, its three oceans and its people in a new way for generations to come. Because of the sheer magnitude of the project, it's provided a unique opportunity for Canadians to come together to fulfill a common vision–a trail stretching from sea to sea to sea–a physical symbol of Canadian unity.