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Burnaby Quick Facts

Burnaby is at the geographical heart of the Lower Mainland. Located between the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River, Burnaby, is located between two other major metropolitan areas: Vancouver and New Westminster and has the third largest population in the province of British Columbia.


Burnaby is intersected with two major rapid transit lines: The Expo Line and the Millenium Line. Skytrain stations include Metrotown, Brentwood Park, and Lougheed Town Centre, each featuring a variety of large retail shopping and high-rise condominium living for the sophisticated city dweller.


Whether you looking for fine dining, a small family run restaurant, your favourite ethnic foods or the best of family dining Burnaby has many fine restaurants to choose from.


Burnaby is also known for its excellent primary and secondary schools. Post secondary educational opportunities include Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).


There are many major employers in Burnaby including Electronic Arts, Telus, Chevron and Petro-Canada. Retail jobs can be found in outlets of Future Shop, Best Buy The Bay and Sears. Global TV, The Knowledge Network and Bridge Studios are also located in Burnaby.


Burnaby neighbourhoods include Capitol Hill, Vancouver Heights, Parkcrest, Cariboo, South Slope, Simon Fraser Hills, Edmonds and Highgate. Each offers a variety of homes and lifestyles. These neighbourhoods are complimented with community centres, schools, daycare, community resources and groups serving individual needs. This quality Burnaby Real Estate is always in high demand.

Burnaby was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992, one hundred years after incorporation.

Burnaby occupies 98.60 square kilometres (38.07 sq mi) The elevation of Burnaby ranges from sea level to a maximum of 370 metres (1,200 ft) atop Burnaby Mountain. Due to Its elevation, the City of Burnaby experiences quite a bit more of snowfall during the winter months compared to nearby Vancouver or Richmond. Overall, the physical landscape of Burnaby is one of hills, ridges, valleys and an alluvial plain.

Burnaby is a maturing, increasingly integrated community, which is centrally located within a rapidly growing metropolitan area. Burnaby's characteristic has shifted from rural to suburban to largely urban. Still, Burnaby's ratio of park land to residents is one of the highest in North America.

While Burnaby occupies about 4% of the land area of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, it accounts for about 10% of the Region's population in. It is the third most populated urban centre in British Columbia (after Vancouver and Surrey). Like much of Greater Vancouver, Burnaby has always had large ethnic and immigrant communities: to cite two examples, North Burnaby near Hastings Street has long been home to many Italian restaurants and recreational bocce games, while Metrotown's ever-sprouting condominium towers in the south have been fuelled in part by more recent arrivals from Asia.  Approximately 54% of Burnaby residents have a mother tongue that is neither English nor French.

According to a survey by Maclean’s magazine, Burnaby is Canada's best run city.

Come and explore Burnaby.

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