14 Things to do in Burnaby for under $50
Looking for something to do that’s not hard on the wallet? Look no further.
Burnaby boasts a plethora of activities and adventures, and not all are expensive. From arts and culture, to sports and the outdoors, there’s something for everyone in Burnaby.
Here are some things to do in Burnaby that won’t hit the bank account too hard.
Burnaby Entertainment and Culture
Whether your thing is hopping aboard a train or taking in the opera, there’s a lot of things to do in Burnaby for under $50.
Here are a few of our favourite picks:
Burnaby Central Railway
120 North Willingdon Avenue
One of Burnaby’s hidden gems is the Burnaby Central Railway. This trip will be fun for the whole family, especially those youngsters who love trains. For just $3.50 you can ride through the forest on a locomotive in Confederation Park. The most popular at the site are four hand-crafted steam trains that are ⅛ the size of a regular one. There are three propane-burning engines and one that runs on coal.
Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby’s Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre is a not-so-well-known treasure in the city. While many of their events are free, if you wish to delve deeper into the Japanese culture you can sign up for one of their paid programs, many of which are less than $50. They hold tea ceremony classes, calligraphy workshops, as well as classes on mastering the art of the bonsai tree. Visit them online to find class schedules and fees.
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
6450 Deer Lake Avenue
Take in a show or unleash your inner artist with one of the many programs offered at Burnaby’s Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. From opera to dances to plays, this is a great place for any artist, or art observer, year round. And best of all, most ticketed events are under $50.
Burnaby Village Museum
6501 Deer Lake Avenue
For just under $35, you can get an annual membership to the Burnaby Museum. It comes with a variety of perks, including “member only” event invites, free admission to the Haunted Village at Halloween and you’ll never pay for a carousel ride, which usually costs about $3 a pop. And, this museum is not just for old artifacts, it will transport you back in time through its village and townsfolk, reminiscent of Burnaby in the 1920s.
Burnaby Art Gallery
6344 Deer Lake Avenue
If you pop into the Burnaby Village Museum, you may as well make a trip to the art gallery, located nearby on Deer Lake Avenue. They host a mix of exhibits featuring locals artists and those from beyond. While admission is by donation, you can sign up in advance for one of their many programs, which in the past have included art tours and children’s art classes.
Deer Lake Gallery
6584 Deer Lake Avenue
There really is no shortage of Burnaby entertainment. Near the city-run art gallery is a hidden gem. The smaller Deer Lake Gallery is run by the Burnaby Arts Council and while it’s free, you can donate money to the cultural organization while you’re there. The intimate, cozy gallery often features local artists.
Shopping in Burnaby
There’s no shortage of shopping adventures to be had in Burnaby. From produce to fashion to second-hand products, there’s something for everyone.
Check out our list of places to get your shop on in Burnaby:
Burnaby Big Bend Tour
Did you know there are more than 40 farms in Burnaby? Grab a brochure and take a self-guided tour around the city. Pick up some locally grown produce and visit with some farm animals. The tour itself is free, but for $50 you can get your hands on a ton of fresh goodies.
Burnaby Artisan Farmer’s Market
4949 Canada Way
What better place to hold a farmer’s market than in a forest? Held on Saturdays from May to October in the breathtaking Deer Lake Park, this market is a wonderful way to spend a day. Your $50 will go far at this event. Pick up some local produce and take in some live music. The market now invites food trucks to their events, so you can eat some ready-made goodies while you’re browsing.
Burnaby Hospice Thrift Store
Your $50 will go far at a thrift store. And, you’ll know your money is going toward a good cause. This shop is run by Burnaby Hospice, so your cash will help provide those near the end of their life live comfortably. But please note, the thrift store is closed on weekends.
Metropolis at Metrotown
With more than 400 shops, there’s something for everyone at this massive shopping mall. In fact, it’s the biggest in B.C. Pick up a new outfit, grab some specialty tea or coffee or take in a movie at the theatre.
Sports and the Outdoors in Burnaby
Whether you’re into playing yourself, or taking in a game, there’s a lot to do in Burnaby when it comes to sports. From golf to kayaking, there’s something for everyone.
Here are a few things to do in Burnaby:
Deer Lake Boat Rental
5435 Sperling Avenue
For under $50 you can hop aboard a paddle boat, kayak or canoe with Deer Lake Boat Rentals. Some of their watercrafts hold up to four people, and if you get a bunch of friends together, you may be able to snag a discount. Check out their website for rates, and more information.
Central Park Pitch & Putt
3883 Imperial Street
This popular pitch and putt site is located within the tall trees of Burnaby’s Central Park. For $13 or less you can practice your swing and take in the scenery. No equipment? No problem. You can even rent equipment for less than $5.
Burnaby Golf Courses
If you’re looking for more than a pitch and putt, Burnaby has 18-hole golf courses, including Burnaby Mountain and Riverway, as well as driving ranges. Most courses cost under $50, taxes in! Click here to find more information and to view rates for each course.
Burnaby Lakers Lacrosse Team
3676 Kensington Avenue
Take in a Burnaby Lakers lacrosse game at the at Bill Copeland Sports Centre for just $10. So grab a few friends and head down to cheer on this local team, which has been based in Burnaby since 1990.
Remember that while you are doing all these fun things in Burnaby for under $50 you can also get a Burnaby taxi to take you to your destinations!
A Burnaby taxi can also cost you under $50 depending on the distance of your next destination.
If you are trying to find a taxi in Burnaby here are a few companies you can check out:
- Bonny’s Taxi – (604) 451-1111
- Queen City Taxi – (604) 526-1166
- Yellow Cab – (604) 681-1111
- Capitol Hill Taxi – (604) 299-6262
- Burnaby Select Metrotown Taxi – (604) 526-7000
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Businesses in the Burnaby Postal Code
Q: What is the population of Burnaby?
A: According to the 2016 census, the Burnaby Population is 232,755 people. Making it the 20th biggest city in Canada and the 3rd largest city in British Columbia.
Q: How big is Burnaby?
A: The city of Burnaby is exactly 98.6 square kilometres in size.
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