Every couple needs a good date night a few times a month—if not weekly! But after a trying day with the kids or a long week at work, getting out for date night can itself feel like work. Sometimes what’s called for is an easy, breezy evening close to home, minus all the fuss.
Luckily, if you live in a North Burnaby home there are plenty of places you can escape to without spending a fortune on cabs or sitters. Because why take a pricey taxi ride into Downtown Vancouver when there’s something even better just around the corner?
Here’s are just five of many great date ideas my North Burnaby friends and colleagues brainstormed with me.
1. Hit the trails
There’s nothing like a casual, scenic bike ride to make the day melt away so you can focus on each other. Just don’t go so fast you’re unable to speak! The bike trails in North Burnaby offer especially stunning views, in particular around the SFU Campus at Burnaby Mountain.
2. Hone your taste buds
The craft brewery craze is alive and well in Burnaby. You and your sweetie can pull up a seat at Dagreaad Brewing (3191 Thunderbird Crescent, Burnaby) and get familiar with their Belgian-style beers. Each order a tasting flight with different brews, and get sharing! Then hit up nearby Burnaby Brewing Company (3051 Underhill Ave), where you can get the skinny on brewing up your own customizable beer (or just taste some more). Or enjoy the famous Steamworks Brewery & Taproom (3845 William Street). There is something for everyone (and every taste) in the region.
3. Dine al fresco at Burnaby Lake
Who says date night needs to be at night? Gather together provisions from your pantry—some cheese, crackers, nuts, and grapes—grab a bottle of your favourite beverage, snag the throw from the back of your couch, and head off to Burnaby Lake. Choose from one of the many picturesque picnic sites and spend the afternoon catching rays and catching up.
4. Find hidden treasures
If you're a new North Burnaby home owner, there’s a good chance you’re always on the lookout for the next perfect piece of furniture or décor that is decidedly “you.” Turn that hunt into date time by scouring the many local antique shops for that piece that speaks to you both. Check out my earlier blog post on local antique shops to plan your route.
5. Time travel at Glenburn Soda Fountain
What’s more adorably romantic than a milkshake for two? Sip on a classic chocolate shake nose to nose, or go all out with one of the many specialty sundaes this local Burnaby Heights favourite has on offer.
As a North Burnaby realtor, Pauline knows how to sell your home and neighbourhood.
Exciting times are afoot in North Burnaby real estate, especially when it comes to the neighbourhood of Brentwood. Already an exciting area to live in—thanks in large part to its great location in the centre of Metro Vancouver and its well-connected transportation hub—Brentwood is these days growing even more abuzz with energy.
As one of the four designated Town Centres of Burnaby, Brentwood is currently getting a lot of attention from both city council and from developers.
As many people will know, the reimagined Amazing Brentwood development, billed as “a complete global community that brings everything you need and everything you love within walking distance, with rapid transit at your doorstep,” is nearing completion. Due to open in Spring 2019, this master-planned community is taking what used to be a regular shopping mall and turning it into a mixed-use area focused on liveability and sustainability, bringing together cyclist, transit, and car networks and offering residential, commercial, and public spaces, all built to the highest environmental standards.
For those looking to live in the most contemporary of spaces, experience the highest degree of liveability, and basically have the world at their fingertips, buying North Burnaby real estate in the surrounding Brentwood developments offers the exact right fit. (For information on pre-sale opportunities, contact Pauline directly.)
While the Amazing Brentwood offers cutting-edge living opportunities, the older areas of this Burnaby community hold their own kind of glamour. The majority of the homes in Brentwood are single-family dwellings, so if you are looking for a more traditional family home, there are several charming streets where you and your loved ones can have a front yard, a back garden, and even enough space to set up your own mini soccer field.
As a North Burnaby realtor, Pauline knows how to sell your home and neighbourhood.
Call or email Pauline today to set up an appointment.
If you’re the outdoor type, then the many parks of Burnaby will happily act as your nature-filled wonderland. If you’re not the outdoor type, when you move to North Burnaby, you’ll soon find yourself inching ever closer toward to becoming the outdoor type. That’s because it’s nearly impossible to ignore what’s outside your window when you live in a North Burnaby house.
With more than 200 parks, it’s hard not to find yourself in some sort of green place when you travel any distance in North Burnaby. Whether you’re a hiker, cyclist, soccer player, dog owner, casual stroller, or avid picnicker, the parks of the city are one of its most enticing features.
If you’re looking for a great place to get to know your new North Burnaby home and its many parks, why not start with two of the area’s most popular.
Located where the Burnaby Heights and Capitol Hill neighbourhoods meet, Confederation Park has a lot to offer. Soccer fields, a running track, tennis courts, a lacrosse box, and baseball diamonds for athletes. Lawn bowling, picnic sites, and a miniature railway for more low-key family Sunday afternoons. An indoor pool and outdoor water play area for hot summer days. A massive off-leash dog park for any furry family members. This park has it all.
Confederation Park also hosts local community events throughout the year, such as Art in the Park, where artists run a different hands-on activities for the whole family, and just-scary-enough Spooky Halloween Trains in the Dark each October.
Learn more about what’s available at Confederation Park here.
If you want to immerse yourself in nature in the middle of the city, look no further than Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park. The huge lake at the centre of the park spans more than three square kilometres and is home to a variety of wildlife, from salmon and trout to herons and osprey to beavers and turtles. With its mix of flora and fauna, it’s not surprising that the park is actually a wildlife sanctuary.
If you really want to get into the nature retreat vibe of Burnaby Lake, you can take a canoe or kayak out onto its waters. There are also picnic sites available, where you can hold birthday parties, family reunions, or just a good old fashioned get-together with friends and chill.
Find out more about Burnaby Lake here.
The tight-knight community feel is a major reason people look to buy East Vancouver and North Burnaby real estate. One of the big factors behind the “neighbourhoody” feel of these areas is their numerous long-running community events.
Here are just a few of my favourite annual spring and summertime community events in North Burnaby and East Van.
If you own a piece of Commercial Drive or Burnaby Heights real estate, you know both these communities have a strong Italian heritage. You and your family can help celebrate this local culture in all its facets at this annual community event, where food, dance, and music transform Vancouver’s Little Italy into one big street party for an entire day.
Learn more about the vendors and acts on the Italian Day website at italianday.ca.
One of the best things about owning a North Burnaby home is your proximity to “Burnaby’s Biggest Festival,” which has also been voted Burnaby’s best festival for a decade straight.
Stroll along Hastings Street from Boundary Road to Gamma Avenue and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Hats Off Day. It all starts with the Family Fun Dash and a big parade, followed by a street festival with live music, street entertainers, and food vendors.
For details on how to enter the Family Fun Dash and other events and contests, visit the official Hats Off Day website at hatsoffday.com.
For a few days each year, some of Vancouver’s busiest and most popular streets shut down to car traffic and open up to pedestrians. The Car Free Festivals on Main Street, in June, and Commercial Drive, in July, see the streets lined with local vendors, stages for musical acts, stations where you can partake in family-friendly activities, and lots and lots of delicious food stalls.
Car Free Day allows you to take full advantage of the sunny months and really get to know your ‘hood from a unique perspective.
For more information, see the Car Free Vancouver website at www.carfreevancouver.org.
Watch as international cyclists zoom through the Burnaby Heights neighbourhood for the Giro di Burnaby, the largest professional cycling series in North America, which has been running for a decade and counting. The grand prize is $15,000 to the winner. If you’re not quite up for competing yourself despite the prize money, then get in on the action by cheering from the sidelines.
If you’ve got an active teen in your family, they can enter the Boffo Breve for youth aged 12 to 16, which takes place on the same 1 km track as the professional race.
For more information, visit the Giro di Burnaby website at www.girodiburnaby.com.
Situated right where East Vancouver and North Burnaby meet, the Pacific National Exhibition—better known as the PNE—has made for fun-filled local summer nights since 1910. While the PNE’s amusement park, Playland, is open year-round, the Fair at the PNE runs for a few weeks in late summer, from mid-August. In addition to amusement rides and carnival games, the Fair at the PNE hosts numerous exhibitors, a kids’ discovery farm, beer gardens for the adults, and big-name musical acts each night.
To find out what this year has up its sleeve, check out the PNE website at www.pne.ca.