Burnaby Lake

Burnaby, British Columbia

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As summer draws to a close we may feel that for a while nature has nothing new to show us: wildflowers have gone to seed, the leaves have not yet turned colour; the swallows are departing, the wintering ducks have not arrived. And wasps come uninvited to the picnic. It is an in-between time. But there is something to be seen and heard at every season, and a late-August walk along Burnaby Lake trails offers much of interest. The lake is fed by numerous small creeks and flows into the Brunette River at its eastern end. This outflow is regulated by the Cariboo dam to prevent flooding downstream, also to ensure a steady pressure of water in the lake itself as a safeguard against the slumping of the highway and railway tracks. The hard-won result is a stopping place for migratory birds, almost in the centre of the city, and habitats for songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, fish, frogs and salamanders, beavers, muskrats, raccoons, squirrels and coyotes—and city folk who like to keep in touch with the seasons out of doors.

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"As summer draws to a close we may feel that for a while nature has nothing new to show us: wildflowers have gone to seed, the leaves have not yet turned colour; the swallows are departing, the wintering ducks have not arrived. And wasps come uninvited to the picnic. It is an in-between time. But there is something to be seen and heard at every season, and a late-August walk along Burnaby Lake trails offers much of interest. The lake is fed by numerous small creeks and flows into the Brunette River at its eastern end.

This outflow is regulated by the Cariboo dam to prevent flooding downstream, also to ensure a steady pressure of water in the lake itself as a safeguard against the slumping of the highway and railway tracks. The hard-won result is a stopping place for migratory birds, almost in the centre of the city, and habitats for songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, fish, frogs and salamanders, beavers, muskrats, raccoons, squirrels and coyotes—and city folk who like to keep in touch with the seasons out of doors."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Burnaby
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: All year
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Burnaby Lake Regional Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Burnaby Lake

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