Winter Safety: No Skating or Tobogganing
With the cold winter weather approaching, the City of Burnaby reminds the public that all lakes and ponds in Burnaby are not open for outdoor skating due to unsafe conditions. Burnaby’s lakes are fed by streams which are moving water, creating unstable ice conditions. The winter weather can give a false sense of safety about the ice conditions and put outdoor enthusiasts at risk. The weather on the west coast rarely creates outdoor skating conditions. There needs to be long periods of sub zero centigrade temperatures in order to freeze a significant layer of ice on the lakes. Warning signs have been posted at the most popular sites at Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake to inform people about the danger.
In addition, the public is encouraged not to toboggan on Burnaby Mountain. The steep slopes produce conditions for people to pick up high speeds and obstacles such as rocks and trees create unsafe conditions for tobogganing and sledding on Burnaby Mountain.
Unlike most parcels of prime real estate, parks are public property –a legacy for this generation and those to come. And the public – namely you, the citizens of Burnaby and anyone else visiting our beautiful city – are welcome to take full advantage of our generous, expansive network of green spaces.
Under a big-sky canopy, individuals, couples, friends and family groups enjoy the great outdoors year-round. And there are literally dozens of ways to take in the fresh air: strolling, hiking, cycling, jogging, sailing, canoeing, swimming, fishing, bird-watching and picnicking. Plus no shortage of opportunities for hanging out, relaxing, meditating or simply doing nothing but breathing.
Taking a necessary break from our busy lives, we begin to vibrate at nature’s calm frequency when setting the clock to park time. Our 158 parks range from pocket-sized community spots to vast landscapes that feature a mix of rolling grasslands, dense forest, secret ravines and waterfront beaches and trails. The meandering trails of Deer Lake Park provide endless opportunities for exploration. Central Park, meanwhile, also offers an array of sports and recreation facilities for all ages. You'll fall head-over-sneakers in love with our parks!
Some Parks To Explore
- Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area
- Central Park
- Confederation Park
- Kensington Park
- Robert Burnaby Park
- Taylor Park