Deer Lake Park is a woodsy, marshy, reconstructed lake ecosystem in the middle of the suburbs. Pathways and boardwalks criss-cross the park, enabling visitors to saunter by the lake edge, hike through grassland and stroll through tranquil forests. Deer Lake Park also happens to be the cultural and heritage hub for Burnaby; with Shadbolt Arts Centre and the Burnaby Village Museum are among some of the institutions that rest at the park’s edges.
In the summer, the park hosts almost weekly outdoor concerts as well as many festivals and weddings near the lake. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra plays a series of free concerts every summer at the Festival Lawn, which has also hosted artists such as the Alabama Shakes and the Lumineers at its stage.
Deer Lake Park contains some of the last remaining wetlands in Burnaby, and is host to many native animals. Be careful near dusk, though; explore the park with a partner in case you run into larger wildlife, as cougars are known to frequent the wetlands.
If you are even more adventurous, you can ride down the park bike paths or rent a kayak, canoe or paddleboat and explore the lake! Or make a day out of it and explore the park and the Burnaby Village Museum. There’s something for everyone!