Burnaby is located immediately to the east of Vancouver and is the third largest city in British Columbia by population (220,000). Downtown Vancouver is accessible by SkyTrain rapid transit or car, in under 25 minutes.
Twenty-five percent of Burnaby’s land is designated as parks and open space. It is surrounded by mountains, with one of its own: Burnaby Mountain. Burnaby offers BC’s largest shopping mall, lush parks, two golf courses, live theatre and diverse cultural, artistic and heritage venues. The main campus of Simon Fraser University is perched atop Burnaby Mountain, neighbouring the new sustainable community of UniverCity.
Situated at the geographical centre of the Metro Vancouver area, it is divided into four town centres, with three dozen different neighbourhoods. Burnaby is one of only eight cities in Canada, with populations of over 100,000, that does not have a majority racial group.
Burnaby attracts both businesses and new residents. Metrotown, its urban core is becoming progressively denser, and high-rise condo developments are springing up to meet demand.