On November 15 we went to Burnaby Lake. It is a very pleasant trip. We took the Skytrain from Waterfront Station to MetroTown and from there we got on a bus.
All SkyTrains and buses have a sound system announcing the next stop as well as the final destination. All bus stops have a post with the time schedule (better yet: the buses DO RUN on time!).
The transit system in Vancouver is very well managed and it’s one of the best we have used so far.
An interesting thing: The skytrain doesn’t have a “driver”! The train runs by itself, controlled by a central station. It is cool to ride on the first car watching the views, seated where the train operator would be seated!
Burnaby Lake is just a paradise for nature lovers! The well signed path around the lake is ten km long. There are billboard maps and also free paper maps inside plastic containers. Just take one. There are free and spotless clean washrooms.
Birds are everywhere. Wonderful birds!
Many salmon already dead. Salmons come to the same place where they were born for spawning. After spawning, they die. On the image you can see two dead salmons and some birds eating their meat while it’s still “fresh”.
The day was gorgeous: Blue skies and mild temperatures. I even took out my coat while we were walking.
If you are visiting Vancouver and love birds and nature, I highly recommend you visit Burnaby Lake. You will have an amazing time there!
Besides being free, it’s a hot spot for photographer or people learning photography, as it’s possible to practice your skills with shutter speed, tripod use and so on. There are dozens of photographers there, some of them looking professional with their long lenses.