There's so much to see and do
(and buy) ...
For Nature, Art, History & Music Lovers
Located in Burnaby's South Slope area, The Brambles is a short walk down the road from Byrne Creek Park, an attractive unmanicured greenspace containing a variety of walking and jogging trails.
Parks, playing fields and even a dog park are just short walks from home.
Fraser Foreshore Park, a great place for a stroll by the river or a picnic and a summer day, is a short drive- or vigorous walk- due south of us.
Deer Lake, a few kilometers west of The Brambles, is the site of canoe rentals, nature walks, extensive rhodendron gardens, the Jack Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Burnaby Village Museum and, in August, the Burnaby Blues Festival which attracts well-known artists from all over North America and the UK.
A relatively short walk or drive north from The Brambles to Kingsway can take you to Highgate Village, a square block of shops and services that include Save On Foods, Shopper's Drug Mart, a Trevor Linden Fitness Centre, a BC Liquor Store, a Starbucks and many other stops for a shop.
The Market Crossing Shopping Centre
Due south from the Brambles lies the Market Crossing Shopping Centre. Beginning on the corner of Byrne Creek Road and Marine Way and spreading east, Market Crossing is a vast sprall of over 58, 000 square feet of consumers' delights from Canadian Tire to the Cactus Club. (Be sure to check out the fine quality local seafood at F.I.S.H.).
The Market Crossing Shopping Centre also hosts a variety of medical, dental and other services. As with any mall of this size, there is abundant parking.
New Westminster Station
Go for a short walk north from the Brambles to the Edmonds Skytrain Station and take a train two stops east to New Westminster Station, another one-stop shopping & entertainment area in the Brambles neighbourhood.
Shops there include a Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, CIBC, RBC and a variety of restaurants. You can even take in a movie or 10 at Landmark Cinemas.
Who needs Vegas when you've got Metrotown? Glitzy, brash and high-energy, this vast mall offers shop-till-you-drop experiences 7 days a week and 364 days a year.
Just two Skytrain stops west of Edmunds Skytrain Station, Metrotown hosts designer fashion shops, jewelers, medical, dental and optometrical servies, food fairs, food stores, department stores, movie theatres, a gigantic Chapters and more.
For Readers & Researchers
Our neighbourhood has two excellent public libraries. The Tommy Douglas Public Library, 7311 Kingsway, is a short walk north of The Brambles and the Bob Prittie Public Library is located at 6100 Willingdon, a short walk west of the Metrotown Skytrain Station.
Check out library hours and services at http://www.bpl.bc.ca
For Eaters & Exercisers
There is a wide range of restaurants in our immediate area, catering to an equally broad range of budgets and tastes. Lots of good Asian places can be found on Kingsway, as can Vassili's, our long-standing, quirky Greek restaurant.
Take a walk north on Edmonds starting from Kingsway and you'll find Lhy Thai, a family-run place with excellent, authentic Thai food; Simba's Grill, home of East African fusion cuisine; and Anatolia's Gate, one of Metro Vancouver's few Turkish restaurants. There are many more restaurants to discover in the Kingsway-Edmunds neighbourhood, of course; we've just mentioned a few of the more interesting ones.
If you're interested in more upscale dining experiences, try the Hart House by Deer Lake, The Pear Tree on East Hastings, Horizons on Burnaby Mountain, or, closer to home, The Cactus Club at Market Crossing.
Our area has two Recreation Centres: The Edmonds Community Centre