Feeling hot hot hot? 5 ways to beat the heat in Burnaby right now

We can’t be the only ones desperately seeking cool air these days.

For those of us who aren’t part lizard, the heat may be getting to be a little much.

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In which case, we have rounded up these five ideas of things to do to beat the heat in Burnaby.

 

Barnet Marine Park
Olivier Shearing at Barnet Marine Park. - NOW files

1. HIT THE BEACH.

Make it snappy. Barnet Marine Park is one of the most beautiful spots in Burnaby, and it’s reopened for swimming after a brief closure. Take along a picnic and enjoy sitting under some of the wonderful shade trees in the park while you’re there, or enjoy treats from the concession stand. (Just remember, no charcoal barbecues and no smoking.)

 

Kensington Pool
Bennett Cheung and Jenna Epple get Kensington Pool ready in a previous season. The city's outdoor pools are great places to beat the heat. - NOW files

2. GET INTO THE POOL.

Like, now. The City of Burnaby has four awesome outdoor pools to choose from – Central Park, Kensington, MacPherson and Robert Burnaby. All are offered at super-affordable drop-in rates, and all have a variety of public swim times – even loonie swims and some free swim sessions. Get all the details here.

For the littles (or those who just want to get their feet wet), there are also 10 wading pools scattered around the city. Check them out here.

 

Edmonds, splash park
Edmonds Park has one of the city's popular splash parks. - NOW files

3. SPLISH SPLASH.

Not in the mood for a swim? There’s always a splash park. Nine of the city’s parks have spray pads, so there’s bound to be one near you. Check out Cameron, Central, Charles Rummel, Confederation, Edmonds, Ernie Winch, Keswick, Rene or Suncrest parks for some cool-down fun.

Find all the locations and directions here.

 

Ice Cream Parlour, Burnaby Village, ice cream
The Ice Cream Parlour at Burnaby Village offers a variety of flavours. - NOW files

4. GET AN ICE CREAM.

There are all sorts of spots to get a cool-down treat in the city. Whether your taste runs to the classic soda fountain treats at Glenburn Soda & Confectionery (4090 Hastings St.), a cone at the Ice Cream Parlour at Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave.), the packed-with-treats frozen yogurt at Menchie’s (locations at SFU, Highgate Village and Metropolis at Metrotown), the delectable concoctions at Marble Slab Creamery (at Marine Way Market) or the hand-crafted soft serve at Soft Peaks (4603 Kingsway, opposite Metrotown), you’re bound to find a delight. And don’t forget the gelato options – Nuvola Gelato at 4712 Hastings St. in the Heights is always a favourite.

 

Piper Spit, Burnaby Lake
Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake is a great place to get back to nature. - NOW files

5. GET BACK TO NATURE.

Go looking for greenery, and trees, and shade. And when you find it, do one of two things: 1) go for a long, slow ramble (emphasis on the “slow”) or 2) just park it and read a book. We recommend bringing along a tall bottle of water or ice tea for the occasion. Some of our favourite shady spots in town? The trails at Burnaby Lake, Deer Lake or Burnaby Mountain; the big trees at Confederation Park; a stroll along Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park or a walk under the trees at Central Park should get you started.

 

 

 

 

 

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