Since July is Parks Month, I will be featuring more listings in my Metro Vancouver Parks Series. I put the call out on Twitter and @kirstinhepburn said that Barnet Marine Park was a hidden gem, so I thought it would be worth featuring.
How to Get There: Located along the Burrard Inlet, the Barnet Marine Park is just off Barnet Highway in Burnaby [Google Map]. There are signs along the highway that will let you know where to turn.
Features: Swimming beach, washrooms, boat launches, walking and hiking trails, fishing, picnic sites (that can be reserved), and a dog off-leash area (however they are not allowed on the beach). There is a marked trail path about 1.3km long that makes for a nice stroll.
Notes: A bit of history from the Barnet Marine Park site: “Barnet Marine Park is located on what a century ago was the site of a bustling logging mill camp. Echoes of the past remain in the shape of a few concrete towers and the skeleton of a scrap burner.” In 1973 development began to turn it into a park.
I started the series on my own however over the years I’ve had people offer to do write-ups on some of their favourites. If you would like to submit an idea or guest post about your favourite park in Metro Vancouver, please feel free to contact me.