Metro Vancouver Parks: Confederation Park in Burnaby

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This week’s park series profile features Confederation Park in Burnaby, a hidden gem that is full of facilities and activities for families.

How to get there
Head north on Willingdon from Hastings to find the park located at 240 Willingdon Avenue. You can take the C1 community shuttle from Kootenay Loop to get there by transit, or walk in two blocks from Hastings.

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There is a waterpark, a playground, the Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool (indoor) and Fitness Centre, soccer pitch, lacrosse box, lawnbowling, skate park, dog-friendly loop trail, and a track. The area has some steep hills that provide views of Burrard Inlet, 5.5km of walking trails, and there is an enclosure within the park for off-leash dogs. Beach access can be found across Penzance Dr.

Beach at Confederation Park
Photo credit: David Drucker on Flickr

You’ll also find the Burnaby Central Railway within the park, a fully operational miniature railway that offers rides daily from 11:00am to 5:00pm for $2.50.

Miniature Trains
Photo credit: wasme on Flickr

Next month the train will become a Halloween attraction, remaining open October 30th and 31st.

Confederation Park is one of Burnaby’s largest and is definitely worth exploring with the family. From the picnic area to the playground and miniature train, there’s plenty to do on fall afternoon.

Miniature Trains
Photo credit: wasme on Flickr

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  1. Anita WebsterWednesday, September 22nd, 2010 — 9:58pm PDT

    I love “Confed Park” as we neighbours call it. Am at the gym or walking on the field or by the dog park several times a week. A really great feature of living in north Burnaby!

  2. JBThursday, September 23rd, 2010 — 12:15pm PDT

    This is one of the best parks in the lower mainland. There is something for everybody. I can’t think of any other park in the lower mainland that rivals Confed for all its features and ammenities. Check it out if you’ve not been there. It has everything you could possibly think of.

    – Community Centre w/ swimming pool and fitness centre
    – Library
    – Track and field
    – Soccery/Rugby field
    – Lawn bowling
    – Tennis courts
    – Basketball courts
    – Baseball fields
    – Bocce
    – Picnic areas and lots of tables
    – open field for soccer or volleyball or ultimate
    – lots of trees if you want some shade
    – waterpark
    – playground
    – lacrosse box
    – ample parking
    – miniature train
    – hiking trails
    – huge sandbox for the kids

    I probably missed a whole bunch of other things.

    Love it.

  3. KathyThursday, September 23rd, 2010 — 3:17pm PDT

    At any given day you see a group of older men arguing with each other as they get out their measuring tapes to see who is closest to the ball in bocce certainly adds character to an already cultural park..
    The other day the italian men must have brought some of their wives as they were sitting at a picnic table close by playing cards…

    It’s nice to sit in the beautiful library and look out the huge windows lining the back of the building and watch what is going on in the park…on windy and stormy days the trees sway and you can hear the breeze blowing through them..

    The only drawback? Not enough parking! During the day it is difficult to find a spot

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