Just to the east of Vancouver, Burnaby was once overshadowed by its larger and more illustrious neighbour. But a major city on the up in its own right, Burnaby is a distinct and separate entity entirely.
Centrally located and with easy access to the North shore mountains, Burnaby is now the third-largest city in British Columbia behind only Vancouver and Surrey. Although it was incorporated to Canada in 1892, it did not receive city status until 100 years later (1992). In the early part of its incorporation, the Burnaby area served as a rural supply point for Vancouver to the west and New Westminster to the east.
Now, with city status intact, Burnaby - named after a 19th century explorer who surveyed the area - has become a boomtown. With high-tech firms keen to move into the area, the past two decades have seen tremendous economic growth. Currently the city is home Electronic Arts, who produce the wildly successful FIFA franchise of video games.
The area, renowned for its great skiing and hiking destinations, also includes attractions such as Stanley Park and Granville Island. Stanley Park, a walker's paradise right in the heart of the city, is one of the largest urban parks in North America, with 400 hectares of woodlands, gardens, flowers, trails, lakes, beaches and wildlife. Granville Island is known for its public markets, fresh bakeries and unique storefronts.