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Vancouver eastern suburbs

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The Vancouver eastern suburbs are a group of municipalities to the east of Vancouver in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. This region lies north of the Fraser River and east of the Pitt River. The region is fairly urban and defined by its relationship to Vancouver.

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Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Highways 1 and 7 (Lougheed Highway) are the main roads connecting the eastern suburbs with Vancouver to the west and Surrey and the Fraser Valley to the south and east. Highway 91A connects New Westminster to Richmond and Delta in Vancouver southern suburbs.

By public transit[edit]

Translink, which provides public transit to the much of the Lower Mainland, provides bus and Skytrain service to the eastern suburbs. Skytrain provides reliable transit from Vancouver and Surrey to Burnaby and New Westminster. Travels times are approximately 20-30 minutes to Vancouver and 10-20 minutes to Surrey.

Buses provide service from Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, the North Shore and Pitt Meadows. Weekday fares will vary between $3.75 and $5.00, evening and weekend fares are $2.50.

The Translink system is described in more detail in the Vancouver "Get around" section.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airport is Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The drive from the airport to the eastern suburbs is 20-60 minutes, depending on where you are going. Public transit (bus route #100) provides a direction connection from the airport to southern Burnaby and New Westminster. Transfers to other routes will be necessary to go elsewhere. Airport taxis and limo services also provide connections from the airport to the cities in the region. Please see the Vancouver article for further details.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

The eastern suburbs are fairly lacking when it comes to attractions, but there are a number of parks that are worth visiting. Deer Lake Park in Burnaby has some pleasant walking trails and the Burnaby Heritage Village, while Burnaby Mountain Park, also in Burnaby, provides some nice views of Vancouver and the Burrard Inlet. Further north, where the mountains start in Coquitlam, Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park is a much more rugged experience. The best park in the region though is probably Buntzen Lake in Anmore, with its pretty lake, beach and varied hiking trails.

Do[edit]

If you want to do some walking or hiking, there's no shortage of trails in the region. Good spots for a gentle stroll are the boardwalk in New Westminster, the Shoreline Trail in Port Moody or the Traboulay Trail in Port Coquitlam. Buntzen Lake in Anmore offers a variety of hikes from short and easy to day-long climbs to ridge tops. And if you're looking for something more mountainous, Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park has many miles of trails with day and multi-day hikes.

Many of the parks also have water activities. There are sandy beaches and boating options at Buntzen Lake and Belcarra Regional Park in Belcarra. Swimming is also available at some of the city parks in Port Moody. Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park is a good spot for trout and salmon fishing.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Port Moody is home to what is referred to locally as Brewer's Row. You have your choice of four breweries along Murray St, three of which are across the street from Rocky Point Park with views of the Burrard Inlet. There is typically at least one food truck near by, so grab a beer and enjoy the scenery. The easiest way to get there is to use the Skytrain evergreen extension, and get off at Moody Centre.

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