Deer Lake (Burnaby) - Trip Description
Total distance: 2.1 km (1.3 miles)
Coordinates (WGS 84):
N49 14.192 W122 57.881 - Put-in location
Canadian Topographic Maps:
Located amidst the hustle and bustle of the urban sprawl of Burnaby is a lake that makes a great place to get away for an after-work paddle. It's also a terrific spot to take kids for an afternoon of playing around in boats.
While the lake is quite small (you could paddle around it in about 20 minutes in a sea kayak) it certainly doesn't lack charm with lots of plants and wildlife to see along the way. The lake is home to many birds including blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and green-backed herons. If you're lucky, you might see one of the large turtles that reside in the lake.
The hillside on the southwest end of the lake was once the home of the Oakalla Prison Farm -- demolished in 1991, the land has since been turned into housing sub-divisions. Other than the parks buildings at the east end of the lake, the shoreline of the lake is primarily undeveloped, although there is one home on the southern side.
Note that at the time that these photos were taken, signs were posted stating that it is not safe to swim in the lake. This might not be the best place to go to if you're looking for a place to practice rescues and rolling.
From the Trans Canada Highway, take the Kensington South turnoff. Turn west on Canada Way and then south on Sperling Avenue and continue for about half a kilometre. You'll see the parking lot on the west side of the street. Parking is free.
Trip date: May 17 2006
Weather: Sunny, cool
Water condition: Flat
Submitted by: Dan Millsip
Images copyright: Dan Millsip