Burnaby is centrally located within Metro Vancouver.
This big, diverse municipality borders directly on Vancouver to the west: the north-south Boundary Road is the dividing line. South Burnaby is separated from Richmond by the Fraser River, British Columbia's longest river.
Other neighbouring communities include Port Moody to the northeast, Coquitlam to the east and New Westminster to the southeast.
By car or the SkyTrain rapid transit link, it takes 20 minutes or less to travel from downtown Vancouver to the Metrotown shopping complex, which many consider the heart of Burnaby.
Dynamic views of the Coast Mountains to the north can be enjoyed in many areas of Burnaby.
Landscape and Climate
Burnaby's elevation varies significantly, from sea level to 365m/1,200ft at the summit of Burnaby Mountain.
The terrain is diverse with hills, valleys and alluvial plains. Highlights include two freshwater lakes (Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake), a saltwater beach (Barnet Marine Park) and abundant green space with close to 160 parks.
Situated in a coastal temperate rainforest zone, Burnaby has a mild climate similar to Vancouver's. Average daily high temperatures peak at 23°C/73°F in July and August, and hit 8°C/46°F in January. The city gets about 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, and the average annual rainfall is 147cm/58in.