Hotel at a Glance: Executive Suites Hotel & Conference Centre Burnaby
Executive Suites Hotel & Conference Centre Burnaby has a slew of amenities designed for relaxation. All guests are treated to complimentary 15-minute massages to help them unwind after traveling. The boutique hotel even boasts a grand piano in the lobby. And it’s just a 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
- Spacious suites feature separate living rooms and bedrooms, wet bars with refrigerators and microwaves, and marble bathrooms stocked with shampoo, hand lotion, sewing kits, cotton balls, and Q-tips.
- West Coast cuisine: The onsite Tivoli’s Restaurant offers locally caught seafood, including Pacific prawns in a spicy panang sauce and Pacific Northwest seafood chowder with salmon, clams, and shrimp.
- Soak up the sun in the outdoor pool area, which contains a hot tub and patio furniture.
- Go shopping: The hotel runs a free shuttle to major shopping centers in the area.
Burnaby, British Columbia: Outdoor Oasis a Few Miles East of Vancouver
It can feel like the green space in Burnaby is limitless. The city has more than 5,400 acres of parks, trails, and waterways, and its mild climate makes it perfect for outdoor exploration year-round. Burnaby Lake and Deer Lake, a pair of parks in the heart of the city, are particularly promising places to spot bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and the occasional small green-backed heron.
A few miles north, Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area is crisscrossed with rugged hiking trails that lead to scenic vistas and the Playground of the Gods. This open-air art display features more than a dozen wooden poles hand-carved by father-and-son sculptors. In addition, many of Burnaby’s parks contain striking eco-sculptures—large topiaries that depict birds, bears, and even carousel horses.
You can find real carousel horses at Burnaby Village Museum, a living-history village that portrays life in 1920s Burnaby. Between rides on the restored, century-old carousel, you can explore Love Farmhouse (one of the oldest remaining buildings in the city), visit a 1920s-style movie house, or enjoy a cone at the ice-cream parlor.
In addition to natural beauty and rich history, Burnaby provides easy access to the urban bustle of downtown Vancouver, just a half-hour SkyTrain ride away. Head there to visit the unique shops and restaurants that line the harbor in historic Gastown or visit Stanley Park, whose 13-mile-long seawall has designated lanes for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and inline skaters.