9 Metro Vancouver parks with lakes for the perfect outdoor adventure

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With global warming, more and more people are flocking to the city’s most popular beaches to relax.

If you want to avoid the crowds, there are also plenty of less-traveled Metro Vancouver parks with serene lake, lagoon, and pond views that you can soak up as well.

Imagine a sunny day, lying in the grass next to a cool body of water.

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Vancouver metro parks with water views

John Hendry Park, Vancouver

Visit this 27 hectare park better known as Trout Lake, because the lake is its biggest feature. It is a popular place among the locals with a wide variety of leisure activities to enjoy in the area. Or you can just sit on the beach and enjoy all the beauty of nature.

Address: 3300 Victoria Drive, Vancouver

Central Park, Burnaby

Find this gem on the 90-hectare Vancouver-Burnaby border. The urban park is just west of the Metropolis at Metrotown shopping complex and is the perfect place to take a stroll. Bring your four-legged best friend and take in all the views.

Address: 3883 Imperial Street, Burnaby

Deer Lake, Burnaby

Spend a sunny afternoon on this scenic lake in central Burnaby. It is home to a plethora of wildlife and offers a number of hiking trails. There is also a boat launch, picnic sites and a playground on site.

Address: 5435 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby

Minoru Park, Richmond

The must-see Minoru Park is actually located on the site of an old horse racing track and airstrip in Richmond. The sprawling green space has several playgrounds, gardens, and a quaint, tranquil pond, often filled with ducks. Compared to other parks, it is rarely busy so you can enjoy much needed peace and quiet.

Address: 7191 Granville Avenue, Richmond

Mundy Park, Coquitlam

Discover this magnificent 176 hectare park to explore. It is the largest park in Coquitlam and has several walking trails that pass the park’s two lakes, which are Mundy Lake and Lost Lake. There is also a picnic area, playground, outdoor pool and sports fields.

Address: 641 Hillcrest Street, Coquitlam

Blakeburn Lagoons, Port Coquitlam

It is a fairly new park that just opened in 2018. It is an award-winning park made up of 2 lagoons. This tranquil park is perfect for relaxing and reading a book. There are strategically placed benches, picnic areas, throughout the park as well as a children’s play area.

Address:2Block 900, Elbow Pl, Port Coquitlam

Godwin Farm Biodiversity Reserve, Surrey

This picturesque Surrey nature reserve is sure to relax. It features towering trees, peaceful meadows, beautiful coves and a charming pond. The park is incredibly rich in biodiversity and heritage, therefore, dogs are not allowed in an effort to preserve the area.

Address: 9016 164 Street, Surrey

Green Timbers Lake, Surrey

Set amidst the Green Timbers Urban Forest, one of Surrey’s largest parks and home to over 10km of nature trails. This lake has large picnic areas by the water with plenty of tables perfect for family barbecues. The lake is also regularly stocked for fishing and is frequently visited by local birds.

Address: 14600 Block of 100 Avenue, Surrey BC

Brydon Lagoon, Langley

Discover this hidden gem in downtown Langley, just off 53rd Avenue. It offers a picturesque hiking trail looping around a breathtaking lagoon. You will also spot many local birds here, so if you enjoy birding or photographing birds, this is the place to be.

Address: 5257 197 St, City of Langley

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For more places to explore, see our Travel and Outdoors section.

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