It’s easy being green… when you’re living here
With over 25% of its land being park space, Burnaby is the greenest city in North America. We’re not talking about being eco-friendly – though it’s pretty green in that way too. But it’s also literally the greenest. That makes Burnaby the perfect escape after a long day of work in Vancouver. Add to that that Burnaby smack next to the big city and has been named Canada’s best-run city and it’s no wonder it’s become the area’s most popular bedroom community. If it sounds like Burnaby has everything going for it… that’s because it does. It’s also a bit, and we mean a little bit, more affordable than Vancouver.
Prices here are well above the Canadian average, but waaaaay lower than Vancouver proper. So if you’re moving out of the city and into Burnaby, you’re going to at least feel like you’re getting a deal! There are availabilities, but not many. So expect to spend some time apartment hunting to find what you’re looking for. Upside, with some hunting, you can have your pick of a variety of different types of housing, from detached homes to duplexes to apartment buildings of all sizes.
Typical housing type:
A true blend. You can get apartments, condos and all kinds of homes.
Burnaby has one of the strongest school districts in the area. If you are hoping to start a family and school strength matters to you, you might want to look for a place here, especially if you work in the Greater Vancouver area.
Average Rent Prices in Burnaby
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian towns and regions
Burnaby is 22% higher than the Canadian average
Apartment Hunting in Burnaby
Rentals in Burnaby pretty much fall into two categories: 1-bedroom apartments and 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units in townhouses. The apartments tend to be downtown, with the townhouses often sitting just outside it.
Bad news, cheap apartment hunters… You’d be hard pressed to find a rental in Burnaby for under $1,000. Upside is, you can get a balcony with a great view. So, after you blow your budget on housing and have no money to go out, you can always host parties at your place!
Like much of the Greater Vancouver area, Burnaby is a highly diverse community. In fact, over half the population don’t list English or French as their first language. There is a significant Italian population, as well as a number of strong Asian communities in the area. The strength of the local school district is also seen as important, especially by the area’s many young families.
Perfect for: Young families looking for (somewhat) reasonable rents and a diverse community.
Not-so-perfect for: Families with teens and anyone who hates nature.
Life & Style
Life in Burnaby revolves around families. Parents tend to be in their 20s and 30s and love taking their kids to enjoy the city’s parks. Young kids are often enrolled in sports, or parents them on outdoor adventures, and teach them about the joys of health and fitness. On weekends, it’s common for the parks to be filled – or for families to zip up to the North Shore or Whistler for some fun on the slopes. Residents without kids spend more time grabbing meals with friends at Burnaby’s many multicultural restaurants or popping into Vancouver for nights out on the town. Like with other locals, though, health, fitness and being in nature are all priorities.
Of course, there are many, many, many parks in Burnaby. Everywhere you go, you’ll find a park right around the corner. Metropolis at Metrotown is the major shopping mall in the area. There are 49 schools in the area, most of which are considered excellent. Simon Fraser is also in Burnaby. Vancouver is close by – and the cities are connected by the SkyTrain. History and culture can be found at the Burnaby Village Museum and at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
Burnaby Village Museum
Simon Fraser University
The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts