Every Monday I take the Adanac Bikeway from Vancouver out to Burnaby Heights. I’ve recently signed up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer 2014 and so this weekly ride is something of a baby step towards my training. Last week I decided to make a mini-adventure of it and explore the neighborhood a little.
The ride out on Adanac is great. It’s hilly, but there’s enough up and down that momentum helps you half way up most of the steep climbs. My first stop was Burnaby Heights Park. It wasn’t really what I’d expected, but it was still a lovely spot. I was thinking it would be a nature-y, hilly park with trails, trees and benches. Something a little more poetic. The park in reality is very much a ‘neighborhood’ park complete with playground and sports field. It does, however, have an amazing North/East view. Sports fields with mountain views aren’t too hard to come across in the lower mainland, but this one has a ‘top-of-the-world’ feeling about it.
After the park I wandered around Burnaby Heights on Hastings and grabbed an early lunch before heading back. There are some great murals on the sides of commercial spaces all along the strip, and the neighborhood has retained little pieces of its history. My favourite thing was the ‘girl on a swing’ below the “Heights” sign outside the Meat Market (photo below).
The view of the city on the return ride is great – dipping in and out of view as you climb and descend- although early morning or early evening is definitely the best time if the view is your number 1 priority. If you want to get a glimpse of the PNE on the ride back – complete with screams from the roller coaster – take Pandora Street down to Cassiar and then cross Hastings to get to Adanac. (Watch that you don’t take the wrong side of the street and end up on the freeway. This happened to me once and was rather terrifying!)
Next time I want to ride all the way out to SFU – it’s a good ‘next-step’. I think I need to properly learn how to change a bike tire first though (which I’ll need for my big ride next summer), or just go with enough change to take the bus home in case of an emergency!
For more information on the Ride to Conquer Cancer, or to sign up for the Vancouver Ride – Click Here.