Burnaby is the closest suburban city to the City of Vancouver, though most of Burnaby is as urban as Vancouver, with higher density clusters around 3 major town centres at Lougheed Town Centre, Brentwood Town Centre, and Metrotown Centre (BC's largest shopping complex surrounded many apartments, businesses, and hotels). Burnaby has attracted many business and industrial parks with its cheaper land, attracting the offices of Telus, Electronic Arts, and IBM.
Burnaby and its lake were named in 1859 by Colonel Richard Moody for his private secretary, Robert Burnaby. Colonel Moody was surveying t New Westminster as the capital city for the new Colony of British Columbia, and heard from Indians that there was a large lake to the north, which was found and mapped following a 4 day trek.
Burnaby is also home to two major post-secondary institutes: SFU and the British Columbia Institute for Technology (BCIT).
Burnaby's large shopping cluster is around Metrotown, the Vancouver area's largest chopping centre, and readily accessible by SkyTrain.
Major attractions in Burnaby include Metrotown, Deer Lake Park, and Simon Fraser University (SFU). Metrotown is a major attraction because of all the shopping you can do. There are also "super" movie theatres, a "super" arcade, and many major department stores. Deer Lake Park is near the Burnaby City Hall and has a collection of cultural attractions like Heritage Village, a centre for the arts, and a heritage carousel. Simon Fraser University is on top of Burnaby Mountain and is known across the country for its amazing architecture.
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