A walk in the forest

Beautiful Byrne Creek Urban Trail, Burnaby BC

Canada is known for its beautiful scenery and landscapes, but when you are living in the city it is easy to forget how close you are to nature here.

I’ve been living in Burnaby, Vancouver for just over a month now and to my great delight last week, I have found a little oasis nearby to escape the towering concrete high rises and sounds of the city. It’s called Byrne Creek and is part of Burnaby’s urban trails and bike pathways. Within this little sanctuary, I feel a sense of peace and calm wash over me as I marvel at the towering trees (too tall to fit into a photo!) and listen to the sounds of running water and birds.

One thing we don’t have back home in Australia is warning signs for swooping owls, which caused me to stop and carefully read the sign before proceeding into the forest the first time!

When I start to get a bit down about the lack of summer weather here right now, what with the endless cloudy days and grey, I appreciate being fortunate enough to enjoy a walk through the Byrne Creek landscape twice a week after dropping my daughter off at day care. She also has the benefit of being close to nature with so many parks and little reserves in the area that are perfect for curious minds to discover and play in. I quite like how they have combined high and medium density living in this area with the communal parks. A lot of families live here and I can see why.

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