2022 January 2: North Burrard-Fraser Connector

The weather was supposed to be frightful (featuring slushy snow and freezing rain). But, although it wasn’t one of those crisp, sun-and-snow days we enjoyed last week, it wasn’t bad. And twelve hardy Loopers showed up to walk.

The route was a compromise from the start. Originally this year, we were going to start at Peace Arch Park and reverse the USA to Horseshoe Bay walk we did in 2015. The weather plus Omicron fears affected that plan, so for January we did a middle piece of the overall route, tinkered with by Glorious Leader Dave to turn it into a loop. Although a good percentage of the walk was on urban streets, the snow added enchantment to the view — or at least a layer of cushioning.

We met near the corner of Inlet Drive and Hastings Street, at the start of the Drummond’s Walk urban trail, and walked on that and the Burnaby Mountain urban trail to Burnwood Drive. Then we headed south to Broadway, turned east, and skirted the southern edge of the Burnaby Mountain golf course.

We continued on Broadway to Underhill, and then followed a wide snowy path with gently undulating ups and downs, and views across to Metrotown. Turning left into the woods, we took a trail north. We came out on and crossed Forest Grove Drive, and then followed a pipeline path west (parallel to Shellmont Street) and reconnected with the Burnaby Mountain urban trail.

After walking through Squint Park, we got back on the Burnaby Mountain urban trail again and retraced our steps to the starting point.

Photos: Angela H, Angela R, Janet, Jean, Michael

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