As British Columbia's third-largest city, Burnaby (population 250,000) provides an economical yet vibrant meeting alternative to Vancouver, as it is centrally located within the metropolitan area, and accessible to downtown Vancouver within 15-minutes by two rapid transit lines. But Burnaby also thrives as a corporate hub for high-profile companies specializing in fuel cells, heavy industry, agriculture, green energy technology (a notable initiative of Mercedes Benz); and burgeoning film and video-gaming industries (including the famed Electronic Arts). Catering to these companies is a reliable infrastructure of Burnaby venues, including conference-oriented hotels, specialty venues and audio-visual capabilities to stage the most lavish productions. This means meeting organizers can rely on the urban sophistication of local DMCs, conference products as well as myriad opportunities for authentic incentive experiences amid the Canadian West Coast's breathtaking sea and mountain settings that are destined to entice and reward delegate participation.
Burnaby is approximately 11 miles from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Canada's second-busiest airport. From the airport, group can use Skytrain to connect with the TransLink system of public rail, bus, and a number of taxi operators. Mere minutes from Vancouver, with direct links to the airport, and easy access to Seattle on Highway 1, Burnaby has the economy of location to help planners meet their clients' bottom lines.
Several venues in Burnaby are particularly geared to conferences: The Hilton Vancouver Metro Town, with 16,000 square feet of meeting space, faces Canada's second-largest mall: Metropolis at Metrotown; the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre, with 12,000 square feet of meeting space, including a spectacular ballroom with a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows overlooking the North Shore Mountains, is directly attached to the Grand Villa Casino; the newly opened Element Vancouver Metrotown, with 7,931 square feet of meeting space, conveniently located at Kingsway and Willingdon; lastly, the Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, offers a boutique hotel experience with 9,000 square feet of meeting space including a 3,000-square-foot ballroom.
Special event venues in Burnaby feature two university campuses to suit high-brow programs requiring state-of-the-art technology: The British Columbia Institute of Technology; and Simon Fraser University, the location of which on the crest of Burnaby Mountain offers dazzling views of mountains and inlets.
Memorable events can be created at a host of off-site MICE venues in Burnaby that includes Lake City Studios, Metro Vancouver's focal point for the film industry. Located amid heritage buildings that house the Burnaby Art Gallery and the experiential Burnaby Village Museum (often used for evening receptions and programs featuring Aboriginal culture), the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts offers flexible performance space with a black box theatre and an atrium lobby overlooking the grasslands of Deer Lake Park that is a popular outdoor concert venue.
Popular for incentive/team building events, the new Clubhouse at Riverway Golf Course, designed with wood-beams and vast glass windows, overlooks the 18-hole championship course. The Bill Copeland Sports Centre has twin arenas offering hard floors or ice surface. When it's time to shift the paradigm to nature activities, thrill delegates with a cable-car loop to the top of Grouse Mountain; a trek across the Capilano Suspension Bridge; or look to Vancouver for whale-watching on a coastal cruise followed by moonlight cocktails at Stanley Park.