Vancouver Island University
Vancouver Island University is a Canadian public university serving Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia. With roots that date back to 1936 when the Dominion Provincial Youth Training Centre was established, it has grown into a university that plays an important role in the educational and economic life of the region; the main campus is located in Nanaimo, there are regional campuses in Duncan and Powell River, a campus centre in Parksville. Vancouver Island University was founded in 1936 when the Dominion Provincial Youth Training Centre opened its doors to teach automotive mechanics to a small group of students. In 1969 the school was renamed Malaspina College, named after Captain Alessandro Malaspina, who explored Vancouver Island. Following a 1988 government initiative designed to increase access to degree programs in British Columbia, five community colleges in BC were granted authority to offer baccalaureate degrees, these five institutions — Malaspina, Fraser Valley, Kwantlen and Okanagan—were renamed university colleges.
They offered degrees through one of the three provincial universities. Malaspina College had regional campuses in Nanaimo and Powell River by 1990. In the 1990s several at Malaspina promoted the idea of the institution offering something distinct—interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in Liberal Studies — and in 1995 the institution was awarded the authority to offer degrees in its own right. In 1995, the province of British Columbia enacted legislation changing the institution's name to Malaspina University-College and allowed it to begin granting academic degrees and college diplomas. Malaspina University-College's Arms and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on May 20, 1995. Malaspina University-College was upgraded to a university under an amendment of the University Act and began operation as Vancouver Island University on September 1, 2008. International students: 1,570 Full Time Equivalent 2016-2017 Vancouver Island University's first president was Dr. Carleton Opgaard.
The first chancellor was Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, who in 2009 became the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. When VIU appointment Chief Atleo as Chancellor, he became the first Indigenous person to hold this position in British Columbia; the university press, The Navigator, is a member of Canadian University Press. The magazine Portal has been published by VIU students since 1991. Occupying three campuses and a number of facilities including a centre in Parksville/Qualicum. Nanaimo Campus Cowichan Campus Powell River Campus Parksville·Qualicum CentreThe main campus located in Nanaimo has 908,500 square feet of built space. At this main campus the most recent facility is a new Health and Science Centre and a renovated Marine and Trades Complex, built with funding from the federal and provincial governments as well as through community support. Another project the University is working on is a District Geo-Exchange Energy system, which will use the energy stored in the water found in the abandoned coal mines underneath the Nanaimo campus to heat and cool the University's facilities.
In 2006, a 39,000-square-foot Faculty of Management Centre opened certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a renovated 100,000-square-foot library that offers extensive online and print collections, a special collections reading room, group study rooms, multimedia AV rooms, computer stations. The VIU Campus Store is located in the library building; the Nanaimo campus is home to the Richard W. Johnston Centre for International Education, a gymnasium and fitness facilities. Other notable areas on the Nanaimo campus include Shq'apthut: A Gathering Place, the home of the University's Services for Aboriginal Students. In 2011, VIU opened a new campus in Cowichan, built to LEED Gold Certification; the campus has a rooftop garden and a geo-exchange system to heat and cool the building Vancouver Island University offers master's and bachelor's degrees. Business Education Tourism and Hospitality Science and Technology Social Sciences Including a Master of Community Planning, a Master of Geographic Information Systems Applications, an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems Applications Art and Design, Performing Arts Humanities With 17 majors and minors including English, Economics, Global Studies, Media Studies, Psychology Career/Vocational Trades and Applied Technology Health and Human Services Programs including degrees in Social Work and Child and Youth Care In addition, VIU offers English language certificate programs for English-as-a-second-language students.
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Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a public degree-granting undergraduate polytechnic university in British Columbia with campuses in Surrey, Richmond and Langley. KPU is one of the largest institutions by enrolment in British Columbia with a total of 20,000 students and 1,400 faculty members across its four locations, encompassing the Metro Vancouver district. KPU provides undergraduate and vocational education including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, certificates and citations in more than 120 diverse programs; the school operates as an undergraduate polytechnic university and functions as a vocational and technical school offering apprenticeships for the skilled trades as well as diplomas in vocational education for skilled technicians and workers in support roles in professions such as engineering, business administration, medicine and criminology. Kwantlen Polytechnic University was founded as Kwantlen College in 1981 as a response to growing need for expanded vocational training across the Fraser Valley.
In 1995, it became a university college. In 2008, the provincial government announced its intention to amend the University Act to appoint Kwantlen University College a polytechnic university; the legislation renaming the university college to university received royal assent on May 29, 2008 and KPU began operation as Kwantlen Polytechnic University on September 1, 2008. KPU became a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on October 24, 2008. In affiliation with KPU include: the International Association of Universities, the Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the Canadian University Press; the Globe and Mail Canadian University Report ranked KPU among the top post-secondary institution relative to enrolment across Canada, earning numerous grades in the "A to B Range" in categories such as quality of teaching and learning, career preparation, student satisfaction and information technology.
Published in Maclean's magazine, the National Survey of Student Engagement listed KPU among the top Canadian institutions relative to student participation, educational practices, quality of education. Kwantlen College was formed in 1981 by separation from Douglas College. There were more than 200 suggestions in a contest to name the new South Fraser region college; the winning entry "Kwantlen" was submitted by Stan McKinnon. "Kwantlen" comes from the name of the Kwantlen First Nation in whose traditional territory the university is located. Chief Joe Gabriel of the Kwantlen First Nation gave permission for the college to use the Kwantlen name. Following a provincial government initiative designed to increase access to degree programs in British Columbia that begun in 1988, five community colleges were granted authority to offer baccalaureate degrees; these five institutions— Cariboo, Fraser Valley, Kwantlen and Okanagan—were renamed university colleges. They offered degrees under the aegis of one or more of the three provincial universities.
In 1995, they were awarded the authority to offer degrees in their own right. In 1995, the province of British Columbia enacted legislation changing the institution's name to Kwantlen University College. In 2005, Kwantlen University College began a campaign to convince elected officials at the municipal and provincial levels, various key community leaders, to support its efforts to become a university. Removing "college" from its official name would require approval from the government of British Columbia. In its case for the university status, Kwantlen's administrators claimed the change to Kwantlen University would: Enhance Kwantlen's ability to help British Columbia become the best educated, most literate jurisdiction in North America. In 2007, Murray Coell, Minister of Advanced Education and Minister responsible for Research and Technology was joined by special advisor Geoff Plant, to release the Campus 2020 report that recommends Kwantlen University College become Kwantlen University. On April 22, 2008, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced that Kwantlen would become Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
On April 22, 2008, the provincial government announced its intention to amend the University Act to make Kwantlen a polytechnic university, in recognition of its "versatility in providing academic and horticultural training." The legislation renaming the University College to University received royal assent on May 29, 2008. On October 24, 2008, KPU became a member of the Association of Colleges of Canada. Although the AUCC is not an official government accreditation body, its standardized membership benchmarks and requirements for members serves to ease a student's ability to transfer from undergraduate to graduate programs across Canada and the world. KPU campuses are all in British Columbia's Lower Mainland and in: Surrey at Newton Town Centre, in the City Centre. Richmond, and Langley. Note: Wikipedia Commons has a gallery of KPU's campuses - Commons:Kwantlen Polytechnic University. KPU Tech known as KPU Cloverdale is the newest of the four KPU campuses, opening in April 2007; the new Cloverdale campus replaced the aging Newton campus facilities which had served as the home for trades training since Kwantlen's inception.
The new Cloverdale building is certified as an LEED Gold building and houses KPU's Trades & Technology programs, which include appliance servicing, automotive servicing, farriery, masonry and warehousing
Langara College is a public degree-granting college in Vancouver, British Columbia, which serves 22,000 students annually through its university and continuing studies programs. The college takes its name from the neighbourhood in which it is situated, named after Spanish Admiral Juan de Lángara. Langara College courses and programs were first offered in 1965 at King Edward Centre as part of Vancouver City College. Since 1970, the current campus on West 49th Avenue has housed Langara's programs for 50 years. On April 1, 1994, Langara College was established as an independent public college under the Provincial College and Institute Act. Langara College Continuing Studies was established in 1997. To provide more space, a new classroom and office building was opened in January 1997; the new library/classroom building was opened in September 2007. As of January 2016, whose unceded territory Langara occupies, gave the traditional name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ to the college meaning'house of teachings', snəw̓eyəɬ references advice given to children to guide them into adulthood and build their character.
This is the first time a BC First Nation has given an Indigenous name to a public, post-secondary institution. Programs and courses at Langara College are delivered in the following subject areas: Arts Business Health Humanities & Social Services Science & Technology Langara College provides university-level programs and courses and offers a variety of qualifications, including baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and citations; the three 4-year degree programs offered by the College are Nursing, Recreation Management, Business Administration. Langara's wide range of academic programs in more than 60 subject areas are offered over three semesters per year. Langara is a popular choice for university transfer students due to smaller class sizes, excellent support services, competitive tuition fees. More students transfer to BC universities from Langara College than from any other college in the province. Langara College offers career programs leading to one-year certificates, two-year diplomas, four-year bachelor's degrees in fields that lead to careers in business, community services, the arts.
Although some of Langara's career programs require that students complete the program within a specific time period, many of the programs can be completed on a part-time basis. Langara College's Continuing Studies department offers over 700 courses and 35 certificate programs year-round; the department's strategic objective is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to meet the individual needs of students. There are 4479 Continuing Studies students in the Fall 2016 term. Studio 58, Langara College's School of Theatre Arts offers professional theatre training for actors and production personnel; the program ranked within the Top five theatre schools in Canada in 2006. The school auditions hundreds of people across Canada but only sixteen students are accepted per semester; the school has around 72 students for both its three-year acting program, two-year production program. The School of Theatre Arts is led by Artistic Director Kathryn Shaw. Langara's intercollegiate athletic program is one of the top college athletic programs in Canada.
Langara is a member of the Pacific Western Athletic Association known as the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association, the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association. In 1999, Langara College was the runner-up for the Overall CCAA Sport Supremacy Award for athletic achievements between the years of 1974 and 1999. Student media include the newspaper The Voice, operated by the College's Journalism Program. Daniel Doheny Alison Acheson Ujjal Dosanjh Gaurav Sharma Gary Mason Sam Sullivan List of colleges in British Columbia List of universities in British Columbia Higher education in British Columbia Education in Canada Langara College
Surrey, British Columbia
Surrey is a city in the province of British Columbia, located south of the Fraser River and north of the Canada–United States border. It is a member municipality of metropolitan area. A suburban city, Surrey is the province's second-largest by population after Vancouver and the third largest by area after Abbotsford and Prince George; the seven neighbourhoods or "town centres" the City of Surrey comprises are: Fleetwood, City Centre, Newton and South Surrey. Surrey was incorporated in 1879, encompasses land occupied by a number of Halqemeylem-speaking aboriginal groups; when Englishman H. J. Brewer looked across the Fraser River from New Westminster and saw a land reminiscent of his native County of Surrey in England, the settlement of Surrey was placed on the map; the area comprised forests of douglas-fir, red cedar, blackberry bushes, cranberry bogs. A portion of present-day Whalley was used as a burial ground by the Kwantlen Nation. Settlers arrived first in Cloverdale and parts of South Surrey to farm, harvest oysters, or set up small stores.
Once the Pattullo Bridge was erected in 1937, the way was open for Surrey to expand. In the post-war 1950s, North Surrey's neighbourhoods filled with single family homes and Surrey became a bedroom community, absorbing commuters who worked in Burnaby or Vancouver. In the 1980s and 1990s, Surrey witnessed unprecedented growth, as people from different parts of Canada and the world Asia, began to make the municipality their home. Surrey is projected to surpass the city of Vancouver as the most populous city in BC by 2020 - 2030. Surrey is governed by an eight-member city council; the current mayor of Surrey is Doug McCallum, who took office on November 5, 2018. The last elections were held in October 2018. In the 2017 provincial election, the BC NDP doubled their held three elected MLAs to six, while the number of MLAs for the BC Liberals dropped from five to three. In 1997, Gurmant Grewal became the first visible minority elected in Surrey. In 2004, when his wife, Nina was elected to parliament, they became the first married couple to serve Canadian parliament concurrently.
Following the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada holds three of Surrey's four seats in the House of Commons of Canada. Conservative MP Dianne Watts resigned in 2017 to compete to be the leader for the BC Liberal Party. In 2016 the population was recorded at 517,887, an increase of 10.6% from 2011. This made it the 12th largest city in Canada, while being the fifth largest city in Western Canada. In recent years, a expanding urban core in Downtown Surrey, located in Whalley has transformed the area into the secondary downtown core in Metro Vancouver. Surrey forms an integral part of Metro Vancouver as it is the second largest city in the region, albeit while serving as the secondary economic core of the metropolitan area; when combined with the City of Vancouver, both cities account for nearly 50% of the region's population. Within the City of Surrey itself feature many neighborhoods including Whalley, Guildford, Fleetwood and South Surrey. Immigration to Surrey has drastically increased since the 1990s.
52% do not speak English as their first language, while over 30% of the city's inhabitants are of South Asian heritage. In the early 2000s, an influx of South Asians began moving to the city from neighbouring Vancouver due to rising housing costs and increasing rent costs for businesses; the outflow of these residents and increased immigration from the Indian Subcontinent therefore established in Surrey one of the largest concentrations of ethnic South Asian residents in North America. Other significant Asian groups which reside in the city include Chinese and Southeast Asian; the city houses large Aboriginal and African populations, when compared with the rest of cities in the region. The 2016 census found; the next most common language was Punjabi, spoken by 20.48% of the population, followed by Mandarin at 4.42%. The 2011 National Household Survey states, "71.4% of the population in Surrey reported a religious affiliation, while 28.6% said they had no religious affiliation. For British Columbia as a whole, 55.9% of the population reported a religious affiliation, while 44.1% had no religion.
The most reported religious affiliation in Surrey was Sikh, reported by 104,720 of the population. Other reported religions included: Roman Catholic and Christian, n.i.e.. In comparison, the top three most reported religions in British Columbia were: Roman Catholic, Christian, n.i.e. and the United Church." As of 2010, Surrey had the highest median family income of CDN$78,283, while BC provincial median was $71,660, national's median was $74,540. The average family income was $85,765. South Surrey area had the highest average household income of all six town centres in Surrey, with an average of $86,824 as of 2010. Median household income was high at $62,960. South Surrey's neighbourhood of Rosemary Heights is the richest in Surrey and throughout the Metro Vancouver area, with a median income more than twice the regional average; as of 2010, the median household income of Surrey was $67,702 (versus the national medi
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border, its capital is Ottawa, its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra, its population is urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons. Various indigenous peoples have inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years prior to European colonization. Beginning in the 16th century and French expeditions explored, settled, along the Atlantic coast.
As a consequence of various armed conflicts, France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces; this began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom. This widening autonomy was highlighted by the Statute of Westminster of 1931 and culminated in the Canada Act of 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with Elizabeth II as its queen and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the federal cabinet and head of government; the country is a realm within the Commonwealth of Nations, a member of the Francophonie and bilingual at the federal level. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, economic freedom, education.
It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries. Canada's long and complex relationship with the United States has had a significant impact on its economy and culture. A developed country, Canada has the sixteenth-highest nominal per capita income globally as well as the twelfth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index, its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. Canada is part of several major international and intergovernmental institutions or groupings including the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the G7, the Group of Ten, the G20, the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning "village" or "settlement".
In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. Cartier used the word Canada to refer not only to that particular village but to the entire area subject to Donnacona. From the 16th to the early 18th century "Canada" referred to the part of New France that lay along the Saint Lawrence River. In 1791, the area became two British colonies called Upper Canada and Lower Canada collectively named the Canadas. Upon Confederation in 1867, Canada was adopted as the legal name for the new country at the London Conference, the word Dominion was conferred as the country's title. By the 1950s, the term Dominion of Canada was no longer used by the United Kingdom, which considered Canada a "Realm of the Commonwealth"; the government of Louis St. Laurent ended the practice of using'Dominion' in the Statutes of Canada in 1951. In 1982, the passage of the Canada Act, bringing the Constitution of Canada under Canadian control, referred only to Canada, that year the name of the national holiday was changed from Dominion Day to Canada Day.
The term Dominion was used to distinguish the federal government from the provinces, though after the Second World War the term federal had replaced dominion. Indigenous peoples in present-day Canada include the First Nations, Métis, the last being a mixed-blood people who originated in the mid-17th century when First Nations and Inuit people married European settlers; the term "Aboriginal" as a collective noun is a specific term of art used in some legal documents, including the Constitution Act 1982. The first inhabitants of North America are hypothesized to have migrated from Siberia by way of the Bering land bridge and arrived at least 14,000 years ago; the Paleo-Indian archeological sites at Old Crow Flats and Bluefish Caves are two of the oldest sites of human habitation in Canada. The characteristics of Canadian indigenous societies included permanent settlements, complex societal hierarchies, trading networks; some of these cultures had collapsed by the time European explorers arrived in the late 15th and early 16th centuries and have only been discovered through archeological investigations.
The indigenous population at the time of the first European settlements is estimated to have been between 200,000
College of the Rockies
The College of the Rockies is a Canadian public community college, located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, Canada. The main campus is in Cranbrook, with regional campuses in Creston, Golden and Kimberley. Canada The college offers a full range of programs – both in-class and online – in the areas of university studies, adult basic education, child youth and family studies, administrative studies, computer technology, fire services, trades. On June 16, 2010, the College announced its first four-year degree program, the Bachelor of Business Administration in Sustainable Business Practices; this announcement marked a significant milestone in the 35 year development of College of the Rockies. The College serves a regional population of 82,700 people who live within a large 45,000 square kilometre area; the region, known as the Rocky Mountain Trench, features high mountain ranges separated by ecologically significant valleys and water systems. The location allows the College to offer students a unique opportunity to blend learning with an active lifestyle.
College programs, such as Mountain Adventure Skills Training and other Tourism programs, take advantage of the natural setting to take students out of the classroom and into the world around them. Recognizing the need for apprenticeship training, in 1971, James Patterson, a hard rock miner in the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley, BC and member of the local School Board, initiated the process of establishing a local vocational school. East Kootenay Community College was established on May 8, 1975 with an edict from the government that the main campus be constructed in Cranbrook; the number of registered students that first year was 351 in Cranbrook, 64 in Kimberley, 52 in Fernie, 39 in Golden and 37 in Invermere. Funding for a $1.4 million College campus building was announced in February 1978. Sod turning for the facility took place in April 1980. While the new campus building was being constructed, the college operated out of 17 different locations in Cranbrook; the official opening of the Cranbrook Campus took place September 20, 1982, within the decade new facilities were completed for the Invermere Campus and the Fernie Campus.
The College's expansion continued during the 1990s, with new campus buildings for Golden, Creston, the addition of over 30,000 square feet to the Cranbrook Campus to house a Health wing, Professional Cook Training facilities, a Mechanics shop. Associate Degrees in Arts and Sciences were offered for the first time in the 1993 academic year, the Purcell House student residence was completed in 1995. In 1995 East Kootenay Community College changed its name to College of the Rockies. COTR's first on-line course, Applied Research Methods, was offered in January 1997. In 1997/98, the College introduced the Avalanche men's and women's volleyball teams as the latest members of the BC Colleges' Athletics Association; the trade-mark with the words `College of the Rockies` was filed with the Canadian Trade-marks database on 1997-10-15. College of the Rockies` Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on March 1, 2000; the college continues to focus on providing a full range of quality services.
A new childcare facility, Kids on Campus, was completed in October 2002. In November 2004, a wireless network for student laptops was introduced at the Cranbrook Campus. In 2007, the Cranbrook Campus completed a $16.2 million expansion, with a new Academic building and a new Trades facility. In 2009, COTR was granted $12.7 million from the Federal and Provincial governments as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, in order to expand and upgrade buildings at the Cranbrook campus. This project was completed ahead of schedule in October, 2010. View video of grand opening. In the 2011/12 instructional year, College of the Rockies served 2,282 full-time equivalent students – 1,769Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development funded students, 112 entry-level trades training students and 401 apprentices as well as 137 international full-time equivalent students from 30 countries; the Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships and other incentives offered by governments and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.
College of the Rockies scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Awards for Aboriginal Women. Students enjoy an attractive 13 % annual return on their investment of money. For every $1 the students invest in COTR, they receive a cumulative of $2.40 in higher future earnings over the course of their working careers. Taxpayers see a real money return of 21% on their annual investments in COTR; the Province of British Columbia benefits from improved health and reduced welfare and crime, saving the public some $649,800 per year each year that students are in the workforce. The COTR Service Area economy receives $133.8 million in income each year due to the annual activities of COTR and the cumulative effects of its past students. This figure amounts to 4.3% of total income in the regional economy. O'Keefe, T. et al... Continuing the commitment: a reflection of our first twenty-five years. Cranbrook: Desktop Graphics. Day, Chris, & McBride, Craig. "$12.7M Expands College of the Rockies Campus", Office of Canada's Transport and Infrastructure Minister, April 8, 2009.
"Institutional Accountability Plan and Report - 2008/09 Reporting Cycle", College of the Rockies, 2009. Christophersen, Kjell A
Burnaby Mountain, elev. 370 m, is a low, forested mountain in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, overlooking the upper arms of Burrard Inlet. It is the location of Simon Fraser University, the Discovery Park research community, the System Control Tower of BC Hydro and a new complex of residential and commercial development called UniverCity. In November 1995, the Province of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University reached an agreement to transfer 330 hectares of university land to the City of Burnaby for inclusion into Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. In spite of residential development on its western slope and continuing deforestation due to condominium construction around SFU, the mountain still has some wildlife remaining such as deer, coyotes customarily roaming local streets, a few black bears, sometimes mothers with cubs, who pay occasional visits to the backyards of Westridge residents. Common wild birds include several types of woodpeckers, northern flickers, Steller's jays, great blue herons.
Burnaby Mountain has a viewpoint facing west at Centennial Park. The yearly Celebration of Light fireworks festival on English Bay west of downtown Vancouver can be seen from the park and attracts an audience on the parks' westward-facing lawns. Along with the outdoor view, Horizons Restaurant lets customers dine while watching the view of Vancouver to the west, or up mountainous Indian Arm to the north. Burnaby Mountain is known for obstacles. Due to its high elevation, snow will fall on the higher aspects of Burnaby mountain while rain falls in the surrounding cities. Tobogganing is a popular pastime at Centennial Park on winter days with snow; the park is home to a collection of Ainu totem pole-like carvings which commemorate the goodwill between Burnaby and its sister city, Japan, as well as a large formal rose garden "Burnaby, Mount". BC Geographical Names. "Burnaby Mountain". Bivouac.com