On many of the hikes I take around the Lower Mainland, it’s easy to forget I’m in a city. Winding trails through tall trees give the illusion of being in a forest. But Deer Lake is different. This Burnaby picnic area has trails around the lake, but it soon encroaches on suburbia.
The day we hiked this trail, we past houses before hitting the trail near the lake. Once we moved away from the sparkling waters and climbed higher, we past through suburban streets, until we descended into the woods again. Rounding the lake, I finally forgot being in the centre of a busy city until I spotted Metrotown in the distance.