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Thurs. May 18 edition: Two outdoor pools opening this weekend

And a new brunch cafe comes to Burnaby!

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As someone who definitely prefers fall over summer, I have to admit that I’m glad to see this hot weather leaving. For the last few days, I’ve been holed up in my apartment with the blinds down and my small but mighty AC blasting, trying not to melt.

Although the weather is starting to cool down, Burnaby is ramping up for summertime. Festival season is upon us, and as someone who has never turned away from a donut food truck, I’m very excited. You’ll be seeing lots of outdoor events and festivals in our coverage.

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Central Park outdoor pool 📸 City of Burnaby

The city has announced that Kensington Park and Central Park outdoor pools will be opening on Saturday, May 20.

Both pools will be open for public swim on weekends from 1 to 5pm for the foreseeable future. They are both functioning on temporary schedules until the end of May.

The two remaining outdoor pools, MacPherson and Robert Burnaby, will open on May 29 and follow similar schedules.

All remaining spray parks are set to open over the Victoria Day weekend.

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The Bubble Tea Festival returns to Swangard

Last year was Bubble Tea Festival’s inaugural year, attended by over 20,000 people. Canada Bubble Tea Festival is delighted to continue their bubble tea experience with you! They’re taking you on a multi-year adventure to explore the flavours of bubble tea and delicious Asian street foods.

This year Bubble Tea Festival is returning to Burnaby Swangard Stadium July 7-9 with extended hours, 60% more vendors, two nights of outdoor movies, concerts, and theme of Taste of Taiwan, with a first stop to the Sleepless City of Taipei.

Join the excitement of food, drinks, and festivities. This will be a summer to remember!

Learn more and get your tickets now at their official website VanBubbleTeaFest.ca.

Burnaby Bulletin

🚝 TransLink will address SkyTrain noise following online backlash after a letter to the editor published in Burnaby Now. TransLink will use the recommendations submitted by an independent consultant. [Global News]

🚴 HUB Cycling’s annual Bike to School Week: From May 29 until June 2, this event is the perfect opportunity to organize a bike bus and join thousands of students and over 120 schools as they bike, walk, and roll to school.*

🚔 Driver pleads guilty in a Burnaby hit-and-run that killed a motorcyclist on June 19, 2021. The driver, who left the scene, pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing. [Burnaby Now]

🏈 BC Supreme Court has denied SFU's injunction to reinstate the school’s football team. [CBC News]

A six-year-old girl was bit by a coyote in Deer Lake Park on May 14. She was taken to the hospital with cuts on her leg, and RCMP and the BC Conservation Officer Service asked people to report future sightings. [Burnaby Now]

👐 Say goodbye to pelvic pain and discomfort with personalized pelvic floor physiotherapy. Regain control and improve your quality of life. Book your appointment with Ova Women’s Health Physiotherapy today.*

Hepatitis A warning has been issued to diners at McDonald’s at 3695 Lougheed Hwy on select dates in April and May. Check for dates and times here.

🦠 Third COVID outbreak in three weeks declared at Burnaby Hospital. The outbreak was declared on May 11, and Fraser Health has taken additional precautions to prevent further spread. [Burnaby Now]

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Free dragon boat community paddling day May 28

Try dragon boat for free on May 28 at Birds Nest Properties Community Paddling Day in Olympic Village! Bring your friends and family to experience what international athletes will be doing at next month's Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. Pre-registration required.


This week we’re continuing with our Beacon’s Readers’ Choice Awards category winners, and we have the results for the best patios in Burnaby.

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Fresh and premium raw meals for your pets

Rawbone Pet Food Co makes high quality raw meals for dogs and cats with human grade, fresh, and local ingredients at their temperature-controlled production facility in collaboration with animal nutritionists. Find the best meal for your four-legged pal from their wide selection of complete and balanced meals, pure novel proteins, and base meals.

They also have a broad collection of high-value, hand crafted, and healthy treats, which dogs and cats are going wild over! Everything from grass fed beef to wild kangaroo. Use code: rawbone15 at checkout.


A Langley restaurant teases a new Burnaby location

Egg Bomb storefront 📸 @eggbomblangley/Instagram

Egg Bomb, a popular Langley breakfast spot, has announced a second location, which will be located in Burnaby.

The brunch cafe has kept its customers updated with construction pictures, keeping it vague about what they were announcing by using the hashtags #eggbomb #hatching #burnaby.

In the comments, the cafe responded to a follower question about the location, confirming that it will be at the City of Lougheed Tower Two, near the SkyTrain station.

The cafe is widely recommend by its followers, who champion—you guessed it—the egg dishes as the best ones, including the massive egg sandwiches, which were featured in Narcity.

You can follow along with Egg Bomb’s Burnaby location progress on its Instagram story, titled Hatching Burnaby.

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Where to eat & drink

🧆 Indish Food Truck will be on site at the Burnaby Village Museum this Saturday. It offers a wide variety of vegetarian options along with a selection of meat-based dishes.

🥙 Little Billy’s customers rave about its take on Mediterranean dishes with a twist, ranging from highly-recommended Greek dishes to the steaks and seafood platters.

☕️ Cafe 106 is great for grabbing a coffee to go, or for sitting down to enjoy some pastries with friends in either indoor or outdoor dining areas. The croffles are highly recommended by customers.

Local specials

💸 Relax at a discount at Spaholic by Nav. It’s offering 15% off your back detoxer treatment or a $99 facial and gel manicure combo for the month of May.

💸 Pamper yourself with 30% off all services done at Orchid Nail Burnaby until May 30 to celebrate its grand opening.

🗓 Things to do


  • Health care Burnaby Virtual Job Fair: Attend this virtual job fair from 11am to 2pm that focuses on jobs in the Burnaby health-care setting. Advance interviews can be set up after registration here.

  • Luncheon Networking: Join other entrepreneurs for a lunch and networking event at Trattoria Burnaby with guest speaker Julia Falci. Buy tickets here.


  • Fresh Friday’s Car Meet: M Boss Cars is hosting a car meet this Friday at 7380 Market Crossing. Bring your ride to show it off, or stop by to see the other cars from 7:30pm.

  • Van City Dance Connection 2023 Recital: Van City Dance Connection is showcasing its dancers and choreographers with two shows at 4pm and 7pm. Buy tickets here for the 4pm show and here for the 7pm.


  • Coins, Stamps and Collectibles Show: The North Shore Numismatic Society will be hosting a trade show with over 40 tables of collectibles at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre.

  • Forest Fairy Gathering: Join this magical celebration of spring and build fairy houses, explore nature and listen to stories at Burnaby Lake Nature House. Find information about parking and more here.

  • Stubborn Buffalo Band at Admiral Pub: Check out live music at Admiral Pub from 3 to 6pm on Saturday and grab some grub while you’re at it! Buy tickets here or make a reservation here.




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