Burnaby School District is a group of institutions composed of 41 elementary schools (for ages 5–12) and 8 high schools (for ages 13–18), many of which provide first-class academic programs for international students.
As an international student studying at one of our schools, you can create foundations for a fruitful academic future, especially as Burnaby is home to one of Canada’s top institutions: Simon Fraser University.
Sport and education are vital to life in our schools, though keeping active doesn’t have to be all about athletics. There are so many amazing adventures waiting for you in Burnaby, making it easy to live a fun and active lifestyle whilst you study. Our city has so much to offer, so we thought we would share 5 activities for international students to enjoy during their time in Burnaby.
1 – Skiing
Out of all the popular outdoor activities in Canada, Skiing has to be the most thrilling. Although Burnaby isn’t inherently snowy, it is situated less than an hour from a number of amazing ski areas: Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour. You can also drive for two hours to reach Whistler Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America.
Canada is a destination that is at the top of the bucket list of many devoted skiers. We offer a number of guided trips to some amazing ski resorts, making these adventures accessible to international students based in Burnaby.
2 – Ice Skating
If you are looking for a form of exercise that is fun, challenging and unique, why not have a go at ice skating? During fall and winter in Burnaby, you can glide across the ice at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Burnaby Lake Arena or Kensington Complex.
Here in Burnaby, there are a number of ice skating lessons available for various age groups and abilities. So, you don’t have to be a natural on the ice, you can simply enjoy yourself whilst you learn an impressive skill.
3 – Walking
Canada has some amazing natural landscapes, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for excursions in the great outdoors. Burnaby is an urban oasis blessed with mountainous areas, green spaces, deep blue lakes and the glistening ocean, making it the perfect place to explore.
Hiking is a great way to raise your heart rate whilst taking in some spectacular views. Here on our home turf, we have the magnificent Burnaby Mountain, a gorgeous alpine area with various hiking trails, a relaxing garden and wonderful views of the city.
If you are the kind of student who prefers a laid-back walk to a high-intensity hike, there are plenty of places for a leisurely stroll in Burnaby. Why not wander along the shore? Or maybe the riverfront? We have many lush parks to choose from, and each offers beautiful scenery.
4 – Join a sports team
There is a real passion for sports activities in Canada, and this love extends to Burnaby School District. Burnaby students are known for excelling in sports, a success that is supported by our excellent facilities and dedicated teachers.
Here in Burnaby, we believe sport and education go hand in hand. As an international student at one of our schools, you have the opportunity to join a range of sports teams and sports academies. Each school offers different clubs, ensuring we cater to a wide variety of interests and abilities.
5 – Embark on one of our student excursions
To give our students the opportunity to explore sites outside of Burnaby, we offer a range of exciting excursions throughout the academic year. As a student in Burnaby, we offer you the chance to experience a trip filled with immense natural beauty and unforgettable memories.
We provide a range of excursions that vary in length, so students can choose the option that suits their needs. For some, day trips may be preferred, to get used to the notion of travel. Whichever trip is chosen, all are safe, fun and led by our trusted and experienced guides.
Burnaby students that decide to join us on one of our student excursions will experience an action-packed trip filled with plenty of movement and entertainment. Could there be a more enjoyable way to keep active? Find out more about our exciting excursions here.
Life as a Student in Burnaby
When the sun is shining in the warmer summer months, students can also enjoy activities such as cycling, kayaking and canoeing. It is clear that as a student in Burnaby, you will never be short of fun ways to keep active.
If any of these amazing adventures sound appealing to you, discover more about studying with us at our Burnaby School District website.