Hug a tree on the way up
Have flexible shoes to walk e 500 steps
The Velodrome Trail is Burnaby’s version of the Grind. Although not quite as challenging, the hike remains a great workout. The trail begins near the Velodrome on Barnet Highway and climbs steeply through the forest on the north side of Burnaby Mountain. A series of 500 timber stairs welcome you and your hamstrings to the ascent. Peekaboo views of the Indian Arm and the Burrard Inlet highlight the climb, not to mention a great excuse to stop, bring water and catch your breath.
Near the end of the climb, arrive at an open meadow and discover the Kamui Mintara poles. The Playground of the Gods sculptures, created by Nuburi Toko and his son Shusei commemorate the goodwill between Kushiro Japan and the City of Burnaby. They can take your breath away. There was something almost magical about them. It seemed fitting that they were perched atop the mountain, framing panoramic views of Indian Arm, Burrard Inlet, Burnaby, downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and the Lion’s Gate Bridge.