The Best Senior Living Location in Burnaby BCin Independent Living
Written by PARC Retirement Living
Tucked into a tree-lined neighbourhood off Kingsway, Mulberry PARC is as comfortable as it is connected. The residence is conveniently located just across the street from the shops and services of the Highgate Village shopping complex – and within walking distance of the local library, Edmonds Community Centre, parks, medical facilities, churches, banks and the Highland Park Trail walkway.
Read on to learn more about what makes us voted “Best Retirement Residence” in Burnaby Now’s Best of Burnaby Readers Choice Awards from 2014-2021.
A central location with a strong sense of community
At one time, Burnaby was viewed mainly as Vancouver’s suburban backyard. And while the city retains a relaxed, slower-paced feel than its cosmopolitan neighbour– today it’s a desirable destination in its own right, with cozy neighbourhoods, beautiful parks and glittering towers along the horizon housing some of the region’s best shopping and entertainment. One of Burnaby’s nicknames is “DiverseCity” and from our location on Kingsway, you can truly see why, with every kind of amenity, shop, restaurant and activity imaginable right nearby. Burnaby is also one of the greenest cities in the province, with one of the highest ratios of parkland to residents. The city boasts more than 200 parks, and 25 percent of its land is designated as park or open space.
And Mulberry PARC is at the centre of it all, just off the Kingsway arterial, which threads directly through the heart of central Burnaby. From our location, you can walk to almost anything you would need, from groceries, medical appointments or banking. It’s also easy to access local transport networks such as the SkyTrain and TransLink bus system. Or, you can hop on the highway for a quick drive to downtown Vancouver; east to Coquitlam; or over to Ironworkers Memorial Bridge to the North Shore and Coast Mountains.
Homey comforts in a welcoming neighbourhood
Mulberry PARC is a perfect fit for this close-knit, friendly community. Each suite is thoughtfully designed to be warm and inviting, yet refined. Our resort-style communal spaces include a fireside library and lounge, billiards and a games area and multi-purpose rooms for parties, games, fitness and functions. Landscaped grounds and sun-drenched patios add to the experience. You’ll feel like you’re living at your very own luxury resort!
Learn more about the building and its amenities on the Mulberry PARC residence page.
Everything is nearby
From our central location just off Kingsway, Mulberry PARC is within easy reach of parks, plenty of community amenities and world-class shopping. Below is a small selection of businesses, amenities and attractions close to Mulberry PARC, to demonstrate just how connected we are.
- Banking and post: Scotiabank has a location right at the base of our building, and CIBC is right next door, while Royal Bank, TD Bank and BMO Bank of Montreal are all within walking distance. There is a Canada Post outlet in the Shoppers Drug Mart at Highgate Village Shopping Centre, just across Kingsway.
- Medical and health resources. There are medical, dental and eye-care clinics in the commercial building at the base of Mulberry PARC, along with a pharmacy. You’ll find a variety of other medical resources, doctor’s offices and dentists in Highgate Village, and the surrounding blocks, as well as physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture and other wellness services. Mulberry PARC is located midway between two hospitals: Royal Columbian to the east, in New Westminster, and Burnaby Hospital to the west. There is a LifeLabs Medical Lab six minutes’ drive to the east.
- Personal care. There are dozens of salons, barbers and estheticians nearby, along Kingsway and Edmonds St.
- Transit and transportation. In addition to Mulberry PARC’s car service and scheduled outings, residents may wish to use the local transit system. There are several bus stops nearby on Kingsway and Edmonds St., offering transport around Burnaby and Vancouver. Edmonds SkyTrain station is roughly 1 km away, as well, offering connections to the broader TransLink network.
- Highgate Village Shopping Centre (2-minute walk; 1-minute drive). A strip mall right across the street, home to Save-On Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, a BC Liquor store, a florist, a dental clinic and other handy-to-have-near businesses.
- Metropolis at Metrotown (15-minute drive). The largest mall in B.C. is just up the road from Mulberry PARC, home to The Bay, Winners and every kind of boutique and chain store, along with services such as banks, restaurants, cobblers, tailors, salons, cellular providers, electronics shops and more.
- Save-On-Foods (2-minute walk; 1-minute drive). A large, well-stocked supermarket in Highgate Village, right across the street – with an in-house deli, bakery and extensive produce section.
- Jumbo Supermarket (4-minute walk; 1-minute drive). An Asian grocery store offering fresh produce, deli items, baked goods and a wide selection of imported and locally sourced foods.
- Langley Farm Market (15-minute walk; 4-minute drive). A fresh food market offering seasonal local and imported produce, meat and deli items, baked goods and more.
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Parks and community amenities
- Edmonds Community Centre (9-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A large and lively community facility with a seniors’ lounge as well as senior arts-and-recreation programming, park space, a large swimming pool, gyms, racquet-sport courts, multi-purpose rooms, and a busy schedule of sports and recreation programs.
- Burnaby Public Library (3-minute walk; 2-minute drive). In addition to a large borrowing library of books, e-books and audiobooks, the library houses a huge archive of TV shows on DVD, music, newspapers, magazines, digital resources and more. A packed calendar includes all kinds of classes, seminars, public speakers, book discussion groups and other events to stimulate the mind.
- Highland Park Line Trail (2-minute walk). This car-free pedestrian and cycling corridor runs right past Mulberry PARC and is a great way to get around Burnaby. Beginning at Edmonds St. and Kingsway, it follows the SkyTrain line; mostly flat and surrounded by park, picnic spots and forest. Near Buller Ave., it joins the BC Parkway, a longer car-free corridor that stretches all the way from Surrey to East Vancouver.
- Deer Lake Park (11-minute drive). This beautiful green space, laced with walking trails, centres around a small lake, and is home to many of the city’s cultural attractions, such as the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts and Burnaby Village Museum. Many annual events take place here, including Symphony in the Park, Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival, the Deer Lake Christmas Craft Fair and Heritage Christmas.
- Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park (13-minute drive). This beautiful park is beloved by birdwatchers, who flock here to spot great blue herons, green-backed herons and other quarry. You can walk the lake-trail loop or just sit and enjoy a picnic, with close-up view of beavers, ducks and turtles feeding in the marsh.
- Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area (25-minute drive). A network of 26 multi-use trails criss-crosses the 576 hectares of this massive green space. Home to Simon Fraser University, the conservation area offers plenty of scenic outlooks, picnic spots and opportunities to spot wildlife such as black tail deer and bald eagles. The park’s Centennial Rose Garden is home to more than 900 fragrant rose bushes.
- Riverway Golf Course and Driving Range (11-minute drive). This premier 18-hole championship golf course is challenging and varied, featuring links-style fairways. It also has a Pitch & Putt and driving range, and the wood-beam clubhouse has a great restaurant overlooking the greens.
Learn more about Burnaby parks, trails, picnic spots and more.
Dining and entertainment
- Cora (2-minute walk; 3-minute drive). A popular breakfast and lunch chain right across the way, serving heaping plates of comfort-fare classics, like omelettes, waffles and hearty sandwiches.
- Tealips Café (4-minute walk; 1-minute drive). A friendly café offering delicious tea and coffee beverages, bubble tea, sandwiches, waffles and more.
- DooBoo (5-minute walk; 2-minute drive). A casual Korean barbecue spot with a menu of national classics such as bulgogi, kimchi and tofu soup.
- Hart House (7-minute drive). An elegant fine-dining restaurant within a heritage Tudor-style home on Deer Lake, serving elevated Pacific Northwest cuisine. The beautiful grounds alone are worth a visit.
- Dageraad Brewing (15-minute drive). A popular artisan brewery specializing in Belgian-style beers, including the Burnabarian, an easy-drinking session ale named for our hometown.
- Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (9-minute drive). A vibrant community venue in Burnaby Lake Park that promotes all aspects of the arts through performances, festivals and classics. Check out the performance calendar to purchase tickets for theatre, live music and more.
- Burnaby Art Gallery (9-minute drive). Located near Shadbolt Centre, the art gallery is housed within Fairacres Mansion, a historic Burnaby residence. The museum’s permanent collection consists of more than 6,000 works, and it is the only public art collection in Canada dedicated to works on paper – by artists ranging from Alistair Bell to Gordon Smith to Jack Shadbolt himself.
Learn more about Burnaby dining, arts and culture highlights.
Book a tour of Mulberry PARC!
Now that you know why Mulberry PARC is a such a great place to live, why not book a tour and see it for yourself? Plus, learn more about the lifestyle at Mulberry PARC, and see why life is better in PARC communities.