Know Where To Go: What’s Good in SFU Burnaby

The SFU Burnaby campus is a community within a community. The campus has everything from shopping to the great outdoors. Check out where to go and what to do!


Burnaby Mountain Park

When was the last time you flew a kite? Burnaby Mountain Park gives you a breathtaking background for outdoor activities. Grab some friends, a picnic, and a frisbee. At the end of the day, hike up to the viewing point to catch the sunset. The view is incredible.

This photo of Burnaby Mountain Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Djavad Mowafaghian Courtyard

Named after the philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian, the Courtyard outside of SFU Burnaby is a great place to sit and study or take a break from studying. Or, if you’re anything like us, it can be the backdrop for a photo shoot. Apparently, it’s also a hotspot for Pokémon Go, if you’re still into that.

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SFU Bike Park

The SFU Bike Park caters to all ages and skill levels on two wheels. The facility has an advanced, expert jump line for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Bonus points, it’s easily accessible by car or transit.


University Shopping Village

SFU’s University Shopping Village is a microcosm of Vancouver; a self-sustaining hub that has everything one could need. From Starbucks to restaurants and grocery stores, from the dentist to the liquor store, you’d never need to venture downtown.

SFU Shopping

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Steve’s Poke Bar

Steve’s Poke Bar is where to go for authentic Hawaiian Poke. Founder Steve Huynh was born in a Malaysian refugee camp as a result of the Vietnamese War. His parents moved to Canada, but he also has family in parts of Oahu, Hawaii. Spending a lot of time growing up between Vancouver and Honolulu, he learned how to make authentic Hawaiian poke from his family recipes.

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The Academic Quadrangle

As part of SFU’s fifteen minutes of fame, the Academic Quadrangle has appeared in the backdrop of film and television, including shows like The X-Files and Sliders. Thanks to the contemporary Brutalist architecture, the largely-concrete aesthetic provides a certain ominous anonymity.

Photo by: SFU – University Communications via Flickr

Trottier Observatory

The Trottier Observatory is home to SFU’s Starry Nights program, which brings the night sky down to earth. The Observatory allows visitors to star-gaze like astronomers, teaching beginners and giving experts a platform to share their planetary knowledge.

Convocation Mall

Convocation Mall: The site where many freshly graduated SFU Alumni accepted their diplomas, threw their square caps up into the air, and cheered for their new-found freedom. Convocation Mall holds dear memories for grads but is also a wide-open space where current SFU students can hold events.

Photo by: SFU – University Communications via Flickr

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