Burnaby is Mesa’s fifth and newest Sister City. Burnaby is located in the geographical center of the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. With a population of over 200,000 it offers an exceptional physical environment featuring two large freshwater lakes, naturally forested mountain parkland, an ocean beach, a multitude of neighborhood parks and open space with many fish bearing rivers and streams.
Burnaby’s strategic location has helped to provide a diverse range of business and lifestyle opportunities. Metrotown, located six miles from downtown Vancouver and served by Skytrain, the region’s light rapid transit system, provides a central and dynamic focus for regional office and retail activities. Burnaby is home to Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Two hundred acres of fertile land near the Fraser River supply a significant portion of the vegetable production from the lower Mainland farming area. Burnaby is also home to a growing floriculture industry.
Mesa and Burnaby began exploring a Sister City relationship in 1998, with several visits exchanged before the relationship was finalized in March 1999. The communities are finding it very useful to share information on civic issues, with delegates attending sessions on public safety, cultural and recreational programs.
The Vancouver Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Just two hours north of Vancouver by road lies Whistler, where the natural beauty and unique mountain lifestyle offers an escape like nowhere else.
Burnaby Mountain Park
The Burnaby Mountain Park offers amazing views of Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains, as well as downtown Vancouver.
Youth Ambassadors travel to our sister cities during the summer. The youth are eligible after completing their sophomore and junior year in high school.
Each youth ambassador spends three weeks with their host family in one of our Mesa Sister Cities. They return home and then welcome their youth ambassador in their homes here in Mesa.
I had so much fun with my ambassador family. They treated me like I was a part of their family and I got to experience what their life is like in Canada.
– Kaeden F, Youth Ambassador 2019