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Summer cycle to New Brighton Pool


Bike then swim at New Brighton Pool.
On a cloudy weekday, you may have a lane all to yourself at New Brighton Pool. Photos by Bryden Fergusson

A bike ride to and swim at New Brighton Pool is one of the great joys of summer. I love the view of the working waterfront with its grain elevators – it’s so uniquely East Vancouver.

There are lanes to swim laps and a huge shallow end that’s perfect for kids. The pool is heated at 23 C, so it’s a warm swim even on a cool day.

Best of all, I top off the day’s exercise with a delicious salmon burger from the concession stand. As an incentive to work extra hard, on the ride back I sometimes pick up a treat from one of the Italian bakeries on Hastings Street (one near Kaslo and the other near Penticton).

The salmon burger from the concession stand is the best part of the ride. Or try the fish and chips.
The salmon burger from the concession stand is the best part of the ride. Or try the fish and chips.

Depending on where you start in Renfrew-Collingwood, the bike ride can take from 30 to 40 minutes. There’s one big hill and a few small ones, but generally the ride follows bike routes and is easy and safe.

The ride up Slocan Street just before Broadway is the worst part of the ride.
The ride up Slocan Street just before Broadway is the worst part of the ride.
From Slocan Street, turn right at Adanac then left at Kaslo.
From Slocan Street, turn right at Adanac then left at Kaslo.

For a small fee, you can purchase tickets online to reserve for one of several time slots at the pool ( I like to reserve the 9:30 am to 11:45 am time and go early to avoid the crowds. The pool is generally open from May to Labour Day in September.

It’s important to bring water and get an early start, especially on a hot day. On a cloudy weekday, though, you may find you have a lane all to yourself.

Renfrew-Collingwood bike route to New Brighton Pool

  1. Take the Slocan Street bike route. Going up the hill next to Van Tech high school and just before Broadway is the worst part of the ride.
  2. Continue on Slocan. Rest in the shade and hydrate at Clinton Park and 1st Avenue, if you like.
  3. Turn right at Adanac. Turn left at Kaslo.
  4. Follow Kaslo until you hit the Portside route. Take in the views of the waterfront. Ride past the horse barns of the PNE’s Hastings Park racecourse on your right.
  5. Continue on Portside, going under the train bridge, until you reach New Brighton Pool.

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July 2020 issue of RCC News is here

Stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay well and safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • RISE Community Health Centre has risen
  • Building an anti-racist future
  • Pop-up market by Fresh Roots and Italian Cultural Centre
  • Meal delivery for seniors
  • Collingwood Corner: On COVID craziness

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email

The deadline for the August 2020 issue is July 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.

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Easy bike ride follows Still Creek to Burnaby Lake

Burnaby Lake is a haven for birds. These goslings stay close to their mom and dad. Photos by Bryden Fergusson


In these COVID-19 times, many people are choosing to ride their bikes to get from point A to B. It’s a great way to maintain physical distancing and get some exercise, sunshine and vitamin D at the same time.

If you’re looking for a safe ride, take one of the bike paths under the SkyTrain lines, which are well marked and have crossing lights at busy streets.

Central Valley Greenway from Renfrew/Rupert SkyTrain station to Burnaby Lake

This route gives you views of Still Creek and takes about 1.5 hours roundtrip from Renfrew Station.

1. Pick up the Central Valley Greenway from the Renfrew or the Rupert SkyTrain station.

2. Head east, safely cross busy Boundary Road at the crossing light.

3. The greenway takes you behind Home Depot. After the Home Depot parking lot, turn right at Gilmore.

4. Cross Gilmore at Still Creek Avenue, heading for Dick’s Lumber.

Pick up the trail at Gilmore and Still Creek Avenue next to Dick’s Lumber.

Looking northwest behind Dick’s Lumber to the towers of Brentwood.

5. Follow the Central Valley Greenway, past the Toyota dealership on your left, Costco across the street on your right and the Burnaby Eco-centre (recycling centre) on your left. Be careful of the trucks leaving the driveways along this industrial stretch.

6. Cross Douglas Road and turn right where you can pick up the greenway next to Still Creek.

Sights along the way include the remains of a beaver dam in a small tributary that runs into Still Creek. Photo by Julie Cheng

7. Continue past the overpass near the Sperling SkyTrain station. The trails of Burnaby Lake are now 5 minutes away.

South of Sperling SkyTrain station heading east towards Burnaby Lake, now just 5 minutes away.

Enjoy a peaceful ride in the shade of trees.