If you have a chance this week, go and visit the Burnaby Blooms Festival in Deer Lake Park near Vancouver, BC. We visited a couple of weeks ago and LOVED the eco sculptures that were curated by the fabulous local artist Nickie Lewis from The Wizards Makery. I fell in love with Nickie’s fabulous Mythical creatures in Robert Burnaby Park last year, so I was excited to see what she’d make this time.
Burnaby Blooms Festival aims to support the long-term sustainability and the ecological health of Burnaby, but they do so in a fun, creative way. It’s a great day out.
In addition to the fabulous eco sculptures, there are quite a few outdoor events that you can sign up for (like ikebana or flower-related activities, canoeing classes, painting etc.) As well as a bunch of talks and tours. You can see the full list (and sign up) here.
Deer Lake Park
Deer Lake Park is a beautiful park in the center of Burnaby. We arrived at the wrong side of the park, so walked around the lake to reach the Burnaby Blooms Festival. If you’d prefer to go straight there, head for the Deer Lake Park Festival Lawn to the North of the lake.
Deer Lake Views
We walked around the lake just as the family canoe lessons were in full swing. It looked like everyone was having a blast messing about on the water. You can rent canoes (or kayaks, rowboats or pedal boats.) We may have to go back and try that on a quieter day.
The views of Deer Lake are gorgeous.
Burnaby Blooms Festival
If you can visit on Saturday 28th May, the festival will be in full swing. There are food stands and stalls with information as well as family friendly activities. We didn’t spend long looking at these as we wanted to see the artworks.
I was tempted into buying a shaved ice with mango (they have a strawberry option too.) It was perfect for a hot day and naturally sweet.
Insect sculptures made of flowers
The first sculptures you are likely to see are the insects made of flowers, just outside the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. There was a fabulous wasp…
As well as a giant spider.
Plus a caterpillar and a butterfly. Are they not spectacular!?
Next we headed away from the festival lawn and into the woods for more eco sculptures. I admired the gorgeous work of Tanya Bub, made of driftwood. The various animals have such haunting stares.
My favourites were the lions and the dogs.
Wizard Makery sculptures
Last but not least we finally found Nickie’s mythical creatures. There was a sprite, a wizard and even pegasus hiking in the woods.
The star of the show was Aster, the giant dragon. Emerald the Dragon was my favourite sculpture in 2021, so it was fun to see another one.
Nickie creates her fantasy creatures from green waste donated by the community and for this event, from the city’s green waste. She uses twine to tie each piece together; So if left, they would slowly decompose and fade back into the forest.
It is amazing to see what artwork can be created with green waste and buckets of talent!
Once we finished visiting the sculptures, we walked around the park and back to the skytrain. Deer Lake Park is a really lovely part of Burnaby to explore normally, but if you can visit during the Burnaby Blooms Festival do! It is a great family day out.
My post is a bit late (as the eco sculptures will only be there until the end of May 2022…) But if you can visit, I really hope you’ll love it as much as we did.