The beaver became the official symbol of Canada since March 24, 1975 so it doesn’t get more Canadian than The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill. They’re located at the North End of the No.2 Road Bridge in Richmond. The Flying Beaver lets you sit and watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.
Decor is a typical rustic bar with touches of flight or Vancouver related art. There’s a wheelchair pilot suspended in the air that I particularly liked.
I came here for brunch with my husband and daughter. They sat us beside the windows on their enclosed patio near the back of the restaurant. So between the crayons and watching the planes on the water, my daughter was entertained the whole time. Although this restaurant is very kid friendly they also have certain sections to seat adults only.
We shared The Beaver Damn, which is (description from their menu) A big ol’ plate with wings, potato skins with bacon, steak bites, kale & artichoke dip, naan bread and tortilla chips. Wash it down with some beer, or coffee in my case and it was the perfect lazy Sunday.
This past weekend, we celebrated my daughter, Mikayla’s 1st birthday. She’s a summer baby so I had many more choices of venues in the city. I knew I wanted the party outdoors since there are over 50 guests including children. After narrowing down my search to kid friendly and unique locations, I finally found Burnaby Central Railway.
This park is located in Confederation Park with parking all along the street. There are canopies set up for your party that’s on a grassy area a little elevated from the regular picnic tables. They can hold up to 3 parties during one time slot, which are 11am-1pm or 2pm-4pm. Make sure you book ahead of time online because this place is popular. The staff in the concession stand are great and the train conductors are good natured older gentlemen. They all operate the trains during the weekends as hobbies.
It’s tiring for a small child to be out for over 2 hours in the sun and with so much commotion around, but Mikayla was a trooper. She lit up and babbled the whole way around the whole park while sitting on the miniature train ride. While the train weaved around the park, there was a light breeze, which helped with the heat as well. You will cut through tunnels, notice toy sculptures and pass by other trains. The ride takes about 15 minutes and are $2.50 per ride unless you purchase in bulk, which will cost $2.00 per ride. There was no question that it was money well spent.