Welcome to our family, Burnaby office

Welcome to our family, Burnaby office

As we welcome our office in Burnaby, BC we’ve found many fun facts about the city.

With one of the largest parkland to resident ratio in all of North America, with approximately 25% of the city’s land being parkland or open space, Burnaby has ample room to get outside and is a great mixture of the urban environment and natural landscape.

Check out some of our favourite places to visit and as a bonus, celebrity sightings.

Parks & Urban Centre

According to the website Burnaby.ca, the city has one of the highest park land to resident ratio in all of North America.

The city has witnessed significant changes in its demographic profile. It has evolved from a rural and suburban community to a significant urban centre that is socially, economically and culturally diverse. While Burnaby occupies just over three percent of the land area of Metro Vancouver, it accounts for about 10 percent of the region’s population. It is the third most populated urban centre in British Columbia with a population of 232,755 in 2016.

Photo by Nick Zheng – Burnaby, BC

Photo by Nick Zheng – Burnaby, BC

The largest park in Burnaby is called Central Park and is covered mostly with large fir and spruce trees. With 213 acres and 8.5 kilometres of trails for biking and walking the park also offers other general recreational activities.

Japanese Culture

If you never had the chance to visit the Playground of the Gods, home of 50 totem poles created by Japanese artist Nubuo Toko, and his son, Shusheo, you need to add it to your “must to do” list. The totems are located atop Burnaby Mountain overlooking Coal Harbour and symbolizing Burnaby’s bond with its sister city, Kushiro, Japan.

Playground of the Gods, near SFU. Photo by Marlus M. Grecu, released by Daily Hive.

Playground of the Gods, near SFU. Photo by Marlus M. Grecu, released by Daily Hive.


Third-Largest Commercial Mall in Canada

The fantastic Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the third-largest in Canada behind Alberta’s West Edmonton Mall and Ontario’s Square One Shopping Centre, with 27 million customer visits annually. The mall is located adjacent to Metrotown station on the SkyTrain.

Photo released by metropolisatmetrotown.com.

Photo released by metropolisatmetrotown.com.


The Very Famous Carousel at Burnaby Village Museum

Centuries of history are packed into a 10-acre site at the Burnaby Village Museum, you can find more discoveries at www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca.

The crown jewel of the Burnaby Village Museum is the restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel, which visitors can ride for only $2.65.

Burnaby Village Museum is closed for the season. Please check back for updates.

Photo released by adventureawaits.ca.

Photo released by adventureawaits.ca.


Hometown Celebrities

Michael Bublé, Michael J. Fox, Joe Sakic, and national soccer team player Christine Sinclair all came out of Burnaby.

For some real estate highlights: Michael Bublé’s home in Burnaby is more than 27,000-square-foot and is located across from his childhood elementary school.

Michael Buble's home in Burnaby, BC – Photo by Richard Lam/PNG released by Vancouver Sun in 2018.

Michael Buble’s home in Burnaby, BC – Photo by Richard Lam/PNG released by Vancouver Sun in 2018.


We all agree that Burnaby is a beautiful city and it impresses with its strong economic growth and abundance of natural beauty. If you are thinking of purchasing your home in Burnaby, BC you can count on our new Macdonald Realty Burnaby office.

Find listings on Burnaby, BC by visiting our website: macrealty.com.

Burnaby Population
Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Things To Do – Central Park
Burnaby Things To Do – Burnaby Mountain
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8 Amazing Virtual Family Friendly Canada Day Events

8 Amazing Virtual Family Friendly Canada Day Events

Canada Day is right around the corner and we are all ready to relax a bit. What do you have planned to celebrate Canada Day This Year?

It’s been an unprecedented year, and more than ever, Canada Day will bring Canadians together, but now virtually. While parades and big parties have been cancelled, you can still find amazing events online and get connected with family and friends.

Photo By Danik Perkinson


BC has prepared a lot of virtual events to toast this important holiday and, we at Macdonald Realty have prepared this list of virtual family-friendly events to participate and enjoy the Canada Day!


Get your kids ready to see the cutest parade ever: a pet parade! Pets will be able to strut their stuff and show off their Canadian pride via an online livestream. Stay tuned for other activities including online play zone and prizes.


Delta is inviting residents to host their own physically distanced block parties this year on front lawns and balconies. Neighbourhoods interested in hosting a block party can check with the city to see about getting a #WeLoveDelta Block Box or Mini Box, with all the stuff you need to set up a block party. Visit Delta’s website and get your Canada Day party ready to go!


Don’t miss the chance to watch streamed content from Science World, the Greater Vancouver Zoo, the Fraser Valley Regional Library and the Langley Centennial Museum!

Maple Ridge

Have a lot of fun by watching dance troupes and magician Shawn Farquhar and stay tuned for the four-ingredient challenge.

West Vancouver

Several rooftop performances are scheduled to take place in Ambleside, Dundarave and the Horseshoe Bay area for July 1 and you’ll be able to hear the bands from your home though you won’t be able to see them. (Residents are asked not to congregate on the streets.) At 7 p.m., residents are invited to stand in their yards or balconies to join a community-wide singalong of O Canada, after cheering healthcare workers.

White Rock

After kids bedtime, because you also deserve to celebrate, join White Rock’s events. They will be a live-streamed concert by Ludic from Blue Front Studios, and a comedy set by John Cullen and much more. The event will be live-streamed on YouTube or Facebook, beginning at 7 p.m.


The City of Victoria in partnership with Canadian Heritage are excited to present Victoria’s Canada Day and they want you to be a part of the show! To enter simply head over to their video submissions page and upload a 10 to 20-second clip explaining “What it means to me to be Canadian” OR a video of you singing “O Canada”. Selected video entries will be a part of the commercial-free broadcast on July 1, at 7 pm on CHEK as well as a multitude of online platforms.

Submit your videos HERE and tune in July 1st for a chance to see your entry as a part of Victoria’s official Canada Day celebrations.

Canada Day Together (Government of Canada)

The federal government’s Canada Day celebrations will be celebrated online this year. The hosts Serena Ryder and Pierre-Yves Lord will present original artistic performances between artists across Canada, including Vancouver.

Among the artists, we will have Alanis Morisette, Avril Lavigne, Srah McLachlan, Shane Koyczan, Alan Doyle, The Sheepdogs, Joel Plaskett, and more. Check other interactive activities by clicking HERE. Watch the online streaming on Facebook | CBC Player

Looking for fireworks? You’ll get it. Click HERE.

Happy Birthday Canada!

Enjoy your holiday and we’ll see you online on July 01st.








Macdonald Realty donates to Victoria Rapid Relief Fund  for coronavirus emergency relief

Macdonald Realty donates to Victoria Rapid Relief Fund for coronavirus emergency relief

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (April 24, 2020) – Macdonald Realty Victoria has committed to donating a portion of their agent’s monthly office fees to the Victoria Rapid Relief Fund which is raising money for coronavirus emergency relief in the capital region.  The first monthly contribution of $1200 was delivered to The Victoria Foundation who chairs the fund, with a commitment to continue the monthly donations while Macdonald Realty agents work from home during physical distancing.

“We saw an opportunity to shift the focus and support our community during this critical time, ” says Ara Balabanian, Managing Broker of Macdonald Realty’s Victoria and Sidney offices. “Real Estate has been deemed an essential service by the BC Government so while the doors to our office are closed, we are fortunate to be able to continue offering essential services to clients from our homes. Our agents are happy to see a portion of their office fees redirected to support this worthwhile cause.”

The Victoria Rapid Relief Fund was established to provide funds to local Registered Charities and Qualified Donees providing front-line services to vulnerable populations whose staff, volunteers, programs, and operations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Since March 21st they have raised over $5 million dollars.

Picture from The Victoria Foundation Facebook Page


About Macdonald Real Estate Group:  Founded in Vancouver in 1944, Macdonald Realty (macrealty.com) has grown to become BC’s largest full-service corporately owned real estate company, with over 20 offices, 1,000 agents and staff in the province, and nearly $6 billion in annual sales.

In addition to residential sales, Macdonald Commercial has over 40 dedicated commercial agents with a head office in Vancouver and a new Fraser Valley office in South Surrey; Macdonald Property Management currently manages over $5 billion in BC properties; and Macdonald Platinum Marketing has sold over $2 billion in luxury new construction.

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What makes BC feel like home to you?
Enter our March Contest!

Show us what home is BC means to you. Capture your favourite #homeisBC moment on Instagram, use the hashtag and tag us to win a $1,000. See below for full contest details.

A home is what you make it, it’s where you rest your head, connect with your family, and what comforts you. Home is where you grow, play, create and work. It’s where you sail the ocean, hike the mountains, and cruise the cities. And our home is BC.

Home is BC – Winner Announcement.

What does home is BC mean to you?

During March 2020, people from around the province have shared their love of BC by capturing their favourite #homeisBC moment on Instagram.

Thanks to the more than 200 pictures posted only on Instagram, we could explore BC and keep dreaming about going outside.

From those amazing pictures, we’ve chosen the photo below released by @mywhiskeygirl!

A beautiful moment from a photo taken in Squamish, BC.

We Work Here
We Live here
Home is BC

Home is where we work with our friends, neighbours and clients. Where we help clients for their lifetime whether they move into their first place, over to a bigger space or downsize when the timing feels right. We know that one size does not fit all, and every region has something different to offer.

Now it’s your turn! Capture a home is BC moment and share it with us.

How do you describe BC to a tourist or your out-of-town family? Illustrate that feeling of BC pride or capture a favourite moment of what makes you feel at home in this province?

How to enter:

  • Head to Macdonald Realty on Instagram (@macdonaldrealtybc) to view the official contest post.
  • Like the official post and tag a friend who would love to participate in this contest.
  • Post on your social media a photo that represents “Home is BC” for you.
  • Tag and follow @macdonaldrealtybc and use the hashtag #HomeisBC

Full contest details below.

#homeisBC hashtag feed

Macdonald Realty Contest Rules & Entry

IMPORTANT: Please read these Official Rules before entering the Home is BC contest. By entering the Contest, you agree to the terms of these Official Rules. 


ELIGIBILITY: The contest is open to residents of British Columbia. Entrants must have a public Instagram profile so @macdonaldrealtybc will be able to access the post and photos must be of original content. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. Multiple entries allowed.

ENTRY PERIOD:  March 2nd – March 31st, 2020


  • Head to Macdonald Realty on Instagram (@macdonaldrealtybc) to view the official contest post.
  • Like the official post and tag a friend who would love to participate in this contest.
  • Post on your social media a photo that represents “Home is BC” for you.
  • Tag and follow @macdonaldrealtybc and use the hashtag #HomeisBC

 PLEASE DON’T: Post including photographs that may have copyright violations, offensive, inappropriate content or defame any person, or otherwise, infringe on any person’s proprietary rights. 

 PRIVACY POLICY: All the photos shared on social media with the tags #HomeisBC and/or @macdonaldrealtybc can be shared by Macdonald Realty on its social media channels during or after the contest period (as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn). By entering this Contest, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to this privacy policy.

 PRIZE: $1,000 Visa Gift Card

WINNER SELECTION: Winners will be selected in a voting period by the marketing team of Macdonald Realty after the final day of entry up to one month after contest ends.

Macdonald Realty Reopens in North Vancouver

Macdonald Realty Reopens in North Vancouver

VANCOUVER, B.C., Oct. 2019 / Macdonald Realty, Western Canada’s largest independent full-service real estate company, today announced the re-opening of its office in North Vancouver, B.C.Canada. This office is one of Macdonald’s 20 offices throughout British Columbia.

The freshly renovated office in North Vancouver will bring to the team and clients more space and comfort. The space provides everything Macdonald’s real estate agents need to keep improving and growing their business.

Find us at 206 Lonsdale Ave or give us a call at 604.960.1100.


North Vancouver Office Reopens - Macdonald Realty

Other offices

To find more about Macdonald Realty’s offices in British Columbia – please visit macrealty.com/offices.

About Macdonald Realty

Macdonald Realty was founded in Vancouver back in 1944 and has continued to grow through the years and the changes in the real estate market. We’re solid, established and respected, with 20 offices throughout British Columbia. Today, we’re Western Canada’s largest independent full-service real estate company, with Residential, Commercial, Property Management, and Project Marketing divisions. And we’re still proudly BC owned and operated.

Visit the company’s website today www.macrealty.com

7 Amazing Free Family Friendly Canada Day Events

7 Amazing Free Family Friendly Canada Day Events

The long weekend is right around the corner and we are all ready to relax a bit. What do you have planned to celebrate Canada Day?

Canada Day Fireworks at Canada PlaceFireworks at Canada Place.

Wherever you’re celebrating Canada Day, you’re sure to find parades, picnics, fireworks and parties. BC has tons of activities to toast this important holiday and, we at Macdonald Realty, prepared this list of free family friendly things to do to enjoy the 32nd annual Canada Day!

Vancouver – Canada Place Celebrations

We can’t wait to see the fireworks during the 32nd annual Canada Day at Canada Place on July 1, 2019.  As the largest Canada Day celebration in western Canada, this important event offers amazing family activities, food, live entertainment, and much more.

Vancouver 2019 event highlights:

  • Incredible performances all day long, including Blonde Diamond, Bitterly Divine and, Delhi 2 Dublin as the last attraction
  • Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 60 new Canadians
  • Coast Capital Savings Youth Zone will feature talented artists, including DiRTY RADiO
  • Canadian Forces Zone (Hall B) will offer interactive displays exhibits to honor Canada’s Army, Navy, and Air Force
  • Kids’ Zone (Hall A) will have lots of activities, music and a funny mascot
  • Picnic Plaza with picnic tables and family-friendly activities
  • Food trucks, yay!
  • Fireworks show at 10:30 pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit: canadaplace.ca

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Canada Place

Admission: FREE!



Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre will host the Surrey’s annual free Canada Day celebration on Monday, July 1st.

The city will offer an amazing family-friendly event and, they’re planning to welcome over 100,000 visitors.

According to the event organizes, the event features three stages of programming, Strawberry Tea for seniors, the Indigenous Zone, amusement rides, food trucks, interactive activities, and more.

Canada Day in SurreyPicture: Surrey

Surrey 2019 event highlights:

  • Live concerts with amazing artists including Bif Naked and Our Lady Peace
  • Kids’ Zone
  • Food Truck vendors
  • Fireworks at 10:30pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit:  https://bit.ly/2ZwZAnV

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre, Surrey, BC Canada
176 Street & 64th Avenue

Admission: FREE! Check the website the see the amusement rides fees.



The party starts at 10:00 am on Monday, July 1st in downtown Squamish. The festivities have the parade down Cleveland Avenue – right in front of Macdonald Realty’s office – followed by the flag raising tradition, First Nations welcome, the singing of O Canada and C-A-K-E!

Squamish 2019 event highlights:

  • At the O’Siyam Pavilion and Junction Park from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM enjoy a jam-packed day of activities including live music, dance performances, kids’ zone, lots of food trucks and more. And of course, come and see the amazing free outdoor concerts that make Squamish the place to be!
  • From 7:00 to 10:30 PM, Brennan Park will be the place to be to listen to live music and view the Canada Day fireworks.

Plan your visit: https://www.exploresquamish.com/events/canada-day-event

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: The parade will take place in downtown Squamish on Cleveland Avenue / Live music will be featured at O’Siyam Pavilion and Brennan Park

Admission: FREE!



Wherever you are in Canada, you’re sure to find parades, picnics, music festivals…We think we already mentioned this before, but yes…Whistler is not an exception. Whether you want music, adventure, or just spend a beautiful day in the lake with your family, Whistler is the place to be.

Picture: Whistler

Whistler 2019 Event highlights:

  • Free Transit All Day Long on July 1, 2019
  • Canada Day Parade along the Village Stroll at noon
  • Musical Trio the Tenors at the Whistler Olympic Plaza.

Plan your visit: https://www.whistler.ca/culture-recreation/events-and-festivals/event-listings

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Whistler Olympic Plaza / Village Stroll

Admission: FREE!


Sunshine Coast

If you’re planning to explore the Sunshine Coast this year during Canada Day long weekend, we have good news: “This year’s Canada Day is sure to be a big one!”; that’s what the Sunshine Coast Guide says and, we’re so happy to share.

Sunshine Coast 2019 event highlights:

  • Sechelt will be hosting lot of events. The parade starts at 10:30 am on Cowrie St. with a flyover by the Royal Canadian Airforce
  • At Pender Harbour you’ll find lots of activities throughout all the day long, including live music, International Infusion Dinner at Mad Park Bistro
  • At Powell River/Lund the Canada Day festivities will be held this year at Willingdon Beach. Attendees can look forward to live entertainment, food & craft vendor, Fun Run and, Second Annual Canada Day Fishing Derby.

Plan your visit: https://secheltdowntown.com/canadaday

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Find locations on their website.

Admission: FREE!


Fort Langley

Pancakes, cakes and more are waiting for you in Langley to celebrate the 32nd annual Canada Day! Here is what the town is preparing for you and your family:

Langley 2019 Event highlights:

  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Flag Raising
  • Official Welcoming Ceremonies and Singing of O Canada
  • Birthday Cake
  • Edward the Magician in the Kids’ Zone
  • Live performances all day long
  • And more!

Plan your visit: http://celebratecanadaday.ca/schedule-of-events/

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Find locations on the website.

Admission: FREE!



Let’s celebrate with family and friends! Victoria has prepared such an amazing event for your Canada Day – it is sure to be unforgettable. On Monday, July 1, 2019, the town will have live music and lots of fun activities.

victoria parliament buildingVictoria Parliament Building

From 10:30 AM – 5:30 PM enjoy the expanded Family Zone. Find your favorite spot (or go to all of them) by visiting the face-painting, a bouncy castle and activations by The Bateman Foundation Gallery of Nature and The Victoria Bug Zoo.

The Coast Capital Living Flag at Legislature Lawns will give away 2,300 free red and white T-shirts.

Victoria 2019 Event highlights:

  • Family Zone all day long
  • Food village
  • Live concerts
  • Fireworks at 10:20 pm
  • And more!!!

Plan your visit: https://www.canadadayvictoria.ca/schedule-map

When & Where

July 1, 2019

Location: Inner Harbour and Legislature Lawns 

Admission: FREE!


Happy Birthday Canada!

Enjoy your holiday and we’ll see you on July 02nd.


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Explore Squamish


Sechelt Downtown

Celebrate Canada Day

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