Capitol Hill (Burnaby)

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Capitol Hill and Mount Seymour as seen from Delta Avenue in Brentwood

Capitol Hill elev. 203m, is a hill in the city of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, and also is the name of the neighbourhood spanning the summit of the hill. Standing on the north side of Hastings Street and bounded by Willingdon Avenue to the west and Fell Avenue in the east, this neighbourhood is known for its extensive Italian and Croatian expat communities as well as being a student area in connection with the nearby Simon Fraser University.

Spring on Capitol Hill

Housing[edit]

There are several apartment buildings in the area, mostly along Hastings Street. Although the majority of housing is single-family, the size and value of land increases towards the top of the hill as does the view of downtown Vancouver, the mountains and the water.

Parks and activities[edit]

A walking trail constituting part of Trans Canada Trail skirts the northern flank of the hill.

Notable Canadians[edit]

One of Canada's most famous inventors, Donald Lewes Hings, CM MBE (November 6, 1907 – February 25, 2004) lived at the peak of Capitol Hill. In 1937 he created a portable radio signaling system for his employer CM&S, which he called a "packset", but which later became known as the "Walkie-Talkie".

Also, one of Canada' most celebrated artists, Jack Leonard Shadbolt, OC OBC (February 4, 1909 – November 22, 1998) was a Canadian painter lived on HarbourView, an extension of Glynde Street on Capitol Hill.

Additionally, a local sportcaster, Don Taylor (born 25 September 1959 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian television and radio sportscaster who grew up on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill as seen from Parkcrest, with Grouse Mountain in the distance

Transport and amenities[edit]

The neighbourhood is served by a bus providing connections with the popular Heights shopping district along Hastings Street, Eileen Dailly swimming pool, the McGill branch of Burnaby Public Library and Brentwood Mall to the south.

Scenic viewpoints[edit]

A park near the end of Hythe Ave N., near Hythe's intersection with Cambridge, offers panoramic views of East Vancouver, Downtown Vancouver, Burrard Inlet with both the Lions' Gate Bridge and the Second Narrows Bridge (Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing), the North Shore Mountains including The Lions, Bowen Island and Vancouver Island and is a favourite gathering spot for the locals to enjoy spectacular sunsets and watch the annual fireworks over English Bay in late July and early August. To the east, Capitol Hill boasts spectacular views of Indian Arm, Burnaby Mountain, Mount Seymour, Golden Ears (mountain) and Mount Baker.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 49°17′14″N 122°59′07″W / 49.28722°N 122.98528°W / 49.28722; -122.98528