OUTDOOR SPACES

Instead of simply looking out the window at the stunning views from Burnaby Mountain, why not immerse yourself in them? MECS now offers outdoor spaces across the Burnaby campus for your next physically distanced, but socially connected event. 

Browse through the spaces to see capacity and main features including seating, electrical availability, ramp access, water stations and more. 

Please get in touch to discuss if a space will work for you.

Burnaby Campus - West 

LABBATT COURT

32 feet x 40 feet
Capacity: 150
  • Permanent Cirque-style tent with picnic table seating
  • Built-in stage
  • Additional seating: benches and steps
  • No PA systems or music available due to proximity toclassrooms
  • Ideal for entertainment, private receptions, or lunches

WEST MALL CENTRE 2400 PATIO (Tim Horton's)

Capacity: 100
 
  • Open-air with picnic table seating
  • Close to offices
  • 2 equal patio areas on either side of space
  • Perfect for private receptions or lunches

 

WEST MALL CENTRE 3000 PLAZA EAST (Starbucks)

20 feet x 40 feet
Capacity: TBD
  • Permanent Cirque-style tent with seating
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: in coffee shop, and next to or under the tent
  • Perfect for entertainment, private receptions, or lunches

WEST MALL CENTRE 3400 PATIO

Capacity: 200
  • Open-air with picnic table seating
  • Close to offices
  • Access to electrical outlets in attached lounge
  • Perfect for private receptions or lunches

Burnaby Campus - Central

AQ COURTYARD GRASS 

Capacity: TBD
  • North, East, South, and West quadrants
  • Stairs and grass available for outdoor classroom use

AQ 2000 JADE POND

Capacity: 20
  • Perimeter is covered
  • Additional seating: benches
  • Next to a classroom
  • Shaded, secluded, peaceful
  • Perfect for small department gatherings

AQ 3000 EAST COURTYARD

(located by Renaissance Café)
Capacity: 100
  • Perimeter is covered
  • Access to nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: benches, metal tables & chairs
  • Close to Strand Hall, Multifaith Centre, and Saywell Offices
  • Ramp access
  • Ideal for lunch events

AQ 3000 SOUTH COURTYARD

(located near Biology Wing)
Capacity: TBD
  • North perimeter is covered

AQ 3000 SOUTH COURTYARD

(located near Chemistry Wing)
Capacity: TBD
  • Access to electrical outlets

AQ 4000 NORTH EAST

Capacity: 200
  • Private, covered area with plenty of shade
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Black Eagle Canoe art installation
  • Stairs available for outdoor classroom use
  • Next door to Strand Hall
  • Perfect for receptions, buffets/BBQs, and lunch events

AQ 4000 NORTH WEST

Capacity: 400
  • Private, covered area with plenty of shade
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Stairs and grass available for outdoor classroom use
  • Amazing view
  • Perfect for receptions, buffets/BBQs, and lunch events

AQ 4000 SOUTH EAST

Capacity: 400
  • Private, covered area with plenty of shade
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Stairs available for outdoor classroom use
  • Next door to Shrum Kinesiology
  • Space for tents on grassy area
  • Perfect for receptions, buffets/BBQs, and lunch events

AQ 4000 SOUTH WEST

Capacity: 400
  • Private, covered area with plenty of shade
  • Access to outlets and nearby water taps
  • Stairs and grass available for outdoor classroom use
  • Ramp access to SUB
  • Amazing view
  • Perfect for receptions, buffets/BBQs, lunch events, and pre-event receptions for SUB ballroom events

BLUSSON 1000 EAST PLAZA

60 feet x 30 feet
Capacity: TBD
  • Covered area
  • Access to electrical outlets
  • Additional seating: built-in benches
  • Space for one food truck
  • Ideal space for welcome & information tables

CONVOCATION MALL

Capacity: 2000
  • Covered area
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: bench, colourful metal tables & chairs
  • Close by to Library
  • Perfect for games and large events

DJAVAD MOWAFAGHIAN COURTYARD EAST

Capacity: 25
  • Private, grassy area situated among trees with plenty of shade
  • Additional seating: bench seating
  • Grass available for outdoor classroom use
  • Close to classrooms and offices
  • Perfect for yoga, small picnics

DJAVAD MOWAFAGHIAN COURTYARD EAST

Capacity: 125
  • Partly covered area
  • Access to electrical outlets (though office windows) and nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: built-in benches
  • Close to classrooms and offices
  • Perfect for receptions, buffets/BBQs, lunch events, and wedding ceremonies
  • No PA systems or music available due to proximity to classrooms

FOUNTAIN PLAZA

40 feet x 60 feet
Capacity: 50
  • Access to nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: built-in benches
  • Next to walkways and bus loop stairs
  • Perfect for welcome tables, vendors, and pop-up food carts

FREEDOM SQUARE

Capacity: 150
  • Access to electrical outlets (though office windows) and nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: benches & bleachers
  • Close to Library
  • Perfect for buskers, entertainment, vendors, and pop-up food carts

FREEDOM SQUARE NORTH PLAZA

Capacity: 75
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: large built-in table, benches & bleachers
  • Close to Library and Halpern Centre
  • Available for outdoor classroom use
  • Perfect for buskers, information tables, games, entertainment, and roped off private events

STRAND HALL PLAZA NORTH WEST

Capacity: 50
  • Access to electrical outlets
  • Additional seating: built-in benches
  • Close to Strand Hall and AQ offices
  • Statue in middle of space
  • Perfect for information tables, entertainment, vendors, seated announcements, and receptions

STRAND HALL PLAZA SOUTH WEST

20 feet x 40 feet
Capacity: 50
  • Access to electrical outlets
  • Additional seating: built-in benches
  • Close to Strand Hall and AQ offices
  • Statue in middle of space
  • Available for outdoor classroom use
  • Perfect for information tables, entertainment, vendors, seated announcements, and receptions
  • 10 x 10 tent in place

SUB PLAZA NORTH

Capacity: TBD
  • Partially-covered space
  • Ideal space for information tables, entertainers, and vendors
  • 10 x 10 in place

SUB PLAZA EAST

Capacity: TBD
  • Additional seating: built-in benches
  • Close to offices
  • Available for outdoor classroom use

SUB SOUTH LAWN

Capacity: TBD
  • Available for outdoor classroom use

TRANSPORTATION CENTRE PLAZA 100 NORTH

30 feet x 40 feet
Capacity: TBD
  • Partially-covered space
  • Additional seating: benches
  • Accessible
  • Close to bus loop
  • Ideal space for information tables, games, and pop-up food carts

TRANSPORTATION CENTRE PLAZA 100 SOUTH

Capacity: 100
  • Partially-covered space
  • Additional seating: benches
  • Accessible
  • Ideal space for information tables, department events, receptions, and buffet lunches

TRANSPORTATION CENTRE ROTUNDA PLAZA 100

40 feet x 40 feet
Capacity: 100
  • Covered space
  • Ideal space for games and piano performances
  • Public piano in place 

TRANSPORTATION CENTRE 400 ROTUNDA ROOF

Capacity: 200
  • Partially-covered space
  • Access to electrical outlets
  • Additional seating: benches
  • Amazing views
  • Accessible
  • Ideal space for receptions, seated announcements, and buffet/BBQ lunches

TROTTIER OBSERVATORY PLAZA

Capacity: TBD
  • Access to electrical outlets
  • Additional seating: benches, metal picnic tables
  • Close to Strand Hall
  • Room for two food trucks
  • Space available for outdoor classroom use

Burnaby Campus - East

TOWN & GOWN SQUARE

40 feet x 40 feet
Capacity: TBD
  • Permanent Cirque-style tent with picnic table seating
  • Access to electrical outlets and nearby water taps
  • Additional seating: benches and steps
  • Perfect for food trucks, farmer's markets, and summer games
  • Public piano in place