When people ask where I live I always tell them “North Burnaby” as opposed to “Burnaby”.

I love this area and one of the best things about it is the abundance of really cool small businesses along Hastings such as the Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery which opened for business in early March.  I love ice cream more than just about anything and I’m always on the lookout for a quality product. I don’t want gelato, sorbet, or frozen dessert, god damn it! I want ice cream! And yes, Glenburn delivers.

They don’t mess about – they use high quality Birchwood Dairy ice cream which has one of the highest fat contents of any ice cream out there. It’s absolutely delicious and you can taste the difference right away.

Many of their products, including the ice cream, are made in British Columbia and their sauces are made in-house with local fruit. The shop is set up to emulate a mid-century soda fountain complete with chrome appliances, old stools which the owner imported from an actual 1940s diner in the States, and a long counter that reminds me of Woolworth’s.

The ownerss, Robert and Ron LaQuaglia, clearly take pride in their business and the community it serves. And yes, North Burnaby Dairy Queens be warned – you guys have some serious competition!

Glenburn Soda Fountain and Confectionery
Glenburn reflects the character of the Burnaby Heights.
Glenburn reflects the character of the Burnaby Heights.
70-year-old stools! w00t!
70-year-old stools! w00t!
I think these are soda fountains.
I think these are soda fountains.
My friend Heidi refused to let lactoce intolrance get in the way of ice cream.
My friend Heidi refused to let lactoce intolrance get in the way of ice cream.
Heidi enjoyed a Canadian Mint sundae which contains mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, and toasted almonds.
Heidi enjoyed a Canadian Mint sundae which contains mint chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge, and toasted almonds.
I had a vanilla sundae with strawberries. It was delicious!
I had a vanilla sundae with strawberries. It was delicious!
The menu!
The menu!