Getting to Buntzen Lake from downtown Vancouver requires a few transfers en route and takes roughly 90 minutes on a good day, even with a tailwind. Because the options are rather limited, be sure to use the planning tools at the Translink website to create the most efficient schedule for your needs. During high season, from the end of June to early September, the #179 bus connects Coquitlam Central Station to Buntzen Lake on weekends and holidays only, with limited hours of operation [approximately 9:35 AM - 7 PM.]
At other times, the #182 Belcarra leaves from Moody Centre Station [Bay 8] and will drop you off at Anmore Grocery just outside the gate to Buntzen Lake Park. You'll have to trudge the final 2 kilometres to South Beach.
Whichever bus you catch, you'll want to take the Expo Line from downtown, transferring to the Millennium Line at Commercial-Broadway Station.
Incidentally, Anmore Grocery has worms, a limited suply of fishing tackle and fishing licenses for sale.
After the Flood: Deadheads and snags, dating from the early 1900s when the reservoir was filled, are seen in many shallow areas around Buntzen Lake. Pictured here, a view from the dike across the south end slough.
When BC Car-Free was written, there wasn't a SmartPhone in sight. There were a lot of dumb ones, mostly landlines [how quaint!] and the odd – very odd – handheld "mobile" that looked more like a refrigerator than a phone. Consequently, we included a great deal of information in the original print version that would be redundant, and soon dated, if we tried to repeat that in this redux. For more precise scheduling options any of the following will work.
Translink Website: In Vancouver, follow the link on PC or mobile to plot the best routing between your current location and your destination. Surprisingly, there isn't an app for that.
Next Bus: Also a service of Translink, Next Bus provides real-time info on that bus that was supposed to have arrived 10 minutes ago. Input the the bus route or bus stop number from the top of the bus marquee for more current schedule information.
Google Maps: Also provides routing and scheduling of transit options just about anywhere in the world on any platform. It works well in BC, less so in exotic overseas locales. Google Maps has the added benefit of allowing you to input start and end coordinates visually when the precise address is unknown.
Transit App: Available for Android or iOS, Transit also has a more or less global reach.
Transit DB: Another popular dedicated app that at present is only available for Android.