the many kilometers of walking trails in Central Park
after Robert Burnaby who had explored the region in 1859,
Burnaby was incorporated in 1892 and achieved city status
100 years later. Burnaby has evolved from a predominantly
suburban, bedroom community to an urban centre in its own
right -- and with commercial and industrial development,
has never stopped growing.
features high density residential areas, major commercial
town centres, rapid transit, high technology research and
business parks, comprehensive industrial estates, and major
the advent of settlers in the late 1800's, the area now
known as Burnaby was a land of tall trees and wilderness.
The earliest pioneers settled around 1850, and by 1896 Burnaby
had its first park along with a store, post office, two
schools and a church. The community developed slowly until
1887, when the Canadian Pacific Railway was extended into
Vancouver from the Port Moody terminal.
the dramatic increase in traffic between New Westminster
and Vancouver, a tram line connecting the two centres through
Burnaby was built.
the first several decades after incorporation, Burnaby's
growth was influenced because of it's location between the
expanding centres of Vancouver and New Westminster. First
serving as a rural agricultural area supplying nearby markets,
it later served as an important transportation corridor
between Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the interior of
the Province. Continued growth saw it transformed from a
farming area to a residential community.
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Accommodations: There are a full range of accommodations
including numerous motels and hotels, as well as bed and
breakfast places, camping and RV parks.
197,292 (the third most populated urban centre in British
Elevation: Ranges from sea level to a maximum of 1,200
feet atop Burnaby Mountain.
to celebrate the Jubilee of King George V,
May Queen Clara Woodridge dedicated Jubilee Grove
as a garden in Central Park.
Moderate with warm summers, and cool rainy winters.
Main Industries: Burnaby has a large commercial centre;
manufacturing; large industrial parks; warehousing and distribution
and a growing high-tech industry.
Location & Access: Burnaby, British Columbia, is
located between the City of Vancouver, BC, on the west and
Port Moody, Coquitlam and New Westminster on the east. On
the north the city is bordered by Burrard Inlet, and to the
south by the Fraser River. The city is on BC Hwy 99A, 12 km
(7 mi) east of Vancouver. Main entrances from Highway 1 are
the Grandview Highway, Sprott Street, Willingdon Avenue, and
Facilities and Activities: Swangard Stadium and numerous
other sports, recreation, and community complex's, Burnaby
Lake Rowing Pavilion, Tennis / Racquet courts, Burnaby Velodrome
(North America's only indoor cycling track), golf courses,
wildlife sanctuary, fishing, boating, swimming, museums,
arts studios, theatre, shopping and dining.
Local Attractions: Simon Fraser University and Burnaby
Centennial Park, both on Burnaby Mountain; Deer Lake; Century
Park that includes Century Garden, Burnaby Art Gallery,
James Cowan Theatre, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, the Art
Gallery at Ceperley House in Deer Lake Park, Burnaby Village
Museum and Carousel; Burnaby Lake Regional Park; Central
Park; Metropolis and Metrotown Centre.
Annual Events: March - Western Railroadiana Show, Carousel Capers
(Burnaby Village Museum) April - Burnaby ArtWalk May - Rhododendron Festival (Deer lake Park) July - Canada Day celebrations, Burnaby Blues Festival,
Burnaby Gardens Tour, Burnaby Summer Theatre August - Burnaby Summer Theatre November to January - Heritage Christmas at Burnaby
Village December - Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village,
Seasonal celebration at Shabolt Centre for the Arts, Magical
Tourism Information Booth (MetroTown)
4800 Kingsway, Burnaby
Burnaby City Hall
4949 Canada Way - Burnaby, BC, V5G 1M2
Phone: (604) 294-7944
Coast & Mountains Tourism Region
1651 Commercial Drive #270,
Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3Y3
Tel: (604) 739-9011
Toll Free: 1-800-667-3306
Fax: (604) 739-0153