Who We Are
Heritage Burnaby is an online collaboration, spearheaded by the Community Heritage Commission that represents all of the community assets, heritage services and historic collections managed by the City of Burnaby, British Columbia. Burnaby was first incorporated in 1892 as a district municipality under the provision of the Province of British Columbia's Municipal Act, becoming the City of Burnaby in 1992. The City now occupies 98.60 square kilometres and is situated between the City of Vancouver on the West and Port Moody, Coquitlam and New Westminster on the East. The city is further bounded by Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River on the North and South respectively.
Below is a detailed description of each of the partner institutions involved in this website.
Community Heritage Commission
The Community Heritage Commission was established in 1988 by Burnaby City Council.
Burnaby's Community Heritage Commission
The Community Heritage Commission was established in 1988 by Burnaby City Council under the provisions of the B.C. Heritage Conservation Act.
The role of the Commission has been to advise Council on various heritage matters referred to it by Council. The Commission has evolved to oversee programs and projects that support heritage conservation in Burnaby as guided by the Official Community Plan. One of the goals of the plan is to provide opportunities for increased awareness and the conservation of the City's unique natural, cultural, archaeological and built heritage.
Legislative Services carries out the statutory responsibilities of the Corporate Officer as legislated under the Community Charter.
Legislative Services carries out the statutory responsibilities of the Corporate Officer as legislated under the Community Charter, and in that capacity, facilitates the efficient and effective delivery of administrative, legislative and support services for Council, Council Committees, the City and the public. It is responsible for: Council meetings, Council functions and special events, public hearings, Boards, Committees and Commissions, Board of Variance, bylaws, municipal elections, petition process, Archives, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Kushiro Cup, and the Plaza Paver Ceremony.
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Heritage Planning Program administers the stewardship of civic-owned heritage sites.
Burnaby's Heritage Planning Program
In order to advance the mandate of Burnaby's Community Heritage Commission, the Planning and Building Department, through the work program of the city's Heritage Planner, has developed a Heritage Planning Program to administer the City's stewardship of its civic-owned heritage sites; initiate education and awareness projects and provide opportunities to protect privately-owned heritage resources.
The Heritage Planner also collaborates with staff from the Burnaby Village Museum and City Archives to advance heritage conservation projects to the Community Heritage Commission and Council for approval, as well as provide guidance and support to private property owners and those interested in the City's Heritage Planning Program.
Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby Village Museum is a 10-acre museum, welcoming thousands of visitors each year.
Burnaby Village Museum
Where History Comes to Life
Burnaby Village Museum is a 10-acre heritage village. Visitors can step inside the businesses and homes, take in demonstrations, and ride the fully restored 1912 carousel.
The Museum also has a collection of over 60,000 objects documenting the history of Burnaby. Many are on display in the village, while others are in storage. The collection includes a wide variety of objects, from documents and household items to entire buildings.
The museum is open seasonally. Please check the website for current open hours.
City of Burnaby Archives
The City Archives manages all of the City's inactive permanent records and a growing collection of community resources.
City of Burnaby Archives
Our Mandate: Identify, acquire, preserve and make accessible archival material in the form of civic and private records documenting the history of the City of Burnaby.
Burnaby’s first municipal archive officially opened on November 10, 2001, and is located in the McGill Branch Public Library at 4595 Albert Street. The City Archives functions as a branch of the Office of the City Clerk and operates as the official repository of Burnaby’s municipal records, containing records dating back to Burnaby’s incorporation in 1892. In 2007, the City of Burnaby Archives expanded its collection mandate to include private as well as public records. Types of records held at the Archives include City Records (Council minutes and reports, bylaws, departmental records and photographs) and records from private individuals and community organizations (correspondence, reports, minutes, photographs, moving images and sound recordings). The Archives storage area is equipped with the sophisticated environmental controls necessary to preserve Burnaby’s unique archival material into the future.
Burnaby Public Library
Burnaby Public Library empowers the community to engage with and share stories, ideas and information. Our vision is a welcoming community where all people can explore, learn and connect.
Burnaby Public Library
Burnaby Public Library provides access to a rich array of the world’s stories, ideas and information. The BPL vision is a vibrant community where all people are informed, literate and entertained.
BPL serves the community from four branches including the main Bob Prittie Metrotown branch, and the Cameron, McGill, and Tommy Douglas branches.
The library hosts the Burnaby Matters index: a historical index to Burnaby newspapers dating back to 1935, and Municipal Manager’s Reports to Council dating back to 1964. Please note that the index provides citations only – ask at 2nd floor information desk at the Bob Prittie Metrotown branch for access to the articles and documents.
Of special interest to those researching Burnaby, the following items are located in the reference department of the Bob Prittie Metrotown Library:
Other historical collections at the Bob Prittie Metrotown branch reference department include:
- Board of Variance agendas/minutes, 1987 - present
- Information Burnaby (newsletter), 1974 - present
- City Council agendas/minutes, 1965 - present
- Parks & Recreation Commission agendas/minutes, 1983 - present
- School Board agendas/minutes, 1980 - present
- Traffic Safety Committee agendas/minutes, 1984 - present
- City Manager's reports to Council, indexed from 1974
- Local History File (miscellaneous historical documents and maps)
- Older Burnaby City Planning documents
- Burnaby secondary school yearbooks
- Canadian Institute of Historical Microreproductions (CIHM) - microfiche, documents relating to BC history (included in library catalogue)
- Pacific Press Local History Clippings Collection - newspaper clippings on microfiche, Greater Vancouver events 1930-1980; arranged by subject