Charting Change Atlas

The legacy of Burnaby's history can be seen in every corner of our city. The Charting Change Atlas presents the natural and cultural heritage of the community through the use of four interactive maps. On each map, Burnaby's heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and neighbourhoods are plotted and linked to historic photographs, artifacts, and neighbourhood histories. The atlas also makes use of Google Street View capabilities, allowing users to view many of the sites in their present context.

Early Burnaby

Early Burnaby Early Burnaby

Up to 1904

Explore First Nations uses of the land and the impact of non-Native settlers and industry.

Pioneer Burnaby

Pioneer Burnaby Pioneer Burnaby

1905 to 1924

Learn about Burnaby's first real estate boom and the early development of the municipality.


Burna-Boom Burna-Boom

1925 to 1954

Discover the impact of the Depression, Second World War, and post-war era of suburban development.

Modern Burnaby

Modern Burnaby Modern Burnaby

1955 to 2008

See images of Burnaby's transformation from suburb to city.

The Atlas is best viewed full screen as it is not responsive to smaller devices.

We would like to acknowledge and thank our project partner, the BC History Digitization Program of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, whose contribution helped make this site possible.