Burnaby has come a long way since its inception as a route between New Westminster and Vancouver.
It now acts as the heart of Metro Vancouver, flanked by different municipalities at all of its borders.
The city is known for its park lands, schools, lakes, and mountain, but there may be some things about Burnaby that you don’t know about.
Until now, that is…
Michael Buble, Michael J. Fox, Joe Sakic, and national soccer team player Christine Sinclair all came out of Burnaby. Can we all agree that there should probably be some sort of Back to the Future museum?
Michael Buble is currently constructing a 27,000 sq ft mansion in Burnaby, at a cost of roughly $6.4 million.
Atop Burnaby Mountain is the Playground of the Gods, home of roughly 50 totem poles created by Japanese artist Nubuo Toko, along with his son, Shusheo. The poles overlook Coal Harbour, and are there to symbolize the bond Burnaby has with its sister city, Kushiro, Japan.
NDP politician Svend Robinson was elected out of Burnaby. He was Canada’s first openly gay MP and was a long-serving politician for the city.
In 2009 Maclean’s magazine named Burnaby Canada’s best run city. I’m sure the two skytrain lines help with that!
The Metropolis Mall at Metrotown is Canada’s second largest commercial mall, and the largest in BC. No wonder it is so easy to get lost in there.
Burnaby has one of the highest park land to resident ratio in all of North America, with roughly 25% of the city’s land being parkland or open space.
The city takes its name from Burnaby lake, which was named after explorer Robert Burnaby travelled the area in 1859.
Helen ‘the Swinging Girl’ is a kinetic neon sign that hangs in The Heights shopping district. It was installed in 1956 and had been official labeled a civic heritage landmark as of 2010.
Burnaby counts for 10% of the total population in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, though it only accounts for 4% of the land.
Roughly 54% of people in Burnaby have a primary language that is neither of Canada’s two official languages, English and French.
Built in 1912, the carousel at the Burnaby Village Museum was originally purchased for $5,886. It eventually found its way to Vancouver, and then into Burnaby after being saved from being deconstructed and auctioned off horse by horse. It still runs during the museum’s public hours, and only costs $2.50 for a spin.
The Velodrome Trail is a 1,400m path in Burnaby that starts at the parking lot of the Doug Drummond trailhead. It is a 240m elevation climb, so not quite as steep as Grouse Mountain. Let’s consider that a plus.
The Burnaby Central Railway has over two miles of track that traverses a seven acre lot, and offers rides on their miniature locomotives.
At last count, somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 crows gather at the Still Creek Roost (near Willingdon Avenue and Highway 1) in Burnaby at dusk each winter.