Our Village

Where History Comes to Life – Stroll down the streets of the village exploring at your own pace. The village is an open-air museum on a 10-acre site that represents at typical tram-stop community. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the garden at the farmhouse, and the General Store.

The elegance of the recently restored Interurban #1223 tram is something to experience. This tram part of the area's rich public transportation history. An exciting must for every visitor is a whirl on the historic 1912 CW Parker Carousel. Rides are accompanied by music from a 1925 Wurlitzer band organ.

Amenities include picnic tables, a gift shop, and an ice-cream parlour which offers a menu for light meals and snacks. The site is wheelchair accessible.

Summer of 2015:  Homegrown Harvest

This summer see what's growing in the heritage-style exhibit gardens. From backyard gardens to commercial farms, Burnaby has a long history of agriculture. Visitors can learn about a variety of heirloom plants, and find out what kinds of food grows in Burnaby - past and present. 

Stride Studio

Burnaby is a good place to grow food.

The community has a long history of food production, from First Nations harvesting of wild cranberries through to urban farms operating in Burnaby today.

The display focuses on the 1860s to 1950s; a time when people grew food and raised animals on commercial farms, in small family farms, and in backyard gardens. Bees, berries, eggs, dairy, fruit, berries, and vegetable-growing are featured.

Take a peek over the garden gate and through the kitchen window to see the history of growing and preserving food in Burnaby.

Meadow: What's in Burnaby Backyards

There are many productive gardens growing in backyards throughout the community. See examples of:

  • the variety of vegetables grown in backyards
  • ways that backyard gardens make ingenious use of limited space
  • how gardens save money
  • foods used in traditional recipes brought to Burnaby from around the globe

Visit throughout the summer to track the growth of a variety of plants, from roma tomatoes to chayote, from kale to cumbers.


Use this link for more information about our tours and daily events.


Our C.W. Parker Carousel is a marvelous machine. It's a delight to see and a thrill to ride.

Interurban Tram #1223

This tram was part of an extensive commuter system from 1913 to 1958. Its elegance has been restored and its legacy preserved.


Our townsfolk wear 1920s styled clothing that reflects the jobs and tasks of their spaces and locations.


Get a sense of what's on our ten-acre site. Have a look at our map.


Consider renting one of our unique spaces for your next meeting, event, or ceremony.