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Stories of the place we call home.

Free Speakers Series, Walking Tours & Film


Join us Wednesday evenings in the fall for a lively speaker series on a diverse range of local history topics. Walking tours of Burnaby parks and cultural landmarks are offered on Saturday afternoons. Speakers include historians, Burnaby Village Museum staff, and First Nations community members. Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Village Museum, the Burnaby Public Library, and the Burnaby Historical Society.

All these events are FREE but registration is required. Call the library at 604-436-5400 to reserve your place or use the links below to register on-line.





Burnaby's Birdlife

Kingsway Memories

Chinese-Canadian Stories

Saving Burnaby Lake

Getting to Know Burnaby

Indigenous Plant Tour

Masjid Al Salam Mosque

All Our Father's





Burnaby’s Birdlife

Wednesday, September 13, 7-8pm
Burnaby Village Museum (Carousel Activity Rm), across from the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts,

Our city is a remarkable place for birds – from huge crow roosts to a spectacular heronry, from garden beauties to lakeshore gems. Join us to discover, view, and discuss the diversity of Burnaby’s birds.

Speaker: George Clulow

George is an avid birder, and he has had a long involvement with the naturalist and birding communities locally, provincially and at the national level. He is the immediate past-president of British Columbia Field Ornithologists, served on the board of Bird Studies Canada, and was the BC Breeding Bird Atlas Regional Coordinator for Metro Vancouver.


Kingsway MemoriesThe Golden Dragon restaurant sign

Wednesday, September 27, 7-8pm
Tommy Douglas Library,
7311 Kingsway, Burnaby

Learn about the long history of the road we know as Kingsway, and bring your own stories and memories to share.  The talk will begin with the route’s origins as a First Nations trail, and end with its heyday of neon signs and supper clubs in the 1960s.

Speaker: Eric Damer

Eric Damer is a researcher and educator at Burnaby Village Museum, and a freelance historian with numerous publications. He holds graduate degrees from UBC and enjoys sharing his research about the past. 

Image: The Golden Dragon restaurant sign, one of the many neon signs on Kingsway 
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Chinese-Canadian Stories

Workers in a field near Sperling and Douglas RoadWednesday, October 4, 7-8pm
Bob Prittie Metrotown Library,
6100 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby


Find out more about the contributions of Chinese Canadian people to the development of Burnaby, with a focus on the late 1800s to 1950s. Community members are invited to bring their own stories, and memories to share.

Speakers: Will Archibald and Denise Fong

Denise Fong is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia and a researcher at the Burnaby Village Museum focusing on the history of Chinese Canadians in Burnaby.

Image: Chinese Canadian farm workers in a field near Sperling and Douglas Road (now Canada Way), circa 1905.
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Saving Burnaby LakeDoreen Lawson at Burnaby Lake

Wednesday, October 11, 7-8pm
McGill Library, 4595 Albert Street, Burnaby

Learn about the community activists who worked to clean up and preserve the aquatic environment of Burnaby Lake. Community members are invited to bring their own stories and memories to share.

Speaker: Rebecca Salas

Rebeca Salas is a Museum Registrar at the Burnaby Village Museum.  As an M.A. Candidate in Geography at Simon Fraser University, Rebeca is interested in the relationship between memory and place.

Image:Former Burnaby Councillor Doreen Lawson at Burnaby Lake, 1988. She was an advocate for preservation of the lake.
City of Burnaby Archives  608-008-2


Getting to Know Burnaby

Kingsway at Central Park, circa 1921Wednesday, October 18, 7-8pm
Cameron Recreation Complex, 9523 Cameron Street, Burnaby

Celebrate Burnaby 125th birthday by learning about the history of the community. Find out more about some of the interesting people who have shaped the place where we live.

Speaker: Lisa Codd

Lisa Codd is Curator at the Burnaby Village Museum. She received an M.A. in History from Simon Fraser University, and enjoys speaking about the history of Burnaby.

Image: Kingsway at Central Park, circa 1921
City of Burnaby Archives 521-031


Walking Tours

Explore the outdoors and indoors of our beautiful city during our Neighborhood Histories Series walking tours. Community members are invited to bring their own stories and questions.

Walking Tour of the Masjid Al Salaam Mosque & Islamic Education Centre

Saturday, October 21st, 2-3:00pm
5060 Canada Way, Burnaby

Explore the architecture and culture of the Masjid Al Salaam Mosque & Islamic Education Centre with building architect Sharif Senbel. Meet at entrance of the Mosque.  SOLD OUT

Indigenous Plant Tour of Deer Lake

Saturday, October 28st  2-3:00pm Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby

Coast Salish educator, Starla Bob (Kushi opi mani wi), of the Cowichan Tribes with ties to the Snuneymuxw First Nation peoples, shares her knowledge of how native plants have long been used in Aboriginal health and healing practices while touring the Deer Lake area.   SOLD OUT




All Our Father's Relations

Thursday, October 12th, 7-9pm
Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Room: James Cowan Theatre

All Our Father’s Relations (祖根父脈) tells the story of the Grant siblings who journey from Vancouver to China in an attempt to rediscover their father’s roots and better understand his fractured relationship with their Musqueam mother. Raised primarily in the traditions of the Musqueam people, the Grant family and their story reveal the shared struggles of migrants and Aboriginal peoples today and in the past.