Burnaby Neighbourhood History

Free Speakers Series and Walking Tours

Explore a range of local history, heritage, and cultural topics. Community members are invited to bring their own stories, memories and questions to share. Presented in partnership by the Burnaby Village Museum and the Burnaby Public Library. 

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Presentations are free but registration is required. Call the library at 604-436-5400 to reserve your place or use the links below to register online.

Talks


History of the Heights

September 25, 7-8:30pm
McGill Library | 4595 Albert Street
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See photographs, share stories, and learn about the history of “the Heights” in North Burnaby. City of Burnaby Heritage Planner Lisa Codd will talk about the early development of the neighbourhood as well as some of the well-known businesses and landmarks that are still part of the community today. 

Across the Pacific: Chinese Canadian Stories in Burnaby 

October 2, 7-8:30pm
Tommy Douglas Branch | 7311 Kingsway
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Join us for a virtual tour of Burnaby Village Museum's Across the Pacific summer exhibition on the history of Chinese Canadians in Burnaby. Co-curator Denise Fong will share stories and historical photographs about Chinese Canadians in Burnaby, and their past and present connections to villages in Guangdong, China. The Hong family from Marine Drive's Hop On Farm will share about their family's multigenerational ties to Burnaby and farming in the Big Bend neighbourhood of south Burnaby.

Songs of Resistance 

October 16, 7-8:30pm
Burnaby Village Museum | 6501 Deer Lake Avenue 
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Join Solidarity Notes Labour Choir and City of Burnaby Heritage Planner Lisa Codd for an evening of song and short presentations about some of the protests and strikes that are part of Burnaby’s history. Singing along is encouraged! In partnership with the City of Burnaby Community Heritage Commission. 

Unfounded: Discussions in Decolonizing Heritage 

October 23, 7-8:30pm
Bob Prittie Metrotown Library | 6100 Willingdon Avenue
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How do we come to know our communities? What narratives and sense of place shape our connection to the lands we live upon? In this presentation, we will look at how dominant colonial narratives are embedded into the built environment, place names, heritage landscapes, and the very planning of our cities--contributing to exclusion and erasure of the local Coast Salish Nations who have lived on their unceded territories since time immemorial. How has “Heritage” contributed to the harms of colonialism? And what will it take to decolonize and re-Indigenize the stories, landscapes, and understandings of the places we call home? Led by Kamala Todd, Indigenous Community Planner and Filmmaker. 

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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.

Ceperley Estate Walking Tour

September 21, 2-3:30pm
Burnaby Art Gallery | 6344 Deer Lake Avenue 
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Tour the grounds of the Fairacres Estate, constructed by Grace and Henry Ceperley on the shores of Deer Lake between 1909 and 1911. The tour will feature a peek inside some of the remaining estate buildings, including the Fairacres mansion that is now home to the Burnaby Art Gallery. Tour provided by City of Burnaby Heritage Planner, Lisa Codd.

Heritage Bus Tour to the Transit Museum of BC

September 28, 2-4pm
Cameron Library | 9523 Cameron Street
- REGISTRATION FULL -

Join the Transit Museum Society of BC on a bus and walking tour of their vintage fleet and see busses from as far back as the 1930s. Participants will have a chance to learn and explore BC’s transportation history with experts. Tour includes a ride to and from Cameron Branch Library on a vintage bus. Unfortunately, the bus is unable to accommodate wheelchair users--please inform staff at time of registration to make alternate arrangements. Sensible footwear with closed toes are required.  

Tour the Al Salaam Mosque & Islamic Education Centre 

October 5, 2-3:30pm
Al Salaam Mosque | 5060 Canada Way
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Masjid is Arabic for mosque while Al-Salaam is Arabic for peace. The award-winning design of this architectural marvel was conceived by local Muslim architect Sharif Senbel. Learn from Sharif about the significance behind many of the architectural details, as well as the importance of the Mosque as a place of faith, education and service to the larger community. 

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