2018 Summer

Summer of 2018

Demonstration Market Garden

For over a century, Chinese Canadian market gardeners have been growing produce on small plots of land in south Burnaby. Many of these farmers came from the Sze Yup region and the county of Zhongshan in Guangdong province, China.

This spring, students from a UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies course are visiting Guangdong to study traditional agricultural practices and learn more about how they were adapted to farms in BC. From July 6 to September 2, Tuesday to Sunday, visitors to the Museum can wander our new demonstration market garden, and talk to the students about their research.

More information on this project and its partnerships.

Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee

Step inside this preserved traditional Chinese medicine store from the early 1900s to learn more about the ingredients of Chinese medicine in the early 20th century, and the tools and techniques used by traditional Chinese medical practitioners during the early days of BC.

The images below were taken as part of the documentation of the contents of the Way Sang Yuen Wat Kee medicine shop (herbalist)

Citrus Nobilis

Citrus Nobilis - The mandarin

orange peel is taken to soothe

the stomach, to aid digestion

and to discharge mucus.





Then and Now

Visit the Stride Studios exhibitions gallery to see a display of historic photographs showing how the the community has changed over the the past 125 years. The exhibition features historic photographs of well-known landmarks presented alongside present-day photographs of the same location.

Around the Village

Steam Shed
Between the blacksmith and the log cabin is our newly enhanced steam engine display. Many of the engines have now been refurbished, new information panels installed and regular demonstrations are planned for the summer.

The Jesse Love Farmhouse was built in 1893. This farmhouse is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Burnaby. It was originally built on Cumberland Avenue. The main floor has been restored to its 1925 appearance.

Seaforth School
This school building opened in Burnaby in 1922 with 20 students. It was located on the north side of Burnaby Lake at Government Street and Piper Avenue.

C.W. Parker Carousel & Exhibit Room
In the Carousel Pavilion, learn about the history of the C.W. Parker Carousel and see photographs of the factory where it was made. A new exhibit features touch screen computers where you can discover more information about your favourite horse. And, don't forget to take a whirl on the carousel!

Interurban Tram 1223
Interurban 1223, the Museum's restored electric tram, was originally built in 1912. At the tram barn, visitors can tour the tram and see photographs of the construction of the century-old machine.