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Set on five acres in Deer Lake Park, Burnaby Village Museum gives you a taste of Burnaby in the early 20th century.
Bounded by the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River, Burnaby is situated on the Burrard Peninsula east of Vancouver. Within its 92 square kilometres, you'll find a mountain, beaches, old growth forests, a university and a mega shopping complex.
As early as 1860, homesteaders began settling in the area that is now Burnaby. In 1892, with approximately 2 50 residents, Burnaby received its municipal charter. Agriculture became the dominant industry; Burnaby's strawberries were well-known and appreciated throughout the Vancouver area.
Between 1908 and 1912, the population grew from 800 to 15,000. This phenomenal growth transformed Burnaby from a small fanning community into a vast residential municipality. At its 50th birthday, in 1942, a Vancouver
Sun article called Burnaby a "Suburb of Happy Homes."
This "suburb" has come a long way over the years. Today it is home to almost 170,000 people who enjoy Burnaby's spectacular physical environment, high-quality residential neighbourhoods, community services and cultural character. Housing options range from single-family homes to multifamily dwellings, retirement complexes and adult-oriented apartments, in both urban and suburban settings. Stunning views of the Fraser River floodplain, Burrard Wet and coastal mountains abound.
Burnaby's public school system consists of 44 schools. Schools integrate the latest technology, including computer networks, multimedia and com- puter-assisted instruction. The Burnaby School District also runs continuing education classes for adults. Two major post-secondary institutes, Simon Fraser University and British Columbia Institute of Technology, are located in Burnaby.
Burnaby is becoming a hub of artistic activity. Deer Lake Park is the home of the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Burnaby Arts Council and the Burnaby Arts Centre. The Burnaby Arts Centre is expanding to include a new state-of- the-art theatre seating 450 people.
Burnaby's thousands of acres of parks also contribute to the high quality of life in Burnaby. Burnaby Mountain Park, 1,200 feet above sea level, features breathtaking views, an aboriginal Japanese sculpture display and Simon Fraser University. Deer Lake Park offers fishing, boating, dining and theatre. Located at the eastern end of Deer Lake, the Burnaby Village Museum is a unique museum of living history where you can experience pioneer life between 1890 and 1925.
On the shore of Burrard Inlet in north Burnaby, Barnet Marine Park offers trails, swimming, boating and picnicking, as well as spectacular views of the North Shore and Indian Arm. Burnaby Lake Regional Park, in central Burnaby, has a wildlife sanctuary. And Central Park, at Boundary Road and Kingsway, has a lake, pitch'n'putt, tennis courts, swimming pool, jogging wAs and sports events at Swangard Stadium.
Burnaby has become a top choice for businesses as well as individuals moving to Greater Vancouver. Burnaby has the second largest concentration of commercial activity in Greater Vancouver, after Vancouver. Metrotown accounts for a large portion of this; it contains the second largest retail complex in Western Canada. This 293-hectare precinct has become the region's "downtown," offering high-density res- idential, office and retail space. Also located in Metrotown are Central Park the Bonsor Recreation Complex and the Bob Prittie Metrotown Library and Civic Square. Metrotown's central location, as well as its transit links, including the SkyTrain, make it attrac- tive to many businesses. Metrotown is projected to have 26,000 residents and six million square feet of commercial space by 2001.
Burnaby has the third largest concentration of industrial floor space in the region. Large-scale industrial parks and two discovery parks accommodate more than 500 manufacturing firms, warehousing/distribution firms and a growing high-tech sector. Its accessibility makes Burnaby an attractive site for industry. Vancouver International Airport is about 15 km away. Burnaby is serviced by three railways.
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