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A Walk Through Burnaby 100+ Years Ago

A Walk Through Burnaby 100+ Years Ago

Long before Metropolis at Metrotown—Burnaby was known as a land of tall trees and wilderness.

In 1850, pioneers settled into the area and The City of Burnaby started to develop slowly from there. By 1896, Burnaby had its first park, along with two schools, a post office, a store and a church.

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A Walk Through Burnaby 100+ Years Ago
Image via Burnaby Heritage

The city was named after Burnaby Lake, which was named in honour of Robert Burnaby who explored the region in 1859. He was a businessman that was active in community affairs and served five years in the BC legislature.

Here is a photo of the first council, in 1892.

first-council
Image via City of Burnaby 

The Municipal City Hall was not built until 1899, despite Burnaby being incorporated as a municipality in 1892.

By 1911, a second municipal hall needed to be built adjacent to the first hall, which was located at Kingsway and Edmonds.

Here is a photo of Kingsway looking southeast towards Edmonds Street in 1914.

A Walk Through Burnaby 100+ Years Ago
Photo: City of Burnaby Archives

Here’s one of Deer Lake from 1905.

deer lake 1905
Photo: City of Burnaby Archives

Image via Burnaby Heritage

The new municipal hall building helped to provide more space for the growing staff and more security for the records—with the buildings’ concrete construction and vaults.

Here is a photo of the municipal hall in 1911 and 1956.

A Walk Through Burnaby 100+ Years Ago
Image via City of Burnaby 
A Walk Through Burnaby 100+ Years Ago
Image via City of Burnaby 

This is what the city hall building looks like today.

Burnaby City Hall
Photo: City of Burnaby

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