Burnaby Village Museum is a 1920s era village that will take you back in time and entertain the whole family. It is located at 6501 Deer Lake Ave. in Burnaby, BC. The 10-acre site is also host to the C.W. Parker Carousel built in 1912 and restored to its original splendour. The village also hosts a 1912 Interurban tram station, and an electric train car is part of the exhibition. There are about 50,000 artifacts, and the facility is a significant source of history for Burnaby.
The village started with the Burnaby Centennial ‘71 Committee, which had set up several permanent exhibitions as part of the celebration. It was known as Heritage Village until 1984 when it received its current name. There are unique themes and programs throughout the year. You may reserve a spot on those programs or reserve tours of the facility in general. There are also seasonal programs for Christmas and other holidays. The facility is also available for birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events. You may also get general admission tickets online or at the gate. It usually takes a full day to see all the sites and take part in all the activities.
In addition to the carousel and Tram station, you may tour several 1920s era homes and shops. Workers are in the period costumes and can give you a first-hand look at what life was like then. The blacksmith shop is famous, and you may learn a lot about that skill there. There is a schoolhouse, a general store, and a farmhouse garden also available to tour, with programs or tours always. In addition to period exhibitions, the facility has a gift shop, picnic tables, and an ice cream parlour. You may learn about lead type at the print shop, tour the In Stride Studio, and listen for the tram’s steam whistle. Silent movies from the 20s are also shown regularly.