|City of Burnaby|
Metrotown area, seen from Burnaby's Deer Lake
|Motto: By River and Sea Rise Burnaby|
|Regional District||Metro Vancouver|
|Established||1892 (municipality status)|
|–||1992 (city status)|
|• Mayor||Derek Corrigan|
|• Total||90.61 km2 (34.98 sq mi)|
|Elevation||Sea level to 370 m (0–1,214 ft)|
|• Total||223,218 (ranked 20th)|
|• Density||2,463.5/km2 (6,380/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Pacific Standard (PST) (UTC-8)|
|Postal codes||V3N, V5A to V5J|
|Area code(s)||604, 778|
Burnaby is a city in British Columbia, Canada, located immediately to the east of Vancouver. It is the third-largest city in British Columbia by population, surpassed only by nearby Surrey and Vancouver.
It was incorporated in 1892 and achieved City status in 1992, one hundred years after incorporation. It is the seat of the Greater Vancouver Regional District's government, the board of which calls itself Metro Vancouver.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography and land use
- 3 Transportation
- 4 Demographics
- 5 People and politics
- 6 Industry and economy
- 7 Education
- 8 Culture
- 9 Notable natives and residents
- 10 Symbols
- 11 Sister cities
- 12 Surrounding municipalities
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
At incorporation, the municipality's citizens unanimously chose to name it after the legislator, speaker, Freemason and explorer Robert Burnaby, who had been private secretary to Colonel Richard Moody, the first land commissioner for the Colony of British Columbia, in the mid-19th century. In 1859 Burnaby had surveyed the freshwater lake near what is now the city's geographical centre. Moody chose to name it Burnaby Lake.
In the first 30 to 40 years after its incorporation, the growth of Burnaby was influenced by its location between expanding urban centres of Vancouver and New Westminster. It first served as a rural agricultural area supplying nearby markets. Later, it served as an important transportation corridor between Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Interior and continues to do so. As Vancouver expanded and became a metropolis, it was one of the first-tier bedroom community suburbs of Vancouver itself, along with the city and district of North Vancouver, and Richmond. Burnaby has shifted in character over time from rural to suburban to urban.
Geography and land use
Burnaby occupies 98.60 square kilometres (38.07 sq mi) and is located at the geographical centre of the Metro Vancouver area. Situated between the city of Vancouver on the west and Port Moody, Coquitlam, and New Westminster on the east, Burnaby is further bounded by Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River on the north and south respectively. Burnaby, Vancouver and New Westminster collectively occupy the major portion of the Burrard Peninsula. The elevation of Burnaby ranges from sea level to a maximum of 370 metres (1,200 ft) atop Burnaby Mountain. Due to its elevation, the city of Burnaby experiences quite a bit more snowfall during the winter months than nearby Vancouver or Richmond. Overall, the physical landscape of Burnaby is one of hills, ridges, valleys and an alluvial plain. The land features and their relative locations have had an influence on the location, type and form of development in the city.
Burnaby is home to many industrial and commercial firms. British Columbia's largest (and Canada's second largest) commercial mall, the Metropolis at Metrotown is located in Burnaby. Still, Burnaby's ratio of park land to residents is one of the highest in North America, and it maintains some agricultural land, particularly along the Fraser foreshore flats in the Big Bend neighbourhood along its southern perimeter.
Burnaby parks, rivers, and lakes
|Climate data for Burnaby (Simon Fraser University) 1981−2010|
|Record high °C (°F)||16.5
|Average high °C (°F)||5.8
|Daily mean °C (°F)||3.6
|Average low °C (°F)||1.4
|Record low °C (°F)||−13.9
|Precipitation mm (inches)||280.9
|Rainfall mm (inches)||256.5
|Snowfall cm (inches)||24.3
|Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||20.5||16.2||18.9||16.1||14.9||13.5||7.4||6.8||10.3||17.1||21.6||19.8||183.1|
|Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm)||18.1||14.7||18.3||16.0||14.9||13.5||7.4||6.8||10.3||17.0||21.0||17.3||175.4|
|Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm)||4.0||2.5||2.0||0.54||0.04||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.09||1.8||4.5||15.5|
|Source: Environment Canada|
The SkyTrain rapid transit system, based in Burnaby, crosses the city from east to west in two places: the Expo Line (completed in 1986) crosses the south along Kingsway and the Millennium Line (completed in 2002) follows Lougheed Highway. The SkyTrain has encouraged closer connections to New Westminster, Vancouver, and Surrey, as well as dense urban development at Lougheed Town Centre on the city's eastern border, at Brentwood Town Centre in the centre-west, and most notably at Metrotown in the south.
Major north-south streets crossing the City include Boundary Road, Willingdon Avenue, Royal Oak Avenue, Kensington Avenue, Sperling Avenue, Gaglardi Way, Cariboo Road, and North Road. East-west routes linking Burnaby's neighbouring cities to each other include Hastings Street, Barnet Highway, the Lougheed Highway, Kingsway (which follows the old horse trail between Vancouver and New Westminster), Canada Way and Marine Drive/Marine Way. Douglas Road, which used to cross the city from northwest to southeast, has largely been absorbed by the Trans-Canada Highway and Canada Way. Since the 1990s, Burnaby has developed a network of cycling trails. It is also well served by Metro Vancouver's bus system, run by the Coast Mountain Bus Company, a division of TransLink.
According to BC Stats, in 2010 the estimated population of Burnaby was 227,389.
According to the 2011 Canadian Census, the population of Burnaby is 223,218, a 10.1% increase from 2006. The population density is 2,463.5 people per square km. The median age is 39.8 years old, which is slightly lower than the median age of Canada at 40.6 years old. There are 91,383 private dwellings with an occupancy rate of 95.0%. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the median value of a dwelling in Burnaby is $600,941 which is much higher than the national average at $280,552.
Burnaby is one of the eight cities in Canada (with populations over 100,000) which does not have a "majority racial group". The racial make up of Burnaby is:
- 39.1% White
- 36.0% East Asian; 30.8% Chinese, 3.5% Korean, 1.7% Japanese
- 7.9% South Asian; 7.1% Indian
- 7.7% Southeast Asian; 5.9% Filipino
- 2.0% West Asian
- 1.7% Latin American
- 1.6% Black
- 1.5% Aboriginal; 0.9% First Nations, 0.5% Metis
- 0.7% Arab
- 1.8% Multiracial; 2.3% including Metis
- 0.2% Other
Burnaby's religious profile:
- 35.3% No religious affiliation
- 21.3% Roman Catholic
- 19.9% Protestant
- 6.1% Christian, not included elsewhere
- 4.9% Buddhist
- 4.8% Muslim
- 2.9% Sikh
- 2.3% Christian Orthodox
- 1.5% Hindu
- 0.4% Eastern religions, not included elsewhere
- 0.3% other religions, not included elsewhere
- 0.3% Jewish
People and politics
While Burnaby occupies about 4% of the land area of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, it accounted for about 10% of the Region's population in 2001. It is the third most populated urban centre in British Columbia (after Vancouver and Surrey) with an estimated population of 205,261. Like much of Greater Vancouver, Burnaby has always had large ethnic and immigrant communities: to cite two examples, North Burnaby near Hastings Street has long been home to many Italian restaurants and recreational bocce games, while Metrotown's ever-sprouting condominium towers in the south have been fuelled in part by more recent arrivals from China (Hong Kong and Macau), Taiwan, South Korea, and the former Yugoslavia. According to the 2006 Census, 54% of Burnaby residents have a mother tongue that is neither English nor French.
Politically, Burnaby has maintained a centre-left city council (which recently completely eliminated the city's debt) and school board for many years, while sometimes electing more conservative legislators provincially (for the Social Credit and BC Liberal parties) and federally (for the Reform, Alliance, and Conservative parties). Its longest-serving politician had been Svend Robinson of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Canada's first openly gay member of Parliament, but after 25 years and seven elections he resigned his post in early 2004 after stealing and then returning an expensive ring. Burnaby voters endorsed his assistant, Bill Siksay, as his replacement in the spring 2004 Canadian federal election. In the May 2005 provincial election, residents of the city sent a mix of BC Liberal and NDP representatives to the British Columbia legislature.
According to a 2009 survey by Maclean's magazine, Burnaby is Canada's best run city. The survey looks at a city's efficiency, the cost of producing results, and the effectiveness of its city services.
Industry and economy
Major technology firms such as Electronic Arts, Creo (now part of Eastman Kodak), Ballard Power Systems and Telus base their operations in Burnaby; heavy industry includes Chevron Corporation and Petro-Canada petroleum refineries on the shores of Burrard Inlet. Other companies such as eBay (ceased operation in 2009), Future Shop, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers and Nokia have significant facilities in Burnaby as well. Other firms with operations based in Burnaby include Canada Wide Media, Doteasy, Telus, Teradici, AFCC, Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell, HSBC Group Systems Development Center, and TransLink. An Online Trading Academy office and center is also located in Burnaby. The City features high density residential areas, major commercial town centres, rapid transit, high technology research and business parks, film production studios such as The Bridge Studios, TV stations such as Global TV and comprehensive industrial estates.
School District 41 is responsible for the public schools in Burnaby. It also has a Community and Adult Education Department, and also an International Students' Programme. Major post-secondary institutions include the main campuses of Simon Fraser University (atop Burnaby Mountain) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Notable natives and residents
- Karl Alzner, NHL hockey player
- Glenn Anderson, NHL hockey player
- Michael Bublé, singer
- Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
- Kris Chucko, NHL hockey player
- Ian James Corlett, voice actor, writer, TV producer
- Robin Esrock, South-African-born Canadian travel writer, TV host and author
- Michael J. Fox, Canadian-American actor
- Jacob Hoggard, lead singer of Hedley
- Joe Keithley, musician and political activist
- Eagle Keys, American-born CFL football player and head coach
- Jason LaBarbera, NHL hockey player
- Brad Loree, movie stunt actor
- Kenndal McArdle, former NHL hockey player and investment banker
- John H. McArthur, Harvard Business School dean
- Darren McCarty, NHL hockey player
- Carrie-Anne Moss, movie, television and voice actress
- Patrick Wiercioch, NHL hockey player
- Dave Nonis, Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations of the Toronto Maple Leafs
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, NHL hockey player
- Buzz Parsons, NASL soccer player and later CSL coach
- Dugald Campbell Patterson, Scottish-born Burnaby pioneer
- Dick Phillips, American-born MLB baseball player and PCL team manager
- Svend Robinson, former federal MP, arbitrator/advocate and parliamentary relations consultant
- Cliff Ronning, NHL hockey player
- Joe Sakic, NHL hockey player
- Mike Santorelli, NHL hockey player
- Murray SawChuck, Canadian-born Las Vegas based magician
- Josh Simpson, USL soccer player
- Christine Sinclair, NWSL soccer player
- Don Taylor, Vancouver area television sportscaster
- Greg Zanon, AHL and NHL hockey player
- Mark Olver, NHL and KHL Hockey Player
Burnaby's official flower is the rhododendron.
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- "Online Trading Academy Locations". Retrieved March 3, 2012.
- Adapted from http://burnaby.ca
Media related to Burnaby at Wikimedia Commons
- City of Burnaby
- Tourism Burnaby
- Burnaby Public Library
- Burnaby Parks and Rec
- British Columbia Institution of Technology