History

November 16, 2022

Uncovering Burnaby: When 6-day shopping weeks were legalized

With online shopping, it's hard for just about anyone to remember a time when a six-day shopping week was a controversial idea.

November 10, 2022

Remembrance Day: Snapshots of Burnaby during WW1 and WW2

Burnaby was a much different place during WW1 and WW2.

November 8, 2022

The story behind Burnaby’s fake house

Have you spotted this house and always felt there was something peculiar about it?

November 4, 2022

When the roof caved in: The story of ‘Cave-On Foods’ at Burnaby’s Station Square

The 1988 roof collapse at a Save-On Foods at Station Square is a slice of Burnaby history that changed engineering practices across BC.

November 2, 2022

Uncovering Burnaby: An offscreen tragedy at the drive-in theatre

Aerialist William Quo Vadis was performing 100 feet above the ground in Burnaby when tragedy struck in 1954.

October 24, 2022

Uncovering Burnaby: When the province took over Burnaby

When Burnaby went into receivership after defaulting on its debts in 1932, the provincial government stepped in to correct its finances.

October 13, 2022

Uncovering Burnaby: That time a councillor accused staff of ‘conspiracy’

Councillor Gordon Moore appeared to have had a tendency to vilify staff, accusing the municipal clerk of conspiracy in July 1926.

October 5, 2022

Uncovering Burnaby: South Burnaby rode; North Burnaby walked

“It is South Burnaby that keeps North Burnaby on foot."

September 29, 2022

Imprisoned in Burnaby for dancing: the prisoners of the potlatch ban

101 years ago, 22 Kwakwaka’wakw served prison sentences at the infamous Oakalla Prison Farm. Their crime? Attending a potlatch.

September 8, 2022

Uncovering Burnaby: The movement for secession in North Burnaby

In 1926, wards 4 and 5 of Burnaby, which encompassed the Heights and Capitol Hill areas, began pursuing secession to amalgamate with Vancouver.