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Vancouver’s Burnaby Village Museum

Burnaby Village Museum

Located at 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby Village Museum is a popular outdoor historical attraction in Burnaby that’s open seasonally and usually free.

In 2022 the museum is open for the summer from May 7th to September 5th.

 


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What to Expect | Hours & Dates | Spring Break | Victoria Day | Canada Day | BC Day | Labour Day | Halloween | Christmas | Tips & Suggestions | Other Information

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History at Burnaby Village

Burnaby Village is usually open for the summer season from early May until September from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm on Tuesday to Sunday plus holiday Mondays. It is also open seasonally including during the last few days of October and during most of December.

Click Museum Directions for instructions on how to get to Burnaby Village, or for further information on the attraction.

 

What to Expect at the Museum

The quality of the museum’s historic buildings and the fact that it’s free makes Burnaby Village one of the best deals in town. For most museums/attractions like it, you might expect to pay $10 (which would still be a comparatively good deal) or even as much as $20 (which would be high). Being free makes Burnaby Village especially attractive.

So what’s there to see at Burnaby Village? It’s set up like an open-air museum with a blacksmith shop, old-fashioned ice cream parlour, general store and school. There is also an antique Vancouver streetcar train you can go inside and a couple of historic old homes.

Gate admission to the site is free, except for special events like their Spring Break Scavenger Hunt in March and Haunted Village in late October. There is also a small charge for their carousel rides.

 

Hours and Dates of Operation

Burnaby Village is only open seasonally. It is not open year-round.

Most years the museum is open over the school spring break. Burnaby Village is also open in the summer from Tuesday to Sunday plus statutory holiday Mondays from early May until the beginning of September from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Admission is free during the summer and carousel rides cost around $2.50 in normal years.

 

2022 Hours and Dates of Operation

Burnaby Village was open for school Spring Break from March 14th to 25th, 2022, between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. Admission is free.

The museum is open again for the summer between May 7th and September 5th, 2022. It is open during that period between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm Tuesdays to Sundays as well as on holidays like Victoria Day, Canada Day, BC Day and Labour Day.

The Haunted Village (also called Eerie Illusions) takes place from October 20th to 30th in 2022. Admission to the Halloween attraction costs adults around $10 and $5 for children.

Heritage Christmas is also set to run from November 26th, 2022, until January 2nd, 2023. The event didn’t take place during the 2020/21 season but it returned last year!

 

Burnaby Village in Spring Break

Burnaby Village often opens during Spring Break. In years when there isn’t a pandemic, the museum offers unlimited carousel rides, a scavenger hunt, entertainment and other activities over Spring Break. Admission during this time is typically about $7.

In 2022, the museum was open daily from Monday, March 14th, until Friday, March 25th. Hours of operation were 11:00 am until 4:30 pm each day.

Unlike in previous years, admission to the museum during Spring Break in 2022 was free. However, there wasn’t a scavenger hunt this past year. There was still lots to learn at the museum though, including topics such as the importance of Chinese medicine, popular products in the 1920’s, early schooling in Burnaby, the blacksmith profession, and more. Carousel rides were available at a cost of $2.65 per person.

Advanced registration wasn’t required this past year, but face masks were still mandatory indoors for ages 5 and above.

 

Burnaby Village on Victoria Day

National holidays are often celebrated at the Burnaby Village Museum with extra activities and entertainment. Victoria Day is no exception.

Victoria Day festivities take place on the Monday of the May Long Weekend and run from around 11:00 am until 4:30 pm.

Below is the Victoria Day event schedule from 2019.

  • 11:30 am – Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers on Hill Street
  • 12:30 pm – Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers at the Vorce Tram Station Plaza
  • 1:15 pm – Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers on Hill Street
  • 1:45 pm – Queen Victoria Procession throughout the Village
  • 2:00 pm – Victoria Day Ceremony at the Vorce Tram Station Plaza
  • 2:00 to 4:00 pm – British Columbia Regiment Band in the Bandstand Area
  • 2:20 to 3:45 pm – Queen’s Levee at the Church
  • 2:20 to 3:30 pm – Birthday Cupcakes served behind the Seaforth School
  • 2:45 to 3:30 pm – Joe McDonald Bag Piper in the Orientation Plaza

In addition to the above, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm there were craft activities at the Real Estate Office and Tea Time photo opportunities at the Bandstand.

Click Victoria Day for a list of other events on the May Long Weekend in the Vancouver region.

 

Burnaby Village on Canada Day

Burnaby Village is one of three main venues where the City of Burnaby celebrates Canada Day. The others are the Edmonds Community Centre and Swangard Stadium. Click Canada Day in Burnaby for details about what happens at each location.

The performance and activity schedule for July 1st in 2019 was the following:

  • 11:00 am – Coastal Wolf Pack
  • 11:15 am – Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends
  • 11:45 am – Académie Duello
  • 1:00 pm – Tian-Jin Temple
  • 1:00 pm – Académie Duello
  • 1:45 pm – Piper Jim Leonard
  • 2:15 pm – Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends
  • 2:30 pm – Académie Duello
  • 2:45 pm – Ginalina
  • 12:45 pm – Khac Chi Bamboo Music and the Squares Barbershop Quartet
  • 2:20 pm – Canada Day mini cupcakes
  • 3:45 pm – Rene Hugo Sanchez & Friends

In 2021 the museum was open on July 1st. There wasn’t, however, any sort of big event planned.

 

Band Stand at Burnaby Village
Canada Day at Burnaby Village

 

Burnaby Village on BC Day

On the Holiday Monday of the BC Day Long Weekend Burnaby Village Museum hosts a day of free family-friendly activities.

The activity schedule for August 1st in 2021 included the following events that happened simultaneously from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm (except for Gardener in Residents, which took place from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm).

  • Learn More or Listen Up – learn about activities at the museum or enjoy performances from musicians.
  • Agents of Change – an exhibit that features cutouts of a half-dozen folks who advocated for social justice in Burnaby.
  • Gardener-in-Residence – a gardener is on-site in the orchard to answer garden-related questions.
  • Across the Pacific – stories about Burnaby’s Chinese-Canadian community at the Stride Studios.
  • Scavenger Hunt – search for vibrant advertisements that originated from a century ago.

 

Burnaby Village on Labour Day

On the Holiday Monday of the September Long Weekend Burnaby Village Museum celebrates its final day of the summer season by hosting a day of free activities and entertainment.

Extra things happening on Labour Day in 2021 included all the events listed in the BC Day section. However, they also had a few musicians and entertainers put on shows that lasted between 25 to 45 minutes. Burnaby Village Museum hosted a few more full-day (11:00 am to 4:30 pm) events as well, including the following:

  • Working People Documentary – a film about people and labour from the past runs in the Central Park Theatre.
  • A Century of Service – learn more about the Burnaby Civic Employees Union over the past decade.

 

Canada Day Entertainment

The museum was open on Canada Day in 2021 but unfortunately didn’t host any events due to the pandemic. In normal years, expect to see live performances that are similar to the ones listed below that took place on the Holiday Monday in 2019.

  • 11:00 am – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
  • 11:30 am – Music by Celtic Lasses (on the Vorce Stage)
  • 12:15 pm – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
  • 12:45 pm – Music with Jack Ray (on the Vorce Stage)
  • 1:30 pm – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)
  • 2:00 pm – Music by Celtic Lasses (on the Vorce Stage)
  • 3:00 pm – Music with Jack Ray (on the Vorce Stage)
  • 3:30 pm – Matt Henry’s Juggling Show (in the Meadow)

See the Burnaby Village Museum website for more details.

 

Burnaby Haunted Village Street
Burnaby Village at Halloween

 

Burnaby Village at Halloween

Burnaby Village celebrated the Halloween season with its Eerie Illusions event from October 22nd until the 31st in 2021. The 2022 dates are October 20th to 30th.

In normal years, the Haunted Village is a family-friendly event with trick-or-treating, live entertainment and carousel rides. The 2021 Eerie Illusions event was an all-new experience. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, there were no trick or treating or carousel rides this year. However, the place was decorated with projections, sounds and special effects. In addition, food trucks were on-site every day.

The price of admission in 2021 was about $10 for adults, seniors and youth, and around $5 for children 2 to 12 years of age.

Click Haunted Village for more details.

 

Burnaby Village at Christmas

Burnaby Village is also open for its Heritage Christmas special event over the December holiday season, at which time general admission again becomes free – making it one of the best-value Christmas deals in Metro Vancouver.

In 2020, Heritage Christmas was set to run from November 21st until January 1st (2021). It never happened, however, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, the event returned the following year and took place from November 27th until January 3rd, 2022. It returns for the 2022/23 season from November 26th to January 2nd.

Click Heritage Christmas for more details.

 

Snowy Burnaby Village Christmas Scene
Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village

 

Burnaby Village on Other Special Occasions

In addition to the summer and at Halloween and Christmas, Burnaby Village is also open on a few other occasions at various times over the course of the year.

For example, the place opens up its carousel rides (but not other parts of the museum) over the Family Day stat holiday in February.

 

Tips and Suggestions

Below are some things to know to help you make the most out of your visit to the Burnaby Village Museum.

TIP #1: Parking is limited, but there is parking up the street if you can’t find any in the main parking lot.

TIP #2: The Burnaby Village Museum is located at the edge of beautiful Deer Lake Park. This makes the park a great destination to combine with the museum and a back-up place to find parking.

TIP #3: The site is wheelchair accessible for the most part – not all the buildings are, but enough to make it worth the visit.

 

Burnaby Village Main Street

 

Other Information

For more information about the outdoor museum, check out the Burnaby Village website.

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