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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.

History at Burnaby Village

Burnaby Village is open for the summer season from early May until September from 11 am to 4:30 pm 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.

Band Stand at Burnaby Village

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 museum/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 impressive.

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 old Vancouver street car 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 it’s open over the school spring break at a cost of about $7 which includes unlimited carousel rides, a scavenger hunt, entertainment and other activities.

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 am to 4:30 pm. During the summer admission is free and carousel rides cost around $3.

2019 Hours and Dates of Operation

Burnaby Village is open for the school Spring Break from March 18th to 29th, 2019, between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm. Admission is free and carousel rides cost $2.65

The museum is again open for the summer between May 4th and September 2nd, 2019. It’s open during this period between 11:00 am and 4:30 pm Tuesdays to Sundays as well as on Statutory Holidays. Admission is free.

The Haunted Village in 2019 runs October 25th to 28th between 6:00 and 9:00 pm. Admission to the Halloween attraction costs $14 for adults and $9 for children.

Heritage Christmas in 2019 runs from late November until the first few days of January (with exact details to be confirmed).

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 this last year.

  • 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 Haunted Village Street
Burnaby Village at Halloween

Burnaby Village at Halloween

In late October Burnaby Village celebrates the Halloween season with its Haunted Village from 6 to 9 pm each day.

The Haunted Village is a family-friendly event with trick-or-treating, live entertainment and carousel rides with an admission price of about $14 for adults, seniors and youth, and around $9for children 2 to 9 years of age.

Most years the Haunted Village takes place during the three or four evenings leading up to Halloween.

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.

Heritage Christmas runs most years from late November until the first couple of days in January.

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 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. More extensive activities also take place over the May Long Weekend including live entertainment and birthday cupcakes for Queen Victoria.

Burnaby Village Museum also celebrates its final day of the summer on the Monday of the Labour Day Weekend each year in early September. Extra things happening on Labour Day in 2018 included the following:

  • 11:15 to 11:45 am – Matt Henry’s Bubble Show
  • 12:00 to 12:40 pm – The Magic of Ray Wong Elworth
  • 12:30 to 1:00 pm – Matt Henry’s Bubble Show
  • 1:15 to 2:00 pm – Music by Celtic Lasses
  • 1:30 to 2:00 pm – Matt Henry’s Bubble Show
  • 2:00 to 2:40 pm – The Magic of Ray Wong Elworth
  • 2:30 to 3:00 pm – Matt Henry Bubble Show
  • 3:00 to 3:45 pm – Music by Celtic Lasses
  • 4:15 pm – Last Carousel Ride

In addition to the above, for most of the afternoon there were also carnival games, crafts and opportunities to chat with the Gardener-in-Residence.

See the Burnaby Village Museum website for more details about the Labour Day event.

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: If you want to save money, bring your own food as the coffee/snack shop is a bit expensive. You can’t blame them though, as they need to make their money somehow.

TIP #2: Parking is limited, but there is parking up the street if you can’t find any in the main parking lot.

TIP #3: The Burnaby Village Museum is located at the edge of beautiful Deer Lake Park, which makes a great destination to combine with the museum and a back-up place to find parking.

TIP #4: 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 on the outdoor museum, check out the Burnaby Village website.