Welcome to Burnaby
Burnaby is 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.
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 is a great place to live, learn, work and play. We are committed to strengthening our overall well-being and growing into the future as a liveable, vibrant and sustainable community. Burnaby works to facilitate an engaged and active citizenry, a healthy economy and a real respect for the natural environment.
Some of the City's many features include:
- 25% of land designated as parks and open space
- Recreational facilities
- Major commercial town centre development
- Major post secondary institutions
- Rapid transit
- Arts, heritage and cultural facilities
Burnaby was voted the "Best Run City" by Macleans magazine in 2009
For more information, visit www.burnaby.ca
School District 41 is responsible for the public schools in Burnaby, which includes:
- 42 primary or elementary schools
- 3 private schools
- 10 secondary schools
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.
Transit - Bus, Skytrain & Westcoast Express Route Information
Burnaby has an integrated transit system with plenty of options to get around town. The link below will provide you with transit options, schedules and trip planning tools.
For more information, visit translink.ca