Heritage Walking Tour
Deer Lake Park is Burnaby's best-preserved heritage area and features a fascinating collection of Edwardian country homes and landscapes. The homes surrounding Deer Lake, built between 1904 and 1935, were developed by their owners with an idealized view of the English countryside in mind. "Splendid mansions surrounded by spacious lawns and grounds soon tell the visitor that this district is one of the choice country residential sections for the wealthy of Vancouver and New Westminster," reported one newspaper in 1912. The landscapes designed for many of these gracious old homes remain integral to the experience of the lakeshore setting and convey a special sense of history to the park visitor.
Burnaby's Community Heritage Commission has developed a 1 1/2- 2-hour self-guided walking tour, which highlights the history of these protected heritage buildings. Pick up a free guide at Burnaby Village Museum, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts or Burnaby Art Gallery.
Walking Tour Guide
Burnaby's Community Heritage Commission has produced a historic walking tour guide of Deer Lake Park’s heritage buildings to highlight this unique heritage precinct of Burnaby for both residents and visitors. The tour takes between one and two hours to complete and tours the lake's beautiful collection of mansion's, estates, cottages and gardens which are all tied to the fascinating history of their builders and occupants. Free printed copies of the guide are available throughout the city's facilities in Deer Lake Park and at City Hall. This six page 'PDF' version of the walking tour guide has been produced for personal copying and use. If you, your community group, or business would like to obtain free copies of the printed walking tour guide please contact the Planning Department at 604-294-7400.