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Heritage Interpretation Plaques & Signs

The Program

Burnaby's Civic Heritage Program was initiated in 1988, with a main goal of helping the public interpret heritage sites in the City.  Burnaby's Community Heritage Commission has worked to introduce interpretation plaques and signs for heritage buildings and historic sites for the benefit of both residents and visitors.

Plaque and Sign Project

This project was initiated in 1993 when a series of traditional bronze Plaques and cairns were installed along the route of Burnaby's historic 1891 Central Park interurban tramline, which is now the route of the SkyTrain Expo Line. The program switched to utilize the benefits of full graphic and colour interpretive panels in 1999. The Heritage Commission has partnered with local groups such as the Heights Trail Partnership to interpret the history along the Trans-Canada Trail and the Burnaby Historical Society to provide interpretive plaques to the designated heritage buildings of Deer Lake Park.

In 2002, the Heritage on the Heights project saw the addition of seven heritage interpretive signs celebrating the history of Hastings Street.

Heritage Interpretative Signs & Plaques

See for Yourself

In order to make heritage information more widely accessible, the interpretation plaques and signs have been reproduced here on Burnaby's civic website. To fully appreciate these historic sites and heritage buildings though, we recommend a visit to Burnaby's trails, parks and neighbourhoods.

Download our Map of Heritage Sites and Heritage Sites at Deer Lake Park, and explore the area that suits you best. Information on each site is provided below:

Group 1: Bronze Heritage Site Plaques

  1. Central Park Tramline
  2. Power House
  3. Sample's Boarding House
  4. Central Park
  5. Central Park Bandstand
  6. Jubilee Grove
  7. Patterson House
  8. North Road

Group 2: Deer Lake Park, Heritage Building Site Plaques

  1. Henry & Grace Ceperley Estate "Fairacres" - Mansion
  2. Henry & Grace Ceperley Estate "Fairacres" - Garage/Stables & Chauffeur's Cottage
  3. Henry & Grace Ceperley Estate "Fairacres" - Steamplant & Roothouse
  4. William and Mary Mathers' Mansion "Altnadene"
  5. Robert & Bessie Anderson House

Group 3: Trans-Canada Trail, Heights Neighbourhood Heritage Site Plaques

  1. Water System
  2. Crabtown
  3. Scenic Drive
  4. Stanovan
  5. Rainbow Creek

Group 4: Heritage on the Heights, Heritage Site Plaques

  1. Hastings Street
  2. Toonerville Trolley
  3. Regent Theatre
  4. Helen "The Swinging Girl" 
  5. Burnaby Fire Hall No.1
  6. Confederation Park
  7. Gilmore Avenue School
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