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FACT 01 Burnaby Art Gallery

Burnaby Art Gallery

Henry and Grace Ceperley began construction of  "Fairacres " in 1911.  At the time the mansion was the largest in Burnaby, it is now the home of the Burnaby Art Gallery. It was designed by English trained architect R.P.S. Twizell, the mansion is an excellent example of the "Arts and Crafts" style.

FACT 02 Award of Freeman


The highest award given by the City of Burnaby, “Freeman”, is awarded to persons of exceedingly high merit. The Municipal Council has extended the honour to only sixteen individuals in our community since its inception in the mid-1960s.

FACT 03  “Swinging Girl” Neon Sign

Burnaby Heights Swinging Girl

The swinging girl neon sign, an example of kinetic neon art, installed at Helens Children’s wear in 1956, when Helen Arnold moved her shop to the old Municipal offices location.

FACT 04  Playground of the Gods

Playground of the Gods

The Playground of the Gods, on Burnaby Mountain, is a home away from home for 50 or so totem poles carved by Japanese artist Nubuo Toko and his son Shusheo. The Tokos are members of the Ainu culture, Japan's first inhabitants. Installed on the top of an open slope looking west over Coal Harbour, the poles honour the ties between Burnaby and its Japanese sister city, Kushiro.