Burnaby has a proud history and heritage that has been the focus of many civic heritage projects for more than 45 years. Our heritage was initiated with the preservation of the Ceperley Mansion (Burnaby Art Gallery) in 1965 and the opening of Heritage Village in 1971. The City’s Heritage Planning Program for private properties was initiated in 1977 through the designation and protection of the Joseph and Jane Wintemute House (7640 Berkley Drive) built in 1891. The Community Heritage Commission was established in 1988 by City Council under bylaw following the provisions of the B.C. Heritage Conservation Act. During its operation the City’s heritage program has succeeded in protecting over 50 heritage buildings and completed many award-winning projects to enhance and celebrate the City’s historic landmarks and unique history.
In 1996 Burnaby’s Official Community Plan recognized the Heritage Planning Program and its goal - “To provide opportunities for increased awareness and the conservation of the City’s unique natural, cultural, archaeological and built heritage.” The OCP Heritage Planning Policies guides the City’s overall heritage program and initiatives.
The Community Heritage Commission guides the overall Heritage Planning Program and initiates civic programs and projects that support heritage conservation as approved by Council. The City’s Heritage Planner and civic staff from Burnaby Village Museum and the City Archives collaborate to advance heritage conservation efforts through these program areas: