The success of the City’s Heritage Program is related to the degree of public awareness, interest and support for conservation of the heritage of Burnaby. The City has undertaken a number of activities to increase awareness and understanding about heritage buildings and sites. Activities have included publishing books, pamphlets and newspaper articles about heritage issues and sites, hosting heritage walking tours and placing plaques on sites of significance. Future activities will continue to strive to achieve as wide an audience as possible.
In 2008 the Community Heritage Commission launched the Heritage Burnaby website. Heritage Burnaby is a user-friendly interface that allows the public full access to all of the City’s online heritage resources.
The City’s heritage collection program began over 50 years ago. When the Burnaby Historical Society formed in 1957, they had as one of their goals the desire to see Burnaby’s history preserved and made available to every citizen. As a result, resources such as the Burnaby Village Museum, the Heritage Planning Program as well as the City Archives were fostered, allowing for the collection and creation of a vast and diverse treasury of historic artifacts, records, photographs, landmarks and other material.