Visitors are transported to the 1920s – they can stroll down the streets of our village exploring at their own pace. The village is an open-air museum on a 10-acre site that represents at typical tram-stop community. Period costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the garden at the farmhouse, and the General Store.
A visit to the recently restored Interurban #1223 tram will reveal its elegance. It is part of the area’s rich public transportation history. An exciting must for every visitor is a whirl on the historic 1912 CW Parker Carousel. Rides are accompanied by music from a 1925 Wurlitzer band organ.
Amenities include picnic tables, a gift shop, and an ice-cream parlour which offers a menu for light meals and snacks. The site is wheelchair accessible.
Special Events, Heritage Programs, Walking Tours
The museum is open seasonally for the general public and year-round for pre-booked tours. Special events include a Village Scavenger Hunt, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Fall Fair & Heritage Christmas.
2012 Summer Displays, Celebrating 100 Years!
C.W. Parker Carousel & The Interurban 1223 Tram As we are celebrating two big birthdays this year (the carousel and tram are both turning 100!) the focus at the village is all about what took place a century ago. It Happened in 1912 showcases how different life is today in Burnaby as compared to 100 years ago. The exhibit in Stride Studio looks at the early development of North Burnaby. In 1912, a population boom in BC altered the entire community but North Burnaby experienced the greatest change. Photographs, maps, and artifacts explore how the area went from Forest to Suburb in the blink of an eye.
Two O'Clock Toonie Tours - July & August, F, Sa Su - Behind the scenes tours, pre-register or pay-on-the-day (space permitting)
Carousel Tours - July & August, T, W, Th at 1:00pm - FREE 1/2 hour tours of the carousel
Open Garage - on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons our volunteers open the vintage car garage.
Footlight Theatre- Vaudeville Shows every Sunday starting June 17 (free)