Here are eight little conversation pieces about Burnaby—and every one of them is a certified true fact:
- Burnaby is the 3rd largest city in British Columbia (after Vancouver and Surrey), with a population of approximately 223,000.
- The city was named after Robert Burnaby who had explored the region around Burnaby Lake in 1859. A merchant and businessman, Robert Burnaby was active in a variety of community affairs and helped develop much of the west coast.
- Famous Burnaby locals include: singer Michael Buble, actor Michael J. Fox, NHL Hall of Famer Joe Sakic, and national soccer team player Christine Sinclair.
- Burnaby’s official flower is the rhododendron.
- Burnaby’s ‘Sister Cities’ are Kushiro Japan, Mesa, Arizona, Hwaseong, Korea and Zhongshan City, China.
- Burnaby’s Simon Fraser University is the only Canadian university competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
- Burnaby’s ratio of parkland to residents is one of the highest in North America. 25% of Burnaby’s land is designated as parks and open space (the city has over 200 parks!)
- Installed in 1956 in what is now known as The Heights shopping district, Helen ‘the Swinging Girl” neon sign was approved as a civic heritage landmark in 2010. The landmark is known as one of the best examples of kinetic neon art in North America and is included as a destination on local neon tours.