The original town of Burnaby began as a rich agricultural era which supplied the markets nearby. More recently the city has become a more important transportation corridor between Fraser Valley and the Interior, Vancouver. Its name was derived from Robert Burnaby, who was a private secretary of Richard Moody, the first land commissioner in the Colony of British Columbia.
Within the city of Burnaby, Heritage, Arts and Culture are very important. There are various excellent locations to go to, comprising the Burnaby Art Gallery (it offers educational programs for children, adults and seniors, community projects and exhibitions in recreation facilities, community centres and schools), Burnaby Eco-Sculptures (eco-sculptors make art from nature), Burnaby Symphony Orchestra (currently in its sixth year of performing successful concerts), Burnaby Village Museum and Carousel (small meeting or a large corporate gathering), Century Gardens,Centennial Rose Garden at Burnaby Mountain Park , Deer Lake Park (opportunities for sailboating, boating, launching a canoe, sunbathing, bird watching, wild-life viewing, hiking, or just relaxing), Michael J. Fox Theatre (professional, community-oriented theatre that provides a beautiful, practical and affordable place for professional and amateur artists), National Nikkei Heritage Centre, Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, SFU Walking Tour and Art Gallery (it hosts six or seven exhibitions a year, both historical and contemporary, covering the full range of media), and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (perfect place for small gatherings to big corporate and entertainment events - including conferences, meetings, award ceremonies, weddings, press conferences, gala dinners, festivals, recitals, concerts and craft fairs).
The city of Burnaby and Metro Vancouver has many non-traditional and traditional attractions all-year round, comprising: The Burnaby Village Museum (self-guided tours that permits people discover the farmhouse and village at their own pace), Capilano Suspension Bridge (suspended 230 feet above and 450 feet across Capilano River), Gateway Casinos, Greater Vancouver Zoo (over 600 various animals in 120 acres of wide open spaces in the Fraser Valley), Grouse Mountain (panoramic views of the city, mountains and oceans unfold as the Skyride, North America's biggest aerial tram system, whisks people to the mountaintop, 3,700' above the city), Harbour Cruises, Hell's Gate Air Tram (located in British Columbia's supernatural interior, with peak spring levels, more than two hundred million gallons of water rush through its thirty five metre (110 ft) wide gorge. That is twice the volume of Niagara Falls), IMAX Theatre (provides individuals of various ages and backgrounds with larger-than-life-experiences which entertain, educate and inspire), Science World, Minter Gardens, Pacific national Exhibitions Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park (provides incredible creatures, like dolphins, sea otters and beluga whales, and thousands of other fascinating creatures, from the Arctic to the Amazon).
Within the Burnaby area, there are major technological firms consisting of Petro-Canada petroleum refineries, Chevron Corporation, Ballard Power Systems, Telus, Creo (now part of Eastman Kodak) and Electronic Arts. Other major companies comprise: Future Shop, eBay and Nokia.