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Derek Corrigan recalls that moving from Vancouver to the city he would years later serve as mayor was a “big change.” It was 1977, and he had just finished law school and married his wife, Kathy, the previous December.

 “In those days, being an East Van boy, you believed that the world ended at the Joyce loop,” said Corrigan. “Once the trollies stopped, you figured, well, that was the end of the world!”

Burnaby then seemed to be Vancouver’s overshadowed sibling. Today it’s B.C.’s third-largest city, with a growing hi-tech industry, a rising skyline, a new downtown being planned, and condos that young buyers line up overnight—in the rain—to buy.

Over 223,200 people live in the city. Another 122,000 are expected by 2040, according to Metro Vancouver projections. And while many Canadian cities are diverse, Burnaby has been called “super-diverse”: it’s where you’re most likely to bump into someone of a different ethnicity, the Vancouver Sun found.

Yet as dense as some areas are, many quieter neighbourhoods of single-family homes remain. A quarter of Burnaby’s land has also been dedicated to green space.


A century ago, Burnaby was farmland. How did it evolve? Two key factors both created Burnaby, and are pushing its growth today: transit and development.

582px version of Burnaby-Boom-Edmonds-Kingsway-1912.jpgThe Edmonds and Kingsway intersection in 1912. The area is now one of Burnaby’s four town centres. Photo City of Burnaby Archives.

Rural, suburban, urban

In 1891, an electric rail system was completed connecting the downtowns of Vancouver and New Westminster. In between were farms. A group of realtors conceived the idea of establishing a municipal government in the unincorporated space, and in 1892 Burnaby was born.

Its identity quickly became tied to its surrounding municipalities. Even its location gave it little breathing room: to the west was Vancouver, south were Richmond and New Westminster, east were Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, and across the inlet was the North Shore. It was, geographically, Metro Vancouver’s middle-child.

Then in the 1960s Burnaby planners planted the idea that would guide the city’s future growth. Town centres would cluster residential and commercial density near community amenities. That would keep intense development away from single-family homes and green spaces.

Subsequent community plans maintained the town centre strategy, further supported when the SkyTrain line built in 1985 encouraged development along its route.

Burnaby boom town

Fast forward to today.

Forests of condo towers have erupted from Burnaby’s four town centres: Brentwood in the northwest, Lougheed in the northeast, Metrotown in the southwest, Edmonds in the southeast. And they continue to sprout: some 100 new residential towers are under construction or proposed, eventually to add more than 30,000 households to the city.

Burnaby-Boom-Brentwood-.jpgThe developing Brentwood town centre has been compared to Vancouver’s Yaletown. Photo Ivan Chung.

There are currently 29 developments outside Canon Wong’s apartment, most of them residential high-rises. With family help, Vancouver-born Wong, 24, paid $450,000 for the two-bedroom in a Brentwood tower completed just last year. He moved in this April.

“It has a little bit of a community feel, but community might be too strong a word; Brentwood’s still developing,” said Wong. “But there lots of new residents. Lots of young people.”

Indeed, the attraction of Wong’s new neighbourhood brought dozens out in the rain earlier this year for a chance to buy developer Concord Pacific’s Brentwood condos at a discount. Once complete, the Concord complex will feature no fewer than 10 towers, most between 40 and 45 storeys tall, with a huge indoor-outdoor shopping centre. Mock-ups resemble a B.C. Beverly Hills.

Thanks to height allowances, Burnaby’s towers are catching up to those in downtown Vancouver in scale. One even has the potential to become the tallest building in the province, with up to 70 storeys permitted.

“It’s really important to increase density in self-contained little communities where you don’t have to travel much,” said Sav Dhaliwal, vice-chair of the city’s transportation committee. “The less dependent we are on automobiles, the better we are on the long run.”

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has been in office since 2002. Prior that, he served as a councillor for 15 years. Photo Christopher Cheung.

Now Mayor of the city he moved to in 1977, Derek Corrigan says Burnaby has to make do with what land it’s got.

“I model a lot of what we do on cities like London and New York,” said Corrigan. “That may sound like a little bit of hubris, but geographically, we are so constrained with the ocean and the mountains and agricultural land.

“Our situation is unlike places like Calgary. We can’t keep building ring roads that take people further out into the suburbs. We don’t have that option. All our [regional] growth is on the end of a peninsula, and we’re in a situation where we’re forced to make big city choices in a city that isn’t that big.”

If population isn’t concentrated in Burnaby’s towers?

“Growth will go into the valley, into the agricultural zones, and commuter traffic will be coming through our city,” said Corrigan.

A ‘wrong road’?

The transit-focused town-centre model isn’t without its critics.

“I personally think Burnaby and the region took a wrong road when we chose to intensify development at station areas at the expense of every other part of the city,” said Patrick Condon, chair of the urban design program at UBC’s School of Architecture, in an email.

Burnaby streets like Canada Way, Boundary, Willingdon, and Lougheed all had the potential to become vibrant, walkable, mixed-use areas, he said. Instead, they’re mostly home to car-traffic.

As for Metrotown, which has been designated to become Burnaby’s new “downtown,” Condon calls it the “old man” of Burnaby’s town centres. “Metrotown, to be fair, is never likely to be a tourist destination,” he said. “Built around enclosed malls on a great ‘superblock,’ it is the opposite of urban.”

“And yet,” Condon added, “we have to admire the fact that its shops are affordable, and that unlike other North American malls, more than half of its customers arrive on transit.” The streets around the “superblock,” meanwhile, are considered desirably walkable by many of their residents.

What Condon doesn’t dispute is Burnaby’s growth trajectory. “As the region grows to the east,” he wrote, “the population and jobs midpoint moves east too, out of Vancouver and into Burnaby.”

A place with everything

For some, Burnaby may still be the affordable second choice to Vancouver.

Sogol Arami, 30, rents a one-bedroom in Burnaby’s Brentwood for $1,600 a month while managing a cosmetics store on Vancouver’s west side. She likes to spend her evenings out in Yaletown and Gastown. Nothing in Burnaby yet compares, she says.

“But to live in the kind of home you want,” Arami says, “Vancouver’s just too expensive.”

It’s the same for born-and-raised Vancouverite Wong, who accepted the daily commute back to his former city in exchange for his more reasonably priced two-bedroom in Brentwood.

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“That’s what you get for living in a nice city like Vancouver,” he added. “As much as I hate it, I recognize that’s the nature of it.” Wong says he may have to move again, further away from Vancouver and even Burnaby, to find something both more spacious and affordable.

Anthony Derrick understands why his city is an attractive alternative for Vancouverites. The 22-year-old business student has lived here his whole life.

“Burnaby pretty much has everything, from small mom-and-pop stores to malls to park space,” he said. “Burnaby Lake is a great place to go to, you can get your shopping done at Metrotown, and there are a ton of ice rinks. It just brings a great diversity between residential and urban, and lots of opportunities for people to get involved in the community.”

One spot Derrick likes is Burnaby Heights, a length of Hastings Street that’s one of those lively pedestrian strips Condon would like to see more of. Bakeries, bookstores, groceries, and restaurants give it some of the ambience of Vancouver’s West 4th and Main Street communities. Derrick was here with his father last week, visiting a funky ice cream and soda fountain shop that’s a throwback to the old days of malt shakes and sundaes.

Burnaby may have grown up into a true city, but it’s kept elements of its rural and suburban past alive.

Metrotown is being considered for designation as Burnaby’s downtown. Density has its benefits, but many affordable low-rise rental buildings are being destroyed, and their residents displaced. Planning puzzle or political problem?

Christopher Cheung



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Address City Prov Location Type Quantity & Type Date
18974 92 St Surrey BC Residence 730 marihuana plants 2010-10-05
8945 Harvie Rd Surrey BC Residence 317 marihuana plants 2010-10-19
8577 165 St Surrey BC Residence 544 marihuana plants 2010-10-26
5993 Holstein St Surrey BC Residence 1145 marihuana plants 2010-10-28
7677 Berkeley Pl Surrey BC Residence 502 marihuana plants 2010-11-03
9409 132 St Surrey BC Outbuilding 294 marihuana plants 2010-12-09
213491 16 Ave Langley BC Outbuilding 546 marihuana plants 2011-01-06
12422 53 Ave Surrey BC Residence 1010 marihuana plants 2011-01-19
13079 109 Ave Surrey BC Residence 315 marihuana plants 2011-02-01
12079 99 Ave Surrey BC Residence 2446 marihuana plants 2011-02-10
16426 85 Ave Surrey BC Residence 759 marihuana plants 2011-02-24
105-9488 189 St Surrey BC Business 145 marihuana plants 2011-03-15
5904 144 St Surrey BC Residence 2431 marihuana plants 2011-03-23
11309 Lansdowne Dr Surrey BC Residence 334 marihuana plants 2011-03-30
11337 Lansdowne Dr Surrey BC Residence 629 marihuana plants 2011-03-30
8976 187 St Surrey BC Residence 651 marihuana plants 2011-03-31
7976 170A St Surrey BC Residence 30 marihuana plants 2011-04-05
13720 111 Ave Surrey BC Residence 822 marihuana plants 2011-04-09
14996 91A Ave Surrey BC Residence 1286 marihuana plants 2011-05-05
12501 53 Ave Surrey BC Residence 559 marihuana plants 2011-05-11
12458 53 Ave Surrey BC Residence 264 marihuana plants 2011-05-11
20035 97 Hwy Prince George BC Residence 1708 marihuana plants 2011-05-24
13839 58 Ave Surrey BC Residence 720 marihuana plants 2011-05-26
10124 156 St Surrey BC Residence 233 marihuana plants 2011-06-08
12255 102A Ave Surrey BC Residence 212 marihuana plants 2011-07-21
18274 60 Ave Surrey BC Residence 982 marihuana plants 2011-07-27
1417 194 St Surrey BC Outbuilding 939 marihuana plants 2011-08-09
1668 Eagle Rock Rd Spallumcheen BC Residence 1600 marihuana plants 2011-03-09
20 Bigg Rd Lumby BC Outbuilding 1544 marihuana plants 2011-07-26
2095 Eagle Creek Rd 100 Mile House BC Outbuilding 2451 marihuana plants 2011-09-08
3475 Muermann Rd Prince George BC Outbuilding 704 marihuana plants 2011-08-18
6204 Garrett Rd 100 Mile House BC Residence 871 marihuana plants 2011-07-20
6136 Likely Rd Likely BC Outbuilding 2632 marihuana plants 2011-07-13
22770 Chamberlain Rd Prince George BC Residence 321 marihuana plants 2011-06-20
39690 Chief Lake Rd Prince George BC Residence 1185 marihuana plants 2011-07-06
8336 Christina Rd Prince George BC Outbuilding 1039 marihuana plants 2011-06-28
38139 Lucas Rd Prince George BC Residence 1456 marihuana plants 2011-06-17
4608 Crocus Rd Prince George BC Residence 113 marihuana plants 2011-05-31
6211 Keithley Creek Rd Likely BC Residence 1336 marihuana plants 2011-05-20
 Block A, Sec 21, Township 26  Lac La Hache BC Outbuilding 1336 marihuana plants 2011-08-25
5017 Anderson Rd Kelowna BC Residence 768 marihuana plants 2011-07-28
6084 Marine Dr Burnaby BC Residence 140 marihuana plants 2010-12-02
128 Glynde Ave  Burnaby BC Residence 38 marihuana plants 2011-05-06
3765 Wakefield Crt Burnaby BC Residence 633 marihuana plants 2011-05-31
6875 Burlington Ave Burnaby BC Residence 18 marihuana plants 2011-08-31
7033 MacPherson Ave Burnaby BC Business 1298 marihuana plants 2011-01-11
3063 Astor Dr Burnaby BC Residence 476 marihuana plants 2011-04-14
6537 Portland St   Burnaby BC Residence 592 marihuana plants 2011-05-26
1633 Taralawn Crt Burnaby BC Residence 538 marihuana plants 2011-07-20
4330 Charles St Burnaby BC Residence 152 marihuana plants 2011-01-19
3356 Garibaldi Dr North Vancouver BC Residence 883 marihuana plants 2011-06-30
529 Linton St Coquitlam BC Residence 951 marihuana plants 2011-08-20
160-12588 Clarke Pl Richmond BC Business 378 marihuana plants 2011-08-31
13882 Dome Creek Rd Dome Creek BC Residence 884 marihuana plants 2011-08-03
236 Murtle Rd Clearwater BC Residence 860 marihuana plants 2011-06-30
1370 North Rd Gibsons BC Residence 500 marihuana plants 2010-11-17
20280 Kettle Valley Rd Hope BC Residence & Outbuildings 6496 marihuana plants 2011-06-08
26781 112 Ave Maple Ridge BC Outbuilding 1490 marihuana plants 2011-05-26
2483 97 Hwy Princeton BC Quonset 1100 marihuana plants 2011-05-17
6251 Gibbons Dr Richmond BC Residence Methamphetamine Lab 2011-07-21
5105 Erie Ross Spur Rd Salmo BC Residence 239 marihuana plants 2011-06-02
5396 Burnett Rd Sechelt BC Outbuilding 445 marihuana plants 2011-06-15
5814 Marine Way Sechelt BC Residence 860 marihuana plants 2010-11-26
12458 53 Ave Surrey BC Residence 264 marihuana plants 2011-05-11
14996 91A Ave Surrey BC Residence 1286 marihuana plants 2011-05-05
1417 194 St Surrey BC Outbuilding 939 marihuana plants 2011-08-09
12501 53 Ave Surrey BC Residence 559 marihuana plants 2011-05-11
14246 Hyland Rd Surrey BC Residence 1223 marihuana plants 2011-05-04
3214 Vimy Crescent Vancouver BC Residence Chemicals and unknown substances 2011-04-04
3414 Mcginnis Rd West Kelowna BC Residence 770 marihuana plants 2011-04-27
4324 3A Hwy Wynndel BC Residence 438 marihuana plants 2011-06-10
1533 Elinor Crescent Port Coquitlam BC Residence 268 marihuana plants 2011-08-25


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It is important to be aware that the linking of an address to a possible marijuana grow operation and/or a clandestine laboratory does not necessarily impute knowledge by either the occupants or the owner of the dwelling.

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