Victoria Day and Burnaby Village Museum

It’s been a long while since I last posted about doing any local activities but today I have been to the Burnaby Village Museum and feel compelled to write something about this great attraction.

The first thing to note about the Burnaby Village Museum is it’s free to enter and it’s not a stuffy museum where you’re going to be for half an hour and then get bored.

The Burnaby Village Museum is like walking back in time with quaint buildings kept in their traditional style. It’s like stepping back 100 years. Minus horse-drawn carriages you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d entered another world, it’s brilliant. There are houses of famous residents to go in and explore, there’s an old Drug Store, a Blacksmiths with live demonstrations, a restaurant, Post Office, Chinese Medicine Store and numerous other buildings and outhouses. Walking around you will notice workers there are dressed in traditional dresses and suits. All of them are full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the different buildings and the history of the site.

What I liked most about it was that it was culturally interesting and engaging without being overwhelming or cliche. As today was Victoria Day there were extra celebrations happening. Victoria Day marks Queen Victoria’s birthday. It’s important to British Columbia because our Capital City, Victoria, which is located on Vancouver Island, is named after her.

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Free Baby Victoria Day Cup cake

It felt very nostalgic to walk around there with numerous links to the British history of the area. There was a live band, a bagpiper, reenactments and lots of things to see and do. If you want lunch or ice cream there’s places for that too but for me I was looking for a free and interesting day out, and that is exactly what I got. I even got a free mini cup cake that was being handed out to everyone in celebration of Victoria Day 🙂

I would highly recommend this attraction for anyone interested in a free and fun day out either on your own or with family. It’s good for people of all ages and there’s lots of outdoor space to walk around or let kids burn off steam.

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