Burnaby started off as a rural agricultural area which supplied nearby markets. In the latter years, it became an essential transportation corridor between Vancouver, the Interior, and Fraser Valley. Its name was derived from Robert Burnaby, who was a private secretary of the first land commissioner in the colony of British Columbia, Richard Moody.
Within the city of Burnaby, Heritage, Arts and Culture are very important. There are many excellent places to visit, consisting of the Burnaby Art Gallery (it offers educational programs for adults, seniors and children, exhibition and community projects in recreation facilities, community centres and schools), Burnaby Eco-Sculptures (eco-sculptors create 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), Centennial Rose Garden at Burnaby Mountain Park, Century Gardens, Deer Lake Park (opportunities for launching a canoe, sailboating, boating, sunbathing, bird watching, wild-life viewing, hiking, or just relaxing), Michael J. Fox Theatre (professional, community-oriented theatre that offers a practical, affordable and beautiful venue 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 every year, both contemporary and historical, covering the full range of media), and Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (perfect location for small gatherings to large entertainment and corporate events - like for example meetings, award ceremonies, conferences, press conferences, gala dinners, weddings, festivals, recitals, craft fairs and concerts).
Burnaby and Metro Vancouver offers various non-traditional and traditional attractions all year-round. They consist of: The Burnaby Village Museum (self-guided tours which enables individuals explore 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 (more than 600 different animals inside one hundred twenty acres of wide open spaces within the Fraser Valley), Grouse Mountain (panoramic views of the city, mountains and oceans unfold as the Skyride, North America's largest aerial tram system, whisks visitors to the mountaintop, 3,700' above the city), Harbour Cruises, Hell's Gate Air Tram (located within the supernatural Interior of British Columbia, with peak spring levels, more than 200 million gallons of water surge through its thirty five metre (110 ft) wide gorge. That is twice the volume of Niagara Falls), IMAX Theatre (offers people of various backgrounds and ages with larger-than-life-experiences that educate, inspire and entertain), Science World, Minter Gardens, Pacific national Exhibitions Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park (provides incredible creatures, like for instance sea otters, beluga whales and dolphins, and thousands of other interesting creatures, from the Arctic to the Amazon).
The major technological businesses within the Burnaby area are: Chevron Corporation, Petro-Canada petroleum refineries, Ballard Power Systems, Telus, Creo (now part of Eastman Kodak) and Electronic Arts. various major businesses comprise: eBay, Nokia and Future Shop.