Credit: Leong’s Nursery

Welcome to Burnaby’s Big Bend neighborhood, where the air is filled with the fragrance of fresh flowers, and the landscape is adorned with lush greenery. Nestled in this serene locale lies the renowned Burnaby Farm Tour, a delightful experience for those who appreciate the beauty of nature and love to support local farmers. If you enjoy purchasing nursery plants and farm products directly from the hands that nurtured them, then this activity is an absolute must-see!

The Big Bend District

The Big Bend District holds a rich and storied history that stretches back thousands of years. Once a natural cranberry marsh, this area was cherished by the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Sḵwxwú7mesh ̱ speaking peoples who harvested berries and resources from its bountiful landscape. However, with the establishment of the colony of British Columbia in 1858, the dynamics of land ownership changed significantly. European settlers were granted opportunities to claim land through preemption, leaving Indigenous people excluded from this system.

In the 1860s, European-origin farmers were among the first to cultivate the land, engaging in crop cultivation and animal husbandry. By the early 1890s, the agricultural landscape in Big Bend grew more diverse, with Chinese Canadians becoming a significant presence in the farming community. Despite discriminatory legal and social restrictions on land ownership, many Chinese Canadian farmers found ways to contribute to the region’s agricultural development by leasing or renting farmland from European landowners. Working together, they employed traditional farming techniques and achieved remarkable productivity on relatively small farms, supplying fresh produce to distributors and supermarkets in Burnaby and Greater Vancouver.

The Second World War marked a turning point for Chinese Canadian farmers, as their active participation during the war brought about positive changes in social attitudes towards the community. Shortly after the war, opportunities for land ownership became available to Chinese Canadian farmers, marking a shift in the agricultural landscape.

Today, the Big Bend area is home to approximately 27 farms operated by Chinese Canadian families, some of which have been in continuous operation for generations. These farms cultivate a diverse range of produce and plants, preserving the agricultural heritage of the region. The City’s Urban Agricultural Land Reserve protects over 550 acres of land between Marine Drive and the Fraser River, ensuring the preservation of Big Bend’s distinctive agricultural lands despite its close proximity to urban areas.

Credit: Southwest Garden Supplies

Credit: Sun Tai Sang Farm

1. Southwest Garden Supplies

A haven for gardening enthusiasts, Southwest Garden Supplies is a local gem that offers an extensive array of gardening essentials. From high-quality tools and equipment to organic fertilizers and pest control solutions, this vendor ensures that both novice and experienced gardeners have everything they need to nurture their plants and create stunning landscapes.

4838 Byrne Road


2. Sun Tai Sang Farm

With a commitment to sustainable farming practices, Sun Tai Sang Farm takes pride in providing farm-fresh produce to the local community. From seasonal fruits and vegetables to herbs and specialty crops, their offerings are a true celebration of nature’s bounty. Visitors can indulge in the flavors of the season and savor the taste of locally grown goodness.

4886 Marine Drive


Credit: Wing Wong Nursery

Credit: Western Independent Greenhouses

3. Wing Wong’s Nursery

A horticultural treasure trove, Wing Wong’s Nursery boasts a rich history spanning generations. This family-run business is a paradise for plant enthusiasts, offering an impressive selection of ornamental plants, flowering shrubs, and beautiful flowers that can elevate any garden or outdoor space.

4892 Marine Drive


Wing Wong’s Nursery

4. Western Independent Greenhouses

Specializing in greenhouse-grown vegetables, Western Independent Greenhouses showcases the marvels of hydroponic cultivation. Visitors can witness innovative farming techniques that maximize productivity while minimizing environmental impact. The vendor’s commitment to sustainable agriculture is evident in the quality and freshness of their produce.

6151 Thorne Avenue


Credit: It’s About Thyme Nursery

Credit: Leong’s Nursery

5. It’s About Thyme Nursery

For those who seek to spice up their culinary pursuits, It’s About Thyme Nursery is a must-visit. A Beattie family-owned, this vendor offers a wide variety of herbs and edible plants, allowing visitors to bring the flavors of fresh thyme, basil, rosemary, and more into their kitchens. Cultivating these herbs at home adds a delicious touch to every meal.

7509 Meadow Avenue


It’s About Thyme Nursery

6. Leong’s Nursery

A name synonymous with passion and expertise in plant cultivation, Leong’s Nursery is a family-run business that takes pride in its diverse assortment of potted plants. From colorful annuals to resilient perennials, they offer a wide selection of plants that can brighten up any garden or living space.

7487 Meadow Avenue


Leong’s Nursery


As the Burnaby Farm Tour continues to draw visitors from near and far, it plays a crucial role in preserving the agricultural heritage of the Big Bend District. The vendors’ commitment to traditional farming techniques, sustainable practices, and sharing the joy of nurturing the land ensures that these time-honored traditions remain alive and well. See the full brochure here.


If the captivating charm of the Burnaby Farm Tour and the rich history of the Big Bend District have piqued your interest, we invite you to explore further through the following links:

Big Bend Tour

Burnaby Farm Tour – in partnership with Explore Burnaby

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