Located on the Burrard Peninsula on the banks of the Fraser River in Metro Vancouver (Vancouver Lower Mainland). New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada is comprised of 6 neighbourhoods including 12th Street, Historic Downtown, The Quay, Queensborough, Uptown and Sapperton.
New Westminster is situated at the mouth of the Fraser River where the river branches out forming the North and South Arm exposing the Fraser River Estuary. In the far distance, complimenting the Vancouver skyline, are the looming peaks of the Golden Ears Mountains.
The city is close to major transportation routes and is directly linked to the Alex Fraser, Patullo and Port Mann bridges. Centrally located, New Westminster, provides quick access to other parts of Metro Vancouver. If you travel north you connect to the City of Burnaby, travel east and connect to the City of Surrey and further south is the City of Richmond.
New Westminster, also referred to as, "The Royal City" was named the capital city of the colony of British Columbia in 1859. It is the oldest incorporated city in Western Canada. Queen Victoria named the city after one of her favorite locations in London. However, it did not last long. In 1866 a historic vote by parliament moved the capital city to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
New Westminster enjoys many of the services and amenities that are important to travelers. Some of the more important services in New Westminster include accommodations, banks, grocery stores, attractions, gas stations, restaurants, casino, internet, liquor stores, pubs, farmer's market, art boutiques, gift stores, shopping mall, big box stores and transportation (sky train, bus and taxi).
The community cherishes, develops and protects its historical and cultural past and present. To date there are said to be over 60+ protected historical sites and an ever-growing selection of cultural venues and facilities.
There are some self guided historical walking tours in New Westminster visiting protected landmarks. Some of the more popular historical destinations to visit include the Old Court House, City Hall, the Armoury, the CPR Station, the Burr Block/Queens Hotel, Samson V Paddle Wheeler and the 1865 Irving House.
New Westminster is home to many facilities, cultural venues, events and festivals. Some of the more popular cultural destinations attracting visitors to the region include the Westminster Quay, New Westminster Museum and Archives (NWMA), cultural wellness centres, spas, art galleries, gardens and theatres.
There are over 50+ parks, green space areas and trail systems in the City of New Westminster, BC, Canada. Some of the more popular parks and trails include the 711 Bike Path, Glenbrook Ravine Park, Grimston Park, Hume Park, Moody Park, Queen's Park, Sapperton Landing Park and the Westminster Quay Waterfront Esplanade
The parks, the riverfront location and the trail networks provide many opportunities for activities and adventures. Some of the activities enjoyed by travelers in the region include boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching, picnicking, golfing, fishing, swimming, hiking, biking and sightseeing tours.