New Westminster

Queen Victoria herself gave the city of New Westminster its name. When British Columbia was just a dream in the hearts of pioneers and gold miners, this was its capital city — the cosmopolitan centre of the brash young province. The neighbourhoods that sprang up around the turn of the twentieth century still remain — a charming souvenir of another age — easily accessible through walking tours. And the views of the Golden Ears Mountains, Mount Baker and the Strait of Georgia that gave the city its magnificent setting above the Fraser River still captivate. Today, New Westminster is renowned throughout the region for the quality, creativity and innovation of its recreational programs, parks and garden displays and emerging cultural and heritage attractions. Adjacent to major Highway systems, convenient to the Alex Fraser, Patullo and Port Mann bridges, and directly on the SkyTrain line, New Westminster is truly the centre of the Lower Mainland. No matter your age, or interests, this delightful city has something for every visitor. We invite you to visit BC’s “Royal City” and take in all our hospitality has to offer. Neighbourhoods:
  • Downtown
  • Historic Sapperton
  • Westminster Quay
  • Uptown
  • West End – Brow of the Hill
  • Queensborough
Easily accessible from New Westminster or Columbia Skytrain Stations, Downtown is the perfect place to spend the day. The Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association represents the interests of property owners and businesses from the waterfront to Royal Avenue, and hosts various festivals and community events to promote the area. New additions to Downtown New West include the Anvil Centre on Columbia Street complete with community art space, the New Media Gallery, Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and Museum & Archives; and Plaza 88 development which features a shopping centre and three condominium towers, the completely renovated Columbia theatre, and the newly completed Westminster Pier Park. Originally a suburb of New Westminster, Sapperton is located in the northeastern end of the city bordering the City of Coquitlam and City of Burnaby. The neighborhood was once the location of the barracks and other hosing for the Royal Engineers, Columbia Detachment, who were also known as “sappers.” Today, Sapperton is home to hundreds of local businesses as well as the Royal Columbian Hospital. Sapperton is conveniently accessible by Skytrain via Sapperton and Braid Stations. Don’t miss the Annual Sapperton Day Street Festival this year. This non-profit community event is put together by the Sapperton Business Association and Wesgroup Properties and has been running since the 1970’s. All proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation to ensure the highest medical standards for the future. This celebration of summer features live performances, activities and delicious food! Take in the sun while you walk along the boardwalk of the Westminster Quay. Watch tugboats make their way up the Fraser River and visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre to learn about the journey of the river’s past and present and it’s necessity for the living. Take a walk aboard the Samson V Maritime Museum and learn about the people that used the river for travel, or experience it yourself with the Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours. If you prefer to stay on land the Westminster Quay also has the newest member of its team bringing greenery to the area; wander around the Westminster Pier Park and have a picnic. If the weather becomes your enemy, duck into the River Market where a variety of stores await you. Buzzing with activity, you cannot get bored in Uptown New Westminster. Jam-packed with all the must-have amenities: banks, health food stores, fitness gyms, a park with an outdoor pool and a small mall. Much of the action centres on the crossroads of “6th and 6th”, but for a sense of history, take time to stroll the tree-lined streets of Queen’s park at the wealth of beautiful heritage houses. With no limitations on where to eat, restaurants fill the blocks. With foods of different ethnicity you can spend your entire day Uptown! The West End of New Westminster is our famous Brow of the Hill. Immmerse yourself in an edgy neighbourhood offering local,un-commercialized stores. Journey to 12th Street where you’ll find an eclectic arts community compromising of photography studios, tattoo parlous and music stores. The local-minded community has several local grocers and old style barbers as well as a unique spa. Old-style cafes and eateries line the street, as do ethnic rooms of every persuasion: delight your taste buds with authentic Mexican, Filipino, Chinese, Arabic, and South Indian cuisine. Originally called Lulu Island in the 1890s, the famous dykes built by founders Alexander Ewen and Donald McGillvray united the community after two major floods. Enjoy Queensborough’s tightknit community, a city within a city. Shop-till-you-drop at the outlet malls and enjoy diverse flavours of the local cuisine. Unleash a kite in one of the many parks and green spaces on the island or catch some air at the BMX and skateboard parks. You can also rent a bike and ride the shoreline of the island! For a carefree night of fun, head over to the Starlight casino. Dine in style, grab a drink, play the slots and see a show.

New Westminster Listing