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Welcome to New Westminster

The City of New Westminster is situated in the center of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, otherwise referred to as the Lower Mainland. The City, roughly 15 square kilometers in area, is attractively located on a hillside overlooking the Fraser River, 20 km east of Vancouver. New Westminster has a reputation as a city with something for everyone.

Whether it's shopping, taking a riverside stroll or emerging yourself in some arts and culture, you can plan days of fun using our guide. 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.

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.

New Westminster is easy to reach no matter how you choose to travel. Situated within 20 miles are the International border, the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal, passenger rail stations, and the Vancouver International Airport. Whether by land, by sea, or by air, New Westminster is your central destination on BC's West Coast. The City Center slopes down from Royal Avenue to the Waterfront, offering excellent views up-river to the Golden Ears Mountains, southeast to Mount Baker and down river towards Richmond and Delta and the Straight of Georgia.


Once you have crossed the Fraser river whether it be by car, public transport including the skytrain you can access all that New Westminster has to offer. Having had one third of the city destroyed in the Great Fire of 1898, some early buildings remain and contribute immensely to the character of the community. It is also the setting for some fine contemporary architecture. The extensive public landscaping and the pride that private property owners take in the care of their homes contribute to the overall beauty of the area.

New Westminster has a diverse selection of cultural events and groups within its boundaries, a great selection of events are available. The cultural element is a growing dimension of the New Westminster lifestyle. Some key facilities of the Lower Mainland can be found here. Royal Columbian Hospital is the third largest hospital in the Lower Mainland serving residents from Burnaby to Hope.

Douglas College is one of the largest colleges in the Lower Mainland with over 10,000 students in credit programs. The college provides non-credit community response to over 24,000 adults who participate in part-time vocational or personal enrichment programs and has a strong orientation to social services, health sciences, business and university transfer students. For information relating to accommodations, real estate, attractions, activities and shopping please select the appropriate link using the navigation buttons located on the left of the screen.

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