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New Westminster - Attractions and Places of Interest

Irving House Historic Centre, in April 1865 the British Columbian newspaper described the new home built by Captain William Irving as "The handsomest, the best and most home-like house of which British Columbia can yet boast.". Today you can revisit the splendour and grace of those pioneer days. Location 302 Royal Avenue Phone: 604.527.4640. irving houseHistorical Picture Gallery & New Westminster Museum and Archives Remember days gone by, when irons didn't steam, toasters didn't pop and cameras didn't zoom! Directly behind Irving House, the New Westminster Museum brings alive the history of Western Canada's oldest city. See items brought by the Royal Engineers who founded New Westminster in 1859...from bayonets to china teacups, they came prepared. Learn about New Westminster's historic May Day celebration, still held each May and about the Great Fire of 1898 that destroyed the city's downtown. Search out family history or research your home in the Archives. Location 302 Royal Avenue Phone: 604.527.4640.

New Westminster Police Museum, Pop in to the Federal Building on 6th and Columbia and take in photographs and artefacts of over 125 years of policing history. The brainchild of Detective Constable Ted Usher, this museum honours one of the oldest provincial police departments with a great collection, including a 1958 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Kids can have their picture taken in "jail" making this stop fun for the whole family. Location 555 Columbia Street Phone: 604.525.5411.

Samson V Maritime Museum, All Aboard! The Samson V was the last steam-powered paddlewheeler to operate on the Fraser River. Built in 1937 for the Federal Government, it spent its life on the Fraser River as a snagpuller, keeping the river clear of stray logs and other navigational hazards. ss samson vRetired in 1980, it features photographic displays on its history and that of its predecessors, plus exhibits on early paddlewheeler captains and their vessels, fishing, lumbering, crossing the Fraser, and other aspects of our maritime heritage. In addition to the displays, it is a treat to see the Samson itself. The galley, mess and cabins have remained basically unchanged, and give a good idea of life on a working paddlewheeler. Location: On the Waterfront at Westminster Quay Phone: 604.527.4640 or 604.522.6894.

Fraser River Discovery Centre, The Fraser River is recognized as one of the great rivers of the world, and has played an important role in the development of not only New Westminster, but also British Columbia as a whole. The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a world class interpretive centre, focusing on the economic, environmental, cultural and historical importance of the Fraser River. Location Westminster Quay, Phone: 604.521.8401.

Art Galleries: The New Westminster Arts Council's gallery is located in the picturesque heart of Queen Park, in the annex of Centennial Lodge. The gallery exhibits works by individual emerging and established artists February through November, and by local crafts people during the Arts and Crafts Fair in December. Public Library gallery, on the library's second floor, features exhibitions by local artists in a wide range of styles, from photographs to watercolours, sculpture to oils. The Library and Gallery are open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The Van Dop Gallery is a new art experience, featuring a world of contemporary fine arts and crafts. It's a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere where you can view some of the most exquisite and captivating work from Canada's finest crafts people.

burr theatreTheatres: Massey Theatre, 1949 as British Columbia's largest theatre. Since then its lights have shone on Broadway touring companies and international stars of dance and music. Today, Massey Theatre proudly hosts professional orchestras like the Vancouver Symphony, stars like singing sensation Jewel, and stunning productions like Hello Dolly, South Pacific, 42nd Street and The King and I. The theatre has been home to community groups, competitions, festivals, student performances and performers of culturally diverse communities. Location 735 8th Avenue, Phone: 604.517.5900. Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre, the Burr Theatre re-opened its doors in 2000, with the first production staged at the historic Columbia Theatre in 50 years. Wheelchair accessible, with ample parking and just steps from the Columbia Skytrain Station. Location: 530 Columbia Street Box Office: 604.523.2877.

casinoCasino and Dinner Cruises: The Royal City Star, New Westminster's fully-licensed riverboat casino, combines the romance of a riverboat with the excitement of a modern casino every day of the year. Docked at its berth on the mighty Fraser River by the Westminster Quay Public Market in New Westminster, western Canada's oldest city, the Royal City Star rekindles a golden era, a time when the Fraser had more riverboats than the Mississippi. Come aboard and visit our site. Odds are, you'll have a great time. Dine on the river on a paddlewheeler! Moored in New Westminster next to the Westminster Quay Public Market and one block from the New Westminster Skytrain Station, this convenient location will please everyone. A paddlewheeler cruise on the Fraser River will also give you a fascinating view of British Columbia's varied industries and the abundance of wildlife that dominates the shores of this famous river. With our location some eighteen miles inland you can be assured of smooth sailing no matter what time of year.
capilanoCapilano Suspension Bridge is one of the biggest attractsion in British Columbia, a true west coast rainforest offering scenic walks as well as the famous treetops adventure. You can visit the first nations cultural centre, enjoy totem park or simply relax at one of the food and beverage outlets.

Cypress Provincial Park is located in the North Shore mountains above West Vancouver, British Columbia, and extends beyond the Lions to Deeks Lake. The park's 2100 hectare southern section contains the most easily accessible Mountain Hemlock Zone old-growth forests and subalpine wetlands in the Lower Mainland. Recreational opportunities include hiking, wildlife viewing and nature study opportunities are full supported by a natural wildlife cast including deer, cougar and bears. Snowshoeing, snowboarding, and all forms of skiing are available at Cypress Mountain.

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