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New Westminster
New Westminster is located 20 km (12.5 miles), from Vancouver upstream along the Fraser River.

First Capital of BC
Beginning as British Columbia's first capital and oldest incorporated city, New Westminster has played a key role in the development of British Columbia's history.

Gold Rush in 1800's
During the gold rush era of the 1800's, New Westminster was used as a terminal for the riverboats travelling from Victoria to Yale on the Fraser River. Today, New Westminster and the Fraser River still play an important role as a key port, trading centre and tourist destination.

Panoramic View
New West (as the locals call her), is located on a hill that rises from the waterfront to the slopes of Royal Avenue. The view is great, with a panorama that sweeps from Golden Ears Park in the north to the islands in the Strait of Georgia in the south. As you walk along its streets, it might remind you of San Francisco and all its glory.

Heritage Buildings
There are lots of heritage buildings throughout New Westminster, especially along historic Columbia Street and Antique Alley. Take advantage of the walking tours that have been set up by the city. You will be able to spot various examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture throughout this city.

River Market at Westminster Quay
Besides the shops on Columbia Street and Antique Alley, make sure you get to the River Market at Westminster Quay, two blocks from the Skytrain Station at Columbia. With a major building renovation starting in early 2009 the new market is going through a transformation and will bring together the community with culture and commerce in mind. Expect to see these changes in late 2009.

Fraser River Boardwalk
After you visit this market, take a short walk along the river boardwalk that borders the River Market. Here you can see the Fraser River's action in progress as various boats and ships ply the waters. For a really good view, the area from the hotel at the quay is just great.

Free Parking
If you're coming by car, there is some free parking along the streets and adjacent to the River Market; otherwise, our advice is to take the Skytrain into New Westminster. The trip is exciting and you will not have to worry about the parking hassles.

Skytrain can be picked up in Surrey, Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam and North Vancouver via the Sea Bus. There are five Skytrain stations throughout New Westminster with convenient bus connections going to most areas and attractions.

Antiques and Curio Shops
You can check out Columbia Street with all its restored buildings. Walk along Antique Alley, browsing amongst all the curio stores. You will save lots of money as these have some of British Columbia's best selection and lowest prices for antique furniture and collectables.

HOPS A Northwest Pub
New Westminster has lots of fine places to eat. But, just for the atmosphere alone, HOPS A Northwest Pub is a real favourite. It is close to the Westminster Quay Public Market just below New Westminster skytrain station at 48 - 8th Street.

M.V. Native
For something different you have to ride the M.V. Native on the mighty Fraser River up to the historic site at Fort Langley.

Hyack Festival - held every year since 1971, during the Victoria Day-long weekend at the end of May.

New Westminster Salmonbellies
If you're a sports fan, experience the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the game of lacrosse. This team was established in 1887 and has a proud heritage of being one of the oldest sport teams in North America. This game is very similar to hockey except for the ice and the amount of body protection.

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Sky Train and Pattullo Bridges
Sky Train and Pattullo Bridges


Fraser River
Fraser River


Columbia Street
Columbia Street


Westminster Quay Public Market
River Market at Westminster Quay


Boat Traffic on the Fraser River
Boat Traffic on the Fraser River


Antique Alley
Antique Alley

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