WELCOME TO NEW WESTMINSTER
New Westminster is British Columbia’s first capital and Western Canada’s oldest city. Named by Queen Victoria in 1859 after her favorite part of London – Westminster, this city is proud to be grounded in the past but forward thinking.
New Westminster is easy to reach no matter how you choose to travel. Boasting five SkyTrain stations, the town is only a 20-minute transit ride away from downtown Vancouver. It is about 20 miles from the US border, Tsawwassen Ferry, passenger rail stations, and the YVR Airport.
Character streets and beautiful views of the Fraser River from the waterfront esplanade, authentic public spaces and amenities make New Westminster a place to live well.
WHAT TO EXPECT: An urban environment with a small town feel where people know each other.
NEIGHBOURS: There are six unique neighbourhoods of New Westminster – Uptown, Queensborough, Sapperton, Downtown, the West End, and the Quay.
LIFESTYLE: inclusive, hip, centered.
UNEXPECTED: Between 2006 and 2011, 61.3% of the population growth in New Westminster was due to immigration (Statistics Canada, 2011 census).
INTERESTING: Due to its connection with Queen Victoria, New Westminster was dubbed ‘The Royal City’ – a nickname that is still in use today.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The City is projected to grow from 66,000 in 2011 to 102,000 in 2014 (the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy). That’s 36,000 more people! How do you think this is addressed by the community planning?
YOU’LL FALL IN LOVE WITH: The Riverfront.
TRY IT: River Market. (Beef Brisket yummy)
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