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New Westminster a city on the rise!

New Westminster a city on the rise!

New Westminster is a vibrant water side community in the midst of tremendous growth. With its charming main street (Columbia) and new developments nearing completion New Westminster is fast becoming a relevant day trip destination in the lower mainland.

With such an influx of new dwellers and visitors to our city we thought it was a good idea to highlight some of the more innovative businesses. Businesses that have taken risks and that are not afraid to try something new.

Walking down Columbia street you’ll find new coffee shops and lounges that offer great places to meet friends, people watch or just to chill.

There’s also a number of terrific furniture stores that offer vintage, mid century modern and antique choices if you’re willing to venture off the beaten path just one block south to Front street.

Come explore our community and see for yourself why we call New West home!

Quayside Boardwalk New Westminster

Quayside Boardwalk New Westminster

History of New Westminster

Taken from the City of New Westminster website:

New Westminster Celebrates 150 Years

New Westminster has a wonderful history and heritage. In 1859, it was selected as the first capital of the new colony of British Columbia and officially named the “City of New Westminster’ by Queen Victoria, after her favourite part of London.

From this naming by the Queen, the City gained its nickname, “The Royal City”, and became the first city in Western Canada.

A year later it became the first City to have an elected municipal government. In 1866, the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island united as “British Columbia” with New Westminster as capital. A couple of years later the capital status was removed to Victoria.

Men Fishing on the Fraser River

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