New Westminster is a city of around 70,000 that’s located along the Fraser River about half an hour east of Vancouver between Burnaby and Surrey.
New Westminster is the former capital of British Columbia and famous for its heritage buildings, waterfront area, various festivals and Queens Park.
New Westminster is fairly well-served by public transportation. The New Westminster and Columbia Street SkyTrain Stations are close to the waterfront, and in the summer the Q to Q Ferry runs between the Queensborough and Quayside neighbourhoods.
New Westminster’s Uptown district is the city’s main “downtown” area. Columbia Street is also a popular commercial area with stores and older heritage buildings.
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New Westminster’s characteristics have shifted over the past 25 years in numerous ways. There has been substantial growth around the city, especially more residential areas in the Downtown, Uptown and, more recently, Sapperton neighbourhoods.
New Westminster’s strengths can partly be attributed to its history and importance of the Fraser River, five SkyTrain stations, and the contributions made by institutions located here, such as post-secondary schools and the hospital.