New WestminsterCentrally located in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, the city of New Westminster was an early pioneer settlement, BC’s oldest incorporated city (1859), and the first capital of British Columbia. Historic buildings, sites and landscapes reflect how the community was shaped and make it truly unique. Not surprisingly, the community is replete with museums, galleries and memorials that document the area and its residents. With a population of over 70,000, New Westminster is next to the city of Coquitlam (to the East) and across the Fraser River from the city of Surrey (to the South). Westminster Pier Park and Quayside Esplanade and Boardwalk create a delightful promenade for lengthy walks along the Fraser River, and Queen’s Park boasts formal rose gardens, a children’s petting zoo and sports arenas for local games and matches. Many other parks and recreational facilities add to this city’s age-old beauty and charm.
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