Nestled on the banks of the Fraser River, New Westminster views the Golden Ears Mountains to the East, Mount Baker to the southeast and the Fraser River Estuary to the southwest.
Founded in 1859, and named by Queen Victoria, "the Royal City", New Westminster was British Columbia's first capital city (1860 to 1868). The city still retains its old time charm, and quaint homey atmosphere, with numerous homes from the 1890's on tree lined heritage streets.
Stroll along the Fraser River and behold the working and pleasure vessels or take a ride on an authentic steam paddlewheeler on the Fraser River, then stop to browse through the Westminster Quay Public market or spend some time in the Royal Star riverboat casino. Visitors to New Westminster can take a variety of day trips to take advantage of the closeness of many outdoor recreational experiences in the nearby mountains and rivers; from hiking, biking, swimming, fishing to skiing and sightseeing.
Located in the centre of British Columbia's Lower Mainland, New Westminster is easily accessible by transit, several major highways, rail and water. It is only a short SkyTrain ride away from Vancouver (25 km/16 mi.). It is adjacent to the Trans Canada Highway (Highway 1) and the Alex Fraser Bridge. Situated within 32 km (20 mi.) of the U.S. border, the ferry terminal to Vancouver Island, passenger rail stations and the Vancouver International Airport, New Westminster is very easy to get to. There is also local and long distance bus service available.
New Westminster offers tourist services including hotels, motels, as well as numerous cozy bed and breakfasts. There are also RV parks nearby in surrounding communities.