New Westminster - nicknamed the Royal City since it was named by Queen Victoria in 1859 - has many vibrant and beautiful neighbourhoods. It is a city of diversity, located perfectly in the centre of Greater Vancouver, only 20 minutes by Skytrain or car to Vancouver, and a quick commute to neighbours Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Surrey.
Neighbourhoods of New West
What is old is new again – this holds particularly true for New Westminster’s Brewery District neighbourhood.
More than 150 years ago, a group of British military engineers called Sappers set up camp where the majestic Fraser River splits north and south to survey land that would briefly become the capital of British Columbia. Though New Westminster lost the provincial government to Victoria by 1862, the area had quickly become home to two critical city-building institutions – the Royal Columbian Hospital and the Sapperton Brewery. The brewery eventually shut down in 2005 but the hospital remains and now, in its place, on the nine-acre former brewery site, a dynamic, master-planned community has emerged with all the services and amenities needed for living, working, dining and shopping. (Credit: Liv.Rent)
Stroll the Scenic Boardwalk at the Westminster Quay.
Take in the mighty Fraser River as you wander along the boardwalk. Experience the call of the paddle-wheelers which drew past dreamers up the river. Westminster Quay is home to the beloved Westminster Pier Park, Fraser River Discovery Centre, and River Market. All city centres beckon for craft, food, and fun with family and friends. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
There are always exciting family-friendly activities at the New West Quay! Check out upcoming events here.
Try Something Different in Sapperton New West.
The oldest community in New West, which boasts the expanding Royal Columbian Hospital. Home to the hobby enthusiast, the adventurous, the artistic, and the intellectual. The ideal neighbourhood to visit and experience small town charm with big city amenities. This district is on the rise - as more funky tap houses and breweries move in and the New West Brewery District returns, this neighbourhood is the place to be. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Check out upcoming events and activities in Sapperton.
Downtown New West
Make New Memories in Downtown New West.
Downtown New West is a prominent food, arts & culture and shopping destination. A must visit urban community framed by historic buildings, scenic parks and waterfront. A bustling cultural hub and community meeting space. From unique vintage shopping and award-winning modern cuisine, to food trucks, festivals, and international new media art. Downtown New West has it all. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Learn more and check out local businesses and upcoming events.
Uptown New West
Discover Can’t Miss Attractions in Uptown New West.
Taste new foods and discover fantastic deals in the city’s hub. Home to big-name attractions such as the Uptown Live Music Festival, and Royal City Centre. Give in to your curiosity and wander the beautiful green spaces, and tree lined streets of 6th & 6th. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Uptown, where adventure is celebrated. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Learn more and check out local businesses and upcoming events.
Explore Your Inner Artist in The West End.
Immerse yourself in the West End. An edgy neighbourhood offering local, mom and pop shops. Journey to 12th to discover the eclectic arts community. Full of photography studios, tattoo parlours, and music stores. Where old-style cafes and eateries line the street. You can delight your taste buds with a variety of authentic ethnic cuisines. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Stay on Trend in Queensborough New West.
The Borough is one of the fastest changing areas in New Westminster boasting a booming shopping centre and the trendy home of Queensborough Landing. But there's more to the Borough than shopping! Food and amazing live entertainment are a constant at the Starlight Casino. It’s a can’t miss for the Q2Q ferry, and Queens Landing Park alone. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Out & About
New West Farmers Market
The New West Farmers Market is now open every Thursday at Tipperary Park! With fabulous local vendors from Greater Vancouver to Northern BC the farmers market is the ideal place to get fresh ingredients, handmade soaps and jewelry, local wine, fresh local produce, coffee, and more! Check out their website, or get inspired on their Instagram.
Foodies! Best in New West
Whether you’re the sweet or savoury type, it goes without saying that we all occasionally have cravings. Perhaps you’re looking for something zesty, fresh and full of zing. Maybe, rich, bodied and complex fare is on your mind. Whatever your tongue desires, the local restaurants, bakeries and breweries of New West have flavour for days and they know just how to fulfill your tastebuds. Check out the best flavours of New West. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
River Market is a culinary destination for everyday foodies. Located in the heart of New Westminster, our market offers over 70,000 square feet for you to shop, eat, and play, all right next to the mighty Fraser River.
We’re celebrating the full circle of food in a more playful, passionate, and sustainable way. With a vision we’ve dubbed FOOD 360, you can look forward to: growing food in edible gardens at the Market, an independent grocery store focusing on local and organic foods, specialties food vendors, restaurants, and food festivals. The first floor of the Market is about food for your body and the second floor is about feeding your creativity. It’s a vibrant hub for learning and business. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Art, Museums, Festivals & Activities for $20 or Less
Most things in life aren’t free. But fortunately, New West makes it possible for you to visit the city at only minimal cost. Unlike many other travel destinations, it’s possible for one to explore and enjoy their time here for a day, with only $20 or less. Exploration should be accessible at all price points and the Royal City exercises that belief regularly! Read on to learn more about some affordable, easily-accessible, and always entertaining attractions in New West. (Credit: Tourism New Westminster)
Explore New West
Beautiful parks, art studios, entertainment centres, galleries, and markets are abundant in New West. Check them out!