Neighbourhood Guide

New Westminster


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Nestled between Burnaby and Coquitlam, and across the river from Surrey, New Westminster was originally founded in 1859 on a site chosen by Colonel Richard C. Moody. Previously named Queensborough until renamed by Queen Victoria named it New Westminster.

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About New Westminster

Heritage buildings & waterfront views

New West is located on the banks of the Fraser River as it turns southwest towards its estuary, on the southwest side of the Burrard Peninsula and roughly at the centre of the Greater Vancouver region. New Westminster (also known as New West) is a city in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, Canada, and a member municipality of the Metro Vancouver Regional District. It was founded by Major-General Richard Moody as the capital of the newborn Colony of British Columbia in 1858, and continued in that role until the Mainland and Island Colonies were merged in 1866. It was the British Columbia Mainland's largest city from that year until it was passed in population by Vancouver during the first decade of the 20th century.

New Westminster's Essential Qualities


New Westminster was actually the capital of colonial British Columbia (1859–66) and the province's first (1860) incorporated city.


New Westminster has changed markedly over time and by the results of its incorporation into the wider urbanization of the Lower Mainland.

Great Investment

There are great investment opportunities in New West, whether you're looking for a heritage home to reno or an investment property to rent out.

Small Town Vibes

New West is a great 'small city' that offers big things. Great nightlife, amazing outdoor activities and home to well known colleges.


Real estate affordability is hard to come by in Greater Vancouver, however, New West still has opportunity for anyone looking to get into the market.

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Housing Market In New Westminster

New Westminster has changed markedly over time and by the results of its incorporation into the wider urbanization of the Lower Mainland. New homes are being developed each day and houses on the market only last for a few days.

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Why New Westminster?

Amazing potential from fixer-uppers to new construction, plenty of indoor and outdoor activities and more...

Enjoy a network of greenways, bicycle paths, and walking trails. Explore heritage neighbourhoods and local businesses, visit museums and attend live performances at theatres and festivals. Our parks, thriving arts community, and vibrant commercial districts combine to make New Westminster a great place to live, work and play.

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New Westminster Living

Historic & Beautiful

Who Is New Westminster For


Many builders have been taking advantage of the older homes in New West by renovating them and flipping them. Other larger construction firms are buying enitre apartment buildings and doing a full gut reno and either selling the units or re-renting them out.


New West has always been a great place for any family. Several elementary schools for younger families, high schools and colleges for mature families.

What To Do In
New Westminster


With several trendy and classic restaurants throughout New Westminster, there are endless options available.

Pubs & Restaurants

Several cafés, pubs and restaurants can be found throughout the city, however, a quick walk down Columbia St. and you will find trendy and classic restaurants to satisfy any craving you have.

Parks, Sport courts & Pools

Home to Canada Games Pool and other facilities including ice rinks, community centres and Queens Park Sportsplex.

Weekend Activities

Whether you like walks along the river, biking throughout the parks or going for a dip in an indoor or outdoor pool, there are several options for being active in New Westminster.

Average Price Of A Home In New Westminster

Condos For Sale

$370K - $550K

Townhomes For Sale

$500K - $750K

Detached Houses For Sale


New Westminster Rental Market

the average rent for a studio apartment in New Westminster increased by 8% to $1,500. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment decreased by -8% to $1,503, and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment increased by 2% to $2,050. Source: Zumper

What Is New West Known For

New Westminster Landmarks

New Westminster Offers

Public & Private Schools

New Westminster hosts plenty of elementary and secondary schools, private schools and French Immersion schools.

Parks & Recreation

From dog parks to walking trails, sports fields and swimming pools, New West has something for everyone.

New Westminster Quay

New Westminster Quay is built on wooden pillars elevated over the Fraser River. Enjoy long walks along the wooden boardwalk and watch the tugs, container ships and trains crossing.

Waterfront Access

New Westminster has changed markedly over time and by the results of its incorporation into the wider urbanization of the Lower Mainland.

Entertainment Options

New Westminster has changed markedly over time and by the results of its incorporation into the wider urbanization of the Lower Mainland.

Local Businesses

The main business strip in New Westminster can be found down Columbia Street. Known for several wedding dress shops, cafés and restaurants. Other places of business can be found in the New Westminster Quay where you'll find an amazing farmers market and other shops that sell specialty cheeses and cured meats. The shopping malls in New West include Royal City Center, Moody Mall and Westminster Centre.


Access to Bridges & HWYs and multiple cities

New Westminster has several ways to enter or exit the city making it very accessible. Both Columbia Street and Royal Ave can get congested during traffic hours however there are multiple roads and so-called 'ninja routes' that can be taken to avoid the traffic. New West is also nestled between 2 bridges making it easy for one to travel from Richmond to Scott Road in Surrey. 

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YVR AIRPORT: 25 min*
USA BORDER: 35 min to Pacific Hwy Crossing
SURREY: 10 min
BC FERRIES: 35 min* (Tsawwassen)
SKYTRAIN STATION: There are 4 Skytrain stations conveniently located in New West:

  1. 22nd Street Station
  2. New Westminster Station
  3. Columbia Station
  4. Braid Station

All times are approximates based on driving times.