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Just 20-minutes south-east from downtown Vancouver, you can discover Western Canada's oldest city, New Westminster. Known as the “Royal City,” explore the historic downtown's 19th century architecture, poke around the waterfront with its public markets and boardwalk or discover the Fraser River's ever changing parade of tug boats and freighters.
New Westminster offers an interesting and eclectic array of shopping. Columbia Street is the centre of downtown, and you’ll find antiques of all sorts tucked away on Front Street's "Antique Alley." History, arts and culture are in abundance, with plenty of local museums, galleries, and performing arts venues.
In the city's heritage neighbourhoods, distinguished architecture by some of British Columbia's best known architects, is found along tree-lined streets, such as those in the Queens Park area. If nature is more your thing, visit one of New Westminster's many parks, from the 19th century plan of Queen's Park and its rose gardens, to the natural landscape of the 4.8 hectare (12-acre) Glenbrook Ravine.
For more information, visit Tourism New Westminster online, or call 604.526.1905.