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Overview of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

The City of New Westminster is situated in the center of the Greater Vancouver Regional District, otherwise referred to as the Lower Mainland. The Downtown area of New Westminster with its sloping streets, waterfront views and heritage buildings reminds some of San Francisco.

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History of New Westminster, British Columbia

In 1859, New Westminster was selected as the first capital of the new Colony of British Columbia by Queen Victoria, who named the city after her favourite part of London . From this naming by the Queen, the City gained its official nickname, 'The Royal City', and became the first incorporated city in what would eventually become Western Canada. A year later it became the first City to have an elected municipal government. In 1866, the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island united as 'British Columbia' with New Westminster as capital. However, much to the chagrin of New Westminsterites, Victoria, located on the distant southern tip Vancouver Island, replaced New Westminster as the capital of the newly amalgamated Colony of British Columbia.

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New Westminster's Demographics

New Westminster`s population is older and generally less affluent than surrounding communities in the Vancouver area, and there is a higher degree of social dependency (social assistance, pension and disability income) among the City`s population. However, compared to the rest of British Columbia, New Westminster has average demographics.

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New Westminster's Climate

Temperatures in New Westminster during the summer will range from 13 - 23°C, and from 0 - 10°C in the winter. The annual rainfall is 1581 mm.

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Education in New Westminster, British Columbia

Douglas College, a major community college has campuses in New Westminster and Coquitlam. School District 40 New Westminster has one high school (New Westminster Secondary School), two middle schools, and nine elementary schools.

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Transportation around New Westminster, British Columbia

Tranlink bus service also plays a helpful role in moving people in and around the region. A major bus terminal is located in New Westminster at Eighth Street.

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Tourism and Attractions of New Westminster

There is always something to do in New Westminster, whether it`s shopping, taking a riverside stroll, visiting one of the city's museums or galleries or playing a round of golf at one of New Westminster's golf courses. New Westminster also has a riverboat casino next to Westminster Quay Market that is open daily from 10am to 4am.

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Geography of New Westminster, British Columbia

New Westminster is part of the Greater Vancouver metropolitan area, located on the Burrard Peninsula, on the north bank of the Fraser River. The city is 19 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Vancouver, adjacent to Burnaby and Coquitlam and across the Fraser River from Surrey. A small portion of New Westminster called Queensborough is located on the eastern tip of Lulu Island, adjacent to Richmond.

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New Westminster's Government

The municipal government of New Westminster consists of a mayor and six city councillors.

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New Westminster's Economy and Industry

With the completion of the trans-continental railway in 1886, trade began to shift to nearby Vancouver. Nonetheless, New Westminster weathered the loss, and remained an important industry and transportation centre. The local economy has always had a mix of industrial sectors, but it has evolved over the years, moving from a reliance on the primary resources of lumber and fishing in the 1800s, to heavy industry and manufacturing in the first half of the 1900s, to retail from the mid 1950s to the 1970s, to professional and business services in the `90s, and finally to high tech and fiber optic industry in the early 2000's.

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New Westminster's Culture and Significant Events

New Westminster is the place for fun and excitement, especially during some of the popular special events and festivals that take place annually. The Hyack Festival in May in renowned throughout the Pacific Northwest, and FraserFest in July celebrates fun along the Fraser River. No matter when you visit New Westminster, there is always something going on.

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Sports in New Westminster, British Columbia

The New Westminster Salmonbellies are one of the oldest professional lacrosse teams in Canada. The `Bellies, as they are also known, have won the Mann Cup twenty-four times.

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Media of New Westminster

The Royal City Record is New Westminster's daily newspaper, keeping residents up to date on local and world news, sports and current events.

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