New Westminster

Current New Westminster MLS® stats indicate an average house price of $722,222 and 179 new listings in the last 28 days. As of today, New Westminster housing data shows median days on market for a home is 26 days.

New Westminster :New Westminster, British Columbia, incorporated as a city in 1860, population 70,996 (2016census), 65,976 (2011 census).


Where is New Westminster, British Columbia?

The city of New Westminster is located on the north bank of the Fraser River, 20 km east of Vancouver. Governor James Douglas established New Westminster in 1859 as the capital of British Columbia. The Royal Engineers surveyed the city and Queen Victoria named it. As a result, New Westminster’s nickname is “The Royal City.”

It is divided into 4 Quadrants : Downtown New WestEast New WestminsterWest New Westminster and the newer Queensborough.


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New Westminster Demographics

The city of New Westminster, BC has a population of 76,759 and a population density of 4,982 people per square kilometre. There are a total of 15 New Westminster, BC neighbourhoods.

  • The population density in New Westminster is 94174% higher than British Columbia
  • The median age in New Westminster is 3% lower than British Columbia
  • In New Westminster 10.81% of the population is Chinese
  • In New Westminster 10.18% of the population is South Asian
  • In New Westminster 7.87% of the population is Filipino

Visible Minority Population

DataPercent
Chinese10.8%
South Asian10.2%
Filipino7.9%
Black3.0%
Korean2.2%

Immigrants By Place Of Birth

DataPercent
Philippines7.0%
China4.0%
India3.2%
United Kingdom1.9%
South Korea1.5%

New Westminster Housing Affordability


New Westminster Schools

New Westminster’s school district has nine elementary schools, two middle schools and one secondary school. French immersion is offered at two elementary schools, both middle schools and the secondary school.

In addition, Urban Academy, a non-profit independent school for Junior Kindergarten – Grade 12, offers small classes and an academically enriched program at 466 Rousseau Street.

New Westminster is also home to four post-secondary institutions:

The New Westminster Campus of Douglas College is located in the downtown area. Douglas College offers Bachelor’s degrees, and general university arts and science course. The College is a recognized leader in career programs in health care, human services, business and creative arts.

Justice Institute of British Columbia is Canada’s leading public safety educator recognized internationally for outstanding education in the areas of justice and public safety.

The Boucher Institute is Western Canada’s first and only accredited naturopathic medical school and offers both a four year and six year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program. Located in the Boucher Center is the Boucher Naturopathic Medical Clinic, a public naturopathic clinic and teaching facility with over 700 patient visits per month.

CG Masters School of 3D Animation and Visual Effects offers a skills-based, one-year diploma program that provides practical, professional-level skills for the local industries.  With a faculty of industry veterans and deep collaboration within the TV, film and gaming industries, CG Masters is uniquely positioned to provide world-class training to the next generation of digital artist.

Elementary SchoolGradesElementary Schools
Ages 5 – 10Kindergarten – Grade 5*Connaught Heights
Lord Kelvin
Lord Tweedsmuir
Qayqayt
F.W. Howay
Richard McBride
Herbert Spencer
Queen Elizabeth *(K-4)
Middle SchoolGradesMiddle Schools
Ages 11 – 13Grades 6 – 8*École Glenbrook Middle School
Fraser River Middle School
Queensborough Middle School* (Grades 5-8)
Secondary SchoolGradesSecondary School
Ages 14 – 18Grades 9 – 12New Westminster Secondary

All New Westminster Neighbourhoods

Brow of the Hill | Brunette Creek | Connaught Heights |Downtown New Westminster |Glenbrooke | North Glenbrooke |South |Kelvin |North Arm North |North Arm South |Queen’s Park Queensborough |Sapperton |Uptown |Victory Heights | Westend

New Westminster is divided into 4 quadrants. Each with its very own distinct vibe.

QUEENSBOROUGH

Current Queensborough MLS® stats indicate an average house price of $789,065 and 49 new listings in the last 56 days. As of today, Queensborough housing data shows median days on market for a home is 30 days.

DOWNTOWN

NEW WEST

Current New Westminster MLS® stats indicate an average house price of $658,194 and 147 new listings in the last 28 days. As of today, New Westminster housing data shows median days on market for a home is 22 days.

New Westminster is located on the Burrard Peninsula, mainly on the north bank of the Fraser River. It is 19 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of the City of Vancouver proper, adjacent to Burnaby and Coquitlam and across the Fraser River from Surrey and Delta. A portion of New Westminster called Queensborough is located on the eastern tip of Lulu Island, adjacent to Richmond. The total land area is 15.3 square kilometers (5.9 sq mi).

NEW WESTMINSTER DOWNTOWN NEW WESTMINSTER EAST NEW WESTINSTER WEST QUEENSBOROUGH

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New Westminster Rankings out of 8/18 most expensive in Greater Vancouver

NEW WESTMINSTER NEIGHBORHOODS
  • City-Wide Profile
  • Brow of the Hill
  • Connaught Heights
  • Downtown
  • Glenbrooke North
  • Glenbrooke South
  • Kelvin
  • New Westminster Quay – Westminster Quay was a mid-1980s development to revitalize New Westminster and accompanied the development of the SkyTrain line to Vancouver. In addition to a large public market and a 2.5-diamond-rated hotel, The Inn at the Quay, a large condominium tower and townhouse complex was built, accessed from the older Columbia Street area of downtown by an overpass. The impetus provided by this project has spilled over onto the inland side of the rail tracks, with new tower developments focusing on the area southwest of 8th Street (the area known formerly as “the Swamp” and Chinatown). As of July 2007, the Quay’s commercial component had noticeably decreased, with many vacancies, compared to the much more active Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Responding to the decrease of business, the ownership group closed the Westminster Quay Market for renovations. The market re-opened as The River Market in September 2010 with Donald’s Market as the main anchor. The Westminster Quay is also known to house the world’s largest tin soldier which was given the title by the Guinness Book of World Records back in 2002.
  • Queensborough – Queensborough was the name originally chosen for the colonial capital by Royal Engineer commander Colonel Richard Clement Moody. When Queen Victoria designated New Westminster instead as her new capital’s name, the name Queensborough became applied to New Westminster’s portion of Lulu Island, across the north arm of the Fraser from the southern end of the city. Queensborough is today a growing housing area with its own distinct identity. Some new condominium complexes have been built adjacent to the Westminster Quay development. In the Chinook Jargon, “Koonspa”, an adaptation of the name Queensborough, is the usual name for New Westminster as a whole.
  • Queen’s Park
  • Sapperton – Sapperton was originally a “suburb” of New Westminster, named for the Columbia Detachment of Royal Engineers (“Sappers”), whose camp was on the hill now occupied by the Fraserview neighbourhood. It is the location of the historic Fraser Cemetery, which rivals Victoria’s Ross Bay Cemetery for the number of historically significant graves and monuments. Sapperton is the home of the first commercial brewery to operate in British Columbia known as the “City Brewery”. Over the years the brewery changed hands and was operated by Labatts until it closed in 2005. In its place is a recent condo development known as the “Brewery District”, although there is no brewery on the premises. New Westminster does have two breweries currently. One is named Steel & Oak which opened its doors in 2014 and is situated on the other end of the Westminster Quay. The other brewery in New Westminster is named Another Beer Co and it is located in Sapperton, close to where the Labatts Brewery was in the Brewery District, since 2019.[28] Also located in Sapperton are the Royal Columbian HospitalSapperton StationBraid Station, and the TransLink (British Columbia) headquarters.
  • Uptown
  • Victory Heights
  • West End -Opposite Sapperton’s north end, New Westminster’s West End was once fairly separate from the city proper, and has a neighbourhood commercial node along 12th Street and 20th Street approximately between London Street and Eighth Ave. The 12th Street area features antique and one-of-a-kind stores.
NEW WESTMINSTER ECONOMY

The salmon canning industry, penitentiary and a Labatt’s brewery were once major employers in the city. Today, major employers include the Royal Columbian Hospital and professional, scientific and technical services.

NEW WESTMINSTER ARTS AND CULTURE

The city has several live performance venues, ranging from the Massey Theatre adjacent to New Westminster High School, to the Burr Theatre, a converted cinema on Columbia Street, and two theatrical venues in Queens Park (One being the Bernie Legge Theatre, home of the Vagabond Players, which were formed in 1937.)

The Royal City Musical Theatre, a long-established New Westminster tradition, uses the Massey, while comedy and mystery theatricals use the stages in Queens Park.

The Burr Theatre (originally the Columbia Theatre), named for New Westminster native Raymond Burr, was operated by the Raymond Burr Performing Arts Society who produced professional -quality mysteries and comedies between October 2000 and January 2005. February 2005 saw the theatre reopen as a vaudeville theatre with three major productions by The Heartaches Razz Band and in February 2006 collaboration with The Screaming Chicken Theatrical Society produced the first Annual Vancouver International Burlesque Festival.

The theatre was sold by the City of New Westminster through a public request for proposal process to the owner of Lafflines Comedy Club. After extensive renovations to convert it into a cabaret style theatre, it is now called The Columbia, home of Lafflines Comedy Club. 

Douglas College also offers post-secondary training in theatre, stagecraft and music, as well as non-credit courses in music for all ages and ability levels, through the Douglas College Community Music School.[37] Theatre productions and music concerts at Douglas College take place in the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Theatre and the smaller, more intimate Studio Theatre from September to April.

Every year, New Westminster hosts the New West Cultural Crawl to showcase the city’s unique and talented artists. The unique Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, debuted in 2012, is produced by internationally acclaimed artists Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha to preserve the rare Indian arts, and is partnered with the Massey Theatre.

NEW WESTMINSTER SPORTS

Also in Queens Park is the Queens Park Arena, longtime home to the legendary New Westminster Salmonbellies professional lacrosse team, as well as an open-air stadium used for baseball and field sports.

The New Westminster Royals were a professional minor-league team from 1911 through 1914, in the heyday of the Pacific Coast Hockey League. Their home rink was the Denman Arena in Vancouver, which they shared with rivals the Vancouver Millionaires.

Pocomo Rugby Football Club and Douglas Rugby Club (both teams play in New Westminster) merged in 2005 to form the United Rugby Club. Pocomo moved to New Westminster in the late 1960s, eventually calling Hume Park its home field. Douglas was formed by Pocomo players attending Douglas College in 1972. United Rugby currently uses Hume Park and Queens Park for home venues.

The Sapperton Rovers men’s soccer team has a long history in New Westminster. Soccer in the Sapperton Community goes back to mid 19th century; the first soccer game in BC was played in New Westminster on Victoria Day, May 24, 1862, in the Woodlands/Victoria Hill area.[citation needed

The Hyack Swim Club, in operation since 1973, trains swimmers at Canada Games Pool, from a grassroots level up to international competition. Swimmers from across the Lower Mainland come to Canada Games Pool to train with this swim club.

In July 2014, Major League Soccer‘s Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced plans to launch a USL-Pro team in New Westminster. If it had been approved, the club would have been the first division three club in Canada and the sixth professional team in the country.

NEW WESTMINSTER TRANSPORTATION

Much of New Westminster’s street network still conforms to the original grid laid out by the Royal Engineers at the time of settlement. The grid is oriented to the riverfront and therefore deviates from the compass directions: streets run northwest to southeast, and avenues run southwest to northeast.

The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) is accessible from nearby Coquitlam, via the Brunette Avenue interchange, and Burnaby, via the Cariboo Road and Canada Way interchanges, and provides expressway access to Vancouver, the North Shore, and the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal (to the west), and to the British Columbia interior and the communities of the Fraser Valley (to the east, via the Port Mann Bridge). On its northern and western edges, New Westminster is connected to Vancouver by the street system of the city of Burnaby. The three major arterial streets in Burnaby connecting New Westminster and Vancouver are Canada Way (until 1967 named the Grandview Highway, and called 8th St. once it enters New Westminster), Kingsway (12th St.), and Marine Way (Stewardson Way). Kingsway connects New Westminster with the major shopping and entertainment district of Metrotown, in central Burnaby, and then proceeds to downtown Vancouver.

The Queensborough Bridge (part of Highway 91A) connects mainland New Westminster to Queensborough, Richmond, and, via the Alex Fraser Bridge, Delta. The Pattullo Bridge links New Westminster with Surrey. The lesser-used Derwent Way Bridge connects Queensborough with Annacis Island of Delta.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city reallocated road space in New Westminster for cyclists and pedestrians as part of Streets for People in 2020 initiative.

NEW WESTMINSTER TRANSIT STATIONS
NEW WESTMINSTER MALL AND SHOPPING

Queensborough Outlet – There are now some big-box stores such as Walmart and Lowes, as well as the large Starlight Casino and a small shopping center with outlet stores including Guess, Aldo Shoes, Bench, The Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, among others.

NEW WESTMISTER DEMOGRAPHICS

Question: What is the population of New Westminster? Answer: New Westminster, Canada (Administrative unit: British Columbia) – last known population is ≈ 69 900 (year 2014). This was 0.196% of total Canada population. If population growth rate would be same as in period 2011-2014 (+1.93%/year), New Westminster population in 2020 would be: 78 327*.

New Westminster’s population is also ethnically diverse. According to the 2016 census, prominent ethnic groups within the city include Chinese (10 per cent of the population), South Asian (8.3 per cent), Filipino (8.2 per cent), Black (2.5 per cent) and Korean people (2.1 per cent). The majority of immigrants living in New Westminster cite their country of birth as the Philippines, followed by China, India, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Indigenous peoples make up 3.3 per cent of New Westminster’s population.

RELIGION – Religion in New Westminster (2011)[32]Christianity (48.7%)  Sikhism (4.5%)  Islam (3.7%)  Buddhism (1.8%)  Hinduism (1.5%)  Judaism (0.2%)  Other or not religious (39.6%)

NEW WESTMINSTER SCHOOLS – HIGH SCHOOL (SECONDARY)

New Westminster Secondary School -As the sole high school in New Westminster, it is today home to close to 2,000 students in Grades 9-12, and is one of the largest high schools in British Columbia. Its facilities include: five computer labs, including ones for Internet and multimedia, four gymnasiums, a full-service cafeteria, a large sports field and a 1,260-seat professional theatre, along with specialized classrooms for sciences, art, music, technology and industrial arts.

NEW WESTINSTER HIGHER EDUCATION. (COLLEGES/UNIVERSITY/TRADES)

Douglas College, a major post-secondary institution in Greater Vancouver, has a campus in New Westminster. The college has an enrollment of 14,000 students and offers degrees, associate degrees, and two-year career and University Transfer programs to local, national and international students.

Justice Institute of British Columbia 

Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine

 West Coast College of Massage Therapy 

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