Festivals & Events
Museums and Art Galleries
Parks, Gardens & Recreation
Nightlife and fine dining
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Often the mountain ranges in behind the city cause rainfall and the appropriate clothing is recommended for the months between November and February.
Most of the Sunshine Coast and surrounding islands were populated by the First Nations aboriginals, who happened to inhabit the area from the time of the last Ice Age. In the Chinook (native language), "Koonspa" is the usual name for New Westminster as a whole.
These people inhabited the area until the early 1800's, when white journeys men, explorers and pioneers came in search of new land and eventually gold! In 1859, New Westminster was announced the first capital of the new Colony of British Columbia by Queen Victoria. (Later, to the disappointment of the city, Victoria on Vancouver Island would be named the capital of BC.) The area served well as a steamboat and supply port during the province's gold rush.
Summer average 18 degrees Celsius
Winter average 5 degrees Celsius
Map of New Westminster
Please select from the New Westminster travel directory below to find out more details.