New West Info
Here are the most popular attractions in New Westminster (Map; other nearby attractions):
302 Royal Avenue
This house was built by Captain William Irving in 1864, the "King of the River", when New Westminster was still the capital of the mainland colony of British Columbia. Its furnishings were shipped on the early boats, and the house is very well maintained. There's even a crack in the wall caused by a 1946 earthquake. Open daily May to Sept., Wed - Sun the rest of the year.
Museum of the Royal Westminster Regiment
530 Queens Avenue
This museum includes an impressive collection of military artifacts of The Royal Westminster Regiment and its successors since 1863. See weapons, uniforms, medals, awards, trophies, photos, manuscripts, documents and memorabilia. The museum is housed in the old 1895 gun room of The Armories. Open all year. Tuesday, 1 - 3 p.m., 7 - 9 pm., Thursdays 1 - 3 p.m. or by appointment.
Inn on the Quay
Experience a river adventure on The Native, a 27 metre replica of a sternwheeler! You'll leave from the New Westminster waterfront and take a ride back to the 19th century. The trip offers an entertaining narration which explains the accomplishments and hardships encountered by Simon Fraser on his voyage to the mouth of the river. You'll hear about the Natives who fished and hunted along the river, the wild days of the Gold Rush and the role of the Hudson's Bay Company in the development of British Columbia. The tour will take you past Port Hammond, Barnston Island, Port Haney and you'll dock at Fort Langley (with a two hour stopover), the birthplace of British Columbia. Pass by the riverside communities of Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Port Hammond, and Haney. Cruises are offered at various time and fares vary.
SS Samson V Maritime Museum
Waterfront, between public market and the Inn
The SS Samson V was the last sernwheeler to operate on the Fraser River. She was built in 1937, and was operated until 1980. Open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, with extended hours in the summer.
810 Quayside Drive
This attraction features shops and restaurants alongside a broad boardwalk, an authentic paddlewheeler. Enjoy a table with excellent views of the Fraser River: working tugboats, freighters, barges, log booms, barges and more. See why Vancouver is one of the top ports on the West Coast of this continent.