New Westminster is British Columbia’s first capital and the oldest city in western Canada.
New Westminster was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1898. One-third of the city, from Royal Avenue to the waterfront, had been ravaged, and the lower, westerly portion known as the Swamp (Chinatown) had been completely swept bare.
The site of “New Westminster” was chosen in 1859, partly for military reasons, as it was on a steep hill on the north side of a wide river – thus more easily defended.
STAY TUNED FOR our inaugural local tourism challenge!
The challenge is in fact a scavenger hunt around the city of New Westminster best completed by bicycle.
Weekly clues and locations will be release in the Royal City Record newspaper as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages. To complete the challenge you will need to take a "selfie" of yourself at each location and tag the Original Bike Shop, the Record and Tourism New Westminster on social media.