Dominion: Own a Regal Home in the Royal City

December 4, 2012

New Westminster is on the move. Once it was the capital of BC, and known as the Royal City after Queen Victoria's visit in 1859 to mark its incorporation.

But Victoria became the capital and Vancouver took over as the financial centre. Now, once again, New Westminster is the subject of huge investment.

In 2009, landscape architects PWL Partnership designed the plans to redevelop 4.5 acres of the waterfront of the Fraser River. The plan, says PWL: "Embraces New Westminster's rich heritage while addressing key urban design issues, such as connecting this former industrial site to the community "

With the Victorian red-brick charm of Columbia Street, once known as the Golden Mile, the myriad independent shops and restaurants, and the waterfront redevelopment, New West is in line for a return to its prosperous past.