New West Museum Exhibit: Planning New Westminster

New Westminster, BC – Have you ever wondered when Sapperton, Queensborough and Connaught Heights became part of New Westminster?  Or what was on the Waterfront before Quay and the boardwalk?  Did you know that a 1960s plan would have turned Columbia Street into a tunnelled car-only thoroughfare?  A new exhibition at the New Westminster Museum looks at how the city formed, with stunning maps, beautiful archival photos and quirky artefacts.  The exhibition opens on Thursday June 1, with an opening reception from 6 pm – 8 pm, on the Anvil Centre third floor.

“This exhibition is a must-see as it offers a window into the mind of every politician, planner and engineer to have left their mark on this city for over 158 years,” says Rob McCullough, Manager of Museums and Heritage Services.  “As a city, New Westminster is unique in the Pacific Northwest.  It didn’t grow organically. It was planned from its inception and its design, plat and layout are distinctly representative of 19th century Victorian values. We continue to work with these early design legacies and adapt them for the future prosperity of the city and its residents.  This is especially relevant today as our city completes its new Official Community Plan. We hope to help community members understand how New Westminster’s city plans were, and are, developed so that they can take part in civic planning processes.”

A series of associated programs have been scheduled to enhance this feature exhibition including the archivist’s presentation, Setting Boundaries, on June 18, and in the summer, the children’s program New Westminster Explorers, the Working Waterfront walking tour, Geocaching 101 for the whole family, and the Visions of the Future New West cycling tour. Further programming is being confirmed and will be updated on the museum website.  The exhibit runs until November 12, 2017.

The New Westminster Museum is located at 777 Columbia Street in the Anvil Centre, New Westminster. The museum is open to the public every day, 10 am – 5 pm (with extended hours on Thursdays to 8 pm). Admission is by donation. For more information, call 604-527-4640 or go to

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The New Westminster Museum and Archives are operated by the City of New Westminster and are financially assisted by the Government of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council. 

Interviews and photos available upon request.

Contact: Oana Capota, Curator

New Westminster Museum and Archives

604-515-3842 or