New Westminster is 4,446 km away from Parliament Hill. The drive would take about 46 hours on the road, via the Trans-Canada Highway.
About 28% of the labour force uses public transportation to get to work, which is easily accessible since the Metro Vancouver SkyTrain’s Expo Line runs through the riding.
Vancouver International Airport is just over a 30-minute drive west of the riding.
The riding lies north of the Fraser River on the Burrard Peninsula. However, the southern portion, the New Westminster neighbourhood of Queensborough, lies on the eastern tip of Lulu Island.
About 42.5% of the riding’s population are immigrants, with some of the largest populations born in the Philippines, China, and India.
Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog are the most common non-official mother tongues in the riding.
Approximately 3% of the riding’s population identify as Aboriginal.
Average individual income is $41,676.
If you have ever wanted to try your hand at disc golf, Robert Burnaby Park is home to a course. The park also has several trails, tennis courts, and a swimming pool.
The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a great place to learn about the Fraser River, with many educational interactive exhibits. The centre is the host of the annual RiverFest, which celebrates the Fraser River.
Poplar Island used to be a quarantine for smallpox victims. Originally a First Nations reserve for the New Westminster Indian Band, a smallpox outbreak broke out on the island, significantly reducing the population of its Indigenous inhabitants. Eventually the land was returned to the B.C. government and the island became a shipyard to build warships during the First World War.
The riding is home to the Royal Columbian Hospital, one reason the health care and social assistance industry is the riding’s top employer at about 11%. Other sectors that employ large numbers of people include retail trade, professional, scientific and technical services, and accommodation and food services.
Douglas College’s New Westminster campus has been renovated to make it more environmentally friendly. The campus is now home to green decks which help retain storm water and help reduce dust and smog on campus. The college also pushed for more public transit to connect to its campuses, and has created an urban garden on the Coquitlam campus to help educate students and the public.
The history of the Royal Columbian Hospital dates back the B.C. gold rush of the 1850s and 1860s. Built by the Royal Engineers in 1862, the Royal Columbian Hospital was the first hospital in the Colony of British Columbia, due to the large influx of gold prospectors. Originally established at 4th and Agnes streets, the hospital moved to its current location in the Sapperton neighbourhood in 1889.