New Westminster, BC, Canada

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New Westminster, BC, Canada

New Westminster vacation rentals

New Westminster is BC’s beguiling oldest city

Perched on the banks of the winding Fraser River, around 25 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver, New Westminster is western Canada’s oldest city, but it’s by no means stuck in the past. Beautifully restored Victorian-era houses sit side-by-side with cutting-edge contemporary art galleries, while treasure-filled antiques stores compete for your attention with sleek shopping malls. You can sip cocktails in chic bars, or enjoy the thrill of gaming and gambling in a glitzy casino. With an abundance of New Westminster vacation rentals to pick from, you’re sure to find your ideal home-away-from home.

Spa days and casino nights in New Westminster

Whether you’re an urban explorer or a lover of the great outdoors, you’ll find no end of exciting things to do within easy reach of your New Westminster vacation rental. Why not kick off your visit with a self-indulgent massage or beauty treatment in a tranquil day spa? Afterwards, you can while away hours perusing retro homeware, kitsch collectibles and vintage jewelry in the town’s wildly popular antiques shops. If you’re after a spot of evening entertainment, the Massey Theatre plays host to an eclectic year-round program of hard-hitting drama, first-rate live music, and fun-filled family shows. Or you can live it up, Las Vegas-style, at the Starlight Casino, a sprawling complex packed with glowing slot machines, high-stakes table games, and luxurious restaurants.

Historical homes and mesmerizing museums

If you’re in town between May and October, the Irving House is a must-visit. One of the oldest heritage sites in British Columbia, this imposing Victorian-era home has been restored to its former glory both inside and out. Join a guided tour and take a fully immersive trip back in time. The Anvil Centre is another blockbuster cultural attraction. At this state-of-the-art venue, you can explore over 10,000 years of history by browsing the permanent collection of the New Westminster Museum, and marvel at innovative multimedia art exhibitions in the New Westminster New Media Gallery.

Sunny summer in New Westminster

The peak summer season of June to August is when New Westminster weather is at its finest. Days are long and warm, and there’s far less rainfall than at any other time of year. As you’d expect, this is when New Westminster vacation rentals are in particularly high demand. The shoulder months of May and September are also often pleasantly warm, and with fewer out-of-towners. Winters are mild compared to much of Canada, but you’ll still need to wrap up warm, and be prepared for rain.

River rapids and hot springs in New Westminster

There’s an abundance of natural spectacle to experience within easy reach of New Westminster. The Fraser River is a hotspot for adrenalin-pumping white-water rafting. If you’re after thrills of a gentler nature, there are plenty of unspoiled hiking trails nearby. Keep an eye out for darting deer, cheeky Columbian chipmunks, and handsome bighorn sheep. Around an hour’s drive from town sits the scenic town of Harrison Hot Springs. Revered for centuries by First Nations people as a special healing place, its mineral-rich hot spring water continues to draw visitors from far and wide.