Old + New West – Queen’s Park Part 2

1914-1929: World War 1 and its Aftermath After Britain’s declaration of war on Germany on August 4, 1914, New West immediately felt the impact. The provincial exhibition was cancelled for the duration of the war and exhibitions buildings within the park became army barracks for recruits stationed in the city. However, even through the war, […]

Old + New West: Salmonbellies

Tomorrow marks the 130th anniversary of the New Westminster Salmonbellies’ first ever game. Although Lacrosse originated in eastern Canada, in the late 19th century the sport gradually made its way West and grew in popularity among the early settlers of the province of British Columbia. In 1880, two young lacrosse players from Ontario named Joseph […]

Old + New West: Queen’s Park – Part 1

Queen’s Park is one of the most popular spots within the city of New Westminster, housing an arena, a stadium, an animal petting park, tennis courts, sports fields, and much more. Earlier this year, the park’s new skate park opened, marking another monumental moment in the constant evolution of the park. Queen’s Park was the […]

Old + New West: May Day

ca. 1950: May Day - May Queen suite on a decorated float. Photo courtesy of the New Westminster archives.

Old + New West is an ongoing series that features some of the interesting history in BC’s first capital city.