The longest running homes tour in Canada!

NWHPS 2019 Homes Tour Sold Out - Thank you!

We Hope You Enjoyed our 40th Anniversary Homes Tour!

Check out the details on the 11 spectacular venues including two storybook Queen Annes, a West Coast and a California Modern, a C2C loft conversion above the police station, two classic Edwardians, two distinctive Gothic landmarks and, on tour for the first time, a majestic Shingle cottage and a rare British-influenced Arts and Crafts home. Want to know more about each place – click on the photos in the gallery below.

But Wait – There’s MORE!

New Westminster Record heritage-home-tour photo by Jennifer Gauthier 3Apr2019

The Ballet House is back! This time it’s on view from the lower level to the attic. The 30-minute guided morning tours are now fully booked but the Ballet House is open to all ticket holders for self-guided tours between 1:30 and 5:00 PM.

The girls’ hang-out room in the basement of H.T. Kirk House – formerly the girls’ change room for the Lynden School of Dance. Photograph by Jennifer Gauthier, New West Record.

Neighbourhood guided walking tour led by Stephanie Watts of Ghostly Vancouver Tours fame. Ticket holders meet at NWHPS’s Welcome Centre at Tipperary Park to enjoy one of three 45-minute guided walking tours at 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM and 4 PM. Sign up for your tour at the NWHPS Welcome Centre at Tipperary Park on Tour Day – limit 30 people per tour.

This fascinating fascinating sidewalk ‘tour & talk’ features nearly 20 historic homes within four square blocks. Filled with anecdotes about grand homes, modest homes and split homes; New Westminster’s storied beginnings; and the Royal Engineers’ grand yet precise design of Queen’s Park in 1859; you’ll find that Stephanie’s tour is not your regular tour!

Stephanie Watts

NWHPS 2019 Homes Tour neighbourhood walking tour route

Party in the Park – the Heritage Tour Hub at Tipperary Park:  Join us on the site of New West’s Farmer’s market. Along with our ticket holders, the public is welcome to enjoy these activities:

  • NWHPS Welcome Centre – view a visual history of the longest running heritage homes tour and NWHPS merchandise favourites for sale.
  • Remarkable Women from New West’s Past Exhibit – a curated display of photos and period pieces highlighting the lives of early residents, including several notable women from a variety of professions. For ticket holders, three of the homes on this year’s tour each feature a display highlighting the remarkable woman who once lived there.
  • Steel & Oak Brewery & Pacific Breeze Wine Tasting
  • Food Trucks on-site: refreshments, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, tacos, donuts & ice cream!
  • Washroom Facilities

Online Ticket Sales Are Now Closed.

Celebrating 40 Years!

In 1980, a small group of residents created the New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society to educate and inspire visitors and residents to save. not demolish. the Royal City’s rich inventory of historically and architecturally significant heritage buildings. What better way to start than by opening the doors to five beautiful, functional historic residences on May 24, 1980?

Forty years later, we can look back with pride at the grandmother of all home tours in Canada. Our annual event has attracted thousands of visitors and residents alike to glimpse New Westminster’s ‘built’ past and its current contribution to the City’s economy, sustainability, culture and aesthetic appeal.