New West was soooo close!

Just 4% separated Queen’s Park and Steveston neighbourhoods in the August 7th poll – Steveston went on to win Best ‘hood in Greater Vancouver!

In the spirit of light-hearted fun during ‘the new normal’ this summer, New West Heritage went all in for New West’s neighbourhoods in CBC’s Best Neighbourhood “contest”. By late July, Queen’s Park was the last New West ‘hood standing.

After the closest score between hoods in the whole contest, Steveston topped Queen’s Park 52% to 48% poll on Friday, August 7th, eventually winning the whole enchilada for Greater Vancouver.

But really, can you have just one “best” neighbourhood?  Queen’s Park represented all of New Westminster’s ‘hoods. Here’s what we promoted about New West through Queen’s Park’s in this semi-final round!

WHY do we love our neighbourhood?

Take a look at Queen’s Park— it shares the sensibilities of all the neighbourhoods that make New Westminster special. This jewel in the crown of the Royal City boasts a full range of amenities like shopping, recreation and transit – all just minutes away. It’s centrally located; just blocks up the hill from the hustle and bustle of the working Fraser River that fronts our vibrant downtown and beautiful Quayside waterfront residential area.

More than a century ago, New Westminster was known as the “City of Beautiful Homes”. Queen’s Park has retained a sizable number of heritage homes; many of which are protected in the city’s Heritage Conservation Area – the largest of its kind in Western Canada.

The Parks of Queen’s Park

photo: New West Record

We have many beautiful greenspaces in New West, including two right in the neighbourhood of Queen’s Park! Every summer the popular New West Farmers Market sells fresh local produce from Tipperary Park.

Blocks away, the neighbourhood namesake, Queen’s Park, is a full-service community destination that attracts people from all over the Lower Mainland. Established in 1887, this 75-acre paradise offers an array of sporting, cultural and outdoor activities for all ages.

Here you’ll find The Gallery at Queen’s Park, the Vagabond Players at The Bernie Legge Theatre and a New Westminster Senior Salmonbellies lacrosse game. A Rose garden and the Queen’s Park Off Leash Dog Park. The Queen’s Park Preschool and the Queens Park Water Park/petting Zoo.

People make our neighbourhoods

This contest wasn’t just about which community has the most established neighbourhoods or charming streetscapes. Our city tops the polls on social responsibility, environmental awareness, cultural, recreational and sporting amenities, heritage conservation and accessibility. We celebrate the sweat equity of New West’ers who believe community is important; putting their convictions to work by restoring our neighbourhoods; and making New West the accessible and supportive community it is today.

Steveston, with its amazing examples of historic buildings on a working waterfront, is a wonderful place to visit – and we acknowledge that, in the Lower Mainland, it likely had a much higher profile and a larger voting population than Queen’s Park. However, when it comes to heritage homes (big and small, ours are loaded with character!), lush gardens, gorgeously walkable, tree-lined streets and a wonderful parks, we still don’t think there’s a ‘hood outside New West that compares with Queen’s Park. 

If you haven’t been to New Westminster, come visit us. We’re minutes from just about anywhere in the Lower Mainland, via transit, bike or vehicle!

Congratulations to all 192 neighbourhoods who took part in the Best Neighbourhood in Greater Vancouver contest. We’re all winners.

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