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New Westminster is a historically important city in the Metro Vancouver region of British Columbia, Canada. It was founded as the second capital of the Colony of British Columbia (1858-1866). New Westminster is a city located on the Burrard Peninsula, on the north bank of the Fraser River.

The city is 19 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of the Vancouver city proper, adjacent to Burnaby and Coquitlam and across the Fraser River from Surrey. A small portion of New Westminster called Queensborough is located on the eastern tip of Lulu Island, adjacent to Richmond. The total land area is 15.3 square kilometres.

The city has a total population of 54,656 Some notable New Westminster natives include singer/actor Alexz Johnson, Musician/Producer Devin Townsend, actor Raymond Burr, race car driver Greg Moore, magician Mandrake the Magician Leon Mandrake, actress Crystal Dahl and professional baseball player Justin Morneau, New Westminster Station is located at Columbia Street and 8th Street in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, and was the original (1985-1990) terminus of the SkyTrain.

It was completed in 1985 in order to provide transportation for Expo 86 being held in Vancouver. The station remained the terminus until the Expo Line was extended, first to Columbia Station in 1989, then over the Fraser River on the Skybridge, to Scott Road Station in Surrey in 1990. For a long time, the adjacent city blocks included run down buildings and empty lots, and drug dealers and prostitutes hung around the stairs up to the station. However, a major mixed use development called Plaza 88 is now under construction.

The development includes at least 4 high rises, the first three of which are 33, 35 and 37 stories. The 37 floor tower will be the tallest in the city. A 180,000 sq ft commercial/retail development and major renovation to the station are also planned. The Burrard Peninsula is a peninsula in the Lower Mainland region of southwestern British Columbia, Canada, lying between Burrard Inlet to the north and the Fraser River to the south, and bounded by Georgia Strait on the west and the Pitt River on the east. The City of Vancouver occupies most of the western half of the peninsula.

The Squamish name for the Burrard Peninsula as a whole or rather, for the long rise of land from Point Grey to Central Park, was Ulksen or Ulxen. The name Burrard Peninsula is rarely used in casual reference to the area among locals, in favour of Lower Mainland, or a specific community or city therein. Rail development expanded greatly in the decades after the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885 and was the chief mode of long-distance surface transportation until the expansion and improvement of the provincial highways system began in the 1950s.

Two major routes through the Yellowhead Pass competed with the Canadian Pacific Railway the Grand Trunk Pacific, terminating at Prince Rupert, and the Canadian National Railway, terminating at Vancouver. The Pacific Great Eastern line supplemented this service, providing a north south route between Interior resource communities and the coast. The Pacific Great Eastern(later known as British Columbia Railway and now owned by Canadian National Railway) connects Fort St James, Fort Nelson, and Tumbler Ridge with North Vancouver.

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