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Queensborough, New Westminster

Queensborough is a neighbourhood in the city of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. It is on the eastern tip of Lulu Island on the Fraser River.


Queensborough was the name originally chosen for the colonial capital by Royal Engineers Commander Colonel Richard Clement Moody. Queen Victoria designated New Westminster instead of Queensborough as her new capital's name. In the 1860s, a survey of Lulu Island by the Royal Engineers resulted in the eastern tip of the island being designated a military reserve for the defense of New Westminster. This portion of land was not incorporated into the new Township of Richmond in 1879. Instead the rapidly growing City of New Westminster annexed the area in 1889. The City received title to the entire Military Reserve from the Provincial Government and it decided to subdivide the area for sale in 1890. A bridge was constructed to reach the area from the Mainland and the lands sold at auction.

The name Queensborough for this neighbourhood of the City was formally established in 1911 when the Queensborough Post Office was opened by early community leader and Italian immigrant Anthony Sprice. In the Chinook Jargon, it is said that an adaption of the name Queensborough - "Koonspa" - is the usual name for New Westminster as a whole. With its many lumber mills and canneries the area became a focus of new immigrants looking for employment and cheap lots to establish family homes. These early groups built their own cultural halls, churches and had many different mutual aid societies. However, the entire community united at time under the Queensborough Ratepayers Association founded in 1911. This group continues to operate and is often cited as the oldest ratepayers association in British Columbia. Early immigrants included the Japanese, Chinese, East Indians or Sikhs, Italians, Greeks, Slovakians, Ukrainians and Finnish peoples. The community grew slowly but developed a unique sense of place because of its unique cultural composition.

Queensborough is today a growing suburban district with a rapidly redeveloped waterfront area known as Port Royal. Queensborough is connected to the rest of New Westminster by the Queensborough Bridge and Annacis Island in Delta by the Derwent Way Bridge. It is served by Highway 91A.


One elementary school, Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, and one middle school, Queensborough Middle School, are located in the neighbourhood.

A Library and community centre were also recently opened. The community centre has a newly renovated exercise area and a gymnasium where local residents partake in physical games of hockey.


There is a large population of Indo-Canadian families who live here, however, in recent years the area has become home to many Caucasian and Asian families due to the increasing number of single-family dwellings being built. Many of these new homes are built to resemble old heritage-style homes. In the 1960s, there were many European immigrants; Italians, Portuguese, Polish, Russian etc. as well as Chinese.

At the north end of Queensborough is a new development called Port Royal. To the south is Thompson's Landing, to the west is the industrial area of Tree Island, and to the east is the Fraser River. Access to Annacis Island, an industrial park area and site of one of the GVRD's sewage plants, is via a bridge towards the east end of Queensborough, though the island itself is not part of the City of New Westminster.

Queensborough in New Westminster

Queensborough in New Westminster

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Main Photo: 114 SPRICE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2200057


114 SPRICE Street New Westminster V3M 5L4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 2 baths, Built: 1964, 2,338 sq. ft.
Investors/Developers can either hold this property or cooperate with neighbours to potentially achieve a higher density under RCL zoning, or under the existing RQ1 subdivide into 4 lots right away & hold onto the back parcels until the development(current) is completed... Details
RE/MAX Real Estate Services
Main Photo: 229 DAWE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENSBOROUGH" : MLS® # R2172169


229 DAWE Street New Westminster V3M 5N1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2015, 4,221 sq. ft.
Amazing 2 yr old, 4221 sf, 6 bdrms + den, 5 bath + a 2 bdrm, 1 bath legal suite. 2 lvl home on large 8465 sf lot in evolving Queensborough area close to schools, shopping, transit & parks. This majestic palace has soaring high ceilings in living room/dining room, a... Details
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Main Photo: 319 WOOD Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2179419


319 WOOD Street New Westminster V3M 5K6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
8 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2008, 3,570 sq. ft.
Queensborough. Custom built home with no crawl space & no ditches. Features include crown mouldings, designer paint colours thru-out, radiant heat, gourmet kitchen with granite counters & S/S appliances. Great street & location. Rental income $2400.00 per month. Close... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 110 VISCOUNT Place in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2193425


110 VISCOUNT Place New Westminster V3M 6L4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1992, 4,135 sq. ft.
One of a kind, 7 bdrm mega house with great revenue potential! Spacious and beautifully renovated with engineered hardwood floor for the stairs, living, dining, family rooms and hallway, granite countertops, newer hot water tank, furnace approx 5 yrs and radiant heating... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 647 EWEN Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2124166


647 EWEN Avenue New Westminster V3M 5C2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1930, 3,200 sq. ft.
(2) Legal titled Lots 40' x 120' facing Ewen Ave. Queensborough RQ1 Zoning, build approx. 2800 sq.ft. homes with legal suite. Presently owner resides on the property, but could generate $2,000-$2,500 per month income. Note: lots are legally subdivided and have 2 pid... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 1222 ECKERT Avenue in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2199779


1222 ECKERT Avenue New Westminster V3M 6X3 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 7 baths, Built: 2011, 3,182 sq. ft.
Custom Built home! Features include 6 bdrms, 7 washrooms & much more. Open grand kitchen & family room with high ceilings great for entertaining. Close to shopping, schools and... Details
Keller Williams Black Diamond
Main Photo: 225 HOWES Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2212742


225 HOWES Street New Westminster V3M 5L7 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2008, 3,185 sq. ft.
A great family home in the heart of Queensborough surrounded by new constructio and a family environment. Very functional and spacious layout offers 4 bedrooms (2 master bedrooms with ensuites). Ground level offers. 2 + 1 bedroom suites rented for $1950/monthly. Walking... Details
SRS Westside Realty
Main Photo: 350 PEMBINA Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENSBOROUGH" : MLS® # R2196610


350 PEMBINA Street New Westminster V3M 5J6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1992, 3,024 sq. ft.
Rare opportunity to own this well kept family home in a desired neighbourhood of Queensborough. This beautiful house is sitting on a large 6,512 sq ft lot, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths up and a double garage. Basement has a nice Rec room open for your ideas. Also a... Details
Bal Realty Services Inc.
Main Photo: 1391 SOUTH DYKE Road in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS® # R2188145


1391 SOUTH DYKE Road New Westminster V3M 6Z5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2002, 1,728 sq. ft.
A very attractive detached home plus coach house, double garage, waterfront living in the beautiful Queensborough neighbourhood. Well maintained by same owner since it is built. Excellent interior condition. Entertaining front porch and back yard adds more enjoyment to... Details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Main Photo: 341 JOHNSTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "Queensborough/New Westminister" : MLS® # R2211540


341 JOHNSTON Street New Westminster V3M 5H4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
4 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1947, 1,755 sq. ft.
Unique and rare opportunity to own a double lot in the heart of Queensborough. The lot size is 149.9' x 65' with potential of subdivision. The house is featuring 4 decent size bedrooms with one full bathroom and an amazing backyard. The house is livable and the... Details
Dexter Associates Realty
Listing information last updated on October 20, 2017

Queensborough - New Westminster