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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: 115 SPRICE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2223953


115 SPRICE Street New Westminster V3M 5L5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 1973, 2,225 sq. ft.
ATT: Builders, Queensborough 3 lot subdivision. PLA should arrive shortly from the City of N.W. (1) 7368 sqft lot off Sprice Street & (2) 35' x 122.53' lots at back of lane. Home presently rented @ $1,600.00. Could be a lot... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 327 BOYNE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2252870


327 BOYNE Street New Westminster V3M 5J9 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2016, 3,431 sq. ft.
High quality built home in Queensborough by present owner. Features include: 4 bedrooms upstairs all with ensuites & large Master with fireplace. LED lighting, air conditioning, alarm system with video camera. Large bright kitchen with attached Wok kitchen, S/S... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 102 VISCOUNT Place in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2256881


102 VISCOUNT Place New Westminster V3M 6L4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1991, 3,704 sq. ft.
Queensborough family home in quiet cul-de-sac backing onto a sports field. Features include (2) master bedrooms (1) main floor, (1) above, both with full updated bathrooms. Features include: newer kitchen, S/S appliances,newer roof, 5 bedrooms, air conditioning, and... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 258 GIFFORD Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2260971


258 GIFFORD Street New Westminster V3M 6X3 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
7 beds, 2 baths, Built: 2011, 3,272 sq. ft.
Original owners. Quality built house on a corner lot. This open concept home has 4 bedrooms upstairs, a fireplaces, a good sized den, and a flex room. Additionally, there is a two bedroom legal suite with a separate entrance, on the main floor. Modern features include... Details
Keller Williams Black Diamond
Main Photo: 237 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2220467


237 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 0K2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2017, 2,789 sq. ft.
Queensborough.. New home subdivision. 6 quality built homes with detached 2 car garages, & legal (2) bedroom suites w/laundry. Custom features include: radiant in-floor heating, air conditioning, LED pot lights, S/S appliances, quartz countertops, & bonus spice kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Progroup Realty
Main Photo: 221 PHILLIPS Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2254787


221 PHILLIPS Street New Westminster V3M 5N9 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2016, 2,771 sq. ft.
This one is not to be missed. Beautiful brand new family home in new grooming area Queensborough. Open concept living has 3 bdrm with 2.5 washrooms for the main house, and 2 bdrm and 1.5 bath legal suite as mortgage helper. Features include radiant floor heating, gas... Details
Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Main Photo: 1029 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2250899


1029 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0H5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2014, 3,035 sq. ft.
Air conditioned south facing 4 year new 3,035 sq ft comfortable home in the most popular location in Queensborough. Close to transit, school, shopping & entertainment. Functional floor plan. Kitchen featured with SS appliances & quartz countertop. Four good size... Details
Multiple Realty Ltd.
Main Photo: 218 PEMBINA Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale in "QUEENSBOROUGH" : MLS®# R2261186


218 PEMBINA Street New Westminster V3M 5J4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2012, 2,567 sq. ft.
Well built & nicely decorated, 6 yr old, 5 bdrm, 4 bath, 2567 sq ft home in up-trending Queensborough. Features 3 bdrms & 2 baths up with separate 2 bdrm & 2 bath accommodation on main; 214 sf garage & 1220 sf crawl space. Both levels feature open plan, maple kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Main Photo: 309 JOHNSTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2255234


309 JOHNSTON Street New Westminster V3M 5H4 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1952, 958 sq. ft.
Welcome to Historic Queensborough! Bring your building plans to this property located on a quiet street in this exciting area full of re-development. The 66 x 94 lot includes a lovely well kept 2 bedroom rancher that is perfect for your young family or as an... Details
RE/MAX Sabre Realty Group
Main Photo: 1391 SOUTH DYKE Road in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2243741


1391 SOUTH DYKE Road New Westminster V3M 6Z5 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
4 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2002, 1,728 sq. ft.
Heritage style house, riverfront living in the beautiful Queensborough neighbourhood. 9ft ceiling in the main floor, skylight at the stairwell, cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom. Excellent interior condition. Well maintained by the same owner since it was built... Details
Nu Stream Realty Inc.
Listing information last updated on April 26, 2018 at 03:40 AM (UTC)

Queensborough - New Westminster