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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.

History

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.

Education

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.

Demographics

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: 2103 210 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Condo for sale : MLS®# R2272591

$2,750,900

2103 210 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0J9 : Queensborough

Residential Attached
3 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 2,355 sq. ft.
The Peninsula is the crown jewel of Port Royal, a 52 acre master plan community. Placed on the point where the Fraser River parts, the 22 storey tower is shaped a bordered by water on three sides. Magnificent views extend across the Fraser River, capturing the sunning... Details
Icon Property Advisors Ltd.
Main Photo: 2104 210 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Condo for sale : MLS®# R2272541

$2,500,900

2104 210 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0J9 : Queensborough

Residential Attached
3 beds, 4 baths, Built: 2017, 2,330 sq. ft.
The Peninsula is the crown jewel of Port Royal, a 52 acre master plan community. Placed on the point where the Fraser River parts, the 22 storey tower is shaped and bordered by water on three sides. Magnificent views extend across the Fraser River, capturing stunning... Details
Icon Property Advisors Ltd.
Main Photo: 115 SPRICE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2223953

$2,200,000

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: 324 LAWRENCE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2272140

$2,200,000

324 LAWRENCE Street New Westminster V3M 5L2 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
2 beds, 1 baths, Built: 1931, 800 sq. ft.
Rethink Real Estate Group
Main Photo: 2202 210 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Condo for sale : MLS®# R2272371

$1,900,900

2202 210 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0J9 : Queensborough

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 1,989 sq. ft.
The peninsula is the crown jewel of Port Royal, a 52 acre master plan community. Placed on the point where the Fraser River parts, the 22 storey tower is shaped and bordered by water on three sides. Magnificent views extend across the Fraser River, capturing stunning... Details
Icon Property Advisors Ltd.
Main Photo: 327 BOYNE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2252870

$1,888,000

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: 312 HAMPTON Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2278709

$1,849,000

312 HAMPTON Street New Westminster V3M 5M1 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
5 beds, 6 baths, Built: 2018, 3,712 sq. ft.
New construction with a view of the mountain, professionally designed house ,with all the appliances, air condition,HRV, central vacuum system, security system with tv camera, 2 gas fireplace and quartz counters throughout the house.With top Quality acrylic kitchen... Details
RE/MAX Performance Realty
Main Photo: 2201 210 SALTER Street in New Westminster: Queensborough Condo for sale : MLS®# R2272381

$1,775,900

2201 210 SALTER Street New Westminster V3M 0J9 : Queensborough

Residential Attached
2 beds, 3 baths, Built: 2017, 1,698 sq. ft.
The Peninsula is the crown jewel of Port Royal, a 52 acre master plan community. Placed on the point where the Fraser River parts, the 22 storey tower is shaped and bordered by water on three sides. Magnificent views extend across the Fraser River, capturing stunning... Details
Icon Property Advisors Ltd.
Main Photo: 317 JARDINE Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2282045

$1,590,000

317 JARDINE Street New Westminster V3M 5M6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 2010, 3,695 sq. ft.
This well-kept home has a spacious living room, a delightful den and a fire place. The modern kitchen has granite countertops, s/s appliances and a formal dinning area. Two open decks. The upper level also offers 4 bedrooms, including a master bedroom with an ensuite... Details
Keller Williams Black Diamond
Main Photo: 190 SPAGNOL Street in New Westminster: Queensborough House for sale : MLS®# R2272546

$1,500,000

190 SPAGNOL Street New Westminster V3M 6T6 : Queensborough

Residential Detached
6 beds, 5 baths, Built: 1996, 2,660 sq. ft.
Don't miss this opportunity to purchase this well kept home located centrally in Queensborough! Gorgeous fully updated, quality finished home features-new flooring, crown moldings, carpet, designer paint, quality blinds, lighting, new hot water tank & so much more... Details
Royal Pacific Rlty. (Kingsway)
Listing information last updated on June 21, 2018 at 03:21 AM (UTC)

Queensborough - New Westminster