Jewels of the Royal City

Since 1971, the Hyack Festival Association has organized a wide range of events to help preserve our history and traditions in New Westminster. By fostering a positive image, we promote the city both locally and internationally.

The city of New Westminster was actually named by the reigning British monarch of the day, Queen Victoria. This is why are known, even to this very day, as the Royal City.


As President 2020, I am greatly honoured for the opportunity to represent the Hyack Festival

Association and hope you will join us as we celebrate our 49th year! Throughout the twelve

months, Hyack events and festivals offer community members of all ages many opportunities to participate in a fun-filled atmosphere, while also recognizing our time honoured traditions and treasured community spirit which truly makes us shine!

This year’s theme, “Jewels of the Royal City” reflects our volunteers commitment to the community and its people. We look forward to welcoming you as we celebrate Hyack Week in New Westminster through our International Parade and exciting festivities!

Penny Mclvor, President 2020

The 2019 Hyack Festival FLOAT

The Royal City


New Westminster has a rich history dating back to 1859 when it was selected as the first capital of the new colony of British Columbia and officially named by Queen Victoria after her favourite part of London. The official naming by the Queen gave New Westminster its nickname ‘The Royal City” and recognition for being the first city in Western Canada.


In 1860, New Westminster became the first city to have an elected municipal government. The city’s strategic location ensured our early status as a dynamic hub of economic activity, strengthened by community pride and emboldened by achievement. While New Westminster is known for its strong ties to a colourful history, the city is gaining notoriety as a hip place to live and visit, with rapid transit access, a thriving waterfront and an abundance of arts and recreational activities. In New Westminster, we are proud of our rich past, and our doors are open to a bright future.

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