Shining Bright in 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 2019, I am greatly honoured for the
opportunity to represent the Hyack Festival
Association and hope you will join us as we
celebrate our 48th 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, “Shining Bright in the Royal
City” reflects the rich heritage of our community
and its people while paying tribute to and
recreating the city’s past.
Lili De Capite, President 2019
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.
President Lili De Capite
and First Gentleman Rio
The 2019 Hyack Festival FLOAT