Jewel of Our City
Each year, the newly elected President of the Hyack Festival Association decides on the theme of our annual Hyack float. The theme is incorporated into all our events and each year we create a collectable pin that can be purchased from our office.
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.
As President 2023 I am greatly honoured for the opportunity to represent the Hyack Festival Association and hope you will join us as we celebrate our 52nd year!
Throughout the 12 months, Hyack Festival offers community members of all ages many opportunities to participate in fun-filled events, while also recognizing our time-honoured traditions and treasured community spirit which truly makes us a Jewel of our City!
“Jewel of our City” reflects our organization’s commitment to the community and it’s people. We look forward to welcoming you as we celebrate Hyack Week in New Westminster through our International Parade, our Festival in the Park, and many other exciting festivities!
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 favorite 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.