A little about New Westminster...
New Westminster is an historically important city in the Greater Vancouver region of British Columbia, Canada.
Home to Douglas College and The Justice Institute of British Columbia.
The city has several live performance venues ranging from the Massey Theatre adjacent to the New Westminster High School to the Burr Theatre, a converted cinema on Columbia Street, and two theatrical venues in Queens Park. The Royal City Musical Theatre, a long-established New Westminster tradition, uses the Massey, while comedy and mystery theatricals use the stages in Queens Park. Also in Queens Park is the Queens Park Arena, longtime home to the legendary New Westminster Salmonbellies professional lacrosse team, as well as an open-air stadium used for baseball and field sports.
The May Day festival, held on the Victoria Day weekend and more formally known as the Hyack Festival, is distinguished by the Anvil Battery, also known as the Hyack Battery, a tradition created by the The Royal Westminster Regiment during colonial times as a surrogate for a 21-gun salute. With no cannons available in the early colony, the regiment - known as the Hyacks, from the Chinook Jargon for "fast" or "quick", here derived from its use as a command for "hurry up!" - improvised by placing gunpowder between two anvils, the top one upturned, and igniting the charge from a safe distance, hurling the upper anvil into the air.
New Westminster is located on the Burrard Peninsula, on the north bank of the Fraser River. The city is 19 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of the Vancouver city proper, adjacent to Burnaby and Coquitlam and across the Fraser River from Surrey. A small portion of New Westminster called Queensborough is located on the eastern tip of Lulu Island, adjacent to Richmond. The total land area is 15.3 square kilometres.