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Why kids love New Westminster, British Columbia

Looking for an amazing study abroad experience for your kids in beautiful Canada? Well look no further.


British Columbia is Canada’s most physically and culturally awe-inspiring region – and New Westminster has been named as having “the most outstanding international education programme” in the province, according to the B.C. Council for International Education.


As well as the abundance of incredible family activities available throughout British Columbia – from whale watching to amusement parks to skiing, kayaking and more – those on offer in New Westminster (or New West) make this district in particular fantastic fun for children of all ages.


These are our highlights:


The Bug Lab Invertebrate Museum is an amazing local museum that celebrates invertebrates of all shapes and sizes, and includes a wonderful butterfly pavilion.


Paddlewheeler riverboat tours allow kids to gasp in awe at the spectacular local scenery and wildlife, while cruising the mighty River Fraser.


The New Westminster Museum and Irving House immerse visitors in the experience of what life was like for the earliest British Columbia pioneers.


Playtime at Westminster Pier Park creates sheer delight in energetic young visitors, with its two playgrounds and waterpark.


The world’s tallest tin soldier next to the New Westminster Quay is a landmark worth visiting, for kids who may otherwise find sightseeing a bore!


The petting farm at Queen’s Park is an ever-popular destination, as kids can get up close and personal with goats, cows, sheep, rabbits, peacocks and more.


Soap-making classes at the River Market are a creative way for kids to get their hands dirty while learning an unusual new skill.


Anny’s Dairy Bar gives young tastebuds a Canadian experience to remember! Kids can try traditional Canadian poutine, followed by maple syrup ice cream.


If you would like your children to learn English in Canada, the New Westminster School District is a solid choice. With one of the oldest international programmes in the country, that has been recently praised for being “high quality and highly creative”, kids are guaranteed the experience of a lifetime, both academically and culturally.