NEW WESTMINSTER- History is never far away in New Westminster, the original capital of B.C. It celebrates its roots in events such as the annual Hyack Festival, originally held in 1870 and said to be the longest-running May Day celebration of its kind in the British Commonwealth. RiverFest celebrates the Fraser River, which flows from the city’s past to its future. Other festivals celebrate the city’s ethnic diversity, arts and culture communities and Victorian Christmas. SkyTrain loops through the city, connecting New Westminster with SFU on Burnaby Mountain, Surrey on the opposite side of the Fraser River and the Coquitlam campus of New Westminster-based Douglas College. In between, workers hop on and off on their way to the city’s 13 neighborhoods. Among the most popular with young families is Queensborough, which lies off transit but close to cycling paths and job opportunities. Older neighborhoods on the Fraser’s north shore offer heritage homes and family-run shops. The revitalized River Market at the foot of 8th Street, with its mix of artisans and food vendors, anchors emerging high-rise communities along the bustling waterfront; at the other end of town is Sapperton, with its cluster of shops and condos. A harbourside boardwalk leads to Steel & Oak Brewing Co., one of the city’s most popular gathering spots alongside Old Crow Coffee Co. on Front Street. Anvil Centre downtown is home to the municipal archives and civic art gallery, while the Royal City Musical Theatre players perform at the historic Massey Theatre. Queen’s Park welcomes comedy and mystery shows and is where the New Westminster Salmonbellies, one of the oldest professional lacrosse teams in Canada, makes its home. A dozen primary and secondary schools give the city’s youth a head start on arts, science and other subjects.