Home Metro Vancouver Municipalities and Parts of Town New Westminster, BC New Westminster’s Fraser River Discovery Centre

New Westminster’s Fraser River Discovery Centre

Fraser River Discovery Centre

New Westminster’s Fraser River Discovery Centre features exhibits about the environment and ecosystems around the Fraser River in the Vancouver region.


The Fraser River Discovery Centre has been closed since the spring of 2020 as a result of health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. As of July 17th, 2020, the attraction is now reopen.

For up-to-date details about the status of the venue see the Fraser River Discovery Centre website.

To learn about other attractions impacted by the virus outbreak click Vancouver COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations.

Exhibits and Demonstrations at the Fraser River Discovery Centre

The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a place where the public can go to be educated about the Fraser River and its ecosystems and the environment around it. It’s a good place for young children and their families.

Located at 788 Quayside Drive in New Westminster, the Discovery Centre is usually open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm, plus for extended hours in the summer.

In July and August the Centre typically opens its doors every day of the week from 10 am until 4 pm so visitors enjoying downtown New Westminster’s Fraser River waterfront can go in and visit.

New Westminster Boardwalk
The Boardwalk at Westminster Quay

Education at the Fraser River

The centre has various educational programs and resources for teachers and those working in schools who wish to teach the youth of today about the Fraser River. There are also organized field trips available for people of almost any age including seniors and kids in daycare.

Spring Break camps and summer camps are also popular programs at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. Each week in the summer there is a different theme to the camp. Examples from recent years include “Spectacular Salmon”, “Science on the Fraser” and “Voyageur Adventure”.

Admission Rates

How much you pay to get into the Centre varies on your age, whether you’re a student, and if you want a day pass or an annual pass. The prices as of the spring in 2020 are listed below. (Note: Rates and other details are subject to change.)

  • Adults – $6
  • Seniors or Students (with ID) – $5
  • Children (3-12) – $3
  • Infants (0-2) – Free!

Family passes are also available for $15 and cover 2 adults and 4 children.

If you plan to visit the Discovery Centre more than once a year, consider getting an annual pass. The price for one is pretty much equal to 3 visits, so if you plan on visiting 4 or more times in a year it’s a good deal.

Annual passes also come with a variety of perks, a couple of which are getting into Super Saturdays for free and 2 free general admission tickets so you can bring your friends.

Approximate prices for an annual pass are listed below.

  • Adults – $20
  • Seniors and Students (with ID) – $15
  • Families (2 adults and 4 kids) – $40

Riverfest at the Discovery Centre

Riverfest celebrates World River Day, which takes place in September. It is a festival at the Fraser River Discovery Centre that features artists, a market, live music, historians and environmental exhibits about the river and surrounding area.

It is typically a 4-day festival and takes place along the Quay in New Westminster.

Other Information

To see more information about this attraction click Fraser River Discovery Centre.

Other articles you might be interested in include the following: