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CULTURAL EXPERIENCES The City of New Westminster is a community with a unique, rich heritage that honours its past and ďŹ nds inspiration in the future. Anvil Centre is a fusion of ideas, energies and cultures. Come and explore culture at Anvil Centre! Anvil Centre Theatre, New Westminster Museum & Archives, New Media Gallery, Community Art Space, and Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Coastal Dance Festival 2019

777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC I T 604 515 3830 anvilcentre.com


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Getting Around 7 Getting Around 9 Shop the Line

Neighbourhoods 11 Downtown 13 Uptown 13 Sapperton 15 River Market 19 Shops at New West

Attractions Pages 21 - 22

History & Culture Pages 23 - 24

Arts & Entertainment Pages 25 - 27

#201A 3430 Brighton Avenue, Burnaby, B.C. V5A 3H4 Phone: 604.444.3451 www.newwestrecord.ca

Food Pages 28 - 30

PUBLISHER Lara Graham

WRITER Michelle Hopkins

PROJECT COORDINATOR Jenna Hebb

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GRAPHIC DESIGN Gary Slavin

ORIGINAL PHOTOS Jennifer Gauthier


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ew Westminster is a growing city with so many wonderful attractions, restaurants and park spaces in an urban setting right at the heart of Metro Vancouver. I’m proud to call New Westminster home for so many reasons, one of which is that it is so walkable and transit friendly. I love that I can walk to work, hop on the SkyTrain to come and go, or cycle on one of our many bike paths. We have some amazing parks in our community. My family and I regularly enjoy the serenity of the Glenbrook Ravine, the bustle of Queen’s Park, picturesque Westminster Pier Park and the newly developed Sapperton and Quayside Park playgrounds. I also love that New West offers a variety of cuisines from around the world. Just take a walk along Columbia Street and through the River Market to see for yourself that the choices are endless. If you love public art, take the self-guided public art tour along the riverfront, where you’ll come across WOW Westminster at Westminster Pier Park, Birds on a Branch on the Front Street Parkade, and Floralume at the Front Street fire escape. The latest New Media Gallery exhibition at Anvil Centre is sure to stimulate your mind through the mingling of arts and technology. Anvil Centre also hosts the City’s museum and archives where you can explore our city’s unique history. Come visit New Westminster for one of our many community events or for some weekend fun and see for yourself all that we have to offer! New Westminster Mayor, Jonathan Cote

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Rustic. Modern. Italian In 1917, one of our forefathers, Giuseppe (Joe) Piva emigrated from northern Italy to interior BC. He spent the next five decades farming cattle, sheep, poultry, fruits and vegetables. Although he did not make his own wine, he grew grapes & provided them to close friends for their own bacchanalian pursuits. Piva honors Joe’s passion for farm fresh ingredients, traditional Italian cooking and exceptionally prepared food and drink with a modern approach. Bring your family in to experience the tradition, history, and good taste at our fine dining modern Italian Restaurant. Perfect for romantic dining, family dinners or parties.

787 Columbia Street New Westminster

604.522.0221 pivarestaurant.ca

RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED, BUT WALK-INS WELCOME


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he Royal City’s extensive public transit system and pedestrian-friendly streets offer the visitor a chance to enjoy a day at the New Media Gallery or a restaurant on Columbia Street. Alternatively, you can hop on a rental bike and enjoy some of the city’s comprehensive bicycle network or its scenic 1.3-kilometre waterfront esplanade.

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A drive from downtown Vancouver to New Westminster is approximately 27 kilometres via BC 91 or 20 kilometres via S.E. Marine Drive. If you’re travelling from the U.S. border, it’s about a 30-kilometre trip via Highway 99, and 91, King George Boulevard or the Pattullo Bridge. From the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), it’s about a 20-kilometre commute via Highway 91.

From the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, take Highway 1 to Brunette Avenue. From Tsawwassen terminal, follow Highway 17 to the Alex Fraser Bridge and Highway 91A.

For a leisurely and picturesque river ride, the city’s Q to Q foot ferry service connects downtown New West to Queensborough. In the summer months, it departs daily from Westminster Quay under the Inn at the Quay and from Queensborough at the Port Royal public dock.

With five SkyTrain stations along two of Greater Vancouver’s three main transit lines, New Westminster provides convenient access around the Royal City. For more information, visit www.translink.ca. By taxi: New West cab of choice is aptly called the Royal City Taxi. Call 604-521-6666.

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Seek. Find. Enjoy. every thing you need in one convenient location

hop on/hop off access to skytrain store directory A&W Restaurant BobaCabana BubbleTea Candy Alley CG Masters Academy CIBC Peter Julian MP Donair Dude Dynamic Health and Fitness E-Exit Escape Room Fido Cellular Freedom Mobile Freshslice Pizza H & R Block HD Douglas Barber & Styling Salon

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Hub Restaurant Kushimura Izakaya Japanese Restaurant Landmark Cinema Limina Spa Miniso New West Laptop New Westminster Dental North Noodle House Pizza Garden Poké Bar Quesada RBC Royal Bank Ramen Hachi Randstad Canada

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Safeway Shefield Express Shoppers Drug Mart Sky Shoes and Repair Snowy Village Dessert Starbucks Subway The Spud Shack Tim Hortons Togo Sushi VanThai Restaurant Vapour Solutions

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COME CHECK OUT THE NEW E-EXIT ESCAPE ROOM AND THE NEWLY EXPANDED PIZZA GARDEN

shopsatnewwest.com Conveniently located at the downtown Skytrain Station (Columbia and 8th Street)


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100 Braid Street Studios is about a three-minute walk across the street from the Braid Street SkyTrain station to 100 Braid St. If you want an original piece of artwork, the studio is one of the city’s top art galleries with more than 40 artists.

Just steps from the Columbia SkyTrain station you can find almost anything you need for your home or family at Army & Navy Department Store (502 Columbia St.). Gamedeals Video Games (407 Columbia St.) and Pandora’s Locks mystery room adventures (405 Columbia St.) are some of the area’s unique offerings. If you’re hungry, you’re in luck because Big Star Sandwich Co. (664 Columbia St.) and El Santo restaurant (680 Columbia St.) are just a hop, skip and a jump away.

Sapperton Hop off the train at Sapperton station and stroll up to East Columbia St., where you’ll find an eclectic mix of shops selling everything from archery supplies to tasty sandwiches and baked goods. Why not pick up a treat at Fratelli’s Bakery (459 East Columbia Street) and take a seat in the parklet just outside its doors?

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New Westminster was founded in 1859 and named by Queen Victoria after her favourite part of London. For this reason, we’re known as “The Royal City”.

much more to love here. (For the full story, go to page 19.) This is where you’ll want to get off the SkyTrain if you want to check out River Market (810 Quayside Dr.) and its many offerings for foodies – it’s just a short walk away.

22nd Street This station is where you’ll get off if you want to check out New Westminster’s largest shopping centre, Queensborough Landing (805 Boyd St.) Once you get to the station, you can take a bus ride (about 18 minutes) to Queensborough Landing, where you’ll find everything from fashion, brand factory outlets, big-box stores, dining and more. It’s also where you’ll go if you want to test your luck at the nearby Starlight Casino (350 Gifford St.) DISCOVER NEW WESTMINSTER

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eeply rooted in rich history, New Westminster is a city of neighbourhoods, each with its own distinct vibe and character. In the next few pages, we invite you to explore the city and all its charms – from Downtown to Uptown to Sapperton and from eclectic River Market to bustling Shops at New West.

Let’s start with the historic downtown: New West was once our province’s capital. After the Great Fire of 1898 decimated most of the downtown core, the city has emerged today as a vibrant section of the Lower Mainland and a veritable hot spot for tourists who visit the alluring waterfront, historic buildings and flourishing food and entertainment scene.

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is a free LIVE music event running Tuesday and Thursday night (July 2 to July 25). This summer concert series takes place at the Westminster Pier Park from 6-8 p.m.

runs from July 5 to August 23. Admission is FREE! Front Street becomes a mecca of artisan vendors, live music, Front Street businesses and our favourite Food Trucks from the Columbia StrEAT food truck Fest!

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The site the Anvil Centre now occupies had humble beginnings. Prior to 1898, Mr. & Mrs. William Dashwood-Jones ran a simple fruit and produce store between Begbie and now-defunct Ewan Street. Now, the stunning contemporary Anvil Centre houses the museum, archives, New Media Gallery and a host of other services for the city. See www.anvilcentre.com for more info.

tHe LiLa SUmmer SerieS Yoga classes happen every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. at Westminster Pier Park from July 3 to August 28.

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DESTINATION STORES Save-On-Foods......................... 604-520-5937 Shoppers Drug Mart ................. 604-521-0767 Walmart................................... 604-395-8481 Winners ................................... 604-395-5791

Genie Stitch ............................. 604-517-1406 Grace Shoe Repair .................... 604-520-9549 Maritime Travel ........................ 604-525-5933 Royal City Family Dental Centre ........................... 604-525-8500 Westland Insurance .................. 604-522-0731

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Bentley .................................... 604-525-0208 Jay Set...................................... 604-522-1106 Label Express ........................... 604-777-8893 Mulberry Fashions.................... 604-540-7286 Northern Reflections................. 604-777-4201 Shoe Warehouse ...................... 604-524-9221

Amar’s Indian Feast.................. 604-537-4896 A&W ........................................ 604-522-3723 Blenz Coffee ............................. 604-768-7255 Fortune Wok............................. 604-522-6198 Freshslice Pizza ........................ 604-759-0091 Fresh Sushi Roll........................ 604-528-6688 Gourmet Cup............................ 604-540-8827 Russian Spoon Bakery .............. 778-229-2253 White Spot ............................... 604-522-4800

SPECIALTY SHOPS Alive Health Centre ................... 604-526-6317 Anytime Fitness........................ 778-398-0033 Dollarama ................................ 604-528-3587 Hear Canada ............................ 604-549-6899 Kin’s Farm Market .................... 604-520-9923 Purdys Chocolatier.................... 604-777-4484 Visions One Hour Optical .......... 604-521-5055

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AJ Insurance ............................. 604-524-8644 Canadian Mental Health Association.................... 604-516-8080 CEFA Early Learning................... 778-326-2332 Dr. Eric Pugash ......................... 604-522-5199 Fraser Developmental Clinic/Harper & Associates........ 604-522-7979 Fraser Health Authority ............. 604-777-6700 Fraser Health Kidney Dialysis .... 604-777-6740 FYi Doctors ............................... 604-522-6929 Immigrant Services Society of BC................................. 604-522-5902 New Westminster Family Practice.. 604-521-8522 Royal City Health & Manual Therapy............................ 604-524-4446 Royal City Medical Clinic (Elicare) .. 604-545-0420 West Coast Medical Imaging ......... 604-522-6818

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hen you hear the locals talk about “Sixth and Sixth,” this is where they mean: the corner of Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street that’s the heart of Uptown. It’s one of the city’s favourite neighbourhoods for a reason, what with its mix of tree-lined streets, shops and places to eat – not to mention some of the liveliest events in the city. Meander our streets and discover this little gem of a neighbourhood

Summertime in Uptown is festival time Uptown Live Music Festival

A Foodie’s Delight

Royal City Centre

Saturday, July 20 • noon to 9 p.m.

The neighbourhood has a host of eclectic offerings, from Malaysian, Vietnamese and Chinese food to scrumptious barbecue and brunch choices. Craving something sweet? You can find everything from specialty cakes to ice cream, or just sit and savour an espresso or a latte at one of the neighbourhood’s many coffee shops. Check out www.myuptown.ca for a more complete listing of eateries.

When it comes to feeding your inner fashionista or, for that matter, any shopping urge, this mall, with more than 50 shops and services, has been the city’s main shopping destination for more than two decades. Royal City Centre is easily accessible by public transportation and private vehicles with plenty of free parking.

Our original outdoor dance party, this festival welcomes top live concert performances headlined by the Chris Buck Band - one of the fastest-rising country music artists in Canada. With four stages showcasing some of the province’s best emerging talent, plus food trucks and beer. You are in for a great day! See www.uptownlive.ca.

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Steeped in History Sapperton is a neighbourhood rich in history and strong with community connections, with all the trademarks of a village and a distinct identity to match. It’s also home to the site of the former Labatt’s Brewery, where from 1880 beer flowed freely. Today, you’ll discover the Brewery District on that bustling site (200 block of East Columbia Street) and find all kinds of great restaurants and businesses worth checking out. The original Cap’s Bicycle Shop was born here in 1932. A few blocks from the Sapperton SkyTrain station, Cap’s is worth a visit. Besides selling and

Parks renting bikes, the store (434A East Columbia St.) is full of amazing museum-worthy bicycles dating back to the 1800s. www.capsbicycleshop.com. Sapperton Plaza is a contemporary urban outdoor space with a raised centre platform surrounded by wall seats. In the centre, the former plaza’s granite and cobble stones are now shaped to acknowledge the arch designs in the adjacent Knox Church. In addition, the original wrought iron gates from the former Labatt’s Brewery site now symbolize the neighbourhood’s industrial heritage by welcoming visitors into Sapperton Plaza at 411 East Columbia St..

Meander along Sapperton Landing Park, a serene one-kilometre walk along the Fraser River that includes bridges and trees – and close-up view of the vessels, barges and tug boats passing by. You can do pretty much everything at Hume Park, a family-friendly space that includes playgrounds, a swimming pool, trails, a picnic area, a water park, tennis courts, fields and an off-leash dog area. A few blocks away you’ll find Sapperton Park, which features one of the city’s newest adventure playgrounds and spray park, picnic areas and sports field. DISCOVER NEW WESTMINSTER

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er with , working Fraser Riv rams Experience the living og pr n s-o nd ha and fun interactive exhibits

604.521.8401 info@fraserriverdiscovery.org 788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster www.fraserriverdiscovery.org /thefrdc

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www.rivermarket.ca From buying organic and local produce to enjoying a meal from one of the market’s independent restaurants to special hosted events, the revitalized River Market showcases 25 of the province’s best independent restaurants, shops and schools all under one roof.

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26. Tre Galli Gelato Caffé ....................................... 810 Quayside Drive

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10 unique experiences you can only find here Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours There’s nothing quite like rollin’ down the Fraser River, watching city skylines and natural beauty slowly pass by from the comfort of your floating paradise. There are several riverboat cruises and tours to choose from, including sunset dinner, lunch or pub nights – hop aboard for a great adventure. Details at www.vancouverpaddlewheeler.com.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest: Foodies rejoice! Dubbed North America’s largest one-day food truck festival, this one is a feast for all of your senses. The seventh annual festival, taking place on Saturday, July 27 from 4 to 10 p.m. on Columbia Street, includes more than 150 vendors, including 90 food trucks, beer gardens, live music and more … and it’s FREE.

Twitter Worthy Outdoor movie series: Grab your blankets, folding chairs and some popcorn, because July is all about FREE movie nights at a number of our local parks. Let your children relive the days of drive-in movies. Pack up the kids or grab a few friends for what will surely be a fun, memorable night of entertainment. See www.newwestcity.ca/movies for details on this year’s flicks.

Uptown Unplugged: Every Saturday and Sunday, from June 2 to September 9, enjoy our free summer street performance series featuring some of the city’s top talent. Kick back, feel the groove and enjoy the outdoor concert. Details at www.uptownunplugged.ca.

Pride Street Party: New West Pride hosts this annual festival, which is the final event of Pride Week. Thousands of folks flock to Columbia Street to enjoy this family-friendly festival that includes entertainment on several stages, community organizations, vendors, a kids’ zone, beer gardens and food trucks. This year’s festival is on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 3 to 8 p.m. on Columbia Street.

Explore Parks Queen’s Park: Considered the city’s “crown jewel” of parks, Queen’s Park is home to a petting farm (hosting all sorts of animals from Victoria Day to Labour Day), a spray park, playgrounds, walking trails and picnic areas. You can make use of the park’s many sports facilities, including fields, tennis courts and the city’s new skate park, take in some of the action inside Queen’s Park Arena or enjoy cultural offerings at the Bernie Legge Theatre or The Gallery at Queen’s Park. P.S. Don’t forget your furry four-legged friend – there’s also an off-leash dog area. DISCOVER NEW WESTMINSTER

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ATTR ACTIO N S Westminster Pier Park: This award-winning riverfront park boasts a boardwalk, festival lawn, concession, gardens, public art, playgrounds, beach volleyball courts, and the list goes on. Better yet, you are within a short distance to other popular attractions like Samson V Maritime Museum, Fraser River Discovery Centre, River Market and much more.

Cultural Gems Irving House: Built in 1865 for Captain William Irving, today’s Irving House plays host to a number of guided tours and special programs. As the oldest community heritage site in the province, this heritage gem at 302 Royal Ave. transports you back in time.

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Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame: Lacrosse is Canada’s national summer sport. Step into this hall for a walk down memory lane while you discover some of its most famous players, its rich history, tour exhibits and more. It’s open daily in Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St. Info: www.clhof.org.

Samson V Maritime Museum: Have you ever wondered about what life on a working riverboat was like? Step aboard the 1937 Samson V, a wooden, steam-powered sternwheeler that’s been converted into a museum, and explore the galley, mess, cabins and engine area while uncovering some fascinating facts from the friendly tour guides. It’s docked on the river, just down from River Market (810 Quayside Dr.)


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ome of the city’s unique architecture dates back to before the Great Fire of 1898. For everyone interested in the past – most notably the Victorian period – our oldest structures include the colonial Irving House (302 Royal Ave.), circa 1865, the Burr Block (now The Met hotel located at 411 Columbia St.), which dates back to 1895, as well as the Old St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (317 Carnarvon St.), built in 1888/89 in the Carpenter Gothic Revival style.

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Head to our city’s website for a list of neighbourhood heritage walking tours around town. Maps and interesting tidbits about the history of each building/home are available here: https://www.newwestcity.ca/ heritage/heritage-research

NOTABLE CITY CITIZENS Vancouver’s Gastown got its name from Capt. John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, a pilot turned saloonkeeper back in 1867. It was in New West that he acquired the Globe Saloon and his colourful moniker.

You want to be your own guide? Download the free app, Neartuit, developed right here by New Westminster-based TerraTap Technologies. Neartuit uses iBeacons, an indoor GPS technology created by Apple, to send information to people with the app who are in range, for your very own self-guided narrative about places of interest. Visit the New Westminster Museum and Archives on the third floor of the Anvil Centre

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(777 Columbia St.) for a free and fun history lesson. There you will find more than 336,000 objects and another 35,000 photographs and archival records that celebrate our city’s stories and history. The exhibits highlight the land, people, and development of the place now known as the Royal City. www.newwestcity.ca/ services/arts-and-heritage As one of Canada’s most culturally diverse cities, we present the self-guided New West Cultural Crawl on August 10th and 11th. This two-day visual arts and cultural feast commemorates the city’s creative character and diversity, and represents a cultural experience that exists throughout the city’s neighbourhoods. See www.newwestculturalcrawl.com. The crawl is organized in neighbourhood clusters.

We invite you to enjoy free and low cost programs and amenities across the city at our wide array of parks. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon picnic, letting the kids cool off in the waterpark, taking the dog for a run or just a leisurely stroll out in our west coast sun, explore our gems loacted all over New Westminster. Use #activenewwest to share the fun times in our parks.

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ART GALLERIES New Media Gallery at the Anvil Centre (third floor, 777 Columbia St.) is the only civic gallery in the province that is totally focused on digital and new media exhibits. The avant-garde gallery showcases work by acclaimed international artists. All exhibitions, events, artist talks and openings are free, and all are welcome. Gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to

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100 Braid Street Studios, at 100 Braid St., is a gallery featuring working artists’ studios on two floors in a 1929 building that once housed the B.C. Distillery and Winery. It hosts First Saturday Open Studios on the first Saturday of each month, noon to 5 p.m., for visitors to look around. There are also regularly scheduled classes, paint-and-sip nights and more. Info: 100braidststudios.com or 778-886-5391.

THEATRE The historic Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave., www.masseytheatre.com) and the contemporary Anvil Centre Theatre (777 Columbia St., www.anvilcentre.com, SKYTRAIN: New Westminster) both host a variety of local and touring performances, with music, dance, comedy, drama and more. See www.ticketsnw.ca. The Massey Theatre is also home to the Plaskett Gallery, where exhibitions change monthly. The Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park is home to the Vagabond Players, the oldest community theatre group in B.C. They offer a full season of plays including comedies, dramas, classics and contemporary and original works. See www.vagabondplayers.ca.

LIVE MUSIC, COMEDY AND MORE The Heritage Grill (447 Columbia St.) offers live music and plays host to a variety of other performances, including Way Off-Broadway Wednesdays, drag shows, open mics and more. Call 604-759-0819 or see www.theheritagegrill.com.

unique supper-club style entertainment, and Lafflines Comedy Club, Metro Vancouver’s longest-running independent comedy club. See www.thecolumbia.net.

PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS New Westminster is home to a wide variety of public art pieces, from the eye-catching WOW Westminster “W” at Pier Park to the captivating Wait For Me Daddy sculpture in Hyack Square (Columbia and Eighth streets). Don’t forget the cute little Puddle Jumper at Toronto Place Park (111 Eighth St.), the Ab Ovo (The Fertile Nest) sculpture in Glenbrook Ravine (76 Jamieson Ct.) and, of course, the World’s Largest Tin Soldier outside River Market on the waterfront. Keep an eye open for Birds on a Branch, larger than life on the Front Street Parkade, and the interactive Floralume on Front Street. Check out www.newwestcity.ca/public-art for a full listing.

OUTDOOR FUN Who doesn’t love a farmers’ market? The New West Farmers’ Market is a great place to purchase seasonal favourites like farmfresh, sustainable produce, plants, quality crafts from local artists and artisans, and gourmet prepared foods, while enjoying live entertainment. It’s held at Tipperary Park (315 Queens Ave.), and runs every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., until October 3, 2019. New West Craft, featuring handmade works by crafters, artisans and makers, runs on the first and third Saturdays of each month at River Market (outdoors in the summer). Browse and shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Looking for another event? New West is packed full of activity all summer long. To find out what’s happening while you’re in town, check out www.newwestcity.ca/calendar-of-events and downtownnewwest.ca/Events.


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The New West Craft Summer Night Market happens Saturday, July 6 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Shop more than 80 handmade vendors outside on the boardwalk at New West Quay and inside River Market. Enjoy live music, food, drinks and more. Queen’s Park Bandshell plays host to a summer full of entertainment, with performances every Sunday at 2 p.m. For a full list of concerts, check out the city’s summer Active Living Guide (find it online at www.newwestcity. ca/rec) or call 604-777-5121. There’s also Shakespeare in the Park, with Shadows & Dreams Theatre Company presenting The Comedy of Errors (rain or shine on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.: July 20, 21, 27, 28 and August 3 and 4). Plus, for the poetry lovers, there are Poetry in the Park readings every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from July 3 to August 28. (Readings move to the nearby Gallery at Queen’s Park in bad weather.)

SPECIAL EVENTS The New West Grand Prix returns to downtown New Westminster on July 9, 2019 as part of B.C. Superweek, Canada’s prestigious professional road cycling series. It includes the New West Kids Prix at 4:45 p.m. (for riders 12 and under), the Youth Race (aged 12 to 16) at 5:30 p.m., the Pro Women at 6:15 p.m. and the Pro Men at 7:30 p.m., with awards at 9 p.m. http:// newwestgrandprix.com/. Canada Day: if you’re in town on July 1, check out festivities at Queen’s Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on the waterfront outside River Market from noon to 8 p.m. with fireworks around 10 p.m.

Feast and fun come together every day at River Market, where the hungry and curious gather to eat, shop, and play. First opened in 1985 as Westminster Quay Public Market, this 75,000-square-foot marketplace on the Fraser River pioneered a food-led revitalization to become a hub for community life. Today, it showcases 25 of B.C.'s best independent restaurants, shops, and schools all under one roof. For the hungry and curious, visit rivermarket.ca

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ew West has a dynamic culinary scene. From farm-fresh ingredients to sustainable seafood to organic plant-based fare, New Westminster chefs are adding a heavy dose of personality to our city’s dining scene — whether your choice is West Coast, Asian fusion or any number of ethnic cuisines.

One of the city’s most popular brunch spots, Angelina’s Dutch Corner recently moved to a new riverfront location in the River Market at Westminster Quay. Renowned for its signature Dutch fare, Angelina’s offers some of the most delectable pannekoek waffles and pancakes for even the most discerning palate.

With more than 200 restaurants/ cafes/eateries to choose from, you can go on a daily international epicurean adventure. Here’s a small sampling of some of our diverse cuisine.

Columbia and Front streets alone offer several great options. Tucked away on the historic Front Street is the funky, eclectic Old Crow Coffee (655 Front St.). Co-founded by California native Stephanie Vu, it features monthly art exhibits and live music to go with organic brews and handcrafted teas that pair well with its light fare, like the avocado toast with pickled onions or any one of its nutritious, tasty salads.

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Pub Fare: Kelly O’Bryan’s/Carlos O’Bryan’s is housed in the former 1898 Canadian Pacific Railway building at 800 Columbia St.. This Irish-themed pub offers a good dose of traditional Irish fare, such as prime rib Yorkies, Shepherd’s pie and Celtic chicken, as well as the best of West Coast fare, such as fish tacos, Asian chili prawns and flatbreads. Sapperton District Taphouse, located at 421 East Columbia St., offers 33 local craft beers on tap and an elevated pub menu that doesn’t disappoint. This modern gastropub fare presents beloved classics along with lots of healthy options.

F OOD Beside Anvil Centre is one of the city’s most touted fine dining options at 787 Columbia St. – Piva Modern Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar. Its elegant, industrial chic decor pairs well with any one of the fresh pastas or its gourmet pizzas baked in a Napoli-style wood oven – the same kind used by notable chefs such as the celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

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Looking for an upscale pub, with real brick, authentic fireplace and oak antiques throughout, that offers culinary cuisine at pub fare prices? Look no further than River’s Reach. Its well-crafted menu includes fish and chips, burgers and a selection of salads. Come by 320 6th St. to give it a try! Frankie G’s at 305 Ewen Ave. is another gastro eatery featuring pub fare taken up a notch. Its West Coast, globally inspired menu features several fan favourites, like Chimichurri chicken Caesar salad, quinoa veggie burger and pesto prawn pizza.

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Savour global flavours: In the River Market, Amaranthus is the city’s most eagerly awaited new plant-forward restaurant, where you can feast on trendy comfort foods that are healthy and delicious. Think chickpea fritters, wild mushroom risotto or a fig and wilted radicchio salad. Visit the restaurant at 810 Quayside Dr. and your palate will thank you! Hankering for tasty Vietnamese food? Head to Saigon Ivy at 520 Sixth St. for its musthaves — spring rolls and pho. Well priced, Saigon Ivy garners great reviews.

Visit Wild Thyme at 702 12th St. and get hooked on traditional Lebanese eats. This authentic Middle Eastern restaurant dishes up mouth-watering feasts featuring bold

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One of Columbia Street’s landmark eateries is Taverna Greka. Serving up the best of Mediterranean cuisine from proprietor Eleni Efstathiadis’ native, sun-drenched country, Taverna Greka is the “go-to” restaurant for mouth-watering, authentic Greek gastronomy.

Sip local: Craft beer aficionados might just froth at the mouth for Steel & Oak Brewing Co.’s selection of easy-drinking pilsners, lagers, wheat ales and more. Located at 1319 Third Ave., New Westminster’s first and favourite local craft brewery is also award-winning — bringing home a gold and a silver medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards held in Halifax recently. Multiple award-winning Pacific Breeze Winery can lay claim to being the first Canadian urban winery. Winemakers Dylan

Hamilton and his wife Devon Stewart are producing some stunning wines, like its Reserve Killer Cab and its Gewurztraminer. Come discover Pacific Breeze’s wines in the popular tasting room at 320 Stewardson Way, by indulging in a flight of five tastings from its rotation of 16 wines. Or, become a member (700+ strong), and enjoy perks like wine-tasting soirees complete with charcuterie platters featuring live jazz and exclusive, first rights to new releases and much more. :

El Santo (Spanish for The Saint), is a lively, award-winning restaurant serving up contemporary Mexican cuisine emphasizing local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Instagram-worthy dishes to tuck into include Carne Ahumada, Chamorro and Chile Relleno. You can find El Santo at 680 Columbia St.

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