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Official Travel Guide




Celebrate New Westminster’s fascinating heritage and learn about Canada’s national summer sport and its traditions.


At the New Media Gallery, you will experience international art that has been created in a world transformed by technology. The exhibition changes every ten weeks so there is always something new to explore.

COMMUNITY ART SPACE The Community Art Space celebrates local talent from New Westminster. The space forges creative dialogue, brings attention to local art as well as creates new opportunities for artists in our City.

Complimentary Admission! Visit our website for more information and upcoming events Visit us at 777 Columbia St.

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Š2016 Publisher Tourism New Westminster Project Manager and Advertising Sales Tej Kainth Tourism New Westminster Design Johanna Bartels

Contributing Designer Robyn Leavens

Copy Editor Jen Arbo Hyack Interactive

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Contributing Writers Jen Arbo Kristina Mameli


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Photography Cover Craig Minielly


Other Contributors Adrian Lescisin Anna Beaudry Andy & Lynn Photography Anvil Centre Brewery District City of New West Downtown New West BIA El Santo InView Images Jen Arbo Mayor Jonathan Cote Justin Lim Massey Theatre The Met Hotel New West Museum & Archives New West Park & Recreation River Market Old Crow Coffee Co. Princess Guest House Salient Group Starlight Casino Steel & Oak Brewing Co. Uptown BIA Wild Rice

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For more travel information visit or call us at: New Westminster Visitor Centre 777 Columbia Street 604.526.1905

With so much to see and do, it can be daunting to plan a day in this wonderful community. Mayor Jonathan Coté shared his ideal #MadeInNewWest itinerary with us, and it sounds like a great plan!

I like to start any beautiful day in the Royal City by riding bikes along the waterfront over to the Queensborough loop before heading to breakfast at one of the many restaurants in the city. Once fortified, I’ll take the kids to Westminster Pier

Park and spend the afternoon reading in the hammocks at our urban beach with the mighty Fraser River and mountains as a backdrop while they play at the playground or ride bikes near the WOW Westminster public art piece. If there’s time, we’ll fit in a wander through the serene Glenbrooke Ravine

Park . After grabbing a gelato and a snack at River Market , we’ll head over to Anvil Centre and check out the innovative exhibits at the New Media Gallery or take in some of our vibrant history at the New Westminster Museum and the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. You can time your day to indulge in dinner and catch a flick before ending the day with a pint of craft at the brewery or one of our many local pubs.

Want to know what else Mayor Coté gets up to in our community? Follow along on Instagram and Twitter @jonathanxcote. 3

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Our community is rich with history and small town charm with plenty to see and do. Founded in 1859, New Westminster was named by Queen Victoria. It was the first capital of BC and is the oldest city in Western Canada. Whether you are strolling along the picturesque working riverfront, exploring a historic ‘hood or cultural attraction, savouring cuisine, or cheering on a favourite team, New Westminster offers something for everyone.

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Accessibility. Shopping, dining, entertainment, and more are steps away in our incredibly walkable city. Travelling in the region? Use any one of five SkyTrain stations!

Spectacular scenery. Our city is incredibly photogenic. Perched on the edge of the mighty Fraser River, with mountains lining the horizon, it boasts numerous green spaces nestled in an urban skyline.

Arts & culture everywhere.

Historical past & bright future.

With gallery openings, public art and museums, major festivals, live music, and more, New West is the place to get out and make some memories.

Our streets are steeped in our proud history and are filled with public art, heritage designations, mosaics, statues and more!

Divine culinary scene. From cozy dining to contemporary and sustainable cuisine, we’ve got it all! Not to mention all the ways we have to quench your thirst: from coldpressed organic juice to craft beer.

Let’s get social! Tourism New West is proud to be your resource for all things New Westminster. Be sure to tag us and share your experiences too!

Already in town?

Say hello to our tourism ambassadors in the summer months or stop by our Visitor Centre located inside the Anvil Centre at 777 Columbia Street and let us help you plan! #MadeInNewWest 4

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The City of New Westminster is closer than you think. Located in the heart of Metro Vancouver, we’re easy to reach by car, bike, or transit. For more info on how to get here, visit: HORSESHOE BAY/ DEPARTURE BAY FERRY





By Car

By Transit

From Vancouver

New Westminster is served by five SkyTrain stations on the Expo and Millennium lines, offering easy access from both downtown Vancouver and Surrey. For transit schedules and information, visit:

Downtown Vancouver to downtown New Westminster is about 20km via either Highway 1 (Trans-Canada Highway) or Kingsway.

From the U.S. border

By Foot or Two Wheels

It is about 30km from the border crossing via either Highway 99, 91 and 91A or Highway 99, King George Boulevard and the Pattullo Bridge.

Full of parks, trails, and scenic boardwalks, once here, you’ll quickly discover that our city is the perfect place to walk, run, or cycle.

From Vancouver International Airport (YVR)


The airport is about 20 km away via either Highway 91 through Richmond or Marine Drive and Marine Way through Vancouver and Burnaby.

New Westminster is served by Royal City Taxi. Call 604-521-6666 or flag a red and white cab around town.

From BC Ferries From the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, take Highway 1 to the Brunette Avenue exit for New Westminster. From Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, follow Highway 17 (South Fraser Perimeter Road) to the Alex Fraser Bridge and Highway 91A.

Meet Here! New Westminster boasts an array of diverse venue options making our city an ideal place to connect, learn, create, innovate, and celebrate. Book your next event at the Anvil Centre, Inn at the Quay, La Perla Ballroom , or Starlight Casino. We can accommodate anything from largescale corporate events to intimate wedding celebrations, topped with everything you’ll need to make your event an unforgettable experience. 5

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Hungry? Craving a cocktail? New West can satisfy even the most discerning palates! With a blend of new contemporary restaurants and tried and true classics, New West is rapidly becoming a premiere foodie destination. With a flavour for everyone here, there’s no shame in Instagramming your plate!

Best Buns: Sandwiches/ Burgers At these local eateries, magic happens between two slices of bread (or waffles):

No. 13 with Hickory Sticks Big Star Sandwich Co. Insanity Burger Burger Heaven Deluxe Southwestern Ring Tangler Wally’s Burgers Turkey, Bacon, Avocado Columbia St. Sandwich Company Effin’ Good Burger Spud Shack Fry Co. Crack Burger Hub Restaurant Pulled Pork Sandwich Re-Up BBQ Chicken and Waffles Match Eatery & Public House Truffle Poutine Burger The Terminal Pub The Whiskey and Beer Burger The Met Bar & Grill



Dine al fresco and soak up the sun on these patios:

Heritage Grill Judge Begbie’s Tavern Rivers Reach Pub El Santo Hub Restaurant The Boathouse Browns Socialhouse Frankie G’s Pub Wild Rice Castle Neighbourhood Grill Longtail Kitchen Paddlewheeler Pub Match Eatery & Public House Terminal Pub

Bring the Kids! New West offers a host of family friendly dining experiences and a number of our local restaurants make sure that the younger diners are taken care of. Boston Pizza’s offerings include kid-friendly pasta and pizza. Old Spaghetti Factory offers combos for kids. Try out the many offerings at River Market , or stop in at Shops at New West for a variety of choices including sushi, frites, and pizza, or don’t miss the familiar Pirate Paks at White Spot . All of these eateries offer patient, kind staff who know how to treat diners of any age!

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Located in the heart of Downtown New Westminster, El Santo has been a welcome and much lauded addition to city’s burgeoning culinary scene, offering fresh and innovative Mexican cuisine with a farm to table, West Coast approach. Experienced Chef Shane King teamed up with owner Alejandro Diaz first and foremost because of their shared love of true Mexican food. “The regionality of it, the freshness of it, the love that goes into the making of that food – that is incomparable,” says King. Farm-to-table has always been incredibly important to King as it ensures freshness and quality. “We’re right on the cusp of some of the greatest growing areas in the Lower Mainland, so we try and incorporate as many local farmers as possible in all of our menu items.” King’s appreciation and reverence for the history behind the flavours is incorporated in his signature dishes. One of his signature dishes is the Tijuana 1924, a unique take on a Caesar salad with grilled romaine hearts, chile dusted chicharrón, charred lemon vinaigrette, pumpkin seeds, and manchego cheese. “The Caesar salad was a Mexican invention,” he says. “It was invented in 1924 in Tijuana, Mexico by accident.” His contemporary style is even more evident in his signature entrée, the Pescado a la Veracruzana. This incredible dish is a blend of East meets West. Servers present an incredible feast for your eyes and palates: a whole BC-caught ocean perch is dusted in rice flour, seared and finished in the oven until crispy and served on a Veracruzana sauce with capers, olives, tomatoes, chile, cilantro pesto and green rice.

What pairs best with Chef King’s signature dishes? The answer is obvious: tequila. “The tequilas we’ve chosen, we’ve chosen because they are good with our food,” says Diaz. Indeed, El Santo boasts an impressive selection—over 60—of 100% agave tequilas; as well as an enviable mezcal selection that is constantly growing. Try a flight of each! The upscale designed interior is welcoming and is available seven days a week for lunch or dinner. Visit El Santo at 680 Columbia Street. Call 604.553.1849 for reservations, including a sectioned room perfect for your group.

Global Flavours

Travel the world without ever leaving home! Here are our top picks for international cuisine:

Pescado a la Veracruzana El Santo Beef Shanghai Noodles Wild Rice at River Market Enchiladas Rojas Original’s Restaurante Mexicano Souvlaki Platter Stefanos Restaurant

Schnitzel and Rack of Lamb Baden Baden Old Bavaria Haus

Spicy Oyster Roll Ki Sushi

Malaysian Chicken Curry Tamarind Hill

Chicken Kao Soi Curry Noodle Longtail Kitchen at River Market

Dim Sum Kirin Seafood Restaurant at Starlight Casino

Garlic Butter Prawns Taverna Greka

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Meet the Brewmaster Hidden under an overpass in the industrial part of New Westminster’s West End, is a small but inviting tasting room staffed with friendly and knowledgeable beer enthusiasts. With an incredible and unique sleek wooden counter top and adjustable height accessible tables, Steel and Oak staff will proudly fill your glasses and growlers with their award-winning beer while spinning an eclectic and growing mix of records.

Established in the summer of 2013, Steel & Oak Brewing Co. is New West’s first and only craft brewery—and it’s not hard to see why it has so quickly become the pride of the city. “This is New West’s brewery,” says Eric Moutal, who takes the reigns as brewmaster from outgoing German-trained Peter Schulz. Eric believes the community is a driving force behind the atmosphere that can be found at the brewery. “People are proud to be from New West and everybody really pools together to support it. You don’t feel that same city pride anywhere else.” And that mutual appreciation for the community they call home is palpable. Known for its flagship beer, the Royal City Ale, it is clear that Steel & Oak is also able to pay homage to the long established brewing roots of the city. Along with the flagship RCA, you can find awardwinning brews Dark Lager and Smoked Hefeweizen, dry-hopped ESB, approachable Red Pilsner, and other thoughtfully produced top-notch beers in their tasting room, pubs, and private liquor stores. Eric started with the company nearly two years ago in the tasting room, and within his first week, found himself in the back of house, cleaning kegs and learning from Peter. It was exactly where he wanted to be - honing his skills. Like many brewmasters, Eric was originally a homebrewer. Now at the helm of the brewing team at Steel & Oak, he has big plans. He wants to bring more of a West Coast feel to things and use ingredients that aren’t necessarily so traditional. “I like keeping those flavours very subtle so you can barely tell they’re there,” he says. “You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you like it.” “I feel the market has reached peak hop,” he smiles. “I want a very drinkable beer, not an IPA that’s 120 IBUs. There are some good ones out there, but that’s not the focus at Steel & Oak.” Be a part of the #SOBEER world! Visit the tasting room, buy their swag, book a tour, and follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @ steelandoak. Cheers!

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Signature Drinks. Not just amazing experiences and exciting events are #MadeInNewWest. Our local licensed establishments offer unique, signature drinks that put them on the map! Discover your favourite #MadeInNewWest signature drink at Steel & Oak Brewing

Happy Hour

Happy Hour doesn’t get much happier than the food and drink specials at these local eateries:

Co., where the flagship Royal City Ale is always on tap. Stop by Wild Rice for a flavourful Wild Dragon cocktail. The alwaysclassic Canadian favourite is made extra special at the Terminal Pub with their signature Terminal Caesar. Award winning Pacific Breeze Winery knows a thing or two about big, bright, bold red wines, and their Killer Cab is no exception. And if cocktails are more your thing, the Rojo Diablo – the Red Devil —at Downtown’s El Santo can’t go wrong. Discovered a favourite sip? Snap a pic and post it on social using #MadeInNewWest.

The Boathouse Hops Northwest Pub Hub Restaurant Frankie G’s El Santo River’s Reach The Met Bar & Grill Wild Rice Stefanos Restaurant Paddlewheeler Pub OSF - Tourism New West BLEED.pdf

50 8th Street New Westminster 604.524.9788 Best views in New West! Overlooking Westminster Pier Park and the mighty Fraser River.

Belly Dancing on Friday & Saturdays ½ block away from Columbia Skytrain Station




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Need a caffeine fix?

See what these baristas and tea experts have to offer:

Old Crow Coffee Co. Great Wall Tea Co. Truffles Café Tre Galli Gelato Caffé

Original’s Restaurante Mexicano


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Vege Out: These local businesses understand the needs of diners who’ve opted to live a vegan lifestyle.

Popeye Salad Chopped Leaf Falafel Wrap Hub Restaurant Vegan Butter “Chicken” Wild Rice Zucchini Pasta Rain City Juicery The “Big V” Spud Shack Fry Co.

Starlight Casino Entertainment is Starlight Casino’s business! At this Queensborough gem, you’ll find world-class live entertainment, exciting gaming and delicious food—the full experience!

Dance the weekend nights away at RedBar Lounge or at Supper Club every Thursday with live bands performing in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Eat, play, relax and get in on the action! Enjoy the ultimate luxury of the exclusive “No.9” High Limit Gaming Room, or choose from 935 slot machines and 53 gaming tables. You can feel the excitement as you watch your favourite teams with friends on jumbo HD screens.

Getting Here If you’re driving from Burnaby or New Westminster, head south on the Queensborough Bridge. From Richmond, head east on Hwy 91; or northbound on Hwy 91 from Surrey / Delta.

Starlight Casino is also full of dining options! At the contemporary Match Eatery & Public House, you’ll find a heated outdoor patio, friendly staff, a kids’ menu, and live entertainment including the best sports viewing. Craving a taste of Vegas? Try The Buffet for amazing value! Or try Kirin or Shang Noodles House for a fresh taste.

A free shuttle service runs daily from 22nd Street SkyTrain Station and Royal City Centre Mall. For more information visit and follow on Twitter and Facebook.


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Whether you’re looking for deals on brand names or trying to find the perfect hand-crafted gift for a loved one, New West offers the right shopping experience for you! Browse through quaint gift shops and artisan markets, hit the outlets or shop the farmer’s market for locally produced goods— each neighbourhood offers something different.



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Looking for something specific? Check out the many shopping destinations filled with items just waiting to be found!

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Historic Downtown Columbia Street is the place to shop when looking to say yes to that dress! Here you’ll find the largest number of bridal shops and vendors to make your walk down the aisle picture-perfect. Ladies fashion boutiques are quickly popping up too! You can also find unique home embellishments and quirky gifts at Brick & Mortar Living and Lofty Living. Wander down to Front Street where you can grab a cold-pressed juice at RainCity Juicery, make some wine, and browse the antiques and eclectic treasures. Revitalizations plans are in progress so you’ll have to visit again.

bespoke in -house florist Blossom & Vine Floral Co.

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All within walking distance, you can discover restaurants, specialty shops, and services at Columbia Square Plaza. While you’re there pop over to Champagne Taste. Downtown New West not only has a great view of the Fraser River, but can also provide a whole day-trip worth of shopping.

Simply the Best Place to Shop in New Westminster. Great selection of new and nearly new home decor and fabulous furnishings! Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 5:30 Sundays 12:00 - 5:00 Holiday 12:00 - 4:00

Shops at New West Whether you are looking for a casual meal, somewhere to relax, get groceries, catch a flick, or book a flight to Paris; Shops at New West has every convenience you can imagine. Located at the New Westminster SkyTrain Station. 1101 Royal Ave, New Westminster 604 524 6068 champagnetastehome


Destination New West

River Market

East Columbia Street

A destination for shoppers who like to buy local. They are home to bi-weekly artisan fairs and huge supporters of start-up business. From funky furnishing at Mid-Century Modern to creative floral designs at Bunches and Bloom to locally produced kids items, River Market has got you covered for home-based, local products that you wish you bought more of! Be sure not to miss Harmony Gold and Gifts located next door to find unique gift ideas too.

Situated in historic Sapperton, is East Columbia Street also home to The Brewery District , located right next to Royal Columbian Hospital and Sapperton SkyTrain Station, everything from banks, grocery stores and cafés, to specialty hobby shops and quaint gift and home embellishment stores can be found.

Sixth & Sixth

Queensborough Landing

Sixth and Sixth is a one-stop shopping destination where a variety of services, banks and grocery stores can be found in and around Royal City Centre and Westminster Centre. Belmont Street is home to the biweekly Royal City Farmers Market in the winter.

Just across the Fraser River, you’ll find a stellar selection of brand name outlet stores at Queensborough Landing . Find the perfect little black dress, a well-tailored suit and tantalizing deals on the latest designer fashions.

Come in and see our great selection of toys, treats, accessories, and premium pet nutrition. Bosley’s Columbia Square #114-1015 Columbia Street New Westminster | 604.522.5280 16


Shop the Line Why not use transit as your shopping buddy?

Metro Vancouver's Largest collection of Restored Vintage Furniture & Home Decor

The SkyTrain winds its way along the edge of the city, and almost half of the shops in New West are within easy walking distance of a station.

River Market / Westminster Quay 101 - 810 Quayside Dr. New Westminster 604.515.1865

22nd Street Station Take bus #104 or #410 to Queensborough Landing

New Westminster Station Shops at New West River Market at the Quay Mid-Century Modern Home Champagne Taste

Columbia Street Station Brick & Mortar Living Front Street Shops Royal City Farmers Market

Sapperton Station Brewery District East Columbia Street

Braid Street Station 100 Braid St Studios Van Dop Gallery

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River Market is a vibrant marketplace filled with local artisans and vendors offering two floors of feast and fun! Baking Class on Tuesday mornings at Pamola Bakery, and be sure to check out New West Craft on the first and third Saturday of each month. A full list of events can be found at

The Hungry Floor Get creative with organic and specialty items at Donald’s Market, or explore the endless selection of wines at the Paddlewheeler Liquor Store.

The Curious Floor

Enjoy some Asian-fusion at Wild Rice, or venture to our Food Hall for anything from Italian coffee and gelato at Tre Galli, to a unique version of Hainanese style chicken and rice at Freebird Chicken Shack or classics at Wally’s Burgers…the choices are abundant. Catch the game at the Paddlewheeler Pub, try some southern fare at Re-Up BBQ, sample Mexican dishes and freshly-baked goods at Pamola Bakery or enjoy some Thai street food at Longtail Kitchen. Then, cap it off with an amazing selection of teas at Great Wall Tea Co.

If you’ve ever wanted to perform acrobatics or learn to juggle, pop into Vancouver Circus School! Visit Music Box for music lessons, performing arts classes and more. Need to get some work done? Rent co-working desk space at The Network Hub. We are also home to the world’s largest indoor hopscotch installation (that we know of), measuring at 216 feet long. Have a wedding coming up? Enjoy your special day overlooking the mighty Fraser River at La Perla Ballroom while feasting on a delicious meal prepared by Orlando’s Catering.

Afterwards, browse the wares at Mid-Century Modern Home, the florals of Bunches and Blooms and creations from local artisans, such as Jolene’s Natural Handmade Soap. Your little ones will be tempted by the toys and play area at Shnoo and the Pachooch. There is no shortage of activities. Let the kids play with their food at the River Critters

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Gathered Roots Community Acupuncture


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777 Columbia Street 604.527.4640

Anvil Centre Theatre

777 Columbia Street 604.636.4448

Anvil Centre

405 Columbia Street 778.891.1993

Starlight Casino

350 Gifford Street 604.777.2946


Anvil Centre Community Art Space

Sapperton Business Association

Massey Theatre & Plaskett Gallery


Visitor Centre




835 8 Street 604.517.6285

Vancouver Circus School

#212-810 Quayside Dr. 604.544.5024


Main Branch 716 6th Avenue 604.527.4660

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New Westminster Public Library Queensborough Branch 920 Ewen Avenue 604.636.4450

777 Columbia Street 604.875.1865

Patti & Wes Goss Re/Max Advantage Realty

102-321 6th Street 604.526.2888

New Media Gallery

NWSS International Education Program th

City Hall

New Westminster Public Library

Douglas College

700 Royal Avenue 604.527.5400



December Festival of Trees

Looking for tickets to an upcoming show? Visit

City of New Westminster Christmas Festivities


Family Day

Royal City Farmers Summer Market Tipperary Park

Uptown Live

Jane’s Walk

Frankie G’s Pub

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Inn Noodle House

#100-892 Carnarvon St. 604.528.8839



350 Gifford Street 604.777.3581


Columbia Square Plaza

1015 Columbia St. 604.521.3304 23

Royal City Centre

610 Sixth Street 604.526.8064 24

Royal Square

Great Wall Tea Co.

Shops at New West

Old Crow Coffee Co.

#121-810 Quayside Drive 604.525.6745

Truffles Fine Foods Cafe

33 8th Street 604.505.4961

800 Carnavon Street 604.244.0409


Westminster Centre Mall

555 6th Street 604.525.8866


Queensborough Landing Outlets

805 Boyd Street



Chop Shop Hair

635 Columbia Street 778.397.8953

Shang Noodle House 350 Gifford Street 604.527.3388

Dynamic Health and Fitness

The Spud Shack

#335-800 Carnarvon St. 604.521.8746

#352-800 Carnarvon St. 604.553.2582

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Tre Galli Gelato Caffe

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#101-810 Quayside Dr. 604.515.1865

800 McBride Blvd 604.524.4418

655 Front Street 604.544.4643

800 Carnarvon Street 604.553.0020

Hub Restaurant

RedBar Lounge

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Mid-Century Modern Home

#105-810 Quayside Dr. 604.553.1382

#109-810 Quayside Drive 604.520.3007

#114-810 Quayside Dr. 604.553.3997

Free Bird Chicken Shack

#344-800 Carnarvon St. 604.544.0401

Harmony Gold & Gifts

#114-960 Quayside Drive 604.553.2606

Steel & Oak Brewing Co.

1319 3rd Avenue 604.540.6495


New Westminster Cultural Crawl


305 Ewen Avenue 604.515.1678

New West Pride Week



#126-810 Quayside Dr. 604.524.1894


Heritage Homes Tour

El Santo


Rain City Juicery

417 Front Street 778.397.1106

Paddlewheeler Pub

680 Columbia Street 604.553.1849


Browns Socialhouse

Pacific Breeze Winery

#117-810 Quayside Dr. 778.387.1677

Boston Pizza Queensborough

Champagne Taste

1101 Royal Avenue 604.524.6068

Unit 6-320 Stewardson Way 604.522.2228

Old Spaghetti Factory

Pamola Bakery & Deli

296 East Columbia Street 604.553.0440


12th Street Music Festival




100-805 Boyd Street 604.759.3133

Canada Day Festivities & Fireworks


May Day Celebrations




800 Carnarvon Street 604.553.3566

Originals Café Mexicano

Boston Pizza New West

#108-810 Quayside Dr. 604.544.0996

#122-810 Quayside Dr. 778.397.0028


Easter in the Park

Hyack International Parade

200-100 Braid Street 778.886.5391

Wild Rice

50-8th Street 604.524.9788

The Boathouse Restaurant

1045 Columbia Street 604.525.3340

Sapperton Days

RCMT Presents “Anything Goes”

Van Dop Gallery

100 Braid Street Studios

Met Bar & Grill

#356-800 Carnarvon St. 604.544.6611

900 Quayside Drive 604.525.3474



Westbourne Residences Sales Centre


Bunches & Blooms Floral


#112-810 Quayside Dr. 604.549.0013


Brick & Mortar Living

52 6th Street 604.553.0289

The Heritage Grill

Wally’s Burgers

411 Columbia Street 604.520.1967



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Taverna Greka

447 Columbia Street 604.759.0819

North Noodle House

Anvil Battery Salute Victoria Day


The Met Hotel

Match Eatery & Public House

411 Columbia Street 604.520.3815 Toll Free 1.877.620.3815

Bosley’s By Pet Valu

114-1015 Columbia St. 604.522.5280

326 Columbia Street 604.526.6651



#116-810 Quayside Dr. 604.553.3855


Longtail Thai Kitchen

Inn at the Quay

Stefanos Restaurant and Lounge


315 Columbia Street 604.520.9911

Arundel Mansion

900 Quayside Drive 604.520.1776 Toll Free: 1.800.663.2001


350 Gifford Street 604.528.8833

Sip & Savour

503 12th Street 604.553.4855

New Westminster is a hotbed of festivals and events year round to suit any interest. For upto-date information on all festivals and events visit

Judge Begbie’s Tavern

Kirin Restaurant

48 Begbie Street 604.524.9498 Toll Free: 1.877.524.9498

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Sip & Savour

609 Columbia Street 604.525.4411


Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo

421 Richmond Street 604.521.7887



511 Royal Avenue 604.521.3711

777 Columbia Street 604.526.1905

Youth Centre

620 8th Street 604.515.3801


Centennial Lodge 604.525.3244



780 Quayside Drive 604.525.4465

Queensborough Community Centre

920 Ewen Avenue 604.525.7388

West End Business Association

Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

777 Columbia Street 604.515.3822 31


Uptown Business Association

Queen’s Park Arenex

1st Avenue & 3rd Street 604.777.5121

735 8th Avenue 604.521.5050

River Market


810 Quayside Drive 604.520.3881


Royal City Musical Theatre

#390-800 Carnarvon St. 604.521.6564

New West Pride Society

Queen’s Park Arena


Princess Guest House 302 Princess Street 604.777.2995


Moody Park Arena

Sip & Savour


Momentum Youth Festival

PHOTOGraphie Festival

1st Avenue & 3rd Street 604.777.5111

Landmark Cinemas




New West Film Fest

Royal City Farmers Winter Market

701 8th Avenue 604.525.5301




Century House

620 8th Street 604.519.1066

#201-309 Sixth Street 604.521.7781

Royal City Farmer’s Market

Centennial Community Centre

65 E. 6th Avenue 604.777.5100


777 Columbia Street 604.515.3830

Downtown New Westminster BIA


New Westminster Chamber of Commerce

Canada Games Pool

65 E. 6th Avenue 604.526.4281







Centennial Lodge at Queen’s Park 604.525.3244

#8-552 Columbia Street 604.524.4996

New Westminster Museum and Archives

Pandora’s Locks Mystery Room Adventures and Gamedeals

1865 Irving House

101-425 Front Street 604.734.0823



302 Royal Avenue 604.527.4640

Sugarrays Boxing and Fitness

Arts Council of New Westminster



Fraser River Discovery Centre

788 Quayside Drive 604.521.8401

Polo Health & Longevity Centre

711 Columbia Street 604.544.7656


Limina Spa



Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

328 Columbia Street 604.521.6639

#261-800 Carnarvon St. 604.525.0805





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Destination New West New Westminster Museum and Archives, IHP4092

Part of what makes New Westminster so unique and charming is its deep history, reflected in our streets and proud residents. Western Canada’s oldest city and British Columbia’s original capital, New Westminster was built by hard work and innovation; that character helps define our city. Anvil Centre houses some of New Westminster’s cultural gems. Check out the free New Westminster Museum and Archives, which houses over 70,000 artifacts from our rich history.

It is also the home of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. View national championship

Experience the living, working Fraser River with interactive exhibits and fun hands-on programs.

photos: Amanda Gregor

trophies for Canada’s national summer sport, check out the Hall of Fame inductees, and peruse exhibits of Olympic field and box lacrosse.

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604-521-8401 788 Quayside Dr, New Westminster

The Voice of the Fraser

Irving House Built in 1865, Irving House offers visitors the opportunity to revisit the splendor and grace of New Westminster – Victorian life. Summer (May 21-Sept 4) Wed-Sun Winter (Sept-April) Sat & Sun 604-527-4640 302 Royal Avenue, New West


Family Fun

Docked at the Quay and launched in 1937, the Samson V Maritime Museum is the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler to operate in Canada and the only completely intact and floating vessel of its kind in North America. Interpretative tours available.

With plenty of green spaces and playgrounds, educational classes, facilities and more, New Westminster can keep the entire family entertained!

Fraser River Discovery Centre River Market Hopscotch Vancouver Circus School Music Box

The Fraser River Discovery Centre is a fun and interactive way to learn all about how the Fraser River significantly helped shape British Columbia’s past and how its continued use is still so important today. Explore the history, sustainability, and industry of the Fraser.

MV Expo Tugger Westminster Pier Park Anvil Centre New Westminster Museum Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Irving House, at 302 Royal Avenue was constructed in 1865 by the “King of the Fraser River”, Captain William Irving, and is one of the oldest intact colonial homes is BC. Take a tour and step back in time!


Queen’s Park Rainbow Playland and Petting Farm

Destination New West New Westminster Museum and Archives, IHP10000-2330

New Westminster boasts a vibrant arts community, uniquely blending the contemporary and classic. Every day of the week you can find something just right for you.

Public Art There is a lot of wonderful and thought provoking, public art in the city. Pictureworthy stops include Wait For Me Daddy at Hyack Square, three different Vancouver Biennale Open Air Exhibitions: Public Furniture on the Quayside Boardwalk; Blue Trees, in Westminster Pier Park and at City Hall, and the inspiring riverfront WOW Westminster. Also at the Westminster Pier Park is the Memory Band, celebrating moments in our community’s past. Go for a walk and find the Mosaic Art Tiles around the city, cross the playful rainbow crosswalk, ham it up with World’s Largest Tin Soldier, and marvel at the Rorschach/Sentinel on Columbia Street.

Locals Know... Every August, the New Westminster Arts Council hosts the New West Cultural Crawl, a free and interactive two-day festival that showcases over 50 artists in over 20 venues! 30

Filming New Westminster has played a role in many feature films, TV shows, and commercials. The versatility, heritage, and beauty of our streets make us an ideal place to film. You probably recognize New West in your favourite movies and shows. Look for New West landmarks in such productions as: 50 Shades of Grey, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, Bates Motel, Man In the High Castle, Arrow, The Good Wife, I, Robot, X-Files, It, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, Twilight: New Moon, and many, many others.

Galleries Van

Dop Gallery

Sixth Street Pop-Up Gallery Plaskett Gallery at Massey Theatre Gallery at Queen’s Park New Media Gallery at Anvil Centre Community Art Space Gallery at Anvil Centre

Locals Know...

100 Braid Street Studios

The late David Bowie, international music sensation, once filmed a movie called Mr. Rice’s Secret in one of our heritage homes!

Amelia Douglas Gallery at Douglas College Old

Crow Coffee Co.

Angie Au Hemphill “Whistler Peak #4”

Original works by Canadian artists may be viewed in our gallery space by appointment, during our seasonal exhibitions, or at any time on our website.

Jim Walsh “Madison Morning”

Art consulting and professional installation services for home and office.

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Destination New West


New Westminster is full of beautiful green space, trails, playgrounds, sporting facilities and boardwalks along the riverfront. Venture forth!

1. Moody Park is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with your family! With a brand new playground and spray park, outdoor swimming pool, plenty of green space, and lawn bowling, it is sure to have something for everyone. 2. Queen’s Park is New Westminster’s flagship park. Visit Queen’s Park Arena and catch the Senior Salmonbellies lacrosse team or spend the afternoon at the Rainbow Playground and petting farm. Wander the Millenium Trails to the Rose Garden or the

New Westminster has always been a centre for the arts. From the historic, to the new state-of-the-art, our spectacular venues house everything. Catch Royal City Musical Theatre’s Spring production at Massey Theatre, Vagabond Players at the Bernie Legge Theatre, and internationally acclaimed performers at the Anvil Centre Theatre.

New Westminster Arts Council Gallery.

Locals Know... The Columbia Theatre originally opened by Famous Players in 1927. It has gone through several incarnations including the Raymond Burr community theatre, named after a famous New Westminster native. Today, having undergone extensive restoration, the theatre houses Lafflines Comedy Club.

3. Stroll along the boardwalk at Westminster Pier Park and the Waterfront Esplanade. Visit River Market then lounge on the hammocks at the urban beach after a vigorous game of beach volleyball. Stop by the playgrounds or the outdoor museum with the kids. With 2.5km of riverside accessibility, it’s the perfect place to ride your bike or go for a run.

4. Commune with nature in the Glenbrook Ravine. Off the beaten path, this hidden oasis is home to beautiful flowerbeds, tranquil 32

Restore! We are a hub for wellness. Drop in at one of our community centres or bike, run, or walk along our riverfront boardwalk or many green spaces. Take in classes ranging from spin or yoga to martials arts or archery at one of our many studios. Grab a fresh cold-pressed juice with Rain City Juicery or even learn to box right next door at Sugarrays. For a more well-rounded holistic approach, visit Polo Health + Longevity and get empowered or try Gathered Roots Community

ponds and a relaxing and dog friendly forest trail.

5. Tipperary Park and Friendship Gardens is the ideal backdrop for your wedding photos or a nature-filled family picnic! With unique landscaping, monuments, and public art, this gem is hidden right behind City Hall. In the summer months, it is also home to the Royal City Farmers Market , Thursdays from 3-7pm.


Integrated Health Centre in the heart of New Westminster

6. Queensborough is one of the fastest growing communities in New West. Port Royal Park features trails along the water, a sandy beach with a lookout to Poplar Island, and the Port Royal Community Gardens.

Some Of The Treatments We Offer: Weight Loss Programs Botox and Fillers IV Vitamin Therapy Platelet Rich Plasma Neural Therapy Prolotherapy Mesotherapy Chelation Therapy Lab Work Acupuncture Mesotherapy Women’s Health

Services We Offer: Naturopathic Medicine Medical Doctors Colon Hydrotherapy Infrared Sauna Clinical Counselling Pre-package Meals Miro Needling Latisse Laser/IPL Facial Rejuvenation Full On Site Pharmacy

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711 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC 33

Destination New West New Westminster Museum and Archives, IHP9267-0950

At night... New Westminster comes alive! With a host of restaurants, craft beer and cocktails, as well as exciting entertainment options, it’s easy to find ways to let loose on a well-deserved night on the town.

Live music can be found around the city every day of the week. From buskers at the River Market and Latin music every Thursday at El Santo, to intimate backroom shows at Old Crow Coffee Co. and festivals like Uptown Live, catching a live show has never been easier! At the Heritage Grill, you’ll find live blues, jazz, country, ukulele clubs, open mics and more; the Columbia Theatre is home to Lafflines Comedy Club, and at Starlight

Casino, you can dance and sing along with their stellar weekend programming. Don’t miss Duelling Pianos every Wednesday at Match Eatery & Public House. Looking for an interactive experience? Discover the world of mystery and adventure at Pandora’s Locks located in Downtown New West!

Craft Beer Crawl

Why not head out on a craft beer crawl? In no particular order, here are a few places to enjoy a pint of BC-brewed craft beer in New West: Steel Hub


Hops Met

& Oak Brewing Co Northwest Pub

Bar & Grill

Terminal Frankie Judge

G’s Pub

Begbie’s Tavern

River’s Union


Reach Pub

Jack Public House


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New Westminster Museum and Archives, IHP0435

Calling all sports fans!

Locals Know...

New Westminster offers a wide variety of local venues to watch the game on the big screen. Fan of live sporting events? Cheer on the New West Senior Salmonbellies lacrosse team, Hyack Varsity football, or the Douglas College Royals.

New Westminster is only 25 minutes away from a Canucks game at Rogers Arena or the BC Lions and Whitecaps at BC Place Stadium – making it a great choice to stay outside Vancouver.


Destination New West New Westminster Museum and Archives, IHP0897-018

New West has all of the amenities you could hope for at affordable rates. From the old world charm to chic, contemporary style, our hotels are centered in the downtown core and are close to transit, shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Craving a riverside view? The Inn at the Quay, a boutique inn with chic dÊcor, is on the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk. Shaped like a cruise ship, this luxurious hotel is the perfect place for a wedding or conference. Built in 1892, the historical Met Hotel on Columbia Street has a more urban feel. A large part of New Westminster’s rich history, the hotel features spacious rooms with high ceilings and waterfront views. Planning on staying a little longer? The Arundel Mansion was built in 1910 and offers fully furnished one-bedroom suites with big bay windows, high ceilings, wood floors and fully equipped kitchens.

offers large and comfortable suites comprising of dining/sitting rooms, separate bathrooms and full kitchens. It is over 100 years old, has been carefully restored and is family owned and operated.

48 Begbie St. New Westminster BC. V3M 3L9 604.524.9498 1-877.524.9498 36

Locals Know... The Met Hotel was one of two buildings in the downtown core that survived the great fire of 1898. Today, the Met Hotel offers 26 heritage style rooms, a cozy bar and liquor store.

Looking for a cozier setting? Princess Guest House is a heritage home in a residential area near Queen’s Park built in 1912. It offers period elegance with modern convenience.

Inn at the Quay Offering unique specials and packages throughout the year, the hotel is the ideal venue for your wedding, conference or weekend retreat. And our experienced dream team, with their eye for detail, is there to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.

New Westminster’s intimate boutique-style riverfront hotel intertwines West Coast comfort with South Beach chic. Perched over the mighty Fraser River and shaped like a cruise ship (but without the danger of sea sickness), the Inn at the Quay offers spectacular river views from every single one of its 126 guestrooms. One of the most unique hotels you will encounter in Metro Vancouver, it is equipped with countless little luxuries you’ll soon find you cannot live without.

The Inn at the Quay puts the best of New Westminster at your doorstep. Directly located on the scenic Fraser River Boardwalk, the hotel is next to the River Market and just a short walk from Anvil Centre, Pier Park and the Shops at New West Station. And with the SkyTrain station just steps away, it is centrally located to connect you with Burnaby, Metrotown and Downtown Vancouver in just a matter of minutes!


New Westminster Museum and Archives, IHP10001-1225

New West is an ideal place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Have you fallen in love with our charming people, history, entrepreneurial spirit and supportive communities? We really can’t blame you! Invest in New West and make your mark on its future. Spend the day exploring each of our neighbourhoods so that your experiences are #MadeInNewWest.

604.526.2888 RE/MAX Advantage Realty 102-321 Sixth Street New Westminster V3L 3A7




Destination New West

From Royal Avenue to the Fraser River, Downtown New West is an entertainment, shopping, and foodie hub. Easily accessed from Columbia and New West SkyTrain Stations, you’re steps away from experiencing a delightful mash-up of old world charm and new modern living. Stop in at the Anvil Centre to explore the city’s history and discover the New Media Gallery ’s latest exhibit.

Hungry? Get a taste of the world along Columbia Street or fresh and local fare at the River Market . Ride along Westminster Pier Park or watch the tugboats go by and learn all about the mighty river at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. LOCALS KNOW: In August, Columbia Street is home to the largest food truck festival in Canada, the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest!

Love the water? Experience the Fraser aboard Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours. Day or night, there is always something to do in the Original Downtown. Visit


Skytrain Stations

2.5 km walkable waterfront

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Pick up locally produced food and artisan goods at the Royal City Farmers Market on Belmont Street in the winter, or in Tipperary Park in the summer. Foodie? From the healthy conscious to global flavours, Uptown has plenty of options. Don’t miss the latest craft brews at the local pubs too!

At 6th Street and 6th Avenue and just beyond is Uptown—the heart of the city. Discover the variety shopping and services and take in the spectacular scenery, historical homes, and beautiful gardens sandwiched between the vibrant Moody Park and the city’s central green space, Queen’s Park.

In Uptown you’ll find nearly everything you need (or want) at your doorstep. Visit

Catch a Vagabond Players production at the Bernie Legge Theatre or swing by the The Gallery at Queen’s Park to get inspired. Take in a show at the iconic Massey Theatre. Check off your to do list at Royal City Centre or Westminster Centre.

LOCALS KNOW: Every July, the area is home to Uptown Live which showcases the best of BC’s indie music scene.

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Known as New Westminster’s very own “island suburb,” Queensborough is a unique neighbourhood separated from the rest of the city by the river. Steal some deals at the outlet stores in Queensborough Landing, or catch some excitement at the nearby Starlight Casino. Join in the fun at our local parks and communal gardens, or grab a bite at Frankie G’s Boilerhouse Pub or Match Eatery & Public House, ideal for relaxing and meeting up with friends.

Named for the Royal Engineers known as “Sappers”, the Sapperton area is an evolving community in the city’s East End. Centered around two Skytrain Stations, Sapperton and Braid, the Royal Columbian Hospital, big businesses, and charming stores blend to create a paradise for foodies and treasure hunters. The alluring Brewery District sprouts soaring office buildings and Browns Socialhouse, while locally-owned shops line East Columbia Street. From bakeries and do-it-yourself studios to urban parks like Glenbrooke Ravine and Hume Park, Columbia Street is sure to be an adventure. If you’re an art lover, discover the Van Dop Gallery, one of Canada’s premiere home galleries, or browse through the work of resident artists at 100 Braid Street Studios. Be sure to stop in at Cap’s Bicycle Shop and Museum, established in 1932 and one of the oldest bike shops in Canada.

Just past 10 th Street is where you’ll find the West End neighbourhood, where “industrialchic” is what it’s all about. Where else can you tour the Pacific Breeze Winery or Steel & Oak Brewing Co. beside the railway tracks? Much of the action is on 12th Street, a main arterial road heading into Burnaby. Featuring locally-owned shops and designers, this area offers an interesting mix of shops and eateries. Check out some hip upcycled décor and designer items from local artists. Grab some eats at the gourmet sandwich shop or organic café, or peruse the half-dozen markets specializing in an array of multicultural and hard-to-find ingredients. Take some time to explore the West End yourself, and discover something different.

LOCALS KNOW: One of the best parts of summer in New West is the long-running Sapperton Day Street Festival in June!

COME & TRY OUR LOCALLY CRAFTED WINE IN NEW WESTMINSTER At a hidden winery, cleverly disguised as an ordinary “GARAGE”, a crack team of vintners are hand-crafting wines of truly legendary character 42

Open every day 12-5pm 6 - 320 Stewardson Way New Westminster 604-522-2228

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Everything you need to make your visit more enjoyable. Shops at New West is a unique and dynamic destination in New Westminster. We’re the ideal spot for grabbing a bite, catching a movie, working out, relaxing with a coffee or doing a little shopping. Hop off the train or pull into the covered parking garage to explore this incredible one-stop destination for everything you need. Shops at New West… we have it all!

Conveniently located at the downtown SkyTrain Station • Columbia and 8th Street

New Westminster Official Travel Guide 2016 - 2017  
New Westminster Official Travel Guide 2016 - 2017