October 17th. 2014

5 Spine-tingling Halloween Happenings in New West


Halloween is approaching fast! Here is a quick list you should check out to help plan your spooky outing this year!

Creepy Columbia Crawl

Take a self-guided crawl in the original downtown! On October’s 31st, pubs and restaurant in downtown New West will be participating in the Creepy Columbia Crawl!

Enjoy ghoul-y drinks like Spud Shack’s Dracula Kiss or even The Hub’s Flight of the Gypsy Tears. Or if you’ve got a sweet tooth, visit Menchie’s to mix up your own ghastly flavours and toppings. Lastly, before you go gentle into that good night, hop over to Boston Pizza to wrap up your night!

Address: Various locations, click here for list 
Date and Time: October 31, 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

The Columbia Creepshow:

Looking for something out of the ordinary this Halloween? Look no further than The Columbia Creepshow – a one of a kind spectacle sure to thrill and delight! With three hard-rocking local bands, high-flying aerial artists, creepy fortune telling, and a devilishly delightful host, it promises to be one spell-binding event. Don your costume and join us October 31 at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster for a sinfully good time!

Address: The Columbia 530 Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 1B1
Date and Time: October 31, 8:00 PM- 1:00 AM

Scary Movie Marathon:

Pop the popcorn! The Youth Centre will be showing some chilling reels to keep you up all night! Drop-in fee is free with Youth Centre Membership

Address: 620 8th St, New Westminster, BC V3M 3S6
Date and Time: October 25 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Fraser River Frights:

All aboard the Samson V ghost ship! Prepare yourself for the scariest ghost stories that will send shivers down your spine! Then top off the rest of the afternoon with some spooky nautical crafts and an eerie scavenger hunt.

Address: Samson V 880 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC V3M 6G1
Date and Time: October 26 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The CGP Monster Mash:

Join Canada Games Pool for their annual Halloween Event! Expect appearances from a few creepy supernatural like Frankenstein, vampires, and monsters. So, cover your quarters and be on the lookout for these creatures- they will take you by surprise!

Address: Canada Games Pool 65 E Sixth Ave, New Westminster, BC V3L 4G6
Date and Time: October 29, 6:30 PM – 8:25 PM

October 1st. 2014

5 Things to do this Fall in New West

Summer has come to an end but the activities for the fall season does not disappoint! Check out the 5 things you can do around New Westminster this season!

Doc Fest

In less than a month, the 4th annual New West Doc Fest will kick off its 3-day film, music, visual arts celebration at Landmark Cinemas located at the beautiful downtown New Westminster. Expect an array of documentaries such as Just Eat it, Monsoon, Finding Vivian Maier, and many more!

doc fest

Hyack Football Games

Football season is back and that means Thursday and Friday night lights! Come out and support the Junior Varsity and Varsity Hyacks as they contend against other teams across the lower mainland! For Hyacks Varsity football schedule click here, and for Hyacks Junior Varsity schedule click here



Octoberfest will be coming to the River Market! Stay tuned for more details!

Queens Park Neighborhood

Stroll around this beautiful neighbourhood on a fall day to view a variety of early Edwardian and Victorian homes that have been lovingly restored. Adding to the mesmerizing landscape of this neighbourhood are the carefully tended gardens and mature trees that make this historic vicinity truly unique. Don`t forget to bring the family for a nice picnic down at Queen`s Park, the city`s largest green space!


Fall and Winter Market

The Royal City Farmers Market was a hit this summer! Though they are wrapping up the season on October 9th, be sure to visit them indoors at the River Market every 1st and 3rd Saturday from November-April. Shopping for your fresh, local produce, homemade goods, and handmade crafts in New West has never seemed so convenient!




September 23rd. 2014

RiverFest 2014


RiverFest is a province-wide event taking place on September 27th. Presented by the Fraser River Discovery Centre, in partnership with the Arts Council of New Westminster and the City of New Westminster, RiverFest is the city’s 11th annual celebration of BC and World Rivers Day.

BC Rivers Day is a province-wide celebration of BC’s spectacular river heritage that is held every year on the last weekend in September. Events throughout the province annually attract over 75,000 people in more than 100 communities, and New Westminster, ever proud of the mighty Fraser, is no exception.

RiverFest will be an art and environmental festival honouring the Fraser River. The event will consist of

  • live entertainment from a variety of musicians performing at the YVR Stage,
  • artist and artisans’ displays
  • a trip aboard the MV Native, a replica 19th-century paddle wheeler
  • interactive displays from river related-conversation and environmental organizations
  • the famous Lucille Johnstone Work Boat Parade
  • the second annual Salmon Chowder Cook-Off, and
  • activities and crafts for all ages.

It’s free to the public and will be held on the boardwalk in New Westminster from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 27th. For up-to-date information, please visit or like the event’s Facebook page at

In addition, the Fraser River Discovery Centre has launched their latest Experience the Fraser exhibit located on the first floor of the building. The exhibits will be showcasing how the Fraser River itself contributes to the local’s day to day lifestyle through various activities.

For further information, please visit


September 1st. 2014

10 Hot Spots to Start Up Your Day


Coming Home Café | 753 6th Street |

New Westminster’s Coming Home Café is a café-bistro, serving amazing coffee, tea, awesome food, and homelike comfort. Coming Home only serves freshly rich and freshly brewed organic. Take your pick from any of their aromatic choices. The cafe also features vegetarian- friendly meals and grilled sandwiches. Everything at Coming Home is homemade and undeniably fresh!

coming home cafe


Hideout Café | 716 Carnarvon Street |

Take your tastebuds on a joy ride! At the Hideout Cafe, they offer a beautiful and peaceful dining environment including a patio with ambient music playing in the background. The idea behind the Hideout Cafe is to integrate fresh ingredients to paninis, wraps, salads, soups using fresh herbs, homemade sauces and dressings. The Cafe also offers a broad selection of locally roasted fair-trade organic coffee from Continental Coffee. Take a time out and … hide out!

hideout cafe

Tre Galli Gelato Caffe |#121 – 810 Quayside Drive

What is better than having a meal while looking out at the mighty Fraser River on a beautiful sunny day? At Tre Galli, their Gelato is homemade from a secret family recipe. The thin crust pizza is traditional, and one of the best in town. The beans used for Tre Galli’s signature espresso drinks are Italian, naturally. Come down to the River Market for a true taste of Italy!

tre galli


Great Wall Tea Co. | #109 – 810 Quayside Drive |

With over 150 types of delicious, flavourful tea from all over the world, Great Wall Tea selection is always growing and leafy fresh. Great Wall Tea is a beautiful, innovative tea shop owned by Lauren Bowler and Sean Smith, who were inspired to open their modern tea bar by their love of tea and travel. Drinking tea is not only delicious, but it is also great for your health. Come see them for your right type of tea!

great tea wall co


Amber’s Choice | 909 12th Street | 

Are you feeling like grabbing a quick bite in a very quaint homey place? With everything made from scratch and in-house, with fresh ingredients that are all- natural with no preservatives, your visit at Amber’s Choice will feel like you are in your “mom’s” kitchen. The café specializes in organic coffees and teas, homemade comfort entrees, assorted homemade soups and salad dressings. Try it for yourself; see if it is like your mom’s cooking.

ambers choice


Localo Living Espresso Bar | 613 Front Street |

What’s better than getting a delicious lavender latte after a shop for local hidden treasures? The baristas and staff at Localo Living would love to treat you to some wicked coffee and delicious local pastries from Vancouver Pie hole, Cartems Donuterie and To Die For. Stop by Localo Living for that perfect afternoon “pick me up”! Their pastries are awaiting your taste buds.

Localo Living espresso bar


Fratelli Authentic Italian Bakery | 459 East Columbia Street |  

Fratelli Bakery is an award winning bakery with a reputation for making delicious treats with a smile. Using their own recipe, they have created the best Italian pastries, breaks, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti and cakes using fresh ingredients in New Westminster. Whatever your sweet tooth you desire, they have it!

Fratelli Authentic Italian Bakery


Lou Lou Lounge | 612 Victoria Street |

Looking for a great place for lunch and feeling local? Lou Lou Lounge is a coffee house and bistro that offers a wide selection of homemade soups, salad, and amazing lasagna. They also feature your favourite espresso, cappuccino, latte drinks, and dessert. The environment is cozy and comfortable, making it the best place to catch up with a special someone.

lou lou lounge


Coming soon! The Old Crow Coffee Co.

Joining us in October is the Old Crow Coffee Co. located on Front Street! Offering fresh flavourful food with an eclectic Mexican inspired comfort food menu, the Old Crow Café delivers fresh food quick and at a good value. Stay tuned!




August 26th. 2014

International restaurants in New West that’ll tickle your tastes buds!

Wild Rice Market Bistro |    

Wild Rice is a blend of traditional and modern Chinese and West Coast cuisines, coupled with generations of good cooking. They choose the best local ingredients- farm-fresh vegetables, Ocean Wise seafood, and hormone-free meats- and cook them with care. Take a culinary adventure to New Westminster on a patio with a lovely view of BC’s largest river. It is definitely a made in New West experience you will not want to miss out on next time you’re around the area!

wild rice

Longtail Kitchen|  

Longtail Kitchen serves Thai-style comfort food in the authentic context of a riverside market. They offer a modern take on Thai street food, balancing tradition with modern twists and local ingredients. Brilliantly spiced and intensely flavourful, Longtail Kitchen is the next go-to place for a tasty meal.

longtail kitchen

Tre Galli

Looking for a café with the perfect everything? At Tre Galli, their Gelato is homemade from a secret family recipe. The thin crust pizza is traditional, and the best in town. The beans used for Tre Galli’s signature espresso drinks are Italian, naturally. Next time you’re in the area, Tre Galli is definitely a must-go for a true taste of Italy!

tre gallii


Taqueria Playa Tropical

Great food, great price! Taqueria Playa Tropical is the talk of the town. The newly expanded Mexican Restaurant offers a variety of authentic and delicious tacos, enchiladas, burritos, margaritas and so much more. Get yourselves ready to dig in!

Taqueria Playa Tropical


Stefanos Restaurant |

Stefanos offer fine dining and dancing, as well as live bands playing every Friday and Saturday night. With a spacious interior, exposed rooftop and skylight, live music, and delicious food, Stefanos is a great place to spend a special evening with your significant other.


Kirin Seafood Restaurant |

Craving for some award-winning Dim Sum and a variety of exquisite seafood? Subtle, contemporary and elegant, Kirin’s Starlight Restaurant offers cuisine for which they have become internationally renowned in an unparalleled setting. Kirin Seafood Restaurant showcases the finest Chinese Cuisine in Vancouver and served in a warm and authentic atmosphere.

Kirin Seafood Restaurant

Crepe Des Amis |

Come in for an authentic taste of France at the River Market. Crepe Des Amis specializes in delicious whole wheat savoury, sweet crepes and also vegan crepes alongside organic coffee, refreshing floats, and delicious frozen yoghurt and sundaes. Choose your filling: sweet or savoury, and all that’s left to do is enjoy it. Bon appetit!

Crepe Des Amis

Taverna Greka |

If you’ve never been, it’s time to check out why serious foodie considers Taverna Greka the go-to restaurant for mouth-watering, authentic Greek cuisine. Taverna Greka serves a great selection of unique and delicious dishes, including a great selection of grilled meats, vegetarian options, and of course the ever-so population roast lamb. The views are both soothing and relaxing, and the peaceful location of the restaurant means that your time spent there will be memorable.

Taverna Greka

Spud Shack Fry Co.|

Spud Shack Fry Co. is an unexpected gem tucked away on the third floor of the New Westminster Skytrain Station. Their Belgian frites are superb, both crisp on the outside and soft, potato goodness in the inside. The gravy is rich, smooth and packed with flavour. The cheese curds are top notch, bouncy and fresh. Poutine is never just a poutine at Spud Shack. Come try their delicious poutine and see for yourself!

Spud Shack Fry Co

Ki Sushi |

Ki Sushi stands out as a superior establishment for Japanese cuisine in New Westminster, mainly for the extensive selection in their menu. They have been awarded New Westminster Reader’s Choice Award for best Japanese dining for multiple consecutive years. Come to Ki Sushi for a fresh selection of sashimi for a fair price, and simply a great overall Japanese experience.

ki sushi

Tamarind Hill |

A taste originating from Malaysia, rich in flavour and colour, Tamarind Hill offers an unique culinary spectrum of tastes which has span over centuries of influence from Portuguese, Indian, Chinese and many other South East Asian nations.

tamarind hill

Thai New West |

Thai New West celebrates classic Thai cuisine with a modern touch. Experience an explosive balance of pure Thai flavours reminiscent of traditional kitchens in Bangkok. Every delicacy is infused with fresh Thai herbs, finest grade produce and meat. Authentic, fresh and healthy, Thai New West serves a sensational Thai culinary experience in a contemporary setting.

Thai New West
August 15th. 2014

Last Minute Kid Fun in New Westminster!

Photo courtesy of Kids New West

Photo courtesy of Kids New West


  1. Fraser River Discovery Centre |
    Come and learn about the mighty Fraser River through fun, hands-on interactive displays. It’s the perfect place for you and your family to discover more about the river’s history and beginning up to its role in today’s society, the Fraser River Discovery Centre helps you understand the body of water that is part of New Westminster’s home.
  2. The Stage New West |
    Summer at the Stage! Do your children want to become explorers, perform in a musical, or take part in a class act? There’s still time to register for The Stage Summer Day Camps before the school year starts.  Visit them online for more details on their summer activities at The Stage
  3. River Market at the Quay |
    Looking for a place to go for family day? River Market is the perfect for you and your children to spend some quality time together. Whether it’s taking part in one of their River Critters’ baking classes, or stopping in for a mouth-watering lunch while going out on a stroll at the riverfront boardwalk, the River market tons of fun activities that will delight both children and adults. Check out their website for more inspiration on what to do on your family day!
  4. Vancouver Circus School | August 18-22 | www.vancouvercircusschool.caRun away and join the circus with high flying Aerial Silks beyond bouncy trampolines, Juggling Props, and more. Fine tune your circus skills for the final day performance for family and friends. All fitness levels and abilities welcome. Read more
  5. Royal City Farmer’s Market | Thursdays June to October 9 | www.rcfm.caCome and meet your farmers!  Kids can talk directly to their local farmers and check out what delicious treats are available in the winter season. Free live music and kids activities. Families can purchase their weekly groceries right from the farmers who grow the veggies. Read more
  6. Entertainment Series at Queen’s Park Bandshell- Ryall Park Sensational Summer Review | August 17, 24, 31 | www.newwestcity.caWhole month worth of fun at Queen’s Park! Be sure to tune in on all the exciting activities until the end of August. Read more
  7. Summer Movie Series at Queen’s Park | Fridays of August |
    Pop the popcorn! The summer movie series is back every Friday throughout the summer. There will be a concession stand running by the Hyack Football team, and the Stage New West is offering free face painting before the films. The stadium doors open at 7pm and the movie starts at about 8:30pm. Bring a blanket and your loved ones and snuggle under the clear skies! Read more
  8. Free Swim at Moody and Hume Park Outdoor Pool | Saturdays of August |
    Looking for a spot to beat the summer heat? Bring your kids out for a free swim every Saturday at Moody and Hume park outdoor pool!
  9. Music Box Academy |
    Every Saturday during August, the Music Box Academy hosts classes for your toddlers to enjoy! From 12:30 PM- 1:15 PM, the music box opens up its floors to the Mini Music Class for children from 0-3 year olds! From 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, the Music Kids Club becomes available for kids from 3-5 year olds. These classes are all around convenient as they are all drop-ins, so sign up today!
  10. Arts Council of New Westminster | August 5 – 30 |
    Inspire your children to learn about the Arts in our city! Arts Council is showcasing “Remember Jack” exhibition from August 5th to August 30th. Jack Campbell was a local artist, painter, and graphic designer who loved creating artistic pieces from the scenery of the Fraser River and the West Coast. Let the Arts Council take you and your children on a journey to see the life works of Jack Campbell.

Need advice on where to go on your next trip around New Westminster? Come visit us at the New Westminster Visitor Centre and we will be glad to help you out or visit us online at!

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates!

August 8th. 2014

25 Reasons to cruise with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

Here is to Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours and their 25 years of service excellence!

  1. See wild animals in their natural habitat!


    Sturgeons, seals, bears, ospreys, eagles, and many more!


  2. Learn about the Mighty Fraser and its outstanding history

  3. Buffet


    And did we mention it is delicious?

  4. Multiple cruises and time options to fit your schedule!Choose from either breakfast lunch, dinner, or all-day cruises
  5. Enjoy their 25% off discount on individual cruises from now until October 2014



  6. Friendly Staff

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    Feel free to talk to them! They are the sweetest bunch!

  7. Cruises with Paddlewheeler for your wedding!

    The sternwheeler is a multiple-function venue!

  8. Rain or shine! 

    Paddlewheeler operates in the sunniest days and even in the pouring rain. Talk about dedication! 

  9. Friendly for all ages

  10. Visiting from outside of BC  or New West?No problem! The dock is situated behind the Inn at the Quay and an 11 minute walk from the Met Hotel. How convenient!


  11. Rated #2 of 19 attractions in New Westminster from Tripadvisor

    Paddlewheeler Trip Advisor
  12. Gorgeous scenery


    Get a chance to take in picturesque nature atmospheres of the lower Fraser Valley.

  13. Perfect for any kind of party


    Paddlewheeler does themed cruises! Just let them know!

  14. Get to spend time with one of the world’s most productive salmon rivers!

    Up to 5 different salmon breeds!
  15. Perfect opportunity to make new friends and create connections

  16. Soak in the sun!


    Paddlewheeler offers outdoor seating for those who want the “relax-by-the-water” experience.

  17. She’s famous!
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    The Native starred in the 1997 Mr. Magoo, 2005’s Riverworld, and 2010’s Goodnight for Justice II!


  18. Small tour company with a big heart!The Cruise for Food tradition is Paddlewheeler’s way of giving back to the community by collecting canned goods and donating it to the Great Vancouver Food Bank.
  19. Don’t own a vehicle? That’s okay!

    Paddlewheeler Trip Skytrain Map

    Paddlewheeler is conveniently located near the New Westminster skytrain station (Just a 5 minute walk away).


  20. Your very own personal floating pub


    Tired of going to the same old pub every Friday night? Time to shake things up and enjoy a night at the Fraser River with Paddlewheeler.


  21. Capture an amazing new of the award-winning Westminster Pier Park while sailing along the Fraser River!

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  22. Get a chance to sail to historic attractions!


    Why drive when you can cruise? Paddlewheeler offers cruises to attractions such as Historic Fort Langley and Britannia Shipyards.


  23. Space-a-plenty!


    The Paddlewheeler vessels are spacious, so there is plenty of room for everyone! Their dance floors open up during their Sunset and Friday Fun Night Cruises! So strap on those dancing shoes and dance the night away!


  24. Paddlewheeler caters!

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    It’s a perfect venue for parties and events but did you know that the Paddlewheeler crew can arrange everything from cakes to decorations?


  25. Get a chance to get a real taste of a #madeinnewwest experience.

    For more information on how to book your tour with Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, please click here. 

Let us help you plan your destinations to visit in New Westminster this summer season! Drop by at our Visitor Information Centre today or e-mail us at for inquiries about New Westminster!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates!

Photo Courtesy of Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

August 1st. 2014

August Events to Wrap-up the Summer!

  1. New West Cultural Crawl | August 9 & 10 |

Art enthusiasts! August 9 & 10, 2014 marks the unveiling of New Westminster’s 11th Annual Cultural Crawl, with a two day city-wide Arts and Culture experience. This year’s Cultural Crawl will include open studios and local artists featuring their work, and presenting live paint-ins at your favourite arts, culture, and heritage destinations around New Westminster. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to discover more about our unique cultural footprint!

Cultural Crawl
  1. Uptown Live | August 10 |

Are you a music fanatic? Uptown Live returns to the streets of Uptown New Westminster featuring live performances by the best of BC’s thriving indie music scene. Uptown Live is free to the public and features live music on multiple stages plus interactive street activities, great food offered up by select Vancouver food trucks and plenty of other surprises. It’s sure to be cool, high energy and loads of fun!

uptown live


  1. New West Pride | August 8-16 |

Be loud and be proud! It’s our chance to celebrate New Westminster Pride! Hosted by the New West Pride Society, this year’s Pride festival is expanding into a 9 day festival and moving down to Columbia Street. Join the fun for New West Pride’s 5th Anniversary Celebration! Featuring the HIM Main Stage and The Stage Kid’s Zone along with a variety of entertaining buskers and great vendors, there’s something for everyone. Show your pride!



  1. Quayside Boardwalk Festival & Sale | August 16 |

Calling all bargain hunters! The immensely popular BOARDWALK Festival and Sale is back for the 8th year and is taking place Saturday, August 16th from 10am-3pm along the boardwalk at the Quay and the mighty Fraser River. The festival and sale is the ultimate way to recycle and share quality and unique treasures. Listen to 3 stages of live music, eat great food, support charities, experience Kid Zone, and enjoy the spectacular scenery with your family and friends for a whole day of fun!

boardwalk sale


  1. Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival | August 23 |

Craving for some mouth-watering grub? Get trucked up in Downtown New West on Saturday, August 23rd from 4pm-10pm. Filling Columbia Street from 6th Street to Elliot Street, there is now over 50 food truck, 3 bigger beer gardens and a mini Royal City Farmers Market! More trucks equal more choices and they’ve got a wide variety this year! Some of Vancouver’s top trucks are coming including favourites such as: Japadog, Vij’s Railway Express, and Johnny’s Pops. So make sure to try them out and find out for yourself why they have topped the truck charts! Get trucked up!



May 24th. 2014

Royal City Summer Farmers Market

The Royal City Farmers Market in back again this summer from June 5th to Thanksgiving (Oct 13th) at Tipperary Park. While you’re visiting, grab some from the range of food vendors like the Chili Tank, Community Pizzeria, East European Dessert, Gogo Java, and Handworks Coffee Studio!

Pie Oh My Pie Contest

Pie Oh My: Royal City Farmers Market manager Jodi Appleton (left) and Jen Arbo announce a pie contest. Photograph By Larry Wright

However if you are a fan of fresh, local produce, don’t hesitate to visit to shop from Forstbauer Family Natural Food Farm, Glen Valley Organic Farm, Crisp Organics, and Urban Digs Farm for your leafy greens, legumes, eggs, and many more. In addition, other meat and fish vendors are available for your locally-raised beef, BC caught fish and prawns, and chicken and chicken products.

Conversely, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are tarts, pies, cookies, cakes, cinnamon buns, strudels, and old fashioned rice squares, etc. that are available to help satisfy that sugar craving!

On top of the delicious grub in the Royal City Farmers Market is a variety of one of a kind jewelry. Select from glass beads and accessories, to hand forged contemporary, classic sterling silver for the perfect gift! Speaking of gifts, ladies, you will love this one. The Watershed Naturals Handmade Luxury will be showcasing a lovely assortment of handmade natural soap, salted bath bomb, and many more for your relaxing pleasure.

Kevin McConnell, the new president of the Royal City Farmers' Market

Banner year: Kevin McConnell, the new president of the Royal City Farmers’ Market, anticipates a banner year for the popular market. Photograph By Jason Lang

Lastly, if you have a keen eye for some rare finds, and vintage goods, you will absolutely adore the local artisans and crafters. These vendors will be selling items like reusable sandwich/snack bags, totes, traditional Aran and designer knitwear, fine wood creation, humorous cards, and unique gift toppers.

Let Tourism New Westminster help you discover and wayfind around the city this summer! Our tourism visitor centre is located at the Fraser River Discovery Centre and is a 2 minute walk away from the New Westminster Skytrain station for your convenience. So make sure to drop by to ask questions from our friendly summer staff about what’s going on or any general inquiries as they are more than happy to help you. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for news and updates.


March 11th. 2014

Spring ahead in New West

March brings the arrival of spring, as well as some of our favourite holidays. Students look forward to Spring Break, and St. Patrick’s Day brings out the Irish in everyone. So whether you’re looking for activities for the kids or places to celebrate St. Paddy’s, New West has plenty of events happening.

Green parties

The Paddlewheeler Pub kicks off the wearin’ o’ the green (and drinkin’ o’ the green beer) with its “St. Practice Party” on Friday, March 14. There’ll be live music with Leprechaun Stew, plus Irish food and drink specials. Condition yourself for the party here on the 17th, too.

On Saturday, March 15, Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours presents St. Patrick’s on the River. The Irish pub-style cruise leaves the dock at 7 pm, and onboard you’ll enjoy drink specials from the bar and food specials including Irish stew with homemade biscuits. A DJ will be playing a mix of favourite Irish songs and dance music. Reservations are recommended, and you must be 19 or older.

The Heritage Grill regularly holds Celtic Jam sessions on Sunday evenings, a great warm-up for the many St. Patrick’s Day parties happening across New Westminster on Monday, March 17:

  • Frankie Gs Boilerhouse Pub in Queensborough has Guinness, green beer and Irish Car Bombs on special, plus an Irish food menu and Irish dancers.
  • River’s Reach Pub will also feature Irish food and drink specials all day. There’ll be a DJ from 6 to 10 pm, Irish dancers and, for the lucky, some great Guinness prizes to be won.
  • The Dublin Castle is throwing an Irish castle party, where Guinness and whisky will be flowing! The doors open at 11 am, and reservations are available until 5 pm.

Got little leprechauns? Bring the family to Longtail Kitchen in River Market on March 17 for 10% off any green menu item, including Green Papaya Salad.

Kids will also be treated like gold at Boston Pizza New West on March 16, which features St. Patrick’s-themed face painting, goody bags, and crafts and activities from 12 to 4 pm. The event is free, but please pre-register online.

Spring breaking

There are plenty of programs to keep from everyone from preschoolers to teens happy and busy over the two-week March break.

At River Market join Kinder Books & Friends for mornings of storytime and crafts from March 17 to 20. Sessions are suited for ages 3 and up and free to attend, though registration is recommended: contact for details. Also popular with young children is the weekly River Critters baking class – please register online for a spot.

Upstairs, the Vancouver Circus School has Circus Camps for ages 6 to 16. Participants will fine-tune their circus skills throughout each week and perform for friends and family on the last day. Participants can sign up for full or half days; camps run from March 17 to 21 and March 24 to 28.

At the Music Box, Spring Break-Apalooza will be in full swing with Music in the Mornings, Theatre and Dance Afternoons, and Musical Theatre Performance Camp. With classes designed for ages 4 to 7 or ages 8 to 12, it’s the perfect way for children to have fun singing, dancing and putting on a show!

Located in Downtown New West, Stage New West’s Musical Theatre Day Camps will keep young performers (ages 7 to 10 and ages 11 to 14) dazzled for full or half days with singing, dancing, acting and art. Lunch-hour field trips to local sights such as Pier Park, Queens Park, Fraser River Discovery Centre and more are included for full-day students. Special offer: quote “Tourism New West” when registering to qualify for early bird pricing until March 12.

The Douglas College Community Music School offers a Musical Theatre Spring Break Mini-Intensive for ages 13 and up. In one week, students will learn choreography, acting and vocals and perform excerpts from Broadway musicals. This course runs from March 17 to 22. To learn more, call 604-527-5469 or email

New West Parks, Culture and Recreation also has a wide variety of day camps and workshops for preschoolers, children and teens alike. Check out the Spring Break programs, plus the March “loonie skate” schedule at Moody Park Arena, in the 2014 Spring Break brochure  (opens PDF).

Finally, the Fraser River Discovery Centre’s Mad about Science event is not to be missed. On March 22 from 1 to 4 pm, join them for scien-terrific family fun, experiments and activities. Plus, internationally known science educators Mad Science will present an exciting live show, Fire and Ice. Admission to the centre is by donation, but seating for the live show is limited so tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets for Fire and Ice are $7 (including tax) for 1 adult and 1 child, plus $5 for each additional child. (Tickets include a voucher for Boston Pizza New West.) Purchase tickets by calling 604-521-8401 or visiting the Fraser River Discovery Centre.

Note: if you are a daycamp/daycare leader and looking for Spring Break activities for your group, the Fraser River Discovery Centre has exciting educational programs for children ages 4 to 12. Call or visit the website for more details on each program and to book your group tour.


For the latest news on spring events happening in New West, bookmark our event calendar and follow Tourism New West on Facebook and Twitter.