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May 28th. 2017

Behind the scenes of the New West Tourism Industry: Part 1

Building Community & Events with Angie Whitfield of the Downtown New Westminster BIA

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May 18th. 2017

Hyack Festival 2017

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This year’s theme is – First Nations. First Cities. Telling Our Story. Together.

Join in the Hyack Festival Celebration this year with activities for the whole family. Here are 7 events taking place throughout New West during the weeklong celebration!

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1. The Anvil Salute
May 22 from 11:30am-12:30pm at Queen’s Park Stadium

2. May Day Celebrations
May 24 starting at 11:30am at Queen’s Park Stadium

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3. Hyack International Parade
May 27 from 11am-2pm beginning at 6th Street and 8th Avenue

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4. Uptown Street Fest
May 27 from 11am-5pm

5. Rose Planting Ceremony
May 27 at 1:45pm in front of City Hall

6. Artillery Firing
May 27 at 2pm at City Hall Front Lawn

7. May Day Community Heritage Picnic
May 28 from 2pm-4pm at the Armoury

 

 

 

 

May 9th. 2017

Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day weekend in New West!

This year, Mother’s Day is #MadeInNewWest and we’re going to show you the best ways to spoil her in the Royal City.

1. Start the Day with Brunch

Brunch. Everyone loves it. Take your mom to one of the many eateries open for brunch in New West. If you want to really wow her, take her to Match Eatery & Public House between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, as all mom’s get a free glass of Champagne!

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Another fun option is booking a spot on the Paddlewheeler for a Mother’s Day brunch cruise. Not only does it feature a full brunch buffet, but a 2.5-hour cruise along the Fraser River. Make sure to book in advance, as this popular trip will fill up!

 

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2. Pamper Her with Shopping & Hair Styling

The boutique clothing shop has partnered with Zoom Hair Studio to create the perfect Mother’s Day experience. For just $150, Mom’s will receive $100 gift certificate to Mila + Page, hair treatment and styling at Zoom, and flowers from Blossom & Vine Floral Co.

Bring your mom to either Mila + Page or Zoom on Mother’s Day, where they will be serving Mimosas to enjoy while she shops & gets her hair styled. Only limited quantities are available and the package can be purchased at either location or over the phone.

3. Show Your Love with a Bouquet of Flowers

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Instead of just bringing her a bouquet this year, take your mom to this workshop put on by Floral Duet on Saturday, May 13th. Learn how the professionals put together beautiful bouquets, make one with your mom, and then she can take it home with her after!

This workshop is taking place at the new Queensborough Boutique Pop-up, so you can also spend time enjoying the local shops before or after the workshop. Make sure to sign up, as space is limited and sign ups close this Thursday, May 11th.

4. Treat Her to a Night Out – Dinner & Live Theatre

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Patrick Street Productions is bringing a classic Steven Sondheim play to New West this month. A Little Night Music is a perfect play to see with your mom, as this romantic romp is a combination of witty writing and great classical music. Performing at the Anvil Centre theatre on Mother’s Day at 2:00 PM, this play started out on Broadway and has won 6 Tony Awards. The Anvil Centre shares the same street with many restaurants including El Santo, The Hub, and Taverna Greka.

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May 4th. 2017

Look out for Queensborough’s Boutique Pop-Up in May 2017

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Queensborough Landing is hosting a new boutique pop-up shop for the first time this May, running over two weekends. They’ve collected an assortment of local makers, creators, and small businesses to create a unique shopping experience you won’t want to miss! The first weekend is May 13-14th, just in time for Mother’s Day, and it wraps up after the 27-28th with a different set of vendors.

Still looking for a Mother’s Day gifts? Sign up for the Floral Design Workshop taking place the first weekend – deadline to sign up is Thursday, May 11th!! – and learn how to make flower arrangements just like the pros do or even bring your mom with you!

Still not convinced? Take a look at just a few of the vendors you can see there!

Food & Baking

Do you have a sweet tooth? Check out these delicious treats. During the first weekend, you’ll have the chance to visit Level V Bakery and Countertop Pastries who will be there both weekends.

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Health & Beauty

These businesses range from all natural skincare lines to spa and beauty products. Perfect for Mothers Day gifts or for treating yourself! During the first weekend you can see Lipani Skincare and Erd Soap, and during the second weekend, you’ll get the chance to visit Once Upon Bath & Body Inc and the Pure Serenity Spa.

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Lifestyle

Maybe the most interesting of all the products are these lifestyle brands, from clothing to crafts, you’ll be sure to find something that catches your eye. On the first weekend check out Aloha Kai Apparel and The Pirate and The Gypsy Design. Then, on the second weekend, you’ll want to come by to see Taylin Threads, Kinder Books, Mama Chic Decor, Bitter Melon Bindery, and Riverbug Love.

 

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These vendors are sure to be a hit, so make sure you come out to support the #MadeInNewWest products and find something you can enjoy!

May 1st. 2017

Bucket List 150 #MadeInNewWest

Submit Your Ideas to New Westminster’s 150 Bucket List

This year, Canada turns 150 years old and to celebrate this incredible milestone, we will be publishing the city’s first-ever bucket list of 150 experiences – and we need your ideas.

Since this will be an “insider’s guide,”  we’re seeking input from local businesses and residents on some of the top #MadeInNewWest experiences – from where to go for a great meal and a local brew to the city’s best spots for art, music, theatre and more.

Each and every idea will come from a local, offering an inside scoop in 15 different categories – including arts, culinary, events & festivals and outdoor experiences… among others.

“There’s a reason New Westminster is becoming known as a go-to destination for amazing experiences in the world of arts, culture, culinary, heritage, theatre and more – there’s always something to do and see here,” says Tej Kainth, executive director of Tourism New Westminster. “We want this guide to give an insider’s perspective on some of the city’s best experiences – so this is a great chance to share your favourite activities and events in New West, and be part of this special project.”

The guide will be free and distributed at New Westminster’s official Canada Day celebrations and other major events and festivals throughout the coming summer months.

Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2017.  Submit your favourite things to do, see, taste and experience in New Westminster HERE!

 Have any questions?  Please email info@tourismnewwest.com

April 19th. 2017

Record Store Day 2017

What better way to celebrate Record Store Day than with a glass of Craft Beer in hand? Revamp your vinyl collection with vintage picks and limited edition finds at Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop this Saturday, April 22 2017!

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Where: 52 Sixth St.
When: April 22nd from 2-5pm

Join Steel & Oak and the Arts Council of New Westminster for vinyl shopping, food, drinks and of course live music by Amanda Silvera, Mr. Rust and a DJ spinning some classic hip-hop all afternoon.

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The After Party
Because Record Store Day doesn’t end when the shop closes – join Social Medium DJ’s at Old Crow Coffee Co (655 Front Street) from 6-10pm for FREE live music

March 30th. 2017

Capture Photography Festival hits New West!

The Capture Photography Festival is coming to New West throughout the month of April!

This Metro Vancouver event has exhibits in New Westminster for the first time. This year, artists from all around submitted pictures for the theme of Traffic. Come find these stunning photographs and be inspired by the incredible 30 x 40 foot installations. You don’t want to miss out on seeing these thought provoking pieces from talented Canadian artists.

Check out The Telephone Salesman by Matthew Brooks at 350 Columbia Street.

 

Check out Heliographic Scale by New West’s own James Nizam at 611 Sixth Street, right by Royal City Centre.

 

Also be sure to visit the three local galleries participating in the Capture Festival; New Media Gallery, Gabor Gasztonyi Studio & Gallery, and the Van Dop Gallery.

March 20th. 2017

Hello Spring! We’ve missed you.

The sun is shining and the flowers are blooming – we couldn’t have asked for a better way to welcome Spring.

Take a stroll along the Waterfront Esplanade to see these Instagram-worthy floral arrangements.

 

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Spring is #MadeInNewWest
Show us how you enjoy Spring by tagging us on your photos!

March 16th. 2017

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year which means an entire Irish-themed weekend! So grab a Guinness – or two and paint the town green. 

As the Irish would say, Slainte (cheers)!

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Cruise the strip or down by the river as many of the bars along Columbia Street are offering green-themed specials and the Paddlewheeler Riverboat will be partying the night away.

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Dance the weekend away to Irish tunes and drink specials at Union Jack Public House or see if you have the luck of the Irish at River’s Reach Pub – one lucky leprechaun will leave with a 50″ Flatscreen TV!

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Wash down your Shepard’s Pie, Guiness Irish Stew and Steak Yorkies with Guinness and Jameson specials at Fireside Public House. Or get real Irish at The Castle Neighbourhood Grill – that’s right, a castle! There will be green jello shots, Pipers, and specials on all Irish food. 

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Ignite your inner Irish with Somersby & Jameson at Match Eatery – after dinner and drinks test your luck at Starlight Casino.

 

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*Remember to get home safely – ride the skytrain or call Royal City Taxi (604-521-6666) 

 

 

March 10th. 2017

Spring Break is #MadeInNewWest

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With the kids on the loose this week it’s a good thing there are plenty of things to do this Spring Break in New West.

 

Keep the kiddies occupied with these must-see events, from arts & crafts, to sports and cooking classes.

Want to spend some quality time with your mini-me on a budget? Take the day off, pack a picnic and play with the kids at Queen’s Park or head down to the New West Quay for some delicious food and a stroll along the boardwalk.

Share with us your Spring Break #MadeInNewWest moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!