It’s no secret that escape rooms are all the rage these days, but did you know we have one of our own right here in New West?! Pandora’s Locks is located on Columbia Street and has been growing in popularity. They offer up interactive, exciting, and challenging rooms for you and a group of friends, family, or coworkers to attempt an escape from. Here is our list of reasons to add this to your places to visit!
Pandora’s Locks’ rooms are creatively designed to stand out and be unique from one another. Their premier room, ‘Vault 405’ exists in a post-apocalyptic world, and its up to you and your team to restore power to the vault before its too late. They also have a room called ‘Escape Wonderland’, themed after the adventures of Alice. Lastly, they have ‘Where’s Becky’. Designed to look like the 1980’s, it’s up to you to find your missing friend before time runs out.
Each room has a well-written story, creating engaging and interactive content that makes you want to solve each puzzle. Pandora’s Locks has found the balance between difficult puzzles that make you think, while keeping them fair. One piece of advice, stay calm, because teamwork will set apart the groups that escape or stay trapped!
Unlike other escape rooms, Pandora’s Locks doesn’t penalize you or limit your hints. If you’re stuck or think you’ve made a mistake, you can push a button to call a staff member to your room. They are great at giving just enough of a clue to point your team in the right direction, without giving it away.
You don’t need a car to attempt an escape from these rooms. Just steps away from Columbia SkyTrain Station, Pandora’s Locks’ central location makes it easy for both locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
With so many restaurants to choose from in New Westminster, narrowing down which to pick can be a challenge. This family run restaurant is a hidden gem among the hustle and bustle of Columbia Street, if you haven’t been yet, here are four reasons you’ve got to put it on your list!
While everything on their menu is delicious, the Kalamari is something to go back for again and again. Kalamari is a mainstay on most menus, but trying it at Taverna Greka drives home the authenticity of their Greek cooking. Other starter favourites include their Saganaki, Spanakopita, and if you are with a group or feeling brave, their Greka Appy Platter.
Choosing Taverna Greka means you aren’t just getting dinner, but a show too. Throughout the week they have entertainment, ranging from live music with Rossi Tuesday’s, to live belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night. The belly-dancers move throughout the restaurant, meaning wherever you sit you won’t be missing out. If you feel up for it, you can even join in and get an impromptu dancing lesson!
New Westminster is filled with amazing views, but the one from Taverna Greka might just be the best in the city. Overlooking Westminster Pier Park and the Fraser River creates a breathtaking experience, especially when you combine it with amazing food.
As a family run restaurant, Taverna Greka puts a focus on creating a warm and welcoming environment that makes everyone feel at home. From the moment you walk in you’ll be greeted with smiles and the friendly service carries on throughout the whole meal.
It’s no surprise that Taverna Greka has become one of the most popular restaurants for locals and visitors alike in New Westminster. Come for the amazing food and stay for the view, entertainment, and great service!
Bike rides along the Quay
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Evening views of the Fraser River
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Re-Up BBQ Feast
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Adventures on the Q2Q Ferry
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Exploring New West’s Riverfront activities
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Meeting goat friends at the Queen’s Park Petting Farm
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Westminster Pier Park photo ops
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The ferry’s Friday night service is extended to accommodate this weekly event on Front Street! Grab a beer & a bite to eat along Front St while listening to some live music.
New West’s own craft brewery, Steel and Oak Brewing differentiates itself by focusing more on English and German style beers than the common West Coast style. Just a 10 minute walk from the dock, make sure to try their limited Kaffee Blond or one of their mainstays, the Royal City Ale.
Westminster Pier Park has it all. Stop by the concession for a snack and refreshments, continue down towards the Urban Beach, stop and seal your love at the Love Locks, and even check out the public art installation WOW Westminster.
If you haven’t hit up the River Market for lunch, you’re missing out. Some of the best restaurants in New West can be found there, from Re-Up BBQ to Freebird Chicken, whichever of the 6 you choose will leave you more than satisfied. Don’t forget to grab some ice cream from Tre Galli Gelato on your way back!
One of New Westminster’s hidden gems, Port Royal is a beautiful walk with nearly 2 KM of riverfront trails to explore. Take a stroll and see the Fraser River from a different view!
With nearly 80 plots of garden space, take some time to relax and surround yourself with tranquility.
Catch a bus or ride your bike to New West’s biggest outdoor mall, Queensborough Landing. Filled with outlet stores, this is the perfect place to find deals on back to school clothes!
Feeling lucky? Try your hand at some poker or your favourite slot machine at Starlight Casino. While you’re there, grab a bite to eat and some drinks at Match Eatery and Pub.
Chilling in the sunshine at Westminster Pier Park
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Indulging in the Delicious Downtown at Columbia StrEAT
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Cooling off with a Johnny Pop
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A must-have food shot at Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest
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Aboard the NEW Q2Q Ferry
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Cooling off in the Fraser River
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The sun was out all weekend
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Tacos for days
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Flights of S&O are a weekend must
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Kicking off the weekend at Fridays on Front
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Fridays on Front is on the redesigned Front St. Each week from 5-8 PM, Front Street will feature artisan vendors, live music, and yes – beer from New West’s own, Steel & Oak! In fact, all of Front St has received a liquor license for the event, meaning you can grab your wine or beer and walk throughout the event. Best of all, the entry is free and being just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain station, there’s no reason to miss out on this exciting new event.
Social Medium is a quarterly evening of electronic music featuring local DJs and musicians. Taking place from 5-8 pm on aFriday July 21st, 2017 as part of Fridays on Front, followed by an after party from 8-11:30pm at Old Crow Coffee Co. for an eclectic mix of electronic music, captivating visuals and good vibes.
Uptown Live returns to the streets of Uptown New Westminster on July 22, 2017 with a full schedule of live performances, yummy food trucks plus a host of interactive activities, art installations and more. Uptown Live 2017 will feature multiple stages showcasing the best of BC’s thriving indie music scene.
Royal City Wrestling takes over New West during the biggest party of the year, Uptown Live! Exciting wrestling entertainment which can enjoyed by the entire family. The action & entertainment begins at 12PM inside the mall featuring an all day tournament that will showcase some of the best talent that Royal City Wrestling has to offer. The Main Event Evening Show will feature the New West Super Cup semi finals and finals. This exciting eve show will also have the main event… Azeem the Dream VS Mister India for the heavyweight championship!
Etsy Vancouver is partnering with Arts Council of New Westminster to host a series of themed mini pop-up markets in the former storefront space of Brick & Mortar Living in New West. This weekends theme is Kids & Family Market.
Join HUB Cycling for our second annual Bike to Shop Days! An entire weekend of shopping, prizes, discounts and ways to show your support and help make Metro Vancouver a more bike-friendly city! From Friday, July 21st through to Sunday, July 23rd ride to and shop at your favorite local businesses to join in on the fun.
Go on a journey with a lost salmon and a know-it-all owl as they navigate the Fraser River! Be prepared to learn and laugh! We will have three shows over the course of the day and they will run for around 10 minutes each. Performances will be at 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm.
The Royal City Show and Shine was an iconic day for, 15 years, in New Westminster and it returns this Sunday from 11am-5pm at the Justice Institute of BC.
Lila: the play of the Divine, who creates freely, merely for the joy of it, out of spontaneous creativity. Each week (July 5 – August 30) we will have all-out celebrations of active, creative and playful living. Come enjoy an evening of yoga, laughter, and fun. Meet by the grass beside the concession stand. Bring your own mat.
The rebranded New West Farmers Market takes place every Thursday afternoon, 3-7 PM at Tipperary Park. Stop by to check out some of the best fresh and local food products, as well as many artisan shops. Don’t forget to grab a meal from one of your favourite food trucks set up as well.
The Arts Council of New West is bringing back Music by the River this year, running each Thursday evening (5-8pm) in July. The music will range from live performances, DJs, and busking, with special guests ‘I M U R’ performing July 13th. There will also be local artisan vendors to shop through, live paintings, and more. They’ve even licensed all of Westminster Pier Park and will be serving New West’s own, Steel and Oak Brewing Co. beer and Pacific Breeze wine.
Come out and watch the historic New Westminster Salmonbellies at Queen’s Park Arena, every week in July. The Salmonbellies play at the Men’s ‘A’ level, in the Western Lacrosse Association.
Get excited for this all new summer festival! The redesigned Front St will be having a weekly event each Friday throughout the summer. Each week from 5-8 PM, Front Street will feature artisan vendors, live music, and yes – beer from New West’s own, Steel & Oak! In fact, all of Front St has received a liquor license for the event, meaning you can grab your wine or beer and walk throughout the event. Best of all, the entry is free and being just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain station, there’s no reason to miss out on this exciting new event.
During the summer, New West Craft moves to the Boardwalk! Take in the sunshine and riverfront views as you shop. You’ll be able to find locally made products from jewelers, knitters, and all-around crafters! Mark it down for every second Saturday from 11-4pm at the River Market on your calendar!
The Fraser River Discovery Centre will be hosting weekly fun activity sessions on Saturdays this summer! Check out their website for more details on each weeks’ crafts. Admission is by donation.