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December 30th. 2016

Top 16 #MadeInNewWest Photos of 2016

Here’s a look back at the top 16 scenic photos of 2016 #MadeInNewWest

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Santa flying overtop our beautiful city.
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A snow blanket covers New West.
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Snowy strolls through New West.
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The famous ‘W’ in Westminster Pier Park.
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Through the fence view of the Sky Bridge.
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Fall family fun at the Quay.
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A priceless view of the sunsetting over the Fraser River.
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Family fun on the boardwalk during River Fest.
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Office space at Queens Park.
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Columbia Street during Columbia StrEAT Festival.
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Pretty bridge decor for Pride Day.
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Colourful houses along the Fraser River.
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Sun rays at Queens Park.
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Hammocks at Westminster Pier Park
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Water park fun at Queens Park.
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Sun setting & boats passing view from New West.
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With that, we wish you all a Happy 2017!
Share with us your favourite 2016 moments on social through #MadeInNewWest.

 

December 28th. 2016

Fun in New West Parks during the Winter

Scenic views of the Fraser River and an array of parks makes New West the go-to destination during winter.

When all of the the parks get cloaked in snow and New West becomes a paradise in your backyard. Here are our favourite parks to visit during the winter time – don’t forget a camera and some gloves!

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1. Tipperary Park

Tipperary Park is known for its monuments, ponds and friendship park. The pathways, trees and mini waterfalls will provide you with a calming and relaxing experience. There is also a walking tour for history buffs and picnic tables so you can enjoy your hot cocoa amongst the trees!

 

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2. Glenbrook Ravine

Glenbrook Ravine offers a winding, gorgeous nature trail for all of you park enthusiasts. This park offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and provides bridges, trees and plants that are native to New West.

 

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3.Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park is a beacon of entertainment during the winter. There is an off-leash dog area, so you can grab some great pictures of your puppy frolicking in the snow, the perfect hill to toboggan down, and very scenic views from the walking trails that will wow you.

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4. Westminster Pier Park

Do you want to spend some time checking out the winter river views? Westminster Pier Park’s boardwalk has the best views of the river and the city in the snow. When you finish up at the park, you can go warm up with some hot chocolate or coffees from Tre Galli in the River Market!

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December 23rd. 2016

2016 Boxing Day at Queensborough Landing

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Boxing Day sales will take over New West on December 26th, and even though you may have already gotten a bunch of gifts for Christmas, the inner shopper in you will not be able to deny the fun of finding the best sales!

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Queensborough Landing Factory Outlets is the best outlet shopping centre in the lower mainland to shop for specials and savings on everything you need and didn’t know you needed!

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From electronics, to clothes, to shoes, and housing – this suburban outlet mall has it all.

Tag us in your shopping fun #MadeInNewWest on social media!

December 23rd. 2016

Snowy Days #MadeInNewWest

We may not have the white Christmas we all hoped for but here’s a look back at the beautiful snowy days in New West.

 

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

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December 22nd. 2016

Countdown to 2017 in New West

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Here’s our list of the top events to attend to ring in 2017!

Feel like shaking off 2016 with seriously great food and dance parties? Whether you’re looking for kid friendly activities or places to party the night away, New West has plenty of events happening.

Dine Out

Start the night off with some great food + company (hopefully, we’re leaving that part up to you).

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If you’re looking for something special to start the evening, indulge in an appy share plate or a dinner share plate for 2 specially created for NYE. The regular menu is also available.

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Enjoy dinner looking out at the Fraser River with friends and family. Executive Chef Brent Fisher has created an exclusive three-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person.

 

Celebrate with the Kids

 

Karma Teachers New West

Spend New Year’s Eve in your PJs wrapped up in blankets munching on popcorn and watching awesome classic flicks with all your friends and family members. Event is by donation.

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Bring the kids along for a Boston Pizza dinner and watch the ball drop every hour from 5-9pm. Every kid will go home with a NYE goodie bag.

 

Get Your Dance On

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Enjoy a NYE special menu + champagne for $40 or skip the meal and come dance 2016 away to the sounds of Hey Stewey and DJ Jeremy Baker for free from 9pm – 3am.

Starlight Casino has extended free shuttle hours for NYE!

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Ring in the New Year at the RedBar Lounge with Dr. Strangelove! Tickets are $100 and include a 5 course dinner, party favours, balloon drop and a midnight toast!

Starlight Casino has extended free shuttle hours for NYE!

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The Golden Mile is back! 3 events for only $30, The Colorifics at The Heritage Grill’s Front Room, the Wheelgrinders at Judge Begbie’s Tavern, and The Drag Show in The Heritage Grill Back Room! Bubbly at Midnight is also included.

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Indulge in a Certified Angus Prime Rib and Prawn dinner for only $22 and then dance the night away with Dance Mob. Cover is only $10 after 8pm.

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Rumba 7 once again brings the hype to the night with live Latin music performances alongside DJ Rico mixing the best salsa, reggaeton, bachata and merengue around! Tickets are $30 including a glass of champagne, cold buffet, and a great welcome of great vibes into the new year!

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Laugh your way into 2017 with James Kennedy, Steve McGowen, and Travis Watters. The show starts at 9pm with dancing to follow, tickets are $39.95 and include champagne and party favors.

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Cruise your way into 2017 along the Fraser River! Tickets include a DJ onboard spinning great tunes for dancing, a glass of champagne to toast the New Years as well as hors d’ oeuvres and party favours.

 

 

Have a Happy New Year! Make sure to share your #MadeInNewWest moments with us on social media.

December 1st. 2016

2016 Holiday Shopping Events

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Christmas time is here! Dust off your Christmas decor, order a peppermint mocha, and start shopping! New West has three great upcoming events that will help you find everything you need for the special people on your list.

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1. Downtown New West Shop Hop

On December 1st from 5-9pm, the Downtown New West Shops will be staying open late for an evening of shopping, food, and music. Here you will be treated to special deals, refreshments and festivities.

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2. New West Craft Christmas Night Market

Shop from 40 local vendors at the River Market on December 3rd from 6-9:30pm. Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious food & drinks from the River Market vendors and of course, shopping!

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3. Passport to Christmas in Sapperton

Have some fun while getting your shopping done at this event. Join the shops in Sapperton on Sunday, December 4th from 12-5pm for some free & fun holiday activities. All you need to do is pick up your ‘Christmas in Sapperton’ passport from the Anvil Centre, Cadeaux Boutique or Bloom Bloom Room and complete the fun activities inside to collect your passport stamps.

 

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November 25th. 2016

2016 Winter Date Nights #MadeInNewWest

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Winter offers cold air and warm drinks – especially in New West. During these scenic, frosty months, you can wrap yourself up in your favourite scarf and put on your favourite coat while you plan some fun and memorable dates.

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1. Skate Date at Moody Park Arena

Skating is a fun and inexpensive date! Moody Park Arena offers a lot of drop-in times (make sure to check out the loonie skate) and you can rent everything there, so there is no need to purchase. So, strap on your skates and show off your best moves (or make some big falls) at Moody Park Arena!

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2. Shop Your Hearts Out at the Winter Market

On this date, it is easy to spend time together and support your local neighbours! The Royal City Winter Market has started every second Saturday from 11-3 on Belmont Street. The market is a great place to get some holiday shopping done and spend time together. You can look at the amazing crafts and food that New West, and Lower Mainland, residents have made and maybe pick something up for each other!

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3. Escape from Pandora’s Locks onto the boardwalk

Pandora’s Locks is a great way to find out how you and your partner do under pressure! Enter your room and discover what is hiding in Pandora’s Locks… Uncover hidden messages, decode clues and see where the mystery leads you. This fun excursion lasts for an hour and, afterwards, you can head straight to the New Westminster boardwalk to enjoy a romantic walk and check out the local art pieces and shops that New West has to offer.

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4. Shuck and Sip at the Boathouse

Do you have a great date night planned but do not know where to start? The BoatHouse Restaurant provides couples with a great Happy Hour deal between 3-6 PM, so whether you are enjoying your first date or your fiftieth, you can impress one another with freshly shucked oysters and premium cocktails at a reasonable price.

5. Travel Back in Time to the 1950’s

The Bernie Legge Theatre in Queen’s Park is hosting Forever Plaid, a comedic play about a male quartet set in heaven during the 1950’s. The songs and choreography provide guests with an interactive, hilarious experience for the whole family. The Vagabond Players hosts this play and it runs throughout December. Be sure not to miss it!

 

Share your fun dates with us through social media with #MadeInNewWest!

November 4th. 2016

New West 2016 Winter Farmers Market

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The weather outside is frightful, but the Royal City Winter Farmer’s Market is delightful.

This farmer’s market provides homemade crafts, gifts, food, jewelry, and much more. There are also live events that make it fun for the whole family. The farmer’s market is a great way to shop locally and support the community of New Westminster!

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The first winter market is on November 5th from 11-3pm in Uptown New Westminster on Belmont Street. There is free parking located at Westminster Building (which is located directly across from the market) so you can load up on all of the goodies without worrying about carrying them home.

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The Royal City Farmer’s Market provides a great opportunity to check out New West and BC offerings and to support local businesses. Plus, you can find some great holiday gifts for friends and family.

If you are taking transit the #106 bus stops at 5th avenue and 6th street. Are you coming from the Quay? Take the FREE DUC shuttle from the Quay straight to the market.

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*All photos courtesy of the Royal City Farmers Market 

November 3rd. 2016

National Sandwich Day – Nov 3, 2016

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Happy National Sandwich Day (the yummiest day of the year)!

Today is a day devoted to celebrating all the sandwich-y goodness in the world. November 3 is about understanding the perfect meat to cheese ratio, choosing the best bread and deciding if you are a mayo person or not; luckily, in New West, there are many local places that can help you with these tough decisions.


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1. 6th
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It’s an aptly named deli located at 702 C 6
th Avenue. This deli bakes its own bread, offers a variety of gluten-free options, and makes their famous Monster Sandwich for only $4.99. Further, all leftovers are donated to the food bank so that nothing goes to waste. It’s a perfect place to celebrate National Sandwich Day!

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2. Hide Out Café

The Hide Out Café is located at 716 Carnarvon Street. This café offers fair-trade organic coffee that pairs with the yummy sandwiches perfectly. This café only uses fresh ingredients in all their products so you know that every bite is going to taste fresh. The Hide Out Café gets busy at lunch, so be sure to get there early!

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3. Big Star Sandwich Company

Big Star Sandwich Company recently moved locations and now lives at 664 Columbia Street. Their wacky sandwiches use fresh products that deliver extraordinary taste. There is generally a line-up but it is well worth the wait. In a rush? They do take-out too. Here’s a tip: They can put hickory sticks in your sandwich if you ask!

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4. Angelina’s Restaurant

While taking a stroll around the Quay, make sure to stop at Angelina’s Restaurant for a classic sandwich. For only $8, you can receive soup and a sandwich from this quaint, family-owned joint. Though it is known primarily as a Dutch restaurant, there is a wide variety of food offered.

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5. Columbia Street Sandwich Company
Get your sandwich fix at breakfast and lunch at this (relatively) new sandwich shop on Columbia Street. When you step inside the shop you will smell the mouthwatering aromas of freshly baked bread and goodies. Trust us, you will be craving your next sandwich before you even finish your first!

Do you know any other great sandwich shops in New West? We would love to hear from you!
#MadeInNewWest with your favourite sandwich location on social media. 

 

 

October 31st. 2016

Top 4 Most Haunted Places in New West

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Happy Halloween! It’s the perfect day for many to curl up with scary movies, thrilling books and, for some brave souls, a ghost tour or two. Luckily, New Westminster has a dynamic history that makes it the home to spooky stories and haunted houses, so you can create your own ghost tour (because everyone loves a good ghost story)! Don’t forget to explore some of these spooky spots and say hello to your local ghosts.

 

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New Westminster Secondary School

For over 50 years, New Westminster Secondary School has been the home of many students; yet, what many people do not know, is that some people will never leave this high school. You see, New Westminster Secondary School was originally built on top of an old cemetery – criminals, indigenous peoples, Chinese, and mentally ill people were all buried in this space between 1860-1908. Some people say that when you feel the hairs stand on the back of your neck, it is the spirits of those people, saying hello.

If that isn’t spooky enough, it has been told that approximately forty years ago, a boy drowned in the basement pool of the high school. Until the pool was filled, people would see a boy floating in the pool, only to disappear moments later.

Finally, in the 1980’s, a boy died in the woodworking room. For over thirty years, he has been seen loitering in this room.

There have been other ghostly sightings in this school, such as a nonexistent man screaming and mystical orbs in the music room.

There are many skeptics to these stories, but, in the end, only you can decide if those goosebumps you feel, and the shivers you get, are from the cold air or from a ghost saying hello.

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Boot Hill

Glenbrook Ravine Park is a site with a lot of history. It was once the home of the Governor’s house, then the home of a federal penitentiary – now, it is a scenic park full of flowers and fields. Yet, in this gorgeous park, rests a dark corner of history. This corner: Boot Hill. Boot Hill is an old, forgotten, rundown cemetery full of federal inmates. The graves are very difficult to find and many graves are either unmarked or merely have the prisoner’s number engraved on the headstone.

The park was used as prison grounds from 1889 until the 1980’s. While it was in use, the prison was the home to famous train-robbers, arsonists, murderers and other criminals. When the prison finally closed, many of the bodies in the federal cemetery were claimed and relocated; however, approximately 50 graves remain unclaimed and these bodies remain in a field overgrown with weeds.

If you ever stumble upon the graves – or if you’re brave and go looking for them – know that you could be looking at the grave of famous train-robbers or worse.

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Irving House

Built in 1865, the Irving House has a rich, spooky history. It was built during the Gold Mine Rush and is one of the oldest houses in New Westminster. Since this building has over 150 years of history, there have been many sightings of unnatural occurrences. People have seen walls shake, heard footsteps from the upstairs when the house is otherwise empty, watched as gargoyles heads and a taxidermy moose move to stare at them and looked on as spirits walked through walls. Perhaps, most peculiarly, people have watched as strange indentations were made in the captain’s bed – the same bed that the captain died in. So, if you ever visit Irving House and see those indentations, make sure to salute the captain’s ghost and say hello.


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Galbraith House

In 1892, the Galbraith House was built by Hugh Galbraith, a local lumber baron. In the 1940’s, the house became the city’s property. While in the city’s hands, the house was used as the home of a soroptimist group and, later, a women’s charitable centre that made it a hostel during WWII.

The most recent owner had the Vancouver Paranormal Society check the house out for paranormal activity and they noticed an exhaustive amount of movement.

Perhaps even more spooky, a friend of a friend who lived next door, used to see the image of a little girl standing at the window of the house. She stood there, looking out at bystanders and passersby, but, in a blink of an eye, she would disappear. So, be wary, because the next time you pass Galbraith House and see a little girl standing in that window, try not to blink because in a moment she will be gone and you will be left to tell the tale of how you saw a ghost.

 

 

Have a ghoul of a time!