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.
Hanging out with the goats at Queen’s Park
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Cheesy goodness at Friday’s on Front
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Doggie with his own ice cream cone at Fridays on Front
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Rolling around at the Royal City Curling Club
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Tasty treats at the New West Craft Summer Night Market
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Discovering New West hidden gems [Wild Thyme on 12th St]
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Romantic evenings at the Castle Neighbourhood Grill
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Shopping at the New West Craft Summer Night Market
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Cooling down from the heat
Celebrating S&O 3rd Anniversary
The first Fridays on Front!
Watching movies under the stars
Measuring up next to the Tin Soldier
Party at S&O
Playing at the waterpark
Checking out the historic photos on Front St
Tacofino at Fridays on Front!
New West has you covered with family fun activities all day long across the whole city. The main celebration at Queen’s Park is from 11:30am – 3:30pm and is sure to get year 150 off to a great start. This celebration will be bigger than it’s every been before, taking over the entire Queen’s Park with entertainment including:
Starting at 2pm, the New Westminster Multicultural Festival kicks off down at Westminster Pier Park. This event will be full of performances from around the world, including world music, dance interpretations, vocal performances, and more. Don’t miss out on trying the delicious ethnic cuisine available as well. The last two hours (from 8pm-10pm) will feature ZUMBA public dancing, leading right into the fireworks. The Hyack Festival Association is putting together the fireworks show, so make sure to be down at the riverfront by 10pm to get a good view!
If you have kids with you, consider checking out the Canada Day Celebration at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. With special events from 3pm-9pm, bring the whole family down to enjoy activities such as sturgeon puppet shows, jigsaw puzzles, the toddler corner, a scavenger hunt, prizes and so much more!
(Tej’s first day at Tourism New West!, The NewsLeader 2007)
June 18th, 2017 marked 10 years exactly since Executive Director Tej Kainth first joined Tourism New Westminster. At the time, she was hired as the Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator – the first full-time staff member in the organization’s history.
Since then, Tej has been the driving force for local tourism through innovative marketing and revenue-generating programs – both of which help support this non-profit’s limited budget. Five years later, she was officially named executive director.
While chatting with Tej recently on a mild spring evening, it quickly became clear there’s nothing else she would rather do and nowhere else she’d rather be. Tej lives and breathes New West and – as a local taxpayer and consumer of the city – is a perfect representative of leading by example.
“I was born and raised here – this has always been my home. Almost every dollar I earn goes back into New West,” Tej explains. “I’m as New West as New West gets.”
(Tej as the May Queen, 1993)
To back up this claim, one has only to look at her family and her own past. At the age of 11, Tej was named New Westminster’s 123rd May Queen. Six years later, she was given the title of Miss New Westminster Deputy Ambassador. Her ancestry and family ties to the Royal City date back more than a century to 1913.
“I respect the past, and am proud of where I’ve come from – but I’m also excited about where the city is headed,” she adds. “We have such an incredible history, but I feel like New West has also had a rebirth. It’s an exciting time to be here, and moving forward.”
Along the way, Tej pays credits to those who helped to advise, guide and support her – most especially during those early and formative years.
“I’ve been so blessed and truly feel as if this job was tailor-made for me,” she says. “And I have so many people that I’m grateful for – for their support, wisdom and experience – including all my past and present board members, City staff, local business owners and, of course, my colleagues in other communities who have become friends.”
(Winning Marketer of the Year, 2013) (Torch Relay Committee, 2010) (Launching Historic Walking Tours, The Record 2009)
In her role, Tej also works to represent New Westminster beyond the city’s borders through key community networks such as the BC Destination Marketing Organization Association, the Lower Mainland Tourism Alliance and broad-based efforts such as the culinary-focused West Coast Food. She also delivers WorldHost workshops to ensure local tourism and hospitality staff members have the necessary world-class customer service training to welcome visitors.
Above all else, Tej seems to place the greatest emphasis on two particular points: driving visitation to the city, and encouraging and maintaining positive relationships.
(Feast on the Fraser, The Record 2016)
While New Westminster has always had its own events and traditions, these have grown exponentially over the past few years. Ten years ago, there might have been two or three events a month; this number has now grown to two to three events a weekend. Add to this New Westminster’s emergence as a culinary and cultural hub, and it’s a recipe for tourism growth and opportunity.
As for relationships, Tej wholeheartedly believes that a destination’s success depends largely on its people.
“For me, relationships are a key ingredient for developing tourism,” she explains. “Our relationships give us a push, nudge, inspiration and motivation to keep thinking outside the box and position us as an exciting and evolving destination with so much to offer.”
(Aboriginal Tourism Conference, 2014)
Indeed, over the past decade or so, the city has benefitted from a growing visitor market. More people are visiting New Westminster, and these people are staying longer. Day trips are turning into overnight trips. One-night stays are becoming multi-night stays. All of this, of course, brings in more dollars to local businesses – from hotels and restaurants to the city’s arts, culture and retail stores.
As part of its marketing efforts, Tourism New Westminster works to create awareness and drive visitors to the city – as well as work with media, local businesses and other local organizations to create market-ready products and deliver experiences and services that are considered distinct and unique.
One of these key efforts includes a new 150 Bucket List of experiences to help celebrate both Canada’s 150th birthday and New Westminster’s many products and offerings.
The organization also operates a year-round Visitor Information Centre that serves thousands of visitors each year. A second Visitor Info Centre will also open as of July 1st at the River Market for the summer season – along with pop-up visitor centres at some of New West’s major events and festivals.
“We work hard to market the city, but it’s impossible to do it all – and that’s where locals come in,” Tej says. “They’re our ambassadors, and our best resource to promote New West. After all, what visitors want is an insider’s view. That’s also where the idea of the 150 Bucket List guide came from. It’s about authentic experiences, and that’s what we have here – amazing, authentic experiences. And it’s important to let the world know.”