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.
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.
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!
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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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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
*All photos courtesy of the Royal City Farmers Market
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.
1. 6th Avenue Bread and Deli
It’s an aptly named deli located at 702 C 6th 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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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.|
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.
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.
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.
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!
October 29 from 10–4pm
Come to the Fraser River Discovery Centre with the whole family for a self-guided tour on October 29th. There’s a number of skill-testing questions that include a memory game, a puzzle, and a spider hunting game. Feel free to uncover creepy bones in the spooky graveyard and don’t forget to wear your costume for the Halloween photo booth! At the end of the tour, don’t forget to grab your special Halloween treat.
Fraser River Frights
October 28 & 29 from 1-3pm
Join the crew of Samson V for two hours of spook-tacular ghost stories, creepy crafts and a supernatural scavenger hunt! All ages are welcome on this two-hour voyage and admission to this event is by donation. Be sure to get there nice and early so that you are guaranteed a spot.
Family Monster Mash
October 30 from 1-4pm
It was a graveyard smash! Come by the Anvil Centre Studio 411A on October 30th to make some fun, creepy crafts. The materials will be provided to create terrifying sculptures and stuffies.
Mystery, Murder & Mayhem: October 29 from 10-12pm
Prepare to be scared! Join Archie Miller at the Fraser Cemetery for a sensational cemetery tour. This tour explores bone-chilling mayhem, murder and more than a little mystery as you uncover some of the secrets hidden in the century-old cemetery.
|Halloween Bash at Union Jacks!
On Saturday, October 29th we’re having a Halloween party here at the Jack! Best costume gets a fridge full of beer, so make sure you dress up!
Boo’s, Booze, and Tunes at The Hub New West
Dress up, kick back + get yer freak on with The Hub New West! There will be booze + boos and Cawama celebrating the release of their new album Sea Sick with special guests, the eleven twelves!
Fright Night on the Fraser
October 28 & 29 – 7-10pm
This 19+ event is a great way to kick-off the haunting 2016 Halloween weekend! The Samson V will be decorated to celebrate Old Hallow’s Eve with a DJ, contests (including a costume contest – so be sure to dress your scariest), giveaways and great prices on food and drinks. Come celebrate a positively ghoulish night! Make sure to buy your tickets here before they sell out!
(Create Your Own) Creepy Columbia Crawl!
There’s no denying that Columbia has many bars to keep you entertained all night long! Start at the top and work your way down during your own Creepy Columbia Crawl!
(Photo: @cafe.bita on Instagram)
Not literally (hopefully) but you never know what will happen with the weather these days. You can reconnect with the Fraser River and learn about the rivers importance through interactive exhibits and activities.
Do you have what it takes to escape? After a minor explosion you hide in the control room, and now the Vault’s (and everyone you knows) fate is in your hands. Or maybe you want to travel in time back to 1989, where your friend Becky is missing, and finding her may be the last thing you do. Or perhaps you think that Alice did it all wrong and you know a better way to escape Wonderland, where nothing is as it seems when the Mad Hatter traps you in his room full of riddles.
Book your room online, if you dare.
Sign up for a Paint + Sip night (because who doesn’t paint better after a few drinks) or take a class at 100 Braid Street Studios. If admiring art is more your thing, head on over to the New Media Gallery, the Van Dop Gallery, the Plaskett Gallery, or the Amelia Douglas Gallery, to name a few. Still not convinced that the art scene is for you? Pop into Old Crow Coffee Co. for a latte + view their beautiful artwork because everything’s better with coffee.
As soon as the theatre gets dark you can stuff your face with popcorn guilt-free (don’t worry we all do it). The NewWest FilmFest is a fun option for the whole family to do. If you miss the Film Fest there is still many movies playing at Landmark Theatre for you to get your popcorn fix at.
Stop the panic, Christmas is still two months away and there are a few New West Crafts before then for you to get the perfect ‘one-of-a-kind” gift! Shop local every first and third Saturday at New West Craft – get a head start at this Saturday, October 15th at the River Market.
Love to scream and cheer? Why not do it for a good cause and support our local football team – New West Hyacks! The Hyacks are the football team for New Westminster Secondary School and conference games go until December 3rd. Go, Hyacks!
Get inspired to dance, DJ, paint, drum, and sing by some of the best youth artists at the Momentum Youth Arts Movement this weekend October 14-16 + 18. Check out the artsy lineup here.
Need we say more?
On September 24, 2016, hop on the SkyTrain or swim down to the New Westminster River Market because the Fraser River is having one big bash. RiverFest, hosted by the Fraser River Discovery Centre, is an annual festival that takes place in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. With live music, art vendors and many more awesome activities for the whole family, there is no better way to show love to the Fraser while having fun at the same time!
Back to rock the River again is the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade, featuring some of the most awesome “tuggies” around. With all their turns, twists and manoeuvers, you might even start calling it the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Circus.
As always, RiverFest will feature its ever popular Discovery Zone festivities where children can partake in Fraser-inspired crafts, shows, and games. This year, Yukon Dan will be in New West teaching youngsters (and the child in all of us) how to pan for gold.
After channeling their inner pioneer, children can paint a dream fish with Stream of Dreams and go on a scavenger hunt through the Discovery Centre.
New to RiverFest this year is an artisan craft market brought to you by the New West Arts Council. Featuring two dozen vendors, these trendy crafts are so neat and polished – you won’t believe that they’re all 100 percent handmade! For a sneak peak of their collections, you can visit http://fraserriverdiscovery.org/riverfest.
In addition to craft vendors, many other water and river themed organizations will be at RiverFest to celebrate the Mighty Fraser. The Vancouver Aquarium, Yale Historic Site, and Gulf of Georgia Cannery are just some of the exhibitors that will be at RiverFest with cool artifacts and river themed goodies.
RiverFest 2016 will be one big Fraser-themed party, and with so many free activities going on, its one that you cannot miss! Whether you’re from Vancouver, the Tri-Cities, or Surrey, no Fraser River community is ever too far from Downtown New West.