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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.

 

Hashtag #MadeInNewWest to be featured on our Instagram!

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
Avenue Bread and Deli
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!

October 24th. 2016

2016 Frights and Sights around New West

Scares for the whole family!

Fangtastic Halloween
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.

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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.

 

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For all you ghouls who are 19+, celebrate with some boo’s!

Halloween Bash at Union Jacks!
October 29

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
October 29 

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!

 

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October 19th. 2016

This Weekend in #NewWest

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Don’t have weekend plans? Don’t worry! There’s so much going on in New West this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Make sure to check out the following events…

 

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The NewWest FilmFest is taking place October 20 – 22 + an after party the night of the 22nd!
Check out the movie lineup and get your tickets!

 

 

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Start your Christmas shopping early!
New West Craft is at the River Market on Saturday, October 22 from 11-4pm.

 

 

 

 

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Steel & Oak Brewing Co. and the Arts Council of New Westminster brings you Analog: Pop Up Vinyl Shop! On Sunday, October 23rd from 12-4pm, indie record labels from across Metro Vancouver will descend upon Steel & Oak Brewing Co. for a day of live music, beer, food and of course vinyl!

 

 

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Ari Neufeld will be playing guitar, piano, banjo, all while singing and keeping time through an amplified stompbox, with ethnic beads, nuts and bells strapped to his body at Match Eatery! His performance covers a variety of genres from folk to pop, to new country, to rhythmic soul, to rock. See him live October 21 at 9pm.

 

 

 

 

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Join Toy Zebra for live music and dancing at Union Jack on Friday and Saturday night!

October 14th. 2016

A Film-tastic Weekend: What to Expect During the NewWest FilmFest

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What better way to spend a cold October weekend than watching movies?! The New West Film Society, a non-profit organization, has recently revamped their film festival so that moviegoers can watch timely, provocative, relevant films that showcase the talent in New Westminster and Canadian arts. The NewWest FilmFest runs from October 20-22 and offers a wide selection of films for every film enthusiast.

Here are our top reasons why you should attend the NewWest FilmFest:

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1. You won’t see these movies any where else – think, exclusive.

 

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2. You just need one pass to see ALL of the movies.

 

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3. The skytrain will take you directly to Landmark Theatres at New Westminster Station, thanks skytrain!

 

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4. Movies are the BEST excuse to eat Popcorn + snacks.

 

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5. Yes you can! Everyone who attends the festival is invited to CG Masters for an After Party on Oct 22 at 9pm!

 

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6. If you share this blog post (on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) you could win a Dinner + Movie Date Night to the Hub Restaurant and the FilmFest! Just #MadeInNewWest to be entered to win. Winner will be announced October 19 at 12pm.

 

 

See you there?

See you at the NewWest FilmFest

October 14th. 2016

New West Wonders: What To Do in New West in the Fall

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New West has tons to offer during the fall! There is always plenty to do – whether you are someone who embraces the cold or runs from it. Hear are some great ways to escape the weather!

 

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1. Float on down to the Fraser River Discovery Centre

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.

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2. Get lost at Pandora Locks

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.

 

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3. Let your inner artist out at a Paint Night or Gallery-Hop

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.

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4. Eat popcorn and watch great Movies at the New West Film Fest (Oct 20-22)

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.

 

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5. Freak out about finding cool Christmas gifts, and then hit up New West Craft at the River Market

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.

 

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6. Join the Hyack Cheer Squad (from the stands)

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!

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7. Live in the moment at Momentum Youth Arts Movement (Oct 14-16 + 18)

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.

 

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8. Get cozied up with a book at Black Bond Bookstore

Need we say more?

September 20th. 2016

RiverFest 2016: BC’s Biggest Celebration of the Fraser River

Get out your floaties! RiverFest is coming soon.

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!

Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade

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.
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Discovery Zone

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.

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Artisan Craft Vendors

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.

Conversation Exhibitors

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.

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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.