October 14th. 2016

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


(Photo: @cafe.bita on Instagram)


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!


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


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!


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.


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

Need we say more?

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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.
Tugboats on the Fraser River

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.

Kids at play in the Fraser River Discovery Centre

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

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.

Animals and wilderness preservation booth with children

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.

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September 16th. 2016

RiverFest Returns to Rock the Quay

This year RiverFest is giving you more smooth, acoustic hits to embody the flow of the Fraser River.

Folks, it’s September in New West, and RiverFest is back to rock the Quay with craft vendors, family fun, and live entertainment. Hosted by the Fraser River Discovery Centre, RiverFest is an all-ages extravaganza that is held in celebration of BC and World Rivers Day. This year’s event will take place between 11 am and 4 pm. If you love live music and local artists, then RiverFest is for you!

For Your Entertainment

RiverFest has gone all out to give you the best experience of the year. To help you rock out, this year’s festival will feature two stages instead of one. If you miss a set or find yourself shouting encore (we’re sure your voice will be gone by the end of the day), don’t sweat it because each artist will perform on both stages during the five-hour event.

Line Up

This year’s lineup will feature five artists who are have so much soul that you’ll think you’re drifting down the Fraser on the Paddelwheeler Riverboat. Varying in style, these performers’ sets are sure to have you grooving all afternoon.

Ava Carich

Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Inspired by Lana Del Rey, Ava Carich is a promising singer-songwriter whose been performing publicly for half a decade now. Known for her soft vocals and smooth acoustic sound, Carich released her first ever song “Player”, in 2012. Since then, she has gone on to perform at White Rock Beach, Granville Island, and other greater Vancouver locations.

Cole Petrone

Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Cole Petrone is an accomplished singer-songwriter who has entertained audiences all over the world. Combining a smooth tenor voice with an artistic finger-picking technique, Cole has crafted a unique indie that has often been compared to the sounds of Jason Mraz and a modern James Taylor.

Deceptive Resolutions

One Man Band

Deceptive Resolutions aims to create a full-band sound using just one performer. Using a stomp box, loop pedal, and melodica to fill out the sound, Marc creates rich textures and catchy melodies and will leave you humming the tunes long after the show has ended.

Karla Sax

Saxophone Player

Playing at top Vancouver and international venues, Karla Sax is one of those rare female saxophone players. Her exquisite sound captures the subtleties of a voice and creates beautiful dulcet tones. Karla performs innovative jazz and contemporary saxophone sounds over jazz, Top 40, electronic house, and lounge music. Her covers will have you wondering if your favorite tunes ever needed vocals at all.

Vicky Sjohall

Vicky Sjohall

Vicky Sjohall is a local singer-songwriter who performs regularly throughout the lower mainland. She is well known for her soaring vocals and captivating presence, and collaborates with many artists as well. Her debut CD, “Simple Pleasures”, can be found on iTunes, and her 2nd album is currently a work-in-progress.

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September 5th. 2016

Must-Do’s in New West this September

The summer break may be over, but New Westminster has a variety of September events to keep you feeling like the summer time is never ending.

During September a few of the summer’s regular events will continue.

The Royal City Farmer’s Market in Tipperary Park on Thursdays from 3 pm until 7 pm will continue throughout the month of September. October 6th, 2016 will be its last hurrah for the year in the park. Once the Summer Markets have ended, the farmers will move to Uptown at Belmont Street every first and third Saturday of the month from 11 am – 3 pm starting November 5th, 2016.

Alongside this regular events New Westminster still has festivals and events to keep you busy!

First up we have Riverfest! This is an annual event with legendary music; art; historical, environmental, and conservational exhibits; a Kids-Zone; a parade; and so much more. It is hosted by the Fraser River Discovery Centre and is a great way to enjoy a beautiful day along the Fraser River.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information about the 14th Annual Riverfest coming to our blog soon.


Riverfest on the River Market in New Westminster

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Now, we know that the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival just ended, and we know that your tummy is probably still full… But the second annual Feast on the Fraser is quickly approaching! For those of you that don’t know, the Feast on the Fraser is a 10-day culinary experience, from September 23rd until October 2nd. To start the 10 days, there is an opening night celebration hosted at the River Market where you can get a taste of what the 10-days has to offer. This kick-off is followed up by 9 days of signature events and truly tasty food.

Chef profiles will be coming soon to the website! Check back to see what ingredients along the Fraser River inspires our chefs to create astounding dishes with local ingredients. There will also be updates via the Facebook page and our Twitter and Instagram accounts letting you know about signature events, tickets, and participating companies and sponsors. This one is going to sell out like hot cakes (get it?), so check back regularly.

Make sure to save your appetite for this one! Come Feast on the Fraser with us.

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September 2nd. 2016

Back to School, New West

Back to school is easier than ever!

Ah September. Once again the school year has rolled around and too soon at that. Not only do the students have to trade in the sunshine for textbooks, but also the teachers. Whether you are a K-12 student or in the post secondary system, the dread is all the same.

There is one part of going back to school that has always been enjoyable through all of the sadness and looming ideas of the autumn season: back to school shopping. Who doesn’t enjoy back to school shopping? It has always been the pinnacle of September. Buying new clothes, being able to buy a new backpack, and crack the spines of fresh notebooks. Sharpening a new pencil for the first time… Who can resist?

The best part about back to school is that you can get all of your supplies in New Westminster! Head out to Queensborough Landing for the most fashionable back to school yet and for new notebooks. First, head over to Wal-Mart to pick up all of the notebooks, pens, pencils, and stationary that you could ever want for the new school year. Not only are the products cool but also they are super cheap.

Once you have all of the supplies that you need, check out the outlets! From Aeropostale to Tommy Hilfiger, the Queensborough Landing has every look you could be searching for. You can even stop for lunch at one of the many fast food and sit-in restaurants.

Clothing stores in the Queensborough Landing include:

Restaurants and food establishments include:

Miscellaneous stores include:

Once you have gotten all of your new outfits and school supplies ready, you can head over to London Drugs for new electronics. If you’re looking for a new laptop, iPod, headphones, or the like London Drugs is always helpful. Located in the Westminster Centre Mall, the tech department will know what you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for something a little bit cheaper than the landing, you can always check out Army & Navy for your clothing needs as well. From shoes to track pants, Army & Navy has everything you’re looking for at discount prices!

New West has got you covered for everything back to school. Isn’t New West the very best?

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August 26th. 2016

The Best in New West – Taco Edition

New West has a lot of great things, but exceptional tacos are one to get excited about.

The city has a variety of truly great tacos at a handful of ethnic restaurants that each put their own spin on them. And if you’re anything like us, you’re always craving a good taco.

The Notebook Tacos

Tacos forever.

Without further ado, in no particular order, these are the best places to get tacos in New West.

Taqueria Playa Tropical

This restaurant is one of New West’s great treasures. The casual dining restaurant has friendly service and complimentary chips before your meal! With 10 different kinds of tacos as well as burritos and tostadas, the Taqueria Playa Tropical has been rated 4.1/5 stars on This is definitely one of the “you gotta try it for yourself” places in New Westminster.

Mexican food


Chronic Tacos

New West has recently become home to one of the Chronic Tacos franchises. This franchise is the Subway of tacos. They let you build your own, exactly how you like it. The franchise also uses local ingredients. It also has a variety of authentic California-inspired Mexican grill recipes. The franchise even offers gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Wild Rice Market Bistro

Wild Rice is an Asian fusion restaurant with a local flare. Using only farm-fresh veggies, Ocean Wise seafood, and hormone-free meats you can be sure that there is something here for even the pickiest of eaters! But most importantly, this restaurant does a killer taco. These tacos are called the Peking Duck Tacos in the starter menu at Wild Rice. While a little bit unconventional, these tacos are bomb. Owner, Andrew Wong, will always be sure of that.

el Santo

“Get ready to redefine everything you know about Mexican cuisine.” El Santo utilizes both the diversity of Mexican foods and the best, fresh, west coast ingredients. This unique New Westminster restaurant features two different food menus and both showcase five different kinds of tacos. Not only is this authentic Mexican cuisine, but they also have awesome tacos. How could you say no?

Ole Ole

Ole Ole is one of those restaurants that you would blink and miss. Located on 12th Street in New Westminster, this Mexican restaurant has a three-taco combo that comes with rice and beans. How could you pass that up? This little mom-and-pop shop may not look special on the outside, but it has a variety of different Mexican dishes, flavors, and styles. This restaurant puts its heart and souls into its dishes.

Chris Pratt's mind being blown.

Mind blown.

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August 19th. 2016

The Perfect (Skytrain) Stop

This Skytrain Station is out of this world convenient.

Whether you are looking for a restaurant meal, somewhere to relax, to go grocery shopping, or book a flight to Paris; it does not matter. The Shops at New West Station have everything a passer-by could want. Often, when taking the Skytrain travelers are looking to a specific destination or find their way home. Little do they know, New West Station is more than just a Skytrain stop.

New Westminster has created a mall around its main station. In this station you will find a Safeway for all of your grocery needs, a variety of restaurants from Starbucks to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and the Hub Restaurant, various banks, a movie theatre, a spa, and so much more.

Many regular users of the Skytrain would start their journey at a stop in the suburbs and end somewhere in the downtown Vancouver area. On these trips many commuters don’t stop to see what might be hiding in the Skytrain stations between their regular stops. To their surprise, almost every convenience that they would look for in day-to-day life is at this New West Station.

You can stop to do banking, pay phone bills, and even catch a movie without having to walk any distance. As a commuter, not having to carry groceries back to a Skytrain is a huge bonus. New West Station boasts the true definition to a “one-stop-shop”.

Check out what’s inside with a quick visit or go to the website: Shopping just got easier!

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August 8th. 2016

3 Must-Do’s in New West this August

New Westminster has been amping up its events in recent years. With the astounding success of the Food Truck Festival, why wouldn’t it?

Here are three main events that you don’t want to miss this August.

Cultural Crawl

The Cultural Crawl is quickly approaching! With over 20 venues and 50 artists, how could you miss out on this one? There are 11 venues to be explored from 11 am until 5 pm on August 13th and 14th. And don’t forget about opening night! On August 12th from 5 pm to 7 pm, the Anvil Centre on Columbia Street will kick it off with pride!

Speaking of pride…

New West Pride Week

This week is New West Pride Week! With events and activities running throughout the week, you are sure to find something to do. This will not be a quiet one.

The wrap up to New West Pride is on August 13 from 3 pm until 8 pm. The Columbia Street Party will be better and bigger than ever! Make sure to stop by to check out a variety of different vendors, activities, and give-aways.

Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

Food Truck Festival by the Original Downtown in New West

Last must definitely not least, the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival. This is one for the books, so make sure its in your calendar! Over 90 food trucks, 24 patios, 6 beer gardens, and entertainment. on August 20th, 2016 from 4 pm until 10 pm experience it all. What more could you ask for? Well, the Food Truck Fest is also live streaming the Tragically Hip’s LAST ever concert. FOR FREE! 

How could you resist? From 5:30 to 8:30 you can experience the band’s last concert, help to raise money for a good cause, and satisfy your tastebuds. We will be there and we hope that you are too!

Alongside these events…

We have so many other great things happening in New West this summer! If you’re not up for the bigger events, come by for the smaller ones.

And more! You wouldn’t want to miss out on any of these awesome events. Grab your pals and a bottle of water. This is going to be a long and wild ride!

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August 5th. 2016

Gotta Catch ’em All, New West

New Westminster has Pokemon everywhere! If you are a PokemonGo player looking for the nearest PokeStops and gyms we have all the information you could need here! We also have a list of businesses that are currently dropping lures and will continue to in the future.

There are events based on how many Pokemon there are in the city! On Saturday, August 6th, from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm there is a sold out PokemonGo Historical Walking Tour hosted by the museum and archives in the Anvil Centre. Because of the popularity, there has been a second tour added! From 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm also on August 6th. Followed by a Pokemon meet-up on Sunday, August 7th, from 2 pm until 4 pm at Hyack Square.


  • The Starlight Casino has two Pokestops! There is one by the entrance and another by the water fountain. They also have a gym in the Starlight Tower.
  • The River Market on the New West Quay has been a hotspot for Pokemon in the last few weeks. If you have yet to visit, you better head out there before all of the rare pokemon are caught! There is also a Pokestop here so you can grab more supplies.
  • PaddleWheeler Riverboat Tours Ticket Centre has supplies waiting for you at their Pokestop! You may even be able to find some Pokemon out on the water if you catch one of their Riverboat tours. Let us know if you find any out on the Fraser River.
  • The Gallery at Queens Park has a necessary Pokestop as the park is filled with Pokemon! You can also grab a little afternoon snack at the concession.
  • The Royal City Centre has two Pokestops! Get your shopping done and pick up some necessary Pokemon goodies on your way out.
  • In the mood for a cold beer on a hot summer’s day? Check out Steel & Oak! Their tasting room even has Pokestop.
  • The Anvil Centre on Columbia Street has a Pokestop on the main floor. It’s also air conditioned for those hot days.
  • The historical Irving House
  • Samson V Museum
  • The Music Box


If you’re looking for rare Pokemon, these businesses occasionally drop lures! Keep an eye out.

  • GameDeal Video Games
  • Starlight Casino
  • Gallery at Queens Park

Alongside these PokeStops and the lures being dropped, the River Market is hosting a PokemonGo contest to win free lunch. Head over to the Quay for details.

PokemonGo winning

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Go forth and catch ’em all, New West!

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July 31st. 2016

Reasons Why New West is the Best on BC Day

We know that this long weekend has been one for the books. That’s why you should end it off right! Why spend your Monday off cooped up in the great indoors?

We have 4 reasons why you should be out and about, especially in New Westminster.

  1. Free Fitness Classes

Did you spend this weekend lounging around on the patio? Get your summer-bod back in a hurry with the River Market’s Free Fitness for Families on the Fraser. From 1 pm – 3 pm try on some boxing gloves and throw a few punches; 1 pm – 2 pm experience Abda Capoeira with Mastre Rasta; and from 2 pm – 3 pm join Sensei Bill Hunter (Tashu Martial Arts) in karate. You don’t have to spend any money, or even get up early! Getting out there has never been so easy.

Free Fitness for Families on the Fraser River

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  1. Outdoor Patios, Lounges, and Seating

New West has a variety of patios to chill out and have a snack on. From Uptown to the heart of Downtown, we’ve got plenty. There are also a variety of outdoor seating areas throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for the red chairs in front of the Anvil Centre, the library, the parklet on 6th, and the Queensborough Community Centre. There’s also the hammocks and tanning loungers at Pier Park! What better way to kick back and relax than in a hammock by the Fraser River?

  1. Outdoor Swimming Pools and Water Parks

New Westminster has three outdoor pools. Moody Park and Hume Park pools are open from 1:30 pm until 7:55 pm. Grimston Park also has a wading pool with a lifeguard on duty from noon to 4 pm daily. Alongside these great swimming holes, there are a variety of different water parks in the city. The different locations include Westminster Pier Park, Moody Park, Queens Park, Sapperton Park, Ryall Park, and Hume Park.

Water/Spray Park in New Westminster

Queens Park

  1. Museums and Heritage Buildings Galore!

This city was BC’s first capital, so it’s only fitting that we have heritage buildings and museums to explore. The most well-known of which is the 1865 mansion, the Irving House. Located at 302 Royal Avenue, the Irving house is open from 12 pm to 5 pm on BC Day. Alongside this heritage house, you can also visit the Fraser River Discovery Centre from 10 am to 4 pm, and the Samson V from 12 pm to 5 pm (on BC Day) – both located on the New West Quay. Our Visitor Centre will be located at the Fraser River Discovery Centre for the day, as well!

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