Queens Motor Hotel
1110 Ewen Avenue, New Westminster, V3M 5E4, Canada
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Westminster Quay Public Market
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Travel Tips for New Westminster
New Westminster was founded on a lofty hill where two branches of the Fraser River meet. The site was chosen as much for the strategic value of its natural defenses as for the commercial potential of the area. In 1859, New Westminster was the mainland berth for the fleet of sternwheelers that plied the waters between Victoria and Yale, the starting point of the Cariboo Wagon Road. Take a walk along the river and watch the working and pleasure vessels still operating. On average, more than 36 million tonnes of cargo were shipped through Fraser River Port in 2003. This volume has made Fraser River Port the second largest in Canada, generating $2.1 billion in local economic output and 12,400 direct jobs. Take a tour with the Fraser River Discovery Centre near Westminster Quay to learn more about this great river.
World's Tallest Tin Soldier
New Westminster was not about to be left aside in the pursuit of roadside attractions that seemed to grip BC in the late 20th century. In the autumn of 2000, the Simon Fraser Society for Community Living, a support organization for disabled children, came up with the idea to raise awareness of child disabilities and build community spirit. Sheet Metal Workers and their employers were asked to help build the world’s tallest tin soldier as part of a Christmas celebration hosted by the SFSCL.
In 2002 the tin soldier received the official designation from the Guinness Book of Records confirming it as the world’s largest at 3 stories high. The tin soldier now stands permanent guard at the entrance to the New Westminster Quay Public Market.
Stroll Down Antique Alley
This is a pretty cool place to go retro and find all those old useless things. This row of shops, dedicated to the nostalgic, is located on Front Street near the Westminster Quay. The street is also well known as a site for movie productions. I've seen the street used for the Will Smith movie "I Robot" as well as Jackie Chan's "Rumble in the Bronx". It's been in others as well as it apparently resembles parts of Chicago.
Columbia street can be pretty interesting. It is New Westminster's main downtown street and you can find a number of cafes, pubs, and small shops. Wedding service shops on Columbia are all over the place and so are many second hand shops. The street has undergone a revival as of late. However, be warned. Drug deals are still commonplace around the New Westminster Skytrain station.
The Mann Cup can be found in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. It is the trophy awarded to the senior men's lacrosse champions of Canada. It was donated in 1901 by Sir Donald Mann. It was originally a challenge trophy, but in 1925 the trophy was turned over to the Canadian Lacrosse Association who instituted a national playoff system. Since 1935 the Mann Cup competition has been played under box lacrosse rules between the champions of the Ontario Lacrosse Association and the Western Lacrosse Association. The New Westminster Salmonbellies have won the most Mann Cups with 24. The Peterborough Lakers are the next most successful team with 10.
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