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    Queen's Park Arena

    by Blatherwick Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Queen's Park Arena building was officially opened on September 19, 1930. It's has numerous claims to fame. It has been home to the New Westminster Salmonbellies lacrosse teams since that time. 16 Mann Cups have been won by New Westminster teams since the arena was built. Queen's Park Arena has the only wooden floor for lacrosse in the world.

    Queen's Park Arena is also famous for the New Westminster Bruins and their Memorial Cup winning teams of the late 70s. The arena was known as the "most feared arena in hockey" and some of the games made the movie Slapshot seem tame.

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    The Bug Lab

    by Blatherwick Written Sep 2, 2005

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    The Bug Lab is an Invertebrate Zoo, featuring over 25 different live and native invertebrate species housed in a safe and educational environment. View tarantulas, scorpions, leaf and stick insects, coakroaches and mantids, crickets, grasshoppers, centipedes and millipedes, and more. I went to high school with the owner and she is passionate about creepy crawly things. She knows how to keep things fun. Admission is $8, $6 for kids, and $24 for a family of four.

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    Queen's Park

    by Blatherwick Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Queen's Park is located on the site of a converted fairground and is as old as Stanley Park. Although not as large as Stanley Park, it features a number of similar attractions, including the province's first spray park, Rainbow Playland, a petting zoo, sports and picnicking facilities, and beautifully groomed gardens to wander through. Of course Queen's Park Arena is of historical importance as it is the home of the New Westminster Salmonbellies and is the last arena that lacrosse is played on a floor made of wood.

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    Old Court House

    by briantravelman Written Jul 7, 2014

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    This building was a nice little find. We found it completely by accident, and had no idea what it was, until we read the plaque.

    The old court house, is one of the most beautiful buildings in New Westminster. The original building was built in 1891, by architect George W. Grant. The building was destroyed in the 1898, New Westminster fire. Grant rebuilt the structure a year later, using the original walls.
    The building functioned as the city's court house, until 1980, when it was replaced, by a new court house. Today, the building holds offices.

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    Westminster Quay Public Market

    by Blatherwick Written Sep 2, 2005

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    Westminster Quay Public Market opened in 1985 and was the catalyst for the redevelopment of the New Westminster's downtown. Inside the market you can find a few book stores, clothing stores, a travel agency, a food court, and various food stores. There is also the Paddlewheeler Pub which is a good place to just kick back on a sunny day. Westminster Quay is not that big but it is a good place just to walk along the river.

    Docked just steps away from the Market is the Samson V floating museum. You can also take a cruise on the Fraser with Paddle Wheeler River Adventures, which includes a narrated historical account of the early days of New Westminster. go the other way to board the Royal City Star. It's a paddlewheeler that has been converted into a casino.

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    Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

    by Blatherwick Updated Apr 30, 2005

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    The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame was officially opened on May 17, 1967. The problem is that they hid it in the community centre. This place means something to you if you know your Canadian Lacrosse. Otherwise, it may be fairly disappointing. Both the Minto and Mann Cups are not labelled and the significance is not explained. The Minto Cup is presented to the top Junior team in Canada and the Mann Cup to the top Senior team in Canada. Accomplishments of specific players are not highlighted. Basically, it becomes a collection of trinkets and trophies. It would be great if this could be moved to nicer and more accessible facilities. However, it is still a must see as lacrosse is one of Canada's official sports.

    The museum is free but there must be somebody at the Community Centre office there to open it for you.

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    Irving House

    by Blatherwick Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Built in 1865 by Captain William Irving, this place offers visitors a chance to revisit to go back to the pioneer days. The house is about as old as houses get around here. There are fourteen furnished rooms housing Victorian era exhibits. These features include ornate ceiling plasterwork, the glow of original wallpaper and elaborate marble fireplaces. Costumed guides aid in the presentation.

    Also at this location is the New Westminster Museum & Archives. People can explore the history of the province's first capital and the commercial hub of the Lower Mainland. It all started when the Royal Engineers founded the "Royal" City in 1859. They brought everything from bayonets to china teacups. An interesting display exists documenting New Westminster's May Day celebration, the oldest continuing event in the British Commonwealth, still held today. You can also view a red coach that was used by Governor General Lord Dufferin and Lady Dufferin in 1876.

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    Royal Westminster Regiment Museum

    by Blatherwick Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum of the Royal Westminster Regiment is housed in the old gun room of the historic Armoury. This militia unit has 28 battle honours and continues to provide an Infantry Company to augment the Regular Force on NATO, and UN missions. This small city's regiment has also produced two Victoria Cross recipients. The museum features photos, small arms, and other memorabilia dating back to 1863.

    The hours are Tuesday and Thursdays from 11 am - 3 pm, or by special appointment. There is no admission fee.

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    Hyack Festival International Parade

    by sunnywong Updated May 30, 2004

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    What's a festival without a parade? It is the climax of Hyack Festival and you don't want to miss it! because it is British Columbia's largest parade and you?ll want to see it all ? more than 140 entries from British Columbia and the United States. With the colour, pageantry and music of championship marching bands, creative eye-catching floats, and mischievously comical clowns, the parade has all that needed to delight and enchant the young and the young-at-heart.

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    Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours (New Westminster)

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

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    On board the M.V. Native Paddlewheeler Riverboat from The New Westminster Quay "Greater Vancouver's other Waterfront". This authentic paddlewheeler is modeled from the ships that used to travel British Columbia some one hundred years before her.
    The voyage takes you through fascinating scenery and wildlife, historic locales and will dock at Fort Langley, the birthplace of British Columbia. Visit the original Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post and explore the village with its many interesting sites, shops, museums and antique stores that make up Fort Langley's unique character.

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    Westminster Quay

    by Carmanah Updated Apr 21, 2003

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    Located east of Vancouver in the city of New Westminster, Westminster Quay has a public market, a casino, a hotel and several restaurants located on the north bank of the Fraser River. It's a great little getaway if you're visiting Vancouver and want a change in scenery.

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    Westminster Quay

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    This attraction features shops and restaurants alongside a broad boardwalk, an authentic paddlewheeler. Enjoy a table with excellent views of the Fraser River: working tugboats, freighters, barges, log booms, barges and more.

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    Cenotaph

    by briantravelman Written Jul 6, 2014

    Unveiled in 1922, this monument, located in front of the New Westminster city hall, commemorates members of the Armed Forces, and Merchant Navy, who gave their lives, serving Canada.
    The two guns arrived in New Westminster in 1866, aboard the HMS Sparrowhawk. They were used for training and local defense until 1973.
    Restoration of the guns was completed in 2004, though one of them was slightly damaged. There is actually a small wheel you can turn, which moves the guns.

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    Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral

    by briantravelman Written Jul 6, 2014

    New Westminster has more churches per square block, than any other area in Vancouver. One of the oldest, is the Holy Trinity Anglican-Episcopal Cathedral. The original church was built in 1859, and was the city's first Anglican church.
    The original church was built from wood, and was destroyed by a fire, in 1865, and was later rebuilt from stone. That church was destroyed by the infamous 1898 fire, that ravaged the city. The current church, was rebuilt a year later, and looks exactly the same, as the previous one.
    It’s very easy to see the city’s British history, in the church’s architecture.
    Today, the church is listed on the city's historical registry, and is a protected heritage site.

    Don't confuse this church, with the Romanian Orthodox church, which is also named "Holy Trinity".

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    Emmanuel Pentecostal Church

    by briantravelman Written Jul 7, 2014

    New Westminster has more churches per square block, than any other city in Vancouver. This is without a doubt, the most beautiful and interesting. The Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, is actually two different buildings, a large stone church, and a smaller red wooden church, which is one of the most unique looking buildings, in the entire city. Both buildings have great historical significance.
    The wooden building was built in 1862, and was the first Presbyterian Church in mainland British Columbia.
    The main brick church, came much later. It was built by well-known architect, George W. Grant, between 1889 and 1891, under the name, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
    The two churches were fortunate enough to escape the great New Westminster fire, which devastated the city, in 1898. The brick church, however, wasn't able to escape a 1930 fire, and several repairs had to be made.
    A complete renovation project on the church, began in 1977.

    The brick structure resembles a typical English church, but the wooden building, looks more like a Scandinavian church.
    Me and my cousin had a difficult time figuring out, what the wooden structure was. It didn't look like it was part of the church, and we thought it was a new building. I thought it was a baptistery, he thought it was a preschool. I'm glad I was able to find out, what it actually is.

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