Most tourists to New Westminster, only visit to the Quay, but this was my least favorite part of the city. The only thing that's worth seeing here, is the Samson V. Aside from that, it's just a bunch of restaurants and markets. The area is nothing but a commercialized tourist trap. Who cares about the world's tallest tin solider?
I thought it would be the nicest part of the city, but it wasn't. I mainly came here to walk along the Frasier River, but this section of the river is an ugly eye sore.
To add to the cons, the Quay is really difficult to get to on foot. We thought it was closer, than it actually was, so we had to drive up there. And if you're driving your own car, you have no choice, but to park at a paid parking, even if you just want to get out for a few minutes, to take some pictures. This place is good if you want to shop and eat, or take the paddle boat tour. Otherwise, don't bother coming here. I regret doing so. I thought it would be much better, but it was a complete waste of time. Visit the city instead.
Unique Suggestions: Visit the Samson V, it's the only thing that's worth seeing.
Fun Alternatives: Just skip it, and visit the city instead. It has much more to see, and is not as commercialized. If you want to get close to the Frasier River, head to Richmond, Steveston, and Finn Slough. The river flows through a more natural setting.
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One thing that really annoyed us about this city, is that you have to pay for parking almost everywhere. We managed to get around this, however, by parking across the street from the Irving House, where there were no meters.
We later drove to the Quay, where we had no choice, but to park at a paid parking.
Fun Alternatives: Not all streets have parking meters. Find one that doesn't, and park there.
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