New Westminster Travel Guide

  • New Westminster, British Columbia
    New Westminster, British Columbia
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  • Museum and Archives
    Museum and Archives
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  • Irving House
    Irving House
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New Westminster Things to Do

  • Friendship Garden

    I read about this park earlier, and wanted to come here, to see the Cosmic Maypole, but we couldn't find it. We actually spotted it by accident, walking back to our car.This 2.5 acre Japanese garden, was constructed in 1987, and features 100 Yoshino cherry trees, plus water lilies, and native plants, and a few ponds. The main reason I came to this...

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  • Irving House

    This was one of my favorite places, on the entire trip.This beautiful Victorian era house, was built in 1865, and belonged to Scottish born steamship captain, William Irving, who lived here with his family, until his death in 1872.the home was fortunate enough to avoid the 1898 fire, which destroyed much of the city's historic buildings. The house...

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  • New Westminster Museum And Archives

    Right next to the Irving House, is the city museum and archives. This small, non profit museum, was founded in the 1950s, to showcase some of the city's history.The museum mostly contains a few different exhibits, covering the entire history, of the city. It starts with the First Nations people, than moves on to early explorers and fir traders,...

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  • Emmanuel Pentecostal Church

    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...

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  • Old Court House

    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...

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  • Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral

    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....

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  • Cenotaph

    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...

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  • Royal Westminster Regiment Museum

    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...

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  • Queen's Park

    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...

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  • Westminster Quay Public Market

    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...

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  • The Bug Lab

    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...

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  • Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame

    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...

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  • Irving House

    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...

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  • Queen's Park Arena

    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...

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  • Hyack Festival International Parade

    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,...

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New Westminster Hotels

New Westminster Restaurants

  • Famous Bubble Tea

    My cousin took me here to try some of their famous, "Bubble Tea". The Bubble Tea, is not actually tea, but a smoothy with chocolate jelly balls. The object is to suck the bubbles in through the straw. I ordered a coconut bubble tea, and my cousin ordered a chocolate. The smoothie was delicious, but I wasn't too fond of the bubbles. They were hard...

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  • Seafood fettucini to die for

    The Heritage Grill's food is awesome! I would pass up the old Speghetti Factory any day to come here. The menu may be small, but good things often come in small packages. The resturant lacks a little bit of an artistic touch to it, not as cozy as it should be, but I hear everything is still in the works. There is always a special on and for the...

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  • The Old Spaghetti Factory

    The Old Spaghetti Factory is a North American chain located in hundreds of cities all over the continent. It displays local history in each restaurant, so the interior has a unique local edge... so it's easy to assume there's only one Old Spaghetti Factory... the one that you're eating in! ... but that's not the case.Regardless, the Old Spaghetti...

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New Westminster Nightlife

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    by Blatherwick Written Sep 2, 2005

    It used to be Barfly and before that it was Mardi Gras. It's still a decent place and has lineups on Friday and Saturday. They recently had a Girls Gone Wild shoot there recently.

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New Westminster Transportation

  • Car

    We were staying in Surrey, and also visiting Richmond and Steveston that day, so going by car was the best option for us. Traffic wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, and the entire drive, took less than 20 minutes. We parked near the Irving House, where there were no meters, and set off on foot. Most tourists just come here by sky train, but...

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  • take the skytrain!

    The Skytrain is the most efficient way of getting from New West to downtown Vancouver. There are five different Skytrain stations (I'm quoting from their website here):22nd Street Station On 7th Avenue at 22nd Street in New Westminster. Close to Marine Way and Queensborough. New Westminster At Columbia and 8th Street in New Westminster. Opposite...

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  • SkyTrain

    New West is easily accessable from downtown Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey. You can get there by taking the skytrain eastbound and getting off at the New Westminster or Columbia skytrain stations. It takes approximately 20 minutes to go to New Westminster from downtown Vancouver by skytrain.The skytrain is a light rail transit system (ie: monorail)...

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New Westminster Tourist Traps

  • The Quay

    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...

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  • Parking Fees

    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. Not all streets have parking meters. Find...

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  • New Westminster Hotels

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New Westminster Off The Beaten Path

  • BC Penitentiary Convicts Cemetary

    Hidden from view, the BC Penitentiary convicts’ cemetery abuts the eastern boundary of the now vacant Woodlands Institution. It is otherwise bordered by the ravine, the back yards of neighbouring town homes, and a dense blackberry bramble which -- had City officials not intervened in the summer of 2003 -- might soon have overtaken the entire...

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  • Cenotaph

    The cenotaph, located in Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall, commemorates members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy who gave their lives in the service of Canada. The cenotaph was unveiled in 1922 near the corner of McBride Boulevard and Columbia St. Later it was moved close to the entrance to the Pattullo Bridge, and then to its current...

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  • The Pen

    The BC Penitentiary opened in 1878 and had a very colourful history which included riots, hostage-taking and murders. It lasted for 102 years until it closed in 1980. The story of the British Columbia Penitentiary, the first federal penitentiary west of Manitoba, begins with its Sapperton site. Located on the north bank overlooking the Fraser...

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New Westminster Sports & Outdoors

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    by Blatherwick Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Canada Games Pool was built in 1972 to host the Canada Summer Games scheduled for 1973. It's a great place to to swimming and workout. The Olympic-sized pool has a middle section devoted to lengths swimming and a deep end complete with diving towers boards, an indoor waterslide and rope and trolley swings. A kids pool is equipped with a mini-slide for the rugrats. It also includes a swirl pool, sauna, on-deck basketball and ping pong areas. Canada Games Pool has lots of water toys such as floating tubes, foam logs and mats, giant rubber saucers and kids toys keep it fun.

    For those serious about fitness, the pool has a mezzanine fitness area equipped with treadmills, cycles and stairmasters. A free weight area, an on-deck Nautilus Fitness Circuit and Hammer Strength Area are available for strength training and on-site trainers are available.

    Adult admission to the facility is $5. However, multiple tickets and monthly passes can give you a deal.

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New Westminster Favorites

  • Free Museums

    What I loved most about New Westminster, is that the museums here are free. I'm not sure about the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, but the New Westminster Museum and Archives, Irving House, and Samson V, are all non-profit. With most attractions and museums in Vancouver, being incredibly overpriced, it was great to find some interesting museums, that were...

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  • Columbia Street

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I didn't know New Westminster had so many interesting places. I will deffinately have to check this place out, next time I am in Vancouver.

 
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