Trapp+Holbrook New Westminster

Comments 242 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Trapp + Holbrook is New Westminster’s latest real estate development that will build up modern living spaces along Columbia Street in our province’s original capital. This reconstruction of the historic Trapp building will be performed by Robert Fung and his team at The Salient Group who have transformed many prominent buildings in Gastown.

Trapp+Holbrook“The historic Trapp Block was built in 1899. Formerly home to Army and Navy, the site has sat empty since 1977. Facing Columbia Street and backing onto Front Street, Trapp Block is part of the historical Golden Mile, once a prosperous neighbourhood in New Westminster and once again, its charm is drawing us back!

What you can expect from Trapp + Holbrook is a marriage of the old and the new: 196 homes ranging from 500 to 1261 square feet, 20 storeys in height with panoramic views of the Fraser River. You will also find excellent value with homes starting at $219,900 and 100 homes priced under $299,000.” [The Salient Group Blog]

There has been an abundance of press coverage about the project, from the Georgia Straight talking about the revitalization of New Westminster, to the Royal City Record, and blog posts on 10th to the Fraser, BuzzBuzzHome, and Vancouver is Awesome.

Trapp+Holbrook, New Westminster Trapp+Holbrook, New Westminster

The Revitalization

When I was young, my family spent every weekend in New Westminster and the Hyack Parade was an annual tradition for us. My first job in retail was at Royal City Centre shopping mall, and the first place I looked for a wedding dress was on Columbia Street. Since that time, I haven’t spent many days in New Westminster – we’ve just sped by on the SkyTrain on our way to the end of the line.

Day in New Westminster: May 2012

If you haven’t taken the time to explore New Westminster today, take an hour or two to discovering the changes along Columbia and the river. Towers now flank the SkyTrain tracks, there’s a full mini-mall of shops and services within the New Westminster SkyTrain station itself, a new movie theatre, and the Quay has been rebranded as River Market. The new Waterfront Pier Park will host a grand opening celebration June 16, 2012.

Day in New Westminster: May 2012 Day in New Westminster: May 2012

Day in New Westminster: May 2012 Day in New Westminster: May 2012
John took some great photos of the neighbourhood. Find them all on his Flickr.

Our Day Out

John and I took the time to explore New Westminster a few weeks ago, from coffee and tea shops, to the River Market and Antique Alley on Front Street. We even stopped to take a few photos from the parkade along the water where scenes from Jackie Chan’s Rumble in the Bronx were filmed (with mountains in the background and all).

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Waves Coffee House on Columbia, across the street from Trapp + Holbrook.

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KJM Urban Gardens: Wide selection of small plants, gift items, and gardening supplies.

Day in New Westminster: May 2012

Day in New Westminster: May 2012 Drink Urban Lounge
Drink Urban Lounge: Great beer selection, ambiance, and ever purse hooks under the tables.

Day in New Westminster: May 2012

Day in New Westminster: May 2012 Day in New Westminster: May 2012
Wild Rice: Located in the River Market its fresh selection of west coast fusion menu items rivals that of its original downtown Vancouver location. John particularly enjoyed the lamb potstickers.

Day in New Westminster: May 2012 Day in New Westminster: May 2012

The Contest

If you would like to experience New Westminster for yourself, Trapp + Holbrook has offered up gift cards so that you can enjoy what John and I got to taste and sip in during our excursion.

This prize pack includes: $20 for Waves Coffee House, $50 for Drink Urban Lounge, and within the River Market the winner will receive $25 for KJM Urban Gardens, $20 for the Great Wall Tea Company, and $75 for Wild Rice. All of these establishments are within walking distance of each other.

Here’s how you can enter to win this ultimate “Day in New Westminster” prize pack valued at $190:

  • Leave a comment here naming a highlight of New Wesminster for you (could be a park, shop, fond memory, or a place you hope to visit) (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $190 in gift cards to spend in New Westminster from @TheSalientGroup #THLiving & @Miss604

The Trapp + Holbrook presentation centre is located at 668 Columbia Street and is open from 12:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday to Thursday, and until 5:00pm on the weekends. They have staff on hand to answer questions and guide you through a display suite. Follow The Salient Group on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for more photos and information.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, June 1, 2012. If you enjoyed the photo in this post, you can view more in John’s Flickr set.

Update The winner is Tintin!

242 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. ShanyeWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:55am PDT

    Finally having a movie theatre!

  2. connyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:57am PDT

    i love the new New West! sign me up for this excellent contest.

  3. NatalieWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:58am PDT

    I’m Dutch so I love the Holland Shopping Centre in New West or else Karmavore!

  4. SarahWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:58am PDT

    The new Re-Up BBQ location at River Market!

  5. Mel.C.Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:59am PDT

    would love to spend some extra $ in New West!!

  6. maggieWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:00pm PDT

    When I was a kid my family spent so many weekends at the Quay. Was sad to see it in it’s almost abandoned state later on, but glad to hear the area is being revitalized!

  7. SandraWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:00pm PDT

    All the wedding/dress shops and Stefano’s restaurant.

  8. NicoleWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:01pm PDT

    I have great memories of going to Queen’s Park when I was younger.

  9. TiffanyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:02pm PDT

    I love New West and I am LOVING the ‘New’ New West. It’s such a nice town and everything is walking distance. We’re considering purchasing there soon! I adore how it resembles a ‘small town’.

  10. Michael KwanWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:03pm PDT

    Just discovered The Old Bavaria Haus Restaurant a little while back. Great food.

  11. NicTWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:03pm PDT

    Queens Park Arena. And the bar formerly known as Kits Pub. πŸ™‚

  12. TawcanWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:04pm PDT

    Queens Park Arena for me!

  13. RachelWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:05pm PDT

    I love the vegan shop Karmavore and the pita and dips at Drink!

  14. richard wWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:07pm PDT

    LOVE to check out New West again!

  15. Pamela FWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:10pm PDT

    I love spending time at River Market. There are so many delicious things to do there.

  16. MatthewWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:11pm PDT

    I recently moved to New Westminster in February and live in a residential neighborhood around 6th and Royal Ave. The neighborhood has some exciting places developing like the amazing Karmavore (Vegan) shop and bakery and the cool mid-mod Red Brick furniture shop. In addition, a newly opened indie coffee shop called Quantum is giving the local Starbucks a run for it’s $’s. These new little shops are a great feature to the neighborhoods and will certainly add appeal to perspective buyers!

  17. Ryan SaundersWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:15pm PDT

    I was born and raised in New Westminster. I’ve lived here for 25 years, and honestly, don’t see any reason to move away. New West has everything you could really want. Close to transit, a multitude of shops, and easy access to anywhere in the lower mainland.

    New West, YOU ROCK!

  18. AndyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:16pm PDT

    Love Queens Park, such a beautiful place with great facilities.

  19. GisellaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:16pm PDT

    I used to be a regular at Wild Rice on East Pender when it first opened way back when so I’m looking forward to trying out their new location at Westminster Quay!

  20. AnnaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:16pm PDT

    Landmark Cinemas!

  21. CatrionaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:18pm PDT

    The highlight of New Westminster to me is the Quay and River Market. Great long walk along the waterfront, free tours, nice shops and food places. I hope to buy my home in New Westminster, either along the water or in uptown in the next couple of years!

  22. Sharon DongWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:19pm PDT

    Definitely the Quay.

  23. Steffani CameronWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:20pm PDT

    I grew up in White Rock and spent a lot of time off and on in New West because of the skytrain, and dated a fellow there for years and years.

    It always disappointed me that New West was this forgotten suburb and had so little to offer, and it’s phenomenal to see the revitalization and the cultural spread happening out there.

    What a terrific job the city has done to inspire investment and embrace bigger ideas. It’d be cool to spend a day in the New New West.

  24. JasonWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:22pm PDT

    There are so many great shops and services that my girlfriend and I enjoy here that it’s hard to say. The one thing we really love to do is go for walks. We love the boardwalk along the river, heading over to Queen’s Park and the petting zoo and admiring the lovely heritage homes in that area. You can have a great day in New West even if you’re on a budget.

  25. Steffani CameronWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:25pm PDT

    I forgot the highlight! I actually love the river out there and cycling near it. I think the cycling growth in New West is something to get excited about, and on my list for when I visit Vancouver/GVRD is the BC Parkway riding trail that actually originates near Vancouver’s Olympic Village and ends out at the New West Quay. With all the great dining options in New West now, one can start in Van, cycle out there on great paths, have a great meal, and skytrain the bike home!

  26. SandraWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:25pm PDT

    I have to admit, even though I’ve lived in Vancouver my entire life, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to New Westminster. For antiques, I think Main Street, for farm markets, I think Granville Island. I would love the chance to “rediscover” New West and see how much it’s changed since the days of going to the Land Title Office with my dad when I was a kid. From the pictures in the post, I almost wouldn’t recognize New West anymore. The waterfront looks like a big modern city, the shops still have that old world charm and the dining looks 5-star. I’ll have to take to day to check it out.

  27. JULIEWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:27pm PDT

    I loved living in New West! I love the wedding dress shops and the quay; the old homes and the diversity. The new condo development is exciting too!

  28. DotWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:27pm PDT

    Queen’s Park Pre-school where I went to pre-school… good times… and just all of Queen’s Park.. lovely

  29. SarahWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:29pm PDT

    Loving the new Hops Pub next to the New West skytrain station – they have a pretty good beer selection and their coconut prawns are AMAZING!

  30. BrittanyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:31pm PDT

    I always loved the tugboat when I was young! Fond memories πŸ™‚

  31. Aaron B.Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:32pm PDT

    Visiting the wedding shops with my fiancee!

  32. Iain McLetchieWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:35pm PDT

    Queens Park, because it’s a great place to take my son for a few hours…followed by grabbing a coffee and wandering up and down Columbia Street and the Quay.

  33. SharylinWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:36pm PDT

    I’d love to spend time wandering the downtown area and the River Market too

  34. AmyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:37pm PDT

    I would love to try Wild Rice. Love pot stickers!!!

  35. JodiWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:38pm PDT

    New West Quay

  36. BrigetteWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:39pm PDT

    The highlight of New Westminster? The fact that it’s my home. πŸ™‚ My husband and I moved here four years ago from East Vancouver and we love it here. There are so many awesome communities within this small city – your post has highlighted only a small fraction of the amazingness that is New Westminster.

  37. BartWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:46pm PDT

    I’m moving to New West mid June so this would be a nice way to get welcomed to the hood!

  38. TracyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:49pm PDT

    Driving along the quay!

  39. Judd RichardsonWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:49pm PDT

    Love walking our dog along the boardwalk by River Market

  40. MicheleWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:51pm PDT

    Loving the Hyack Fest in Nes West. You guys always put on a great time

  41. Lelainia LloydWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:51pm PDT

    I’ve lived in New West’r off and on in the 26 years I’ve lived in BC, so I have tons of good memories in the Royal City. When I first moved out on my own, I lived just behind the library on Ash Street. My husband and I met because we were neighbours, living on the same floor of our apartment building. This fall we’ll celebrate our 22nd anniversary. πŸ™‚

    Tweeting this!

  42. RondaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 12:54pm PDT

    Cobblestone streets! Historical New West…. Love it!

  43. Brent BowkerWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:18pm PDT

    Love walking down by the market along the river! Creating new memories, new (ish) to the province.

  44. LaurenWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT

    All the shops and restaurants in the new River Market. I especially like the Kung Pao Chicken at Wild Rice πŸ™‚

  45. Art B.Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:26pm PDT

    Highlight of New West for me is the fact I was born there.

  46. OliviaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:28pm PDT

    I love the Heritage Homes located in New Westminster!

  47. rubyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:31pm PDT

    love the quay & having a meal by the water

  48. sonyaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:32pm PDT

    my friend lives in new west and we have lots of fun exploring the quay!

  49. RandyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:33pm PDT

    My company had their xmas party at the Quay .. was a lot of fun with great food!

  50. AmyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:37pm PDT

    Copp’s New West Shoes is an amazing piece of history as well a fabulous shoe store.

  51. KristynWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:41pm PDT

    About 10 years ago I worked 1 summer on the main strip and would eat lunch almost every day at a panini shop and walk along the water. Found memories… hmmm I wonder if that panini shop is sill there?

  52. MeganWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:42pm PDT

    A recent highlight in New West would be Wild Rice, I can’t wait to go back!

  53. SadieWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:44pm PDT

    Having gone to Hume Park Elementary as a kid, I am no stranger to the park scene on a hot summer day. There are always tons of families having a BBQ or birthday party or just playing some sports. It has it all: Playground, pool, spray park, tennis courts, lacrosse box, baseball diamond. I also have fond memories of playing hide and seek in the beautiful green trails connecting upper and lower Hume. Once, on the last day of grade five, my friend’s mom let us float down the Brunette river on an air mattress. It was icky with bugs but it was just a blast. And the sledding wipeouts behind the baseball diamond, those were the best. Or the guy that used to do halloween fireworks in the lacrosse box that brought the whole small community together. Hume Park is a great representation of the heart of New West, even if it’s not in the direct centre. Of course, there are many other aspects about New West that I absolutely adore, the River Market being one of them.

  54. Allie DavisonWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:46pm PDT

    Love visiting the quay!

  55. Dee de los SantosWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:48pm PDT

    The Quay is the best!!

  56. SueWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:49pm PDT

    I love the River Market! plenty of places to eat good food, and unique shops to check out.

  57. ChadWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 1:55pm PDT

    I live in Sapperton, New West. The transformation of the downtown over the last five years is great.

    Lots of great parks in New West, but my favorite New West secret is in Sapperton. There is a restaurant called “The Ranch,” which the owner opened so he would have somewhere to sell his own grainfeed cattle and pork. Great smoked meat – there isn’t a better pulled pork sandwich in the Royal City.

  58. HarjitChWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 2:01pm PDT

    lovee the peaceful walk along the boardwalk

  59. Petra SWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 2:02pm PDT

    Hubby & I have always loved the feel or vibe of New West. The heritage homes, cobbled streets give it a real old world, small town feel. Love the fact that there are so many quaint shops/restaurants all within walking distance.

  60. ChristineWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 2:10pm PDT

    I’m new to Vancouver and have never been to New West so a chance to experience it through this package would be a highlight in and of itself!

  61. Vu NguyenWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 2:31pm PDT

    There is a great burger place in New Westminster named Burger Heaven. I love the burgers there – they’re huge and tasty!

  62. KevinWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 2:58pm PDT

    Currently coming to school everyday in New West. ..but a younger highlight would be going to Army & Navy and the old quay.

    [ps, you missed the “t” in Westminster in the “leave a comment here…”

  63. IreneWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:06pm PDT

    I have really been meaning to get to New West to try a new Gluten Free Bakery – Cloud 9. This would be great incentive, yes please….

  64. AgaselWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:12pm PDT

    I think people who live in high rises in downtown New West are lucky. I checked out a place years ago, and the view of the river was amazing. On cloudy days, the water looks crappy, but when it’s sunny it’s the BEST.

  65. SharonWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:28pm PDT

    I just graduated from Douglas College, and my days on campus were certainly memorable!

  66. JenWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:28pm PDT

    Best part of #NewWest is the welcoming people. Hands down.

  67. ChelleWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:28pm PDT

    We’ve been looking at moving to New West, because the downtown area seemed like such a nice area!

  68. Keith MacKenzieWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:34pm PDT

    The fact that New Westminster is the Brooklyn of the Lower Mainland. πŸ™‚

  69. DilaraWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:43pm PDT

    I have many fond memories of picnics and BBQs with my family at Queen’s Park.

  70. MelainaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:53pm PDT

    I love the people of New Westminster. I lived there for a year and a half before my circumstances dictated a move back to Burnaby. I miss the neighbourly feel and the strong sense of community you can feel just by walking down the street. Of course, the historical aspect just adds to the ambience of the little city.

  71. RobynWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:53pm PDT

    I always like to stop at the New West Old Spagetti Factory – way less of a wait than the Gastown location!

  72. RenfrewWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:55pm PDT

    The Courthouse teen dance club of my childhood! New wave rules!

  73. ErinWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:56pm PDT

    My grandma use to live in NewWest up on 8th street and we would always get on the bus down to the Quay and spend the day there…always was a highlight for me πŸ™‚

  74. BrandonWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 3:58pm PDT

    I would like to go visit that wild rice restaurant

  75. ShelleyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 4:32pm PDT

    I love Sherlock’s, now to be known as The British Store. I make the trek there often. They have the best English Bangers.

  76. TintinWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 4:58pm PDT

    I’d say the Quay. Love that place.

  77. ashleyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 4:59pm PDT

    the quay!

  78. jeffWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 4:59pm PDT

    queens park

  79. mariaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:00pm PDT

    there’s used to be a used book store on the main st…can’t remember but very cool.

  80. Peter HolbrookWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:02pm PDT

    Douglas College! good times…my last name
    is Holbrook, I see these advertisements on
    transit all the time, maybe they will give me a discount

  81. MickyWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:05pm PDT

    I love seeing the giant nutcracker on the waterfront!

  82. Mike GismondiWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:28pm PDT

    Queens park and would like to visit the quay!

  83. Sandra GarciaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:28pm PDT

    Just went to Karmavore recently – that store rocks!

  84. Angela griffinWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:30pm PDT

    Wild Rice for sure… Want to try the new location!

  85. SamanthaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:48pm PDT

    My son first touched grass in New West – the very first time he played outside. (my in laws reside there)

  86. MichelleWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:52pm PDT

    I love taking my child to the annual Hyack parade…

  87. JeffWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 5:55pm PDT

    Probably a recent highlight of New Westminster for me would be the new Westminster Pier Park along the water front near Pattulo Bridge. Can’t wait until it’s completed. I also really enjoyed the casino and the sushi.

  88. GaryWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:00pm PDT

    I was taking courses at the Justice Institute, hanging outside with class mates, when all of a sudden a bird pooped on my head. That is my most lasting memory of being in New West.

  89. Cindy KSWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:02pm PDT

    Talking a stroll at the Quay, and if it was nice outside grabbing a meal at the Paddlewheeler or if not at the Keg!

  90. GordonWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:15pm PDT

    The Quay πŸ™‚

  91. Don McQueenWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:20pm PDT

    The boardwalk along the Fraser River. Beautiful flowers and a great view.

  92. BelindaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:34pm PDT

    Thank you for the post. It casts a new light on how I see New West. I often see a big fisherman’s wharf type of warehouse from the Skytrain window in New West. I shall visit there on the grand opening on June 16.

  93. LindaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:35pm PDT

    I’ve been meaning to check out Karmavore in New West; it’s this cool shop which sells vegan food and clothing πŸ™‚

  94. RachelWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:36pm PDT

    Walking along the quay!

  95. Dennis L.Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:40pm PDT

    Love walking along the Quay and exploring River Market.

  96. LindaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 6:41pm PDT

    I like visiting River Market and walking by the river.

  97. AndreaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:12pm PDT

    I loved spending time at Queen’s Park as a kid. I also love shopping on Columbia and at the Quay πŸ™‚

  98. BrendaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:13pm PDT

    I love the boardwalk by the water πŸ™‚

  99. Donna LWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:35pm PDT

    oh I had no idea New West had so much to offer. I remember playing in Moody Park with my sister as a kid

  100. GlendaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:35pm PDT

    The Quay

  101. IainWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:38pm PDT

    The paddlewheel tours of the Fraser River.

  102. AnnaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:50pm PDT

    Good times with friends at the Ol’ Spaghetti Factory

  103. CyndiWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:53pm PDT

    I’d have to say the Quay

  104. GaryWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:56pm PDT

    Queen’s Park has a great park for kids, have taken my kids there a couple of times

  105. StephanieWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 7:59pm PDT

    Would love to explore the quay.

  106. Ekaterina DovjenkoWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 8:07pm PDT

    My highlight would be eating my very first taste of Chinese food at Hon’s in New West. It seems so silly now but I remember being so amazing at all the tasty choices and busyness of the restaurant.

  107. JanWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 8:20pm PDT

    antique alley

  108. Steph :)Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 9:15pm PDT

    I went to the new Landmark movie theatre during their opening weekend! All chairs are rockable and reservable!

  109. lindaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 9:17pm PDT

    haven’t been to the quay in years.

  110. uroobaWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 9:18pm PDT

    For me, it’s got to be the Salvation Army – one my favourite thrift stores in the Lower Mainland!

  111. Wanderlust MeganWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 9:58pm PDT

    An evening where friends from Vancouver, Surrey and further out decided to have dinner in New West as it was a good location for many. Lovely evening with friends, drinks and yummy food.

  112. colin jonesWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 10:04pm PDT

    Best memory? May Day in Queen’s Park. The Anvil Battery, the square dance and the May Pole are great memories as a kid.

  113. AndrewWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:05pm PDT

    The British Store on Columbia is a definite New West highlight. I mean, it’s not as if it’s EASY to find Irn-Bru or steak and kidney pie over here.

  114. ChristineWednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:12pm PDT

    The Quay for sure πŸ™‚

  115. GiulianaThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 4:54am PDT

    Too much to list, but I love having Wild Rice in town!

  116. DarrellThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 6:10am PDT

    Queen’s Park Pre-school. Amazing teachers, beautiful setting and a wonderful group of parents creating community

  117. JaniceThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 6:56am PDT

    I love the Army & Navy but my new favourite is the ReUp BBQ

  118. Vanessa WThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 8:00am PDT

    This would be my first trip to New West so I think everything would be an experience!

  119. AshaThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 8:58am PDT

    I love the Heritage Grill. Such an eclectic range of live music there

  120. chrissyThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:05am PDT

    A highlight would be the New New West resturants! yum!

  121. JeremyThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:33am PDT

    I love the quay, great place to enjoy the boats going by and have lunch!

  122. JenThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:33am PDT

    Queens Park is one of my favourite places in New West πŸ™‚

  123. BrendaThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:36am PDT

    Would like to explore the quay for a day

  124. CliffThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:37am PDT

    I’ve had some great dinners at Boathouse restaurant

  125. JanetThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:53am PDT

    The Quay is lovely and I hope to go there soon!

  126. KarmThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:55am PDT

    I’ve been a resident of New West since March of 2008 (the only place I could afford to buy!). I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t explored the area much as I’m always trekking to Vancouver or Burnaby. Recently I’ve made a few trips to the ‘new’ River Market and I’m excited to see the changes. I’m loving the Italian Coffee/Gelato shop and can’t wait to try the new BBQ place, and for the burger place to come in. Also need to plan a night out at Wild Rice! I’m hoping the new park will make things even better. Now we just need a few more cute shops and places to eat on Columbia Street!

  127. MelineThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 10:07am PDT

    Douglas college! Some good memories there πŸ™‚

  128. DavidThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 10:21am PDT

    enjoyable walk at Queens Park!

  129. Cassie PThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 10:26am PDT

    Would love to experience Queens Park and all the The Quay has to offer πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity!

  130. BonsThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 10:52am PDT

    I would love to visit Wild Rice!

  131. RichardThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 11:23am PDT

    I’m a graduate of NWSS, class of 1987! Would love to move back some day. Recent highlight is the trip we took to Queen’s Park, a couple of weeks ago.

  132. JagThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 11:25am PDT

    I enjoy walking the Quay

  133. JenniferThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 11:27am PDT

    A highlight of New Westminster for me is the lovely boardwalk along the river! I have yet to browse the River Market but I look forward to it!!

  134. Heidi CThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 12:39pm PDT

    I love the beautiful flowers along the boardwalk.

  135. JThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 1:28pm PDT

    I love Queens Park.

    And i also love the store Karmavore

  136. jeanieThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 2:11pm PDT

    i’ve always enjoyed the Quay the few times i’ve been out to New West

  137. SanazThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 2:33pm PDT

    I like browsing the stores at the Quay

  138. JudyThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 3:18pm PDT

    The quay is quaint.

  139. DarrenThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 3:51pm PDT

    My highlights are my home, walking the the pup on the Quay, Wild Rice, Hops, Drink Lounge, putting the sign for WIld Rice away @ 5:30am when they forget πŸ˜‰ too much to list. I see it all every day. Several times a day. It’s my home.

  140. GayleThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 4:24pm PDT

    I have fond memories of New West’s Moody Park – used to play there when we would visit my grandma. My dad in particular loved their toy excavator! πŸ™‚ I’m also glad to see that the Quay is getting revitalized.

  141. DarcyThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 5:14pm PDT

    Walking along the boardwalk at River Market, waiting patiently for the new waterfront park to open & watching the area get cleaned up and revitalized.

  142. Lori-Airbnb SuperhostThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 5:18pm PDT

    Heritage homes, Keg, boardwalk at River Market, Burger Heaven & all the beautiful flowers work the city workers look after and plant down at the New West Quay & Donald’s Market…oh and just discovered Holland Deli recently.

  143. Cynthia BootonThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 6:51pm PDT

    I spent a lot of time in New Westminster in the 70’s and I still love the city so much. The most exciting memory I have is visiting Raymond Burr’s childhood home in New Westminster. It was a lovely old home and being a Perry Mason and Ironsides fan I was thrilled to be spending time in the home where he grew up.

  144. Debi Christianson)Thursday, May 24th, 2012 — 7:10pm PDT

    The Army & Navy Store reminds me of shopping there when I was little with my mom, she loved that store and always took us there around Christmas time. I still venture out to New Westminster just to shop there ~ love it!

  145. Sunshine GThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 8:34pm PDT

    Love Queens Park!

  146. BonnieThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:41pm PDT

    Two highlights of New West for me are the Massey Theatre, which features the Royal City Musical Theatre production each spring, and Old Spaghetti Factory by New West Station.

  147. Aileen RThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 9:55pm PDT

    Love attending the Hyack Festival every year since I moved here, I cannot wait to share it with our baby due in July.

  148. kelseyThursday, May 24th, 2012 — 10:23pm PDT

    westminster quay

  149. heatherFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 6:38am PDT

    I am from a dutch background; so I love the holland shopping centre. I love the droppes and gouda cheese.

  150. valerieFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 10:54am PDT

    I am so incredibly glad to hear of the River Market’s revitalization, and especially that Wild Rice will be there. It might be enough to tempt me to move back to New West!

  151. PJFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 11:01am PDT

    Queens Park …

  152. lindawwwwFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 11:44am PDT

    We always used to take our son to the Hyack Festival. He loved the fireworks.

  153. Emilia TurnerFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 1:22pm PDT

    I love the boardwalk at the New Westminster Quay

  154. LorFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 1:30pm PDT

    When I was a kid, every year I had my birthday party near the playground in Queen’s Park. We’d get some Kentucky Fried Chicken, and have a great time. Happy memories πŸ˜€

  155. DeidreFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 1:31pm PDT

    I love walking with my family along the board walk along the quay and taking in the scenery.

  156. VinceFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 1:35pm PDT

    We have spent a lot of time in Queens Park, and at the quay. New West also has a nice shopping centre with Market Place and other stores near the sky train – its very convienent and a great place to explore.

  157. RodFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 2:12pm PDT

    I can walk to a movie theatre now.

  158. Marilyn BurgessFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 2:15pm PDT

    I recently moved to New West and am loving the river walk, and all the interesting things to take pictures of on the Fraser!

  159. KatieFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 2:35pm PDT

    Queens park arena

  160. lizFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 3:41pm PDT

    I love the Quay and The Old Spaghetti Factory in New West.

  161. VanessaFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 4:18pm PDT

    I like the Inn at the Quay Hotel.. Quaint place with a neat view. You’re up high but it brings you down to earth.

  162. Reg NordmanFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 4:47pm PDT

    I have a pic on my mantle with my father (in zoot suit ) holding my hand (I was probably 2 yrs old) outside the Columbia Theatre. Douglas Fairbanks was starring in The Great manhunt. New West was our “big city” growing up in Fort Langley . Driving across the one lane railway bridge, lunch at Woodwards (Ham sandwiches- crusts off on white bread – decadent) and burgers at the White Spot , in the car across from Woodwards. For a big nite out – head over to the Rob Roy on Edmonds.

  163. Tooth FairyFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 4:54pm PDT

    Sweet family memories strolling through the River Market Quayside Drive.

  164. TairalynFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 5:29pm PDT

    Walking the boardwalk with my cousin and our baby girls – Sofia Marie and Cara. The first time they met – a forever memory!

  165. Sherry FFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 7:52pm PDT

    My girlfriend introduced me to a great shop called Cadeaux on Columbia….love it.

  166. LindsayFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 8:26pm PDT

    We used to always go to the spaghetti factory as a kid whenever we went to any event or concert in vancouver. Seemed so exciting!

  167. shelaineFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 9:39pm PDT

    the spaghetti factory! great views and iconic building!

  168. christinaFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 10:09pm PDT

    the neat little antique shop has a lot of amazing things!

  169. RebeccaFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 10:27pm PDT

    Loved the antique shops and the quay

  170. KatherineFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 10:36pm PDT

    River Market

  171. Robyn TFriday, May 25th, 2012 — 11:51pm PDT

    My family and I always went to the Spaghetti Factory to celebrate birthdays. I loved sitting in the caboose and sipping on the Miss Piggy and other special kid’s drinks. One of my other favourite New West memories as a kid was going to Queen’s Park for their 80’s version of a zip line.

  172. MattSaunders77Saturday, May 26th, 2012 — 2:13am PDT

    The new construction at the New West skytrain station will make it very convenient. I like the idea that there are grocery stores and a movie theater so close to public transportation.

  173. icitea/ClareSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 5:18am PDT

    I love the Great Wall tea company! Love that wall.. I’ve had their tea a couple times πŸ™‚

  174. JustineSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 11:16am PDT

    As a child I spent weekends at the Quay with my parents who used to sell stuff in a little booth there. I remembered it as being a fun and exciting place. Over the years it went way downhill. What they’ve done with the River Market is great! It’s become a fun and exciting place all over again.

  175. TeresaSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 11:24am PDT

    The Quay.

  176. SonjaSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 12:08pm PDT

    I’m hoping to visit Cloud 9 Bakery in New West soon (it’s Gluten-free!) and then take a long walk by the river.

  177. HongSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 1:08pm PDT

    I really enjoy spending time at River Market. Such a nice place

  178. EileenSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 5:50pm PDT

    I remembered loving to spend a lazy Sunday browsing thru the antique stores…

  179. ManuelSaturday, May 26th, 2012 — 7:19pm PDT

    The Army & Navy store!

  180. MarySunday, May 27th, 2012 — 12:03am PDT

    Rivermarket and Old Spaghetti Factory!

  181. winnieSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 1:18am PDT

    I like all the antique shops.

  182. coreySunday, May 27th, 2012 — 2:36am PDT

    well so many things ive only lived here two years or so, but exploring each and every inch of every park with my dog is for sure my number one!!I have lived many places with my dog and new west seems to be both of our favorite. So many pups around town to see so much park space, often my friends in vancouver are jealous over how clean and how well looked after our little piece of heaven is.

  183. CarolSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 10:06am PDT

    I love walking along the quay any time of year. The ambience is wonderful.

  184. NancySunday, May 27th, 2012 — 10:55am PDT

    I have strong ties to New Westminster, and have so many wonderful memories. Queens Park is one of my family’s favourite parks. Great contest!

  185. Emily HSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 4:09pm PDT

    I love Queens Park. Went there all the time as a kid.

  186. DeborahSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 4:55pm PDT

    Playing 8-ball at Clancy’s

  187. MiaSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 5:03pm PDT

    The Quay!!! Always nice to be at the Quay

  188. Leanne MSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 5:29pm PDT

    I love the Quay

  189. Leanne MSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 5:30pm PDT

  190. AndrewSunday, May 27th, 2012 — 10:04pm PDT

    Wild Rice – their BBQ pork rice and spring rolls are tasty!

  191. bucks14Monday, May 28th, 2012 — 8:51am PDT

    Queens park has been a highlight for me since I went there as a kid.

  192. KarenMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 9:06am PDT

    I used to take my kids to the Quay when they were little, always a fun outing. Sounds like it’s time to go back for a visit!

  193. chandniMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 9:16am PDT

    I actually hope to move to New West (maybe even to T+H!) so hopefully it’ll all be a highlight for me soon enough πŸ™‚

  194. GraceMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 9:59am PDT

    the beautiful flowers along the boardwalk at the Quay!

  195. JuliaMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 11:11am PDT

    I would love to win this – it would be the perfect birthday outing for my mom!

  196. JuliaMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 11:12am PDT

    I forgot to add that the Quay is where I have spent a lot of time walking the dog!

  197. DianeMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    Hoping the new movie theatre is nicer and less busy than Metrotown.

  198. RobynMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 12:09pm PDT

    Always enjoyed the Quay and the Heritage buildings!

  199. HeatherMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 4:08pm PDT

    I grew up in New Westminster. My first kiss-New Westminster. I had my 1 and only child in New Westminster. I no longer live in New West but whenever I go into New West I have to drive by our old house…brings back such fond memories. The Salmonbellies Lacrosse πŸ™‚ I would love to just spend the day walking around on a nice sunny day looking at all of the changes that have occured in the past few years. The old Columbia (Burr) Theatre that has been restored…biggest pet peeve is when someone calls the city New Westminister (add the extra i) drives me CRAZY!! I always have to correct them. I have even heard radio hosts make the mistake and I have to call them up and correct them (very passionate about it!) This would make for a beautiful afternoon for my son and I. Thank you.

  200. SurinderMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 4:12pm PDT

    I enjoy taking the grandkids to Queens Park

  201. debbie fMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 5:23pm PDT

    I have always loved driving through the neighbourhoods with all the old houses. I love those houses.

  202. DeniseMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 6:50pm PDT

    My memory of New West is Top Gun Sushi. I used to go there with my Grandma. Let her RIP, I don’t even know if top gun sushi is still at the Quay. It’s been so long since I have gone to New West

  203. CecilMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 6:58pm PDT

    I guess it would be Queen’s Park for me

  204. IvyMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 7:03pm PDT

    I love my meals at Wild Rice. It is an exceptional dining experience

  205. NobueMonday, May 28th, 2012 — 9:18pm PDT

    I love the boardwalk. I go there for walk with my husband on sunny beautiful day. It’s a perfect place to hung around. I also like the atmosphere of New West. Something nice and old….

  206. MaeTuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 1:21am PDT

    I always enjoy the area around the Quay and skytrain station.

  207. StotesTuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 8:58am PDT

    I enjoy the Quay.

  208. RoTuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 9:32am PDT

    I’ve been to the River Market for meetings but have never had a chance to stay and explore. Would love to do that!

  209. ashleeTuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 11:29am PDT

    we just moved away from new west 2 months ago – i miss the boardwalk along the water most of all! that price pack would make for a lovely day trip πŸ™‚

  210. HolyTuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 6:22pm PDT

    love hanging around the Quay and end the day at Wild Rice as usual whenever I visit New Westminster

  211. Siobhan S.Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 7:23pm PDT

    I am really interested to visit these fabulous new shops in New Westminster, especially Wild Rice. My husband and I lived in a heritage house Uptown for a year, so we have a lot of good memories there. In fact we bought our first couch at a consignment store called Champagne Taste, which is just down the hill from Cloud 9, a new bakery I’d also love to try. New West has tons of character – from Antique Alley, to Queens Park, the Quay, and the new Plaza 88 development. I’m starting to wonder why we ever left?!

  212. ElisaTuesday, May 29th, 2012 — 9:41pm PDT

    I’d like to check out Wild Rice after I walk around some of the revitalized areas

  213. TiffanyWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 7:42am PDT

    The petting zoo in Queen’s Park.

  214. AlanWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 9:04am PDT

    Always passing on the train, but only every stopped once, and that was in 2008 when on holiday here to visit The Keg. Would love to explore though.

  215. LloydWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 11:13am PDT

    Walking along the boardwalk at the New West Quay.

  216. taniaWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 11:52am PDT

    the good ol’ days at Douglas College

  217. rinoWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 11:53am PDT

    Queens park!

  218. AnaWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 1:23pm PDT

    I’m looking forward to my new home in Trapp and Holbrook in a few years!

  219. BelindaWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 1:24pm PDT

    Cadeauz Gifts on East Columbia

  220. SloaneWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 1:31pm PDT

    I love the walkability of my city. And the food!

  221. ShannonWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 4:07pm PDT

    Shupping for a meal at the QUAY

  222. Elizabeth BWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 4:09pm PDT

    I love going to the Quay and walking along the path by the water. The gardens are beautiful. Of course, dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory is always enjoyed! I would love the chance to try out the Gift Card places too!!
    Tweeted too @lizzielou48

  223. LeahWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 9:09pm PDT

    Oh my gosh, I spent a lot of my 20s in New West. Fondest memories were probably as a server at the New West Keg. What a great group of people to work with. We had a blast!

  224. MarianneWednesday, May 30th, 2012 — 10:47pm PDT

    The vintage-style fashion shops along Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC..

  225. C WilsonThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 10:12am PDT

    I love all the bridal shoppes and the river market

  226. KarenThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 10:36am PDT

    i lived in upper New West for a couple of years and watched from my ivory tower as they built the Safeway complex at the old Woodwards site (I still miss Woodwards) across from Moody Park. Loved it there. Miss New West and really should go back and see what has changed since the 90s.

  227. MichelleThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 12:02pm PDT

    I love the market!

  228. MARYThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 3:04pm PDT

    the quay for sure!! πŸ™‚

  229. TonyThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 5:33pm PDT

    I like strolling at the market and quay.

  230. TinaThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 7:45pm PDT

    I like going for picnics at Queens Park or spending the afternoon at the quay.

  231. anneThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 7:53pm PDT

    i would love to check out karmavore and also the market!

  232. Suzanne KnibbsThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 7:56pm PDT

    I’ve been to Wild Rice at the River Market twice so far- looking forward to their new patio soon!

  233. CandiceThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 8:06pm PDT

    The petting zoo – my nephews love it there…

  234. kahhleeThursday, May 31st, 2012 — 8:42pm PDT

    Would love to visit Wild Rice – your pictures look so good!

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  236. Andrew C.Friday, June 1st, 2012 — 12:07am PDT

    The market is going again, nice to see

  237. JaneFriday, June 1st, 2012 — 12:25am PDT

    river market at the quay

  238. LynFriday, June 1st, 2012 — 10:37am PDT

    I love the 1950’s houses in New West. with the British names, loike Dublin, London streets…

  239. AdamFriday, June 1st, 2012 — 10:40am PDT

    My cousin lives in New Westminster, so I like it New Westmeinster becausse I have a cousin who lives and loves it.

  240. MIKEFriday, June 1st, 2012 — 11:17am PDT

    Queen’s Park petting Zoo is very cool.

  241. KandesTuesday, June 5th, 2012 — 11:20am PDT

    New West has always seemed like a great balance between living in the city and still being not in the thick of it, great place for families!!
    Love the quay

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