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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 — 11:51am PDT
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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).

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

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

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  1. Shanye says:

    Finally having a movie theatre!

  2. conny says:

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

  3. Natalie says:

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

  4. Sarah says:

    The new Re-Up BBQ location at River Market!

  5. Mel.C. says:

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

  6. maggie says:

    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. Sandra says:

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

  8. Nicole says:

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

  9. Tiffany says:

    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 Kwan says:

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

  11. NicT says:

    Queens Park Arena. And the bar formerly known as Kits Pub. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Tawcan says:

    Queens Park Arena for me!

  13. Rachel says:

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

  14. richard w says:

    LOVE to check out New West again!

  15. Pamela F says:

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

  16. Matthew says:

    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 Saunders says:

    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. Andy says:

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

  19. Gisella says:

    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. Anna says:

    Landmark Cinemas!

  21. Catriona says:

    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 Dong says:

    Definitely the Quay.

  23. 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. Jason says:

    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. 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. Sandra says:

    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. JULIE says:

    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. Dot says:

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

  29. Sarah says:

    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. Brittany says:

    I always loved the tugboat when I was young! Fond memories ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Aaron B. says:

    Visiting the wedding shops with my fiancee!

  32. Iain McLetchie says:

    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. Sharylin says:

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

  34. Amy says:

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

  35. Jodi says:

    New West Quay

  36. Brigette says:

    The highlight of New Westminster? The fact that it’s my home. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. Bart says:

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

  38. Tracy says:

    Driving along the quay!

  39. Judd Richardson says:

    Love walking our dog along the boardwalk by River Market

  40. Michele says:

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

  41. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tweeting this!

  42. Ronda says:

    Cobblestone streets! Historical New West…. Love it!

  43. Brent Bowker says:

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

  44. Lauren says:

    All the shops and restaurants in the new River Market. I especially like the Kung Pao Chicken at Wild Rice ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Art B. says:

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

  46. Olivia says:

    I love the Heritage Homes located in New Westminster!

  47. ruby says:

    love the quay & having a meal by the water

  48. sonya says:

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

  49. Randy says:

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

  50. Amy says:

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

  51. Kristyn says:

    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. Megan says:

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

  53. Sadie says:

    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. Love visiting the quay!

  55. Dee de los Santos says:

    The Quay is the best!!

  56. Sue says:

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

  57. Chad says:

    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. HarjitCh says:

    lovee the peaceful walk along the boardwalk

  59. Petra S says:

    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. Christine says:

    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 Nguyen says:

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

  62. Kevin says:

    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. Irene says:

    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. Agasel says:

    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. Sharon says:

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

  66. Jen says:

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

  67. Chelle says:

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

  68. The fact that New Westminster is the Brooklyn of the Lower Mainland. ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Dilara says:

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

  70. Melaina says:

    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. Robyn says:

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

  72. Renfrew says:

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

  73. Erin says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Brandon says:

    I would like to go visit that wild rice restaurant

  75. Shelley says:

    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. Tintin says:

    I’d say the Quay. Love that place.

  77. ashley says:

    the quay!

  78. jeff says:

    queens park

  79. maria says:

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

  80. 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. Micky says:

    I love seeing the giant nutcracker on the waterfront!

  82. Mike Gismondi says:

    Queens park and would like to visit the quay!

  83. Just went to Karmavore recently – that store rocks!

  84. Angela griffin says:

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

  85. Samantha says:

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

  86. Michelle says:

    I love taking my child to the annual Hyack parade…

  87. Jeff says:

    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. Gary says:

    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 KS says:

    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. Gordon says:

    The Quay ๐Ÿ™‚

  91. Don McQueen says:

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

  92. Belinda says:

    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. Linda says:

    I’ve been meaning to check out Karmavore in New West; it’s this cool shop which sells vegan food and clothing ๐Ÿ™‚

  94. Rachel says:

    Walking along the quay!

  95. Dennis L. says:

    Love walking along the Quay and exploring River Market.

  96. Linda says:

    I like visiting River Market and walking by the river.

  97. Andrea says:

    I loved spending time at Queen’s Park as a kid. I also love shopping on Columbia and at the Quay ๐Ÿ™‚

  98. Brenda says:

    I love the boardwalk by the water ๐Ÿ™‚

  99. Donna L says:

    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. Glenda says:

    The Quay

  101. Iain says:

    The paddlewheel tours of the Fraser River.

  102. Anna says:

    Good times with friends at the Ol’ Spaghetti Factory

  103. Cyndi says:

    I’d have to say the Quay

  104. Gary says:

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

  105. Stephanie says:

    Would love to explore the quay.

  106. Ekaterina Dovjenko says:

    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. Jan says:

    antique alley

  108. Steph :) says:

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

  109. linda says:

    haven’t been to the quay in years.

  110. urooba says:

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

  111. Wanderlust Megan says:

    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 jones says:

    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. Andrew says:

    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. Christine says:

    The Quay for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

  115. Giuliana says:

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

  116. Darrell says:

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

  117. Janice says:

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

  118. Vanessa W says:

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

  119. Asha says:

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

  120. chrissy says:

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

  121. Jeremy says:

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

  122. Jen says:

    Queens Park is one of my favourite places in New West ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. Brenda says:

    Would like to explore the quay for a day

  124. Cliff says:

    I’ve had some great dinners at Boathouse restaurant

  125. Janet says:

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

  126. Karm says:

    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. Meline says:

    Douglas college! Some good memories there ๐Ÿ™‚

  128. David says:

    enjoyable walk at Queens Park!

  129. Cassie P says:

    Would love to experience Queens Park and all the The Quay has to offer ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity!

  130. Bons says:

    I would love to visit Wild Rice!

  131. Richard says:

    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. Jag says:

    I enjoy walking the Quay

  133. Jennifer says:

    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 C says:

    I love the beautiful flowers along the boardwalk.

  135. J says:

    I love Queens Park.

    And i also love the store Karmavore

  136. jeanie says:

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

  137. Sanaz says:

    I like browsing the stores at the Quay

  138. Judy says:

    The quay is quaint.

  139. Darren says:

    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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ too much to list. I see it all every day. Several times a day. It’s my home.

  140. Gayle says:

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also glad to see that the Quay is getting revitalized.

  141. Darcy says:

    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. 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 Booton says:

    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. 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 G says:

    Love Queens Park!

  146. Bonnie says:

    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 R says:

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

  148. kelsey says:

    westminster quay

  149. heather says:

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

  150. valerie says:

    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. PJ says:

    Queens Park …

  152. lindawwww says:

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

  153. Emilia Turner says:

    I love the boardwalk at the New Westminster Quay

  154. Lor says:

    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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  155. Deidre says:

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

  156. Vince says:

    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. Rod says:

    I can walk to a movie theatre now.

  158. 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. Katie says:

    Queens park arena

  160. liz says:

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

  161. Vanessa says:

    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 Nordman says:

    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 Fairy says:

    Sweet family memories strolling through the River Market Quayside Drive.

  164. Tairalyn says:

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

  165. Sherry F says:

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

  166. Lindsay says:

    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. shelaine says:

    the spaghetti factory! great views and iconic building!

  168. christina says:

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

  169. Rebecca says:

    Loved the antique shops and the quay

  170. Katherine says:

    River Market

  171. Robyn T says:

    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. MattSaunders77 says:

    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/Clare says:

    I love the Great Wall tea company! Love that wall.. I’ve had their tea a couple times ๐Ÿ™‚

  174. Justine says:

    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. Teresa says:

    The Quay.

  176. Sonja says:

    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. Hong says:

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

  178. Eileen says:

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

  179. Manuel says:

    The Army & Navy store!

  180. Mary says:

    Rivermarket and Old Spaghetti Factory!

  181. winnie says:

    I like all the antique shops.

  182. corey says:

    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. Carol says:

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

  184. Nancy says:

    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 H says:

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

  186. Deborah says:

    Playing 8-ball at Clancy’s

  187. Mia says:

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

  188. Leanne M says:

    I love the Quay

  189. Andrew says:

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

  190. bucks14 says:

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

  191. Karen says:

    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!

  192. chandni says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  193. Grace says:

    the beautiful flowers along the boardwalk at the Quay!

  194. Julia says:

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

  195. Julia says:

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

  196. Diane says:

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

  197. Robyn says:

    Always enjoyed the Quay and the Heritage buildings!

  198. Heather says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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.

  199. Surinder says:

    I enjoy taking the grandkids to Queens Park

  200. debbie f says:

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

  201. Denise says:

    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

  202. Cecil says:

    I guess it would be Queen’s Park for me

  203. Ivy says:

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

  204. Nobue says:

    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….

  205. Mae says:

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

  206. Stotes says:

    I enjoy the Quay.

  207. Ro says:

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

  208. ashlee says:

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  209. Holy says:

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

  210. Siobhan S. says:

    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?!

  211. Elisa says:

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

  212. Tiffany says:

    The petting zoo in Queen’s Park.

  213. Alan says:

    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.

  214. Lloyd says:

    Walking along the boardwalk at the New West Quay.

  215. tania says:

    the good ol’ days at Douglas College

  216. rino says:

    Queens park!

  217. Ana says:

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

  218. Belinda says:

    Cadeauz Gifts on East Columbia

  219. Sloane says:

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

  220. Shannon says:

    Shupping for a meal at the QUAY

  221. Elizabeth B says:

    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

  222. Leah says:

    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!

  223. Marianne says:

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

  224. C Wilson says:

    I love all the bridal shoppes and the river market

  225. Karen says:

    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.

  226. Michelle says:

    I love the market!

  227. MARY says:

    the quay for sure!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  228. Tony says:

    I like strolling at the market and quay.

  229. Tina says:

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

  230. anne says:

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

  231. Suzanne Knibbs says:

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

  232. Candice says:

    The petting zoo – my nephews love it there…

  233. kahhlee says:

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

  234. […] can get the full story on Rebecca’s site, but we made our way to downtown New Westminster a few weekends ago to explore the area. And quite […]

  235. Andrew C. says:

    The market is going again, nice to see

  236. Jane says:

    river market at the quay

  237. Lyn says:

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

  238. Adam says:

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

  239. MIKE says:

    Queen’s Park petting Zoo is very cool.

  240. Kandes says:

    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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