For the past two weeks we collaborated with the City of New Westminster to discover and uncover the best of what the Royal City has to offer. We explored the city in every aspect possible: from delicious eats, to hidden gems and educational sessions that in turn brought a lot of laughs.
My personal knowledge of New Westminster only extended to that of a family friend’s home where would we go for occasional dinners, as well as The Old Spaghetti Factory. Other than that, I never really took the time to explore and get to know all of the hidden treasures and secrets of the city. This collaboration brought on the opportunity to not only discover some great attributes but to meet individuals who had some incredible stories to share. I was blown away by not only the amount of history that lays among the streets but also the knowledge that each person held. Everyone was so welcoming and so willing to share their stories and those of which represented their New Westminster. There’s nothing greater than feeling at home in a foreign environment. If you have a chance, take your family, your friends or your loved ones and spend some time in the Royal City. Not sure where to start? Just use my guide below and indulge in a little history, delicious food and you’re sure to make memories that will not only last but leave a permanent smile on your face.
The ‘walkability’ as locals would put it, really proved itself when we made our way around the city. I personally don’t drive so I really liked the fact that it was easy to get to where we needed to and that it didn’t feel like the walks were endless and boring. Each block presented a different element of wonder and interest and kept us distracted from things like walking up a massive hill. It also helps that everyone we made eye contact with smiled and was genuinely so nice. Seriously, New West, you are too kind.
One of my favourite past-times is well, eating. If there’s food involved, I’m there. The Spud Shack was probably the biggest find and surprise while we spent some time at the Shops at New West Station. The food was delicious and the variety of choices made me fall in love with the Shack. The sheer convenience of it being right off the platform makes it the perfect spot to grab that post-work/post-party bite. It helps that it’s open late too.
I can’t get over how sweet Anny is. When we got to Anny’s, we were pretty tired and ready to call it a day and ending it at the Dairy Bar was the best decision we could’ve made. Anny took care of us and made us feel right at home. The only difficult decision that you’ll have to make at Anny’s is what you’re not going to eat. (It’s a struggle.)
I always knew that British Columbia had a thriving film industry but I wasn’t aware of how many of these movies and shows are actually filmed in New Westminster. This was one of my favourite posts because I went back and watched about half of the movies mentioned just to see if I could recognize New West landmarks. It’s the best kind of research. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>