We’re at the end of the first of two weeks with with the City of New Westminster as we bring you an insider’s look at everything New Westminster has to offer. We wrap up the first half of our collaboration with an in depth look at the New Westminster Quay and River Market.
One of my favourite things about living in British Columbia is the access to continuous and endless scenery no matter where I am in the province and New Westminster did not fall short of that. We spent hours walking on the Pier and were smitten with all of the quaint and small specialty stores and restaurants that we found within the River Market.
I used my friend Aidan as a model / playdate for when we spent a couple of hours on the Pier. I think we took a good twenty minutes in the Pilot House pushing every button and figuring out what was built into the unsupervised playground. The boardwalk is breathtaking. There is a lot of space for both pedestrians, their pets and bike riders to enjoy the scenic surroundings. The landscaping combined with play parks; with the incorporation of a bit of Old New West creates an enchanting environment for locals and tourists. It really creates an atmosphere welcoming anyone to take advantage of such simple pleasures. If you need to blow off some steam and need to take a break, grab a coffee and take a stroll along the Pier – you’ll feel so much better afterwards.
Since 1892, New Westminster has had a market along the riverfront. Back in the day, farmers from all over the Valley came to the market on the Fraser River using paddle wheelers and small boats. In 1986, the Westminster Quay Public Market was built and opened its doors to a flow of activities. In 2008, the Westminster Quay Public Market was renamed River Market at Westminster Quay to celebrate the history of Fraser River, the growing communities of Fraser Valley, and the market’s revitalization. I personally loved the fact that the Market celebrates every aspect of the community; from having the first floor feed your body and the second floor was created to feed your creativity and your mind. Becoming the ultimate hub of learning, business and a whole lot of fun for families and young professionals alike.
The Hungry Floor includes: The Artisan Shop, Crepe Des Amis, Donald’s Market, Great Wall Tea Co., La Grotta Del Formaggio, Longtail Kitchen, Mid-Century Modern Home, Paddlewheeler Pub, Paddlewheeler Pub Liquor Store, Pamola Bakery & Deli, Re-Up BBQ, Tre Galli Gelato Caffe, Wally’s Burgers and Wild Rice.
The Curious Floor includes: Hanson Academy, Music Box Music and Theatre Academy, Orlando’s Catering/La Perla Ballroom, Pattison Architecture, River Market Admin Office, The Network Hub – Coworking, and Vancouver Circus School.
Now, all you need to make sure is that you book the entire day off because you could lose track of time when you’re at the Quay and the Market. Oh and an empty stomach, because the food is seriously incredible.
Photography by Ghazal Elhaei