A day out in New Westminster

The location of one of British Columbia’s original settlements, New Westminster’s many historical sites provide ample sightseeing, while pretty parks, stylish shops, and award-winning restaurants are all easily enjoyed in a day.

Angelina's Restaurant

115-960 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M 6C9

Start the day off with a traditional Dutch breakfast at this beloved, family-run café. Inside the quaint dining room, enjoy fluffy waffles topped with fresh fruit and syrup, authentic Dutch pannekoek (thin pancakes drizzled with butter and syrup), beautiful bacon and eggs, and a signature omelette, among others. Antique chairs and crisp white tablecloths set the stage for such delicate, handmade fare.

Queen's Park

238 First St, New Westminster, BC V3L 2G5

Energize the rest of your morning with a visit to beautiful Queen’s Park. Ideal for both summer and winter activities ¬– from waterparks to safe sledding hills – the sprawling, wooded park also offers a petting zoo, playground, plenty of picnic tables, stunning gardens, and a dog park, making it a much-loved destination for all generations (and their pooches!). For sporty park goers, amenities include a strength circuit, tennis courts, trail running and much more.

Tre Galli Gelato Café

121-810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9

After your romp through the park, hit Tre Galli Gelato Coffee inside Rivermarket on New Westminster’s quay for a much-deserved spot of something sweet. Sidling up to the café’s stylish bar, pair your specialty coffee or tea with a gelato or pastry, and be sure to take in your vibrant surroundings. Recently built, the airy market’s many shops, eateries, and artisans make for excellent people watching and exploring after such delicious Italian fare.

Irving House Historical Centre

511 Royal Ave, New Westminster, BC V3L 1H9

For a taste of New Westminster’s rich history, take a tour through Irving House, the colonial home of Captain William Irving and one of the oldest heritage sites in the province. Transported back in time more than 140 years, guests of the house will discover the details of daily life in the 1800s, touring through 14 furnished rooms including parlours, dining rooms, and cozy bedrooms, giving way to narratives of mystery and intrigue. Open Saturday and Sunday, Irving House is an ideal weekend activity.

Pacific Breeze Winery

6-320 Stewardson Way, New Westminster, BC V3M 6C3

From old traditions to new, urban wineries are fast becoming a staple in communities across the province, and New Westminster is home to one of the best. An international award winner, Pacific Breeze sources grapes from California, Washington, and B.C. Seven days a week, guests can sample world-renowned wines in a comfortable tasting room, all while learning about the local trade from knowledgeable staff with a penchant for hearty pours.

Longtail Kitchen Corp

116-810 Quayside Dr, New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9

Finish back where you started at Rivermarket, where Longtail Kitchen’s modern Thai street fare is light and tasty after a busy day of touring (and tasting). Voted best restaurant in the city, Longtail offers small plates for sharing (try the fried fish balls or papaya salad) as well as a variety of authentic soups and noodle-based dishes. Seated in the sleek, Scandinavian-style dining room, you’ll feel at once inspired and at home in this relaxed restaurant.

Massey Theatre

735 Eighth Ave, New Westminster, BC V3M 2R2

If timed with an early dinner, skip over to nearby Massey Theatre for an immersive experience to finish off your visit to the Victorian city. With events showcasing independent films, traveling artists and musicians, dance, magic shows, and, last but not least, the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra, you’re bound to find a show that speaks to you at this stunning, 1260 seat theatre. Tip: book in advance, as seats for popular shows sell like hot cakes.

These iconic hikes – all within driving distance from Vancouver – offer breathtaking views, opportunities for wildlife viewing and groomed trails, making them ideal for tourists looking to experience the very best of West Coast hiking. Lace up your hiking boots (or a sturdy pair of sneakers) and start exploring!
Affordable, fun and a great workout, cycling is an ideal method for seeing the sights of Vancouver, where state-of-the-art bike paths and spectacular Seawall views abound. And for those who don’t own a bike – or who couldn’t fit one in their suitcase – these rental shops loan out two-wheelers that are well oiled, affordable and ready for your next adventure. [Photo credit: iStock.com/ Todor Tsvetkov]
Vancouver’s close proximity to lake and ocean – and its many public pools – make the city an ideal destination for trying out watersports with your little ones as they grow. So grab the sunscreen, pack the water shoes and swim trunks, and encourage your kids to learn valuable skills in and out of the water at some of Vancouver’s top aquatic camps this summer. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GOTO_TOKYO]
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