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New Westminster Parking Meter Changes Go Into Effect October 1st 2009

September 3, 2009

Parking at a meter on a Sunday will no longer be free. Changes go into effect October 1st 2009.

It’s a shame really because I thought it was a really nice touch that shoppers were given a day of rest when it came to parking in Downtown New West on Sunday’s.

Oh well parking rates are still pretty affordable so I can’t really complain. Anyway, I walk to my shopping destinations so this isn’t going to hit my pocket book.

New Westminster Farmer’s Market

July 29, 2009

New Westminster Farmer's Market

If you haven’t given it a try you should make time for the New Westminster Farmer’s Market. The market happens on Thursday’s from 3-7pm, June 25-Oct 8 2009 at Tipperary Park (beside City Hall).

There are activities for children, art, music and of course terrific homemade treats like blueberry and strawberry jam. Of course there’s also wonderful organic greens and fresh seasonal fruit.

And I’m told the banana smoothies are amazing!

New Westminster Farmer's Market

Central Valley Greenway Exploration

July 23, 2009

So my foster son and I walked a portion of the CVG from the tin soldier on the Quay to the Production Way Sky Train Station. Phew. It was a long walk as we made an unscheduled side trip to Sapperton Landing which has a terrific display of children’s artwork.

Sapperton Landing Art Installation

The entire route cost 24 million dollars which was spent constructing the path. (See a detailed explanation from Jhenifer at Translink below on how the money was spent).

Among the many changes and improvements is signage that guides riders and walkers along the CVG. Though there are exceptions to this which even TransitLink points out on their blog.

In any case the walk was really fantastic and the portion that runs along the Brunette River is amazing. Just a few minutes out of New Westminster and you feel like you are in the woods a world away. Plus there’s some great graffiti along the route.

Central Valley Greenway Graffiti

Hyack Festival Association Celebrates Fraser Fest 2009!

July 19, 2009

Alex Fraser Bust on the Fraser River and the Quayside Boardwalk

Hyack, a term given the New Westminster fire department in the 1800’s which is translated from Chinook Jargon meaning ‘fast’ and ‘quick’ has now become synonymous with the May Day celebration which is held on Victoria Day weekend and is more formally known as the Hyack Festival. All of this explanation to tell you that the ‘Hyack Festival Association‘ held its annual Fraser Fest this weekend. I’ve lived here 4 years and I just finally figured it all out. Phew.

Anyway, hundreds turned out for festival booths, kids games, beer gardens, parades and a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday evening.

Festivities continue Sunday.

Just another reason why New Westminster is a great place to live!

Fraser Fest 2009

P.S. This amazing bronze bust of Alex Fraser really deserves some tender loving care. It seems he’s been painted brown sometime in the past no doubt as a cover up to some vandalous act.

Karmavore opens in New Westminster’s Sapperton neighborhood

July 19, 2009

Karmavore 'The Vegan Shop'

Karmavore an online vegan resource that stocks everything from shoes to nacho cheese sauce and personal care products (to name a few) just opened its retail doors (468 East Columbia Street) this past July 1st to rave reviews!

We recently stopped by for an orange soda and chocolate marshmallow cream pie cookie on our way along the Central Valley Greenway.

Drink Urban Lounge opens in New Westminster! 604-525-4411

July 18, 2009

Drink Urban Lounge New Westminster

604-525-4411 Call for lounge hours.

I confess I have not tried out Drink Urban Lounge….yet. I will don’t worry. In the meantime I have to give them props for doing a fantastic job with the interior renovation. Two fireplaces, lots of cozy room to get intimate with a date. And for sports enthusiasts flat screen tv’s are viewable throughout.

Previously the space was home to Urban Gypsy which moved across the street. A whole lot of moving going on in downtown New Westminster. Anyway, I digress. Seems the new owners didn’t want to give up the ‘urban’ vibe and who can blame them? New Westminster is fast becoming a charming place to live work and now, socialize.

You’ll find an assortment of appetizers from Salt & Pepper Ribs to Wings, Maple Soy Salmon, Baked Brie, Three Cheese Nachos and more. Priced from 6.99-14.99.

And if you have a bigger appetite they also serve burgers, blt’s, a clubhouse, and soups and salads to name a few. Prices range from 5.99-11.99.

Drinks Urban Lounge New Westminster

New Westminster Welcomes Drivers coming over the Pattullo Bridge

July 17, 2009

New Westminster Signage on the Pattullo Bridge off ramp entering New WestminsterNew Westminster Signage on the Pattullo Bridge

Wow! I was stunned on a recent trip over the Pattullo bridge when I was welcomed….greeted even….as I entered New Westminster.

Pattullo Bridge looking toward Surrey

Who ever made the decision to erect this Royal City sign deserves kudos! Nicely exectued and gives New Westminster the respect it deserves. Now if we could put one of these on every major entrance to our lovely city that would be cool.