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I love Coffee! Urth Opens in New Westminster. 778-397-8011

July 17, 2009
Urth Coffee House New Westminster

Urth Coffee House New Westminster

Frankly if there was a coffee house on every corner I wouldn’t mind. So, when Urth opened in New Westminster I was thrilled.

Inside, owner Bryan Schwartz has taken a former computer shop and turned it into a very laid back but contemporary space destined to become a favorite hang out for nearby Douglas College students.

On my trip there weren’t any pastry treats to sample however the coffee sourced from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters was as good a cup of ice coffee as I’d expect from a local house.

Congrats on your new venture and welcome to the neighborhood!

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Alex Fraser Bridge and New Westminster Quayside Boardwalk Views

July 14, 2009

2009-Alex Fraser Bridge View from New Westminter Quayside Boardwalk

We are fortunate indeed here in New Westminster to have some amazing iconic views right outsite our backyard.

The following excerpt taken from Buckland and Taylor: The Alex Fraser Bridge carries six lanes of traffic, and was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world from 1986, when it opened, to 1991. It was the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Americas until the Cooper River Bridge (Charleston South Carolina) opened on July 16, 2005. The Alex Fraser Bridge was built in 27 months and had the lowest cost per unit of deck area of this type of structure in the world. The project won several design awards.

New Westminster Show and Shine 2009

July 13, 2009

2009-Show and Shine New Westminster

This past weekend brought about gorgeous weather in the 30’s in most places and car buffs and fans from all over the lower mainland for Show and Shine.

2009-Show and Show New Westminter Columbia Street

This event is held annually to show off one of a kind cars and trucks that owners have put their heart and soul into.

Examples abounded of meticulous and creative paint jobs, hot rod engines, cool interiors, bamming sound systems and restoration works of art.

This year visitors were able to enjoy the newly finished Hyack Square where they were treated to a variety of entertainment by local musicians.

2009-Show and Shine New Westminster Pink Car

New Westminster Boardwalk

July 7, 2009
New Westminster Boardwalk Hanging Baskets

New Westminster Boardwalk Hanging Baskets

Each summer the boardwalk along the Quay (pronounced ‘key’) explodes with color. The city of New Westminster does an amazing job of keeping the color flowing all summer long as plant beds are updated throughout.

New Westminster Sky Train Bridge Spanning the Fraser River

July 7, 2009
Sky Train Bridge Spanning Fraser River

Sky Train Bridge Spanning Fraser River

The Sky Train Bridge spanning the Fraser River is an awesome sight and a jewel in New Westminster’s Royal crown.

Sky Train Bridge spanning the Fraser River in New Westminster

Can you tell?? I love this bridge! Incidentally this is the world’s longest cable-supported transit only bridge in the world.

The Boathouse Restaurant

July 5, 2009

The Boathouse Restaurant

For a more formal dining experience and after a full day of sightseeing and shopping in New Westminster, head over to the Quay and have dinner and a drink at The Boathouse.

Views of the Fraser River are best from the dining room although the lounge has good views if you are not seated by the large bushes.

Burger Heaven

July 5, 2009
Burger Heaven

Burger Heaven

Burger Heaven is a New Westminster institution offering mouth watering burgers and ‘not so healthy’ french fries.