New West is great for families – and perfect for a day trip! Tackle your to-do list at locally owned shops, or head out to Queensborough and do some outlet-mall shopping. Then, show your kids the best of what New West has to offer.
This park is extremely family-friendly, and suitable for kids in a range of ages. Check out the playgrounds (big and little kids are accommodated here), and pet the goats (regular and miniature!) in the petting zoo, where admission is by donation. Spend the day with a visit to the spray park and a picnic in the gardens. Forgot to bring lunch? They’ve got a concession stand.
First Street & 3 Avenue, New Westminster
Anny’s Dairy Bar
Whether you stop in for lunch or just an ice cream cone, Anny’s is a required stop on your visit to New West. Specializing in French Canadian fare including smoked meat sandwiches, poutine, and hot dogs (“steamies”), there’s something for the picky eater on your list. Do not leave without a maple-swirl soft-serve cone (with real maple syrup).
722 6th Street, New Westminster
The River Market is totally different from the Quay you might remember. Poke around the stores, stop for a snack (or some gelato!), and then head outside where little ones can explore the boardwalk, including an old river boat you can climb aboard. Check out the River Critters Kids Club for events and classes for kids aged 2 to 5 years.
810 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Fraser River Discovery Centre
Located next door to the River Market, this local-focus family friendly space focuses on living, working and preserving the Fraser River and its surrounding communities. Admission is by donation, and tours of the space are self-guided, with interactive exhibits that rotate and change throughout the year.
788 Quayside Drive, New Westminster
Image credits: River Market, Erin McGann