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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let's face it: the days are long and damp during December here in the lower mainland of BC, but we still need to get out for exercise and fresh air. While heavily wooded areas like Burnaby's Central Park tend to get very soggy underfoot, this park has just the right amount of forest cover so you can be alone, but not uncomfortable. Most of the summer facilities are closed so, while you won't have the whole park to yourself, you will be able to talk to the trees and commune with nature.
    Written January 1, 2024
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  • Rick P
    Delta, Canada266 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Friday lunchtime visit ... Still very busy...!
    Half-hour wait for Brunch at Angelina's But it's worth it! (See TripAdvisor review).
    The mall is trying to compete with Granville Island as a tourist shopping experience, lots of unique shops! 👌
    Watch out for traffic disruptions due to LOTS of construction in the area . . .
    Written July 21, 2023
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden away behind New Westminster's City Hall, this little garden is often empty of people (although I did see one person the last time I went through). For me, well located for a rest stop on my cross-town walks. Enjoy the waterfall, or sit and watch the ducks.
    Written April 9, 2024
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  • Newbie_Vacationer
    Vancouver, Canada1,629 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and I recently went to see It's A Wonderful Life musical. I've been here a few times at the convention center on the first floor and the new media. However, I didn't realize there's also a nice theater as well. The theater is narrow, it seems all of the seats have great view. The first row is at the same level as the stage, so during the musical, the actors are literally in front of you.
    Written December 30, 2019
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  • Mountainman827
    Custer, SD1,358 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great 40 minute tour of historic house by a great guide who was very knowledgeable for cost of donation. Victorian house with original wall paper and carpeting
    Written August 23, 2023
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  • tony l
    Vancouver, Canada3,711 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally ! the Pier Park re - open on April 2 , the City of New Westminster done a awesome job ,since the arsonist on September last year , ,now lest area them before , but still very relax , spacious , safe open feeling , magnificent views of Fraser River , ,lovely new play ground for the kids and lot of new benches and chairs ,still great family fun ,and jogging and walking or dog walking , every one excellent in Social Distance well follow the guidelines !
    Written April 10, 2021
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,894 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Established in 1998, the Waterfront Esplanade is a 1.3 kilometer boardwalk that runs along the Fraser River. The city of New Westminster describes it as an “all-in-one sightseeing destination.” Reflecting on this statement, I cannot help but agree because the esplanade, if you think about it, is so much more than a boardwalk. It connects us to each other and the city around us; it functions as a link to history; and, in these pandemic times, it helps to keep us sane!

    On warm summer days or crisp Fall mornings, the esplanade has proven to be a welcoming place to amble. With its unobstructed views of the Fraser River, public art installations and lovely hanging flower baskets, it’s easy to get “lost” here; the setting is peaceful and serene. In the Fall, one is further wowed by the lovely multi-coloured foliage on display.

    In another sense, the esplanade connects us to history: It is here, on the banks of the Fraser, that BC was essentially born. In the 1860s, the Cariboo Gold Rush took flight and many was the eager prospector who began his trek here, towards Barkerville, in hopes of striking it rich. During this “boom,” and well after, the Fraser River served – and continues to serve – as a major economic artery in the Province. Interpretive signage is posted strategically along the boardwalk informing us of this rich history. In addition, the Fraser River Discovery Centre provides a more kid-friendly look at the Fraser and its role in shaping our beautiful Province.

    Perhaps most important – beyond the history (classic and contemporary) – is the esplanade’s ability to keep us sane during these challenging times. To walk out and breathe in the fresh air relaxes one’s body and refreshes the soul; to see people enjoying the sights – be it the working river or giant tin soldier – grows our appreciation for this place and space; and, to walk with those you care about enriches the experience tenfold.
    Written December 12, 2021
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourists: if you are walking or cycling the Quay from east to west, and want a quick sip before your return, look for this funky little wine bar tucked in behind Steel & Oak, which is highly visible from the overpass.
    Locals: Enjoy, as I did, the opportunity to by good quality wine from a local small business. I was especially appreciative of their offer to sign me up for their "wine club", even though I'm not a big spender - saved me a few $$$ without even asking! Nice touch, people.
    Written December 19, 2023
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,894 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s nice to see a public art sculpture on TripAdvisor in the double digits with respect to number of reviews. Most I’ve encountered and written about have been in the single digits which, when you think about it, is kind of sad. Public art, regardless of our own personal tastes, is typically designed to spur on debate; make us think about contemporary issues within the history of tradition; add complex social and cultural layers to our existing social milieu; and, make us smile or frown. Think of public art as a form of visual philosophy! It deserves our attention and critical comment.

    Veronica and Edwin Dam de Nogales’ “Wait for Me Daddy” (2014), which was installed in Hyack Square, is one such piece; it encourages us to think and talk about significant issues like the true nature of war. And it works so well because, even if you’re totally ignorant of the source material, the sculpture still conveys its message without ambiguity: War isn’t some macho undertaking. It highlights the difficulties faced by families imposed by war. Will they be whole or reunited again when it’s all over? Indeed, unlike most monuments dedicated to remembering those who fought in war, the tone here is not one of glorification and that’s refreshing.

    While I understand why this sculpture was placed in Hyack Square – the actual photo taken by Claude Dettloff was captured here – I have to agree with an earlier review by Chris D: The general location “leaves a LOT to be desired.” Not only is it difficult to take good pictures due to sun glare, but there’s also plenty of seedy hoodlums wandering about; or, at least that was the case during my visit.

    That said, the sculpture is definitely worth visit. It combines history (an iconic picture) with contemporary art. In doing so, it creates a space within to contemplate the Good. Maybe, as we stand and observe it, we just might echo the words of Kurt Vonnegut’s bird: Poo-tee-weet.
    Written October 7, 2021
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,145 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tourists should take a half hour, perhaps a bit more, to learn something about one of British Columbia's oldest cities. Difficult to find, it is in The ANVIL CENTRE at 8th and Columbia - across the street from the Skytrain Station and in the same building as the tourist bureau (which you should visit anyway). Learn about BC's first capital, the federal prison and the hostage takings, and the great fire; to name a few. I love the model of the Patullo Bridge!
    Written December 18, 2018
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  • Chris D
    New Westminster, Canada3,145 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Continue to walk by quite often, and shop from time to time. Since my previous report about a year ago, this shopping area has lost one of its main go-tos : the Paddle-wheeler Pub. What remains is a number of artsy-craftsy places and a great fresh food market. But, still a great place for a refreshment or a snack while walking the riverfront.
    Written November 9, 2023
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  • BHJR1
    Vancouver, Canada35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an excellent museum. It's well curated, with a fine collection of artifacts. Informative and interesting. Wealth of material but not cluttered. Strongly grounded in local history going back well into the 1800s. Provides an excellent sense of what military life was like and how the military fit into the broader community over time.
    Written September 22, 2019
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