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Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

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Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

We are going to New Westminster tomorrow.

As you probably realise by now I really like looking at interesting buildings, homes etc. but also maybe need a couple of things in the day to interest our children aged 10 & 11 or at least "go inside" buildings for a break in the car if it is raining.

The visitor centre does not appear to open in Winter so I can't get a map (if they even had one).

Does anyone know of a map like a tourist map online that I could send to my iphone. I can't use iphone apps or anything that needs a phone network connection when outside hotel so I need something I can send to myself in an email to open tonight and save.

I like the sound of the:

Residential Walking Tour (although will probably drive past these places by car)

Columbia Walking Tour - perhaps just look at a few places of interest

Esplanade Walking Tour

Maybe visit Irving House (open 12-4)

The tourism site lists these as Neighbourhoods.

12th Street

Historic Downtown

The Quay

Queensborough

Uptown

Sapperton

Any suggestions on how to plan our day knowing it will probably rain. We will probably start about 9am.

I will probably do residential tour first, so suggestions for where to go next so we are not back & forth in directions etc.

Thanks

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1. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

Aak, I typed you a long reply and then lost it. Ok, lets try this again.

For the kids, drop in Trampoline at the Queen Park Arenex and swimming at Canada Games Pool. Trampoline noon to 12:45, swimming 1 pm to 8:45 pm.

newwestpcr.ca/recreation/drop-in_schedules.p…

Irving House is nice and I recommend that. Otherwise, New West may be a bit of a disappointment. You might want to get back on Skytrain and continue around to Lougheed Mall, then jump on the 97 B Line and go down to the Rocky Point Park area in Port Moody, another historic town in this area. The little museum is good and Shoreline Trail around the toe of the Inlet is a wonderful walk.

http://portmoodymuseum.org/

Edited: 07 January 2012, 00:57
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2. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

Ah - I see you have a car (duh! I should have remembered that from your other posts) I assumed you chose New West because you were going to take transit and its easy.

Ok, then skip New West all together and go to Fort Langley instead. Much better suited to what I think you are looking for:

tourism-langley.ca/Experience/Heritage-and-C…

pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/langley/index.aspx

http://www.langleymuseum.org/

Fort Langley is a bit further east, but worth it.

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3. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

Ditto Vancouverite.. skip New Westminster ....a few nice houses in Queens Park area but otherwise you'll be totally underwhelmed.

Have you visited UBC and the Museum, of Anthropology and the Biodiversity museum with the Blue Whale skeleton?

http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/

The Museum of Anthropolgy has awsome totem poles and great artifacts in a wonderful setting not at all boring.

http://www.moa.ubc.ca/

Fort Langley is well worth the drive if you want to head out of the city

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4. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

another thought is Steveston and the cannery museum and docks.. and if it's not too cold/wet stop into Reifel bird sanctuary where there are thousands of snow geese wintering

http://www.steveston.bc.ca/

http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/

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5. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

New Westminster was the capital city of our province back in the day and there some pretty nice heritage houses to reflect that. It was the capital of the Colony of British Columbia between 1858-1866.

Each one of these photos gives an address.

flickr.com/photos/…

Click on the map for further information:

newwestheritage.org/Homestour/homesmain.html

I thought I had posted this on another thread for you. Guess not!

Edited: 07 January 2012, 01:55
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6. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

I'm not sure that newwest heritage will open the PDF. So try this one if it doesn't. Again, click on the map to get the PDF to pop up.

http://www.newwestheritage.org/

Get up the hill away from Columbia St, say between 6th Ave and Royal and then 6th st and Queen's Park. I think you'll find some sweet houses in there.

Edited: 07 January 2012, 02:01
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7. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

Thanks for the links.

Yes, Fort Langley & Steveston look like places of interest to me.

I think we will try these. The pen is busy scribbling notes....

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8. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

Thanks Mufti, no I don't remember those links, but they look good. So back to original plan and start at New Westminster I think.

I think I saw my dream house today in Capilano area.... Plenty of photos again. We loved Capilano Bridge - the whole park area. Well worth the money.

Fort Langley looks interesting too, I did actually have this on an original itinerary but didn't realise it was a "place" just had the historic site down.

We'll see how we go for time and how far apart these towns are. I will have to do some google mapping befofre bed.

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9. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

If you're going to New West from Vancouver, I would suggest you get yourselves to Vancouver's 12th Ave, which becomes Burnaby's Canada Way (at Boundary, you have to take a turn south and then very shortly a turn east to continue on Canada Way) which becomes New West's 8th St. It's city driving, but you get two lanes almost all the way. It's a simple way to get there without having to think about where you are and what streets to watch out for.

For Ft. Langley you exit Hwy 1 at Exit 56 and follow the signs. It could take you from 35 minutes from New West in light traffic to another 15 minutes if the traffic is wicked. That would be anytime after 3 pm as the highway is a commuter route out of Vancouver in the afternoon.

For the kids' sake, I would vote for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery which is open 10-5. The tour there is good and involves the ability to see how the cannery workers processed salmon from the fish boat on the Fraser River to the tin can. Some hands on but not a lot. You need an hour.

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10. Re: Quick answer needed - Best of New Westminster

Here you go. A house in West Vancouver at King Georges Way and Eyremount Drive. The owner's a gazillionaire and nigh on 80 or so. In fact he bought the neighbour's house and joined them together. You never know - a Canadian home perhaps for your next jaunt up here. Lots of room for your rellies to visit.

http://g.co/maps/n3c2r