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July 20th. 2017

Events this Weekend in New West | July 21-23

 Festivals
Friday, July 21

Fridays on Front

Fridays on Front is on the redesigned Front St. Each week from 5-8 PM, Front Street will feature artisan vendors, live music, and yes – beer from New West’s own, Steel & Oak! In fact, all of Front St has received a liquor license for the event, meaning you can grab your wine or beer and walk throughout the event. Best of all, the entry is free and being just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain station, there’s no reason to miss out on this exciting new event.

Social Medium

Social Medium is a quarterly evening of electronic music featuring local DJs and musicians. Taking place from 5-8 pm on aFriday July 21st, 2017 as part of Fridays on Front, followed by an after party from 8-11:30pm at Old Crow Coffee Co. for an eclectic mix of electronic music, captivating visuals and good vibes.

Saturday, July 22

Uptown Live!

Uptown Live returns to the streets of Uptown New Westminster on July 22, 2017 with a full schedule of live performances, yummy food trucks plus a host of interactive activities, art installations and more. Uptown Live 2017 will feature multiple stages showcasing the best of BC’s thriving indie music scene.

Royal City Wrestling

Royal City Wrestling takes over New West during the biggest party of the year, Uptown Live! Exciting wrestling entertainment which can enjoyed by the entire family. The action & entertainment begins at 12PM inside the mall featuring an all day tournament that will showcase some of the best talent that Royal City Wrestling has to offer. The Main Event Evening Show will feature the New West Super Cup semi finals and finals. This exciting eve show will also have the main event… Azeem the Dream VS Mister India for the heavyweight championship!

Etsy Market

Etsy Vancouver is partnering with Arts Council of New Westminster to host a series of themed mini pop-up markets in the former storefront space of Brick & Mortar Living in New West. This weekends theme is Kids & Family Market.

Bike to Shop Days

Join HUB Cycling for our second annual Bike to Shop Days! An entire weekend of shopping, prizes, discounts and ways to show your support and help make Metro Vancouver a more bike-friendly city! From Friday, July 21st through to Sunday, July 23rd ride to and shop at your favorite local businesses to join in on the fun.

Summer Saturdays at the Fraser River Discovery Centre

Go on a journey with a lost salmon and a know-it-all owl as they navigate the Fraser River! Be prepared to learn and laugh! We will have three shows over the course of the day and they will run for around 10 minutes each. Performances will be at 12:00pm1:00pm and 2:00pm.

Sunday, July 23

Royal City Show and Shine

The Royal City Show and Shine was an iconic day for, 15 years, in New Westminster and it returns this Sunday from 11am-5pm at the Justice Institute of BC.

 

Festivals are #MadeInNewWest

 

July 18th. 2017

Weekly Events in New West this Summer 2017

Summer 2017

New West is the place to be this summer! Don’t believe us? Decide for yourself after you check out this list of weekly events taking place throughout the city.

Wednesdays

Lila Summer Series

Lila: the play of the Divine, who creates freely, merely for the joy of it, out of spontaneous creativity. Each week (July 5 – August 30) we will have all-out celebrations of active, creative and playful living. Come enjoy an evening of yoga, laughter, and fun. Meet by the grass beside the concession stand. Bring your own mat.

Thursdays

New West Farmers Market

The rebranded New West Farmers Market takes place every Thursday afternoon, 3-7 PM at Tipperary Park. Stop by to check out some of the best fresh and local food products, as well as many artisan shops. Don’t forget to grab a meal from one of your favourite food trucks set up as well.

Music by the River

The Arts Council of New West is bringing back Music by the River this year, running each Thursday evening (5-8pm) in July. The music will range from live performances, DJs, and busking, with special guests ‘I M U R’ performing July 13th. There will also be local artisan vendors to shop through, live paintings, and more. They’ve even licensed all of Westminster Pier Park and will be serving New West’s own, Steel and Oak Brewing Co. beer and Pacific Breeze wine.

Salmonbellies Game at the Queen’s Park Arena

Come out and watch the historic New Westminster Salmonbellies at Queen’s Park Arena, every week in July. The Salmonbellies play at the Men’s ‘A’ level, in the Western Lacrosse Association.

Fridays

Fridays on Front

Get excited for this all new summer festival! The redesigned Front St will be having a weekly event each Friday throughout the summer. Each week from 5-8 PM, Front Street will feature artisan vendors, live music, and yes – beer from New West’s own, Steel & Oak! In fact, all of Front St has received a liquor license for the event, meaning you can grab your wine or beer and walk throughout the event. Best of all, the entry is free and being just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain station, there’s no reason to miss out on this exciting new event.

Saturdays

Boardwalk Craft Market (every second Saturday)

During the summer, New West Craft moves to the Boardwalk! Take in the sunshine and riverfront views as you shop. You’ll be able to find locally made products from jewelers, knitters, and all-around crafters! Mark it down for every second Saturday from 11-4pm at the River Market on your calendar!

Summer Saturdays at the Fraser River Discovery Centre

The Fraser River Discovery Centre will be hosting weekly fun activity sessions on Saturdays this summer! Check out their website for more details on each weeks’ crafts. Admission is by donation.

 

Share your summer #MadeInNewWest moments with us on social for your chance to be featured on our social channels!

July 17th. 2017

#MadeInNewWest Moment Monday | July 17, 2017

Welcome to #MadeInNewWest Moment Monday, where we will be sharing the top #moments captured by our social community on the weekends this summer!

Tag your photos with #MadeInNewWest, #NewWest or @tourismnewwest to be featured!
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Hanging out with the goats at Queen’s Park
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Cheesy goodness at Friday’s on Front
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Doggie with his own ice cream cone at Fridays on Front
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Rolling around at the Royal City Curling Club
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Tasty treats at the New West Craft Summer Night Market
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Discovering New West hidden gems [Wild Thyme on 12th St]
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Romantic evenings at the Castle Neighbourhood Grill
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Shopping at the New West Craft Summer Night Market
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Summer fun is #MadeInNewWest

July 10th. 2017

#MadeInNewWest Mondays

Cooling down from the heat
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Celebrating S&O 3rd Anniversary
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The first Fridays on Front!
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Watching movies under the stars
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Measuring up next to the Tin Soldier
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Party at S&O 
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Playing at the waterpark
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Checking out the historic photos on Front St
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Tacofino at Fridays on Front!
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Moments are #MadeInNewWest

July 3rd. 2017

#MadeInNewWest Monday

Welcome to #MadeInNewWest Moment Monday, where we will be sharing the top #moments captured by our social community on the weekends this summer!

Tag your photos with #MadeInNewWest, #NewWest or @tourismnewwest to be featured!

 

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Celebrations are #MadeInNewWest

 

June 29th. 2017

Canada’s 150th in New Westminster

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Canada is turning the BIG 1-5-0! 

To celebrate this milestone, Tourism New West has created an Insider’s Guide filled with over 150 experiences in New Westminster – all sourced from our locals. Don’t miss your chance to pick up your own copy of the guide – launching on Canada Day at the Tourism New West Info Booth in Queen’s Park!

Events
New West has you covered with family fun activities all day long across the whole city. The main celebration at Queen’s Park is from 11:30am – 3:30pm and is sure to get year 150 off to a great start. This celebration will be bigger than it’s every been before, taking over the entire Queen’s Park with entertainment including:

  • Arts and Heritage Workshops
  • Community Groups Presentations
  • Live Performances
  • and more!

Starting at 2pm, the New Westminster Multicultural Festival kicks off down at Westminster Pier Park. This event will be full of performances from around the world, including world music, dance interpretations, vocal performances, and more. Don’t miss out on trying the delicious ethnic cuisine available as well. The last two hours (from 8pm-10pm) will feature ZUMBA public dancing, leading right into the fireworks. The Hyack Festival Association is putting together the fireworks show, so make sure to be down at the riverfront by 10pm to get a good view!

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(Photo: River Market)

If you have kids with you, consider checking out the Canada Day Celebration at the Fraser River Discovery Centre. With special events from 3pm-9pm, bring the whole family down to enjoy activities such as sturgeon puppet shows, jigsaw puzzles, the toddler corner, a scavenger hunt, prizes and so much more!

 

Celebrations are #MadeInNewWest

June 26th. 2017

Tej Kainth Celebrates 10 Years with Tourism New West

By Sheliza Mitha

 

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(Tej’s first day at Tourism New West!, The NewsLeader 2007)

June 18th, 2017 marked 10 years exactly since Executive Director Tej Kainth first joined Tourism New Westminster. At the time, she was hired as the Marketing & Visitor Services Coordinator – the first full-time staff member in the organization’s history.

Since then, Tej has been the driving force for local tourism through innovative marketing and revenue-generating programs – both of which help support this non-profit’s limited budget. Five years later, she was officially named executive director.

While chatting with Tej recently on a mild spring evening, it quickly became clear there’s nothing else she would rather do and nowhere else she’d rather be. Tej lives and breathes New West and – as a local taxpayer and consumer of the city – is a perfect representative of leading by example.

“I was born and raised here – this has always been my home. Almost every dollar I earn goes back into New West,” Tej explains. “I’m as New West as New West gets.”

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(Tej as the May Queen, 1993)
To back up this claim, one has only to look at her family and her own past. At the age of 11, Tej was named New Westminster’s 123rd May Queen. Six years later, she was given the title of Miss New Westminster Deputy Ambassador. Her ancestry and family ties to the Royal City date back more than a century to 1913.

“I respect the past, and am proud of where I’ve come from – but I’m also excited about where the city is headed,” she adds. “We have such an incredible history, but I feel like New West has also had a rebirth. It’s an exciting time to be here, and moving forward.”

Along the way, Tej pays credits to those who helped to advise, guide and support her – most especially during those early and formative years.

“I’ve been so blessed and truly feel as if this job was tailor-made for me,” she says. “And I have so many people that I’m grateful for – for their support, wisdom and experience – including all my past and present board members, City staff, local business owners and, of course, my colleagues in other communities who have become friends.”

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(Winning Marketer of the Year, 2013)      (Torch Relay Committee, 2010)        (Launching Historic Walking Tours, The Record 2009)

In her role, Tej also works to represent New Westminster beyond the city’s borders through key community networks such as the BC Destination Marketing Organization Association, the Lower Mainland Tourism Alliance and broad-based efforts such as the culinary-focused West Coast Food. She also delivers WorldHost workshops to ensure local tourism and hospitality staff members have the necessary world-class customer service training to welcome visitors.

Above all else, Tej seems to place the greatest emphasis on two particular points: driving visitation to the city, and encouraging and maintaining positive relationships.

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(Feast on the Fraser, The Record 2016)

While New Westminster has always had its own events and traditions, these have grown exponentially over the past few years. Ten years ago, there might have been two or three events a month; this number has now grown to two to three events a weekend. Add to this New Westminster’s emergence as a culinary and cultural hub, and it’s a recipe for tourism growth and opportunity.

As for relationships, Tej wholeheartedly believes that a destination’s success depends largely on its people.

“For me, relationships are a key ingredient for developing tourism,” she explains. “Our relationships give us a push, nudge, inspiration and motivation to keep thinking outside the box and position us as an exciting and evolving destination with so much to offer.”

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(Aboriginal Tourism Conference, 2014)

Indeed, over the past decade or so, the city has benefitted from a growing visitor market. More people are visiting New Westminster, and these people are staying longer. Day trips are turning into overnight trips. One-night stays are becoming multi-night stays. All of this, of course, brings in more dollars to local businesses – from hotels and restaurants to the city’s arts, culture and retail stores.

As part of its marketing efforts, Tourism New Westminster works to create awareness and drive visitors to the city – as well as work with media, local businesses and other local organizations to create market-ready products and deliver experiences and services that are considered distinct and unique.

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One of these key efforts includes a new 150 Bucket List of experiences to help celebrate both Canada’s 150th birthday and New Westminster’s many products and offerings.

The organization also operates a year-round Visitor Information Centre that serves thousands of visitors each year. A second Visitor Info Centre will also open as of July 1st at the River Market for the summer season – along with pop-up visitor centres at some of New West’s major events and festivals.

“We work hard to market the city, but it’s impossible to do it all – and that’s where locals come in,” Tej says. “They’re our ambassadors, and our best resource to promote New West. After all, what visitors want is an insider’s view. That’s also where the idea of the 150 Bucket List guide came from. It’s about authentic experiences, and that’s what we have here – amazing, authentic experiences. And it’s important to let the world know.”

 

June 24th. 2017

13 can’t miss ‘Summer 2017’ events in New Westminster

New Westminster has become well known for its variety of fun filled, family-friendly events year-round. From mouth-watering food, thought-provoking art, and engaging live music, this summer is filled to the brink with festivals you will want to add to your calendar.

 

Weekly Events

 

1) Summer Farmers Market

The rebranded New West Farmers Market takes place every Thursday afternoon, 3-7 PM at Tipperary Park. Stop by to check out some of the best fresh and local food products, as well as many artisan shops. Don’t forget to grab a meal from one of your favourite food trucks set up as well.

 

2) Boardwalk Craft Market

During the summer, New West Craft moves to the Boardwalk! Take in the sunshine and riverfront views as you shop. You’ll be able to find locally made products from jewelers, knitters, and all-around crafters! Mark it down for every second Saturday from 11-4pm at the River Market on your calendar!

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Photo by @AshlyKissman

 

3) Music by the River

The Arts Council of New West is bringing back Music by the River this year, running each Thursday evening (5-8pm) in July. The music will range from live performances, DJs, and busking, with special guests ‘I M U R’ performing July 13th. There will also be local artisan vendors to shop through, live paintings, and more. They’ve even licensed all of Westminster Pier Park and will be serving New West’s own, Steel and Oak Brewing Co. beer and Pacific Breeze wine.

 

4) Friday’s on Front

Get excited for this all new summer festival! The redesigned Front St will be having a weekly event each Friday throughout the summer (starting July 7th). Each week from 5-8 PM, Front Street will feature artisan vendors, live music, and yes – beer from New West’s own, Steel & Oak! In fact, all of Front St has received a liquor license for the event, meaning you can grab your wine or beer and walk throughout the event. Best of all, the entry is free and being just steps from the New Westminster Skytrain station, there’s no reason to miss out on this exciting new event.

 

 

One-Off Events

 

5) Canada Day

It’s no surprise party, by now everyone has heard that it’s Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1st and just like any milestone birthday, New Westminster is going all out. This year, the main activities are taking place at Queen’s Park, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. There will be art and cultural workshops, community group presentations, and live performances. New West will also have fireworks at 10:00 PM down at the water between the River Market and the Inn at the Quay. Come out and help celebrate this iconic birthday!

 

6) New Westminster Grand Prix

BC Super Week, the most prestigious road cycle series in North America is coming to New Westminster for the first time. This free event is on July 11th and is sure to be action-packed fun for the whole family. The main event will feature teams from 13 countries around the world, as they complete 45-55 laps around the circuit. There will also be a kids race, which all youth can enter for free! The kid’s race opens the event and starts at 4:45 PM, with the overall event carrying into the night. Get excited to come out and cheer your favourite cyclists on!

New West Grand Prix on July 11th

Photo by @NewWestGP

 

7) Uptown Live!

On July 22nd from 12pm-9pm enjoy live concert performances, the Red Truck Beer Garden, delicious food trucks plus a host of interactive exhibits and art installations, all located in the heart of Uptown New Westminster. Set a reminder because you don’t want to miss out on the collection of local artists, including Daniel Wesley, Youngblood, Big Easy Funk Ensemble and the New Groovement.

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Photo by @SteelAndOak

 

8) Royal City Show and Shine

After a two-year hiatus, the people have spoken. One of the most asked about events for New Westminster is making its return following many requests from the community. On July 23rd, the Show and Shine car show is being held in the Justice Institute parking lot, with 200+ vintage and unique cars expected to be on display. Car lovers everywhere will want to make the trip and spend the afternoon in the shining sun. Don’t miss the food trucks in attendance as well!

 

9) Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival

This didn’t become one of New Westminster’s most popular festival by mistake. Join the crowd and discover for yourself why the Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Festival is so much fun on July 29th. Not only is it the largest one-day event of its kind in North America, but the range of delicious food creations will keep you busy for hours. With food truck choices ranging from waffles, japadog, dim sum, schnitzel, ice cream and more, the only problem you’ll have is choosing when to stop!

 

10) New Westminster Cultural Crawl

This August, on the second weekend of the month (12th & 13th) the best of New Westminster’s art and culture talent will be on display. This is your chance to get a closer look at why the city is revered for its cultural scene, with many of New West’s best opening their studios for free viewings, classes, and more. There will also be a launch event at the Anvil Centre on August 11th. Stay tuned for a complete list of participants.

 

11) New West Pride Week

One of the lower mainland’s biggest pride festivals, the week of August 12-19th is sure to be one you won’t want to miss! While there are events throughout, the ‘New West Pride Street Festival’, on August 19th is a big celebration capping off the week. It is a family friendly event with a focus on community. There will be multiple stages for live entertainment, a children’s area, various vendors, extended patios, a drag show, food trucks, and much more. The street party has been one of the most exciting days in New West in previous years so mark your calendars!

New West Pride Street Festival

Photo by @mikeydt80

 

12) RiverFest

Celebrating BC and World River Day, the Fraser River Discovery Centre (FRDC) and Port of Vancouver put on RiverFest, September 19-23. This family-friendly event is filled with informative and enjoyable entertainment. While specific details have yet to be released, the FRDC has promised to build off the previous year’s successful events, which included live music, art, children’s activities, and more. Stay tuned for more details on one of New Westminster’s premier events for the whole family.

 

13) Feast on the Fraser

What better way to see off summer than to explore and enjoy the culinary scene of New Westminster. Feast on the Fraser (Sept 21-Oct 1) is a celebration of some of the best restaurants in the city and sees them being paired up with local businesses to create unique and can’t-miss events. With an abundance of high quality, locally-grown food from the Fraser Valley, ‘Feast’ focuses on creating dishes that include these ingredients. Stay tuned for an announcement of events later in the summer.

June 15th. 2017

Father’s Day in New West 2017

Father’s Day is coming up fast, and if you haven’t made your plans yet, we’ve got you covered with for some dad-approved fun #MadeInNewWest

1. Father’s Day Aboard the Paddlewheeler

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Take Dad aboard the Paddlewheeler Riverboat for either a special brunch or evening BBQ.

 

2. Take in the Riverfront Views
Start the morning with a coffee & walk along the Quayside Boardwalk and then head to Paddlewheeler Pub or Wild Rice for patio lunch & drinks along the Riverfront.
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3. Brunch = Love
Take Dad out for brunch at one of New Wests brunch places:

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El Santo | 680 Columbia Street | Brunch Hours: 11:30am – 3pm

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The Boathouse | 900 Quayside Drive | Brunch Hours: All Day

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Amelia’s Cafe | 538 Sixth Street | Brunch Hours: All Day

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Hub | 344-800 Carnarvon Street | Brunch Hours: 10am – 2pm

Browns Brunch
Browns Social House | 296 East Columbia Street | Brunch House: 10am – 2pm

 

4. Make Dad Laugh – for FREE!

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This Father’s Day weekend (June 16-17) Dad gets in free to Laffline’s Fathers Day Giggle! Headliner Patrick Maliha is the world record holder for most impressions in one minute. Joining him on stage is Byron Bertram as the MC.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

June 9th. 2017

Best-Kept Secrets in New West

Discover the Best-Kept Secrets in New West According to Our #BCTourismMatters Week Interviewees

 

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1. Spend Some Time Exploring the New Businesses and Refreshed Energy in the Area
With so many new businesses opening up in the City, the vibe of the Downtown area is rapidly changing and for Angie Whitfield from the Downtown New West BIA, that is the best-kept secret in the city.

 

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2. Pick a Neighbourhood and Create Your Own Food Tour
Christina Anderson from Tourism New Westminster says that the food in New West is the city’s best-kept secret – there are many really good, authentic restaurants to choose from. One restaurant that Stephanie Vu, owner of Old Crow Coffee Co. thinks the best-kept secret in New West is Wild Thyme – a modest Lebanese restaurant on 12th Street.

 

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3. Get Outside and Explore the Beautiful, Scenic, Parks in New West

Landing Park and Hume Park to be exact, these are the two best-kept secrets in New West as picked by Jorden Foss, owner of Steel & Oak Brewery & Jen Arbo from the New West Farmers Market 

 

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4. The Immense Amount of Live Music, Performances, and Art Shows
“There’s always something cool happening here, whether it’s live music, performances, art shows… there’s a big creative scene that might be hard to see at times, but it’s here.” – Jorden Foss, Steel & Oak Brewery. While you’re out discovering the art scene, Sarah and Gorden from the New Media Gallery suggest it as the City’s best-kept secret.

 

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5. Explore New West’s Charm & Character

“In many ways, I think all that New Westminster has is kind of a secret to a lot of people.” Well said Alejandro Diez owner of El Santo.

 

 

#MadeInNewWest