August Activities by the Fraser River

August is an exciting, event-filled month in New West. We’ve highlighted the must-do activities that you can take part in this month right alongside the mighty Fraser River! No matter your interests or skill level, plenty is happening in New West 

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Yoga by the River

Enjoy a relaxing outdoor yoga session at scenic Westminster Pier Park hosted by the Downtown New West BIA and Santosha Yoga. You can join in on Wednesdays (August 4th, 11th and 18th) from 12:00–1:30 PM and Saturdays (August 7th and 14th) from 10:00–11:30 AM for free, and every yoga session features a new theme and different instructorDon’t forget your yoga mat, water and sunscreen! For more details and to register click here 

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Music by the River

Music by the River features live music at Westminster Pier Park every Thursday from 6:00–8:00 PM this August. Bring your own food and drinks or hit the concession, grab a spot on the fully licensed festival lawn and enjoy the tunes! View the performing artists on the official event page here. 

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Summer Sketching by the River

Explore your creative side as you sketch away by the Fraser River just outside the River Market. Brought to you by the Arts Council of New Westminster, Summer Sketching by the River requires no registration or previous drawing experience and all supplies are provided by the organizers. While testing out new techniques and learning from local artist Sherida Charles, you’ll improve your skills session after session! Summer Sketching by the River runs every Tuesday from 1:00–3:00 PM for teens and every Wednesday from 6:00–8:00 PM for adults this August. 

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Guided Tours at the Fraser River Discovery Centre 

The Fraser River Discovery Centre offers two unique walking tours for visitors to experience. Their guided indoor exhibit tour gives insights about life on the Fraseand the importance of the river to our region. They also offer the guided outdoor historical walking tours where you can learn interesting facts about the Fraser River’s history, culture, and ecology. Book a spot on the tour of your choice on the sign-up page. 

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Eating & Shopping at the River Market

If you’re looking to do some shopping and dining in Downtown New West, youll love the River Market! Home to unique local shops and restaurants, the River Market is the perfect place to grab a snack, kick back and admire the scenic views of the mighty Fraser River. 

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Boating on the Fraser River

We’ve mentioned activities to do by the river, so why not some activities to do on the river? We love the Q to Q Ferry, which runs between the Quayside and Queensborough terminals in just five minutes. This charming boat ride gives riders a unique perspective of Downtown New Westminster that you wouldn’t see otherwise! View the Q to Q sailing schedule and ticket prices here. There is also a self-guided Q to Q Ferry tour that you can check out here. 

If you’re looking for a longer ride, check out the Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours. Take the Ladner Wetlands and Nature Cruise and experience the natural beauty of the Fraser River or secure your spot on the Sunset on the Fraser River Dinner Cruise and enjoy a freshly-prepared three-course meal. View available time slots and book your next Fraser River cruise here. 


There you have it! New West is full of exciting activities all August long. If a simple walk along the Fraser River is what you’re looking for, head over to our list of Four Scenic Walks Along the Fraser River. Get out and explore New West!