Deciding on a gift for Father’s Day can sometimes be tricky, but when it comes to family, the best gift of all is always spending time together. Grab your Dad and make some memories this Father’s Day weekend by exploring all the exciting things to see and do in New Westminster.

Easily accessible to and from Downtown Vancouver by car or SkyTrain, whether you’re visiting a park or grabbing a pint, New Westminster offers something fun for every kind of family. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out our suggestions for Father’s Day in New Westminster below. 

Shopping

New Westminster has tons of shops, from the one-of-a-kind shops in the River Market area to brand name retailers. Make sure your dad is best dressed this Father’s Day.

With over 40 stores and services, Royal City Centre is a one-stop shopping experience, with lots of options for food for taking a break between stores.

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A custom leather workshop and supply shop all under one roof, specializing in custom design and leather accessories and keychains. If Dad is hands-on learner, they also hold classes. 

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Located in New West’s River Market, this hip vintage store specializes in the ‘90s & 2000s era items, and may even be a fun trip down memory lane. And once you’re in the River Market area, there are tons of family-friendly places to shop, eat, and drink.

Brews and Bites 

Kick back and enjoy a cold one on the patio with your pop. New Westminster is home to amazing breweries and pubs

Sample exceptional craft beer at Steel & Oak. This celebrated local brewery uses a mixture of North American and German brewing styles, techniques and ingredients. 

 

A small brewery with big flavour. Enjoy limited release brews and great snacks at this hidden gem.

 

Specializing in micro-brews from the Pacific Northwest, HOPS is also conveniently located in downtown, so you can explore the heart of New Westminster as well.

 

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If your dad is more of a DIY kind of guy, make a stop at Barley’s Homebrewing Supplies and stock up on all the goods he’ll need for brewing at home. 

Parks and Pools

For fathers with young kids, a day in the park is a great way to get some quality time with the whole family, and New Westminster has lots of beautiful parks with family-friendly activities.

 

Don’t forget the dog! This park has it all when it comes to families: tennis courts, an outdoor field, a spray park, pool, playground, a picnic shelter, and of course, an off-leash dog area.

 

Escape the crush of city life and get into nature at Glenbrook Ravine. Slow down and appreciate the horticultural wonder on the Forest Trail, or explore the pond, falls, bridge, trees and flower beds throughout the park.

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For energetic kids and active dads, Moody Park accommodates many sports and outdoor family activities, from the spray park and pool, to trails and green areas for soccer, baseball and shelters and space for picnicking.

Games, Music & Books  

  • Live Music on Father’s Day

The New Westminster & District Concert Band hits the stage at The Bandshell in Queen’s Park on June 18th, 2023. 

 

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For avid readers and music enthusiasts, Groove Cat is the perfect place to nerd out about your favourite band or spend an hour or two perusing the shelves.

 

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For dads whose idea of the perfect day off is diving into the new Zelda or testing out an indie game release, swing by Gamedeals and check out their incredible selection–then take them home to play!