Staycation New West, Ep. 1: Original Downtown

Are you in need of a getaway? Well, the time is finally here to start your vacation close to home! We welcome you to New Westminster, the city with everything you need to plan the perfect getaway. Keep reading to find inspiration for the ultimate staycation.


Built on pillars overlooking the Fraser River is the Inn at the Quay. Enjoy their luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and balconies with unbeatable views of the river. The Inn at the Quay is conveniently located just a 4-minute walk from the SkyTrain, right above the boardwalk and surrounded by some of New West’s best restaurants and attractions.



Explore the majestic Fraser River on a Paddlewheeler Boat River Cruise. Choose between historic and scenic cruises, lunch and dinner cruises, or their Pub Night on the Fraser cruise. If you’re looking for something more active, hop on your bike or take a walk along the boardwalk from Westminster Pier Park to Quayside Park. Or visit the Sabai Thai Spa for a full body treatment, the ultimate activity for relaxation.

While exploring the area, be sure to pop into our local shops and the River Market to see what gems you can find. Be sure to snap a pic with some of our iconic landmarks too, like the and the WOW Westminster art installation located in Pier Park.


New West is home to a wide variety of restaurants, offering just about every type of food you can imagine. Treat yourself to an elegant meal at Piva Modern Italian or take a seat on the picturesque river-side patio for some fresh seafood at The Boathouse. Interested in something delicious and creative? Try contemporary Mexican dishes at El Santo.

For breakfast, Angelina’s offers a tasty Dutch breakfast and brunch located along the boardwalk. If breakfast isn’t your thing but you still need a morning coffee, check out Hive Café on historic Front Street or Craft Cafe, all within walking distance of the Inn at the Quay.

Nothing beats enjoying ice cream while watching the sunset, so pop by Tre Galli Gelato for a sweet summer treat.


Patio season is upon us and New West has some great spots for you to check out. The Pacific Breeze Winery is open to reservations for tours and tastings on Saturdays. Be sure to stop by to try their most popular wines such as the Killer Cab, a full-bodied red and their PB&G, an easy-drinking white, a perfect wine to pair with the sunshine! Looking to cool down on a hot afternoon? Steel & Oak Brewery have their patios and tasting rooms ready to go. Visit this summer to taste their latest beers, such as the Otago Dry Hopped Saison.


Whatever you decide to do, we can’t wait for you to discover all that New West has to offer. Stay tuned for our next blog of this New West Staycation series where we’ll take a look at what to do in the Sapperton area!

To catch up on the rest of our Staycation Series, click here: Ep. 2: Historic Sapperton, Ep. 3: Diverse Queensborough.