Tourism New West Approved Ultimate Cultural Crawl Route

Tourism New West, the Arts Council of New West, and the Downtown New West BIA have teamed up on this exciting collaboration to discover the ultimate route for the 14th annual Cultural Crawl! This two day all inclusive route not only includes all 37+ Cultural Crawl exhibits and galleries, but public art pieces, local attractions, and personal anecdotes from some of New West’s summer ambassadors. If you’re feeling brave join Cultural Crawl Coordinator Howard Dai on this exciting two-day quest, or use it as a guide for creating your own unique route! Oh, and the best part is it’s all accessible on foot or by public transit. Happy crawling!


14th Annual New West Cultural Crawl Aug 12 (Day 1) – Meet at 9:30 AM

Start at the New West Public Library and check out:

Take the bus (#155 or #101) to your first stop#11 Don Smith (New Westminster Public Library)

Right behind #11 Public Art C Alpha Ball

1 minute walk #14 Royal City Centre & Blenz Coffee -Showing works by Tuna, PJ Patten, Lisa Lawrence, Clarissa Argueta, and Wendy Schmidt.

1 minute walk Public Art G Heliographic Scale

“I recommend you grab a drink from Blenz Coffee to kick-start your day!” -Christina, Tourism New West

 3 minute walk #12 Judy Darcy Constituency office-MLA Judy Darcy’s Constituency Office features work of various local artists. Terry Aske is a quilt/fiber artist whose work is displayed for this year’s Crawl.

5 minute walk #15 Silvana McNulty-This exhibit will showcase artists from the New Westminster Garden Gals, featuring watercolours and acrylic paintings. Heather MacKenzie, Silvana McNulty, among others, will be featured in the garden.

5 mins bus ride (#128) or 10 mins walk #17 Judith Ogden-Abstract Artwork featuring acrylic and mixed media on paper, canvas and wood. A journey of intuition and self-discovery. Judith believes that art is a baring of one’s soul and an expression of one’s true self.

12 mins transit or 30 mins walk #4 KRachel Art-Artist Margaret Halsey works in watercolour, pastel, acrylic, and ink. Her subject matter ranges from landscape scenery inspired by her travels and portraits of dogs and cats. Her studio is in her home.

 5 minute walk Public Art L + M KRachel’s Fence’s projects!

5 minute walk #3 Ceci Lam & Monique Lum-Join Monique Lum studio’s experience colour, texture, movement and mixed mediums. The garden alone will bring a peaceful energy that will make your visit memorable.

2 minute walk #2 Lanta Meng Studio-Find contemporary paintings by Lanta Meng and photographs by Rodrigo Sarrat-Cave.

2 mins walk #1 Van Dop Gallery-Van Dop Gallery presents the New West 7. Established in 1996, the gallery features Canadian contemporary fine art. New West 7 artists include: Angie Au Hemphill, Lanta Meng, Jerry McLaughlin, Greg Freedman, Leslie Poole, Gabor Gasztonyi, and Jim Walsh.

10 mins walk #5 The Original Bike Shop & Cap’s Museum-Cap’s Bicycle Shop was established in 1932 by Gerald “Cap” Hobbis. It is the tenth oldest bicycle store in Canada and the Hobbis family continues to sell and service quality machines.

10 mins walk  #6 100 Braid Street Studios-Home to 16 professional & emerging artists & artisans; including Judy Villett, Iris Mes-Low, and owner Susan Greig. Meet the artists and learn about our arts classes and private event rental space.

5 mins walk Braid Station then 7 mins Skytrain ride Shops at New West Station

Located within New West Station 14:35 #21 CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX Saturday Only!-CG Masters is an improved concept in job skills training for the 3D animation & VFX industries. Check out some of their students’ works in the studio space!

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“Located within New West Skytrain station, Shops at New West is full of hidden gems! Hit up Spud Shack for an upgrade from your typical fast food poutine, Bobacabana for tons of delicious bubble tea combos, or The Hub restaurant for drink specials! ” -Catherine, Downtown BIA 

2 mins walk #18 Anvil Centre – 2:45 PM-New West Artists displaying on the first floor. On the third floor, you can find New West Museum & Archive’s “Planning New West” exhibition, New Media Gallery’s “DOMINION” exhibition, and Community Art Space’s “ArchiTEXTURE” exhibition.


“While visiting the Anvil check out the visitor centre posters and brochures to see what’s upcoming around New West!” -Christina, Tourism New West


3 mins walk Big Star Sandwich


“Grab an amazing sandwich made with quality ingredients such as slow-cooked turkey and roast beef at Big Star! Fun Fact: This is where Hollywood actor Liam Neeson popped in to say ‘Hi!’ ” -Harmeen, Downtown BIA 

3 mins bus ride from New West Stn/Columbia Square #28 Royal City Gogos and Friends (Unifor Hall)-Fine art, wearable art. Artisan demos. Painting, Jewelry, Felting, Sewing. Handmade, local, beautiful. Free parking. Beverages, Pastries, Light Lunch available.

7 mins walk #37 The Playground-The Playground is hosting a backyard concert featuring an exciting lineup of local talent! Stroll through the green space made complete by a striking photography exhibit.

6 mins walk #29 Ted Munz (Fat Paint Co)

Ted’s Super Fun Art Show will feature works by several artists based in New West, with live painting, interactive art, prizes, and refreshments!

3 mins walk #24 Marty McLennan

Marty is a furniture maker and designer focused on creating meaningful and beautiful functional objects. He works at Emily Carr and has a PhD in Philosophy.

5 mins walk Columbia Square

“At the West End of downtown, this little neighborhood shopping center holds some of our most loved businesses! From foodie pillars, Chronic Tacos and De Dutch Pannekoek House, to beauty and pet services like Crystal Nails and Bosley’s, the plaza is a one stop shop for all your needs. Stop by to take a breather from your crawl adventures! ” -Catherine, Downtown BIA  

10 mins walk Public Art J Wait for me Daddy

2 mins walk Tre Galli Gelato Caffe-Get a scoop of gelato and a token for the Q2Q ferry!

“Try out one of Tre Galli’s amazing flavors, chocolate chip mint is my personal favourite!” -Cameron, Tourism New West

Next to River Market Q2Q Ferry-You can catch the new Q2Q Ferry right next to Samson V Museum to head to Port Royal Dock, next to our Queensborough destinations in the Cultural Crawl!


Steps away from Port Royal Dock #34 Movie at Port Royal Park-Enjoy a family film “A Dog’s Purpose” under the stars at this annual event sponsored by the Port Royal Community Garden Society. In the event of rain, a screening will be held indoors at Queensborough Community Centre, 920 Ewen Ave at 8 PM.

14th Annual New West Cultural Crawl Aug 13 (Day 2) – 10:30AM Start

Shuttle from 22nd Street #33 Match Eatery-Take advantage of the FREE shuttle service offered by Starlight Casino that operates every 20 to 30 mins on Sunday morning to have brunch at the Match Eatery & Public House.

20 mins walk or 11 mins with #C98 #32 Queensborough Community Centre-Take a nice stroll towards the Community Centre. Tiny treasures abound all weekend in Artist in the Boro’s “Mini-Masterpieces” exhibit at the QCC’s Art in the Atrium Gallery.

10 mins bus ride (#104) #31 Port Royal Community Garden Society-Catch bus #104 to go to the Port Royal Garden: A garden wonderland with tempting artwork, toe-tapping tunes and tasty treats. Let the Mad Hatter of Queensborough fashion your complimentary topper! Activities from 11am – 5pm. Tea, goodies and live music from noon to 3pm.

1 min walk Q2Q Ferry to New Westminster Quayside – 12:40 PM

Next to Quayside dock #22 Debra McKenzie on Samson V Museum-The Samson V, launched in 1937, is the last surviving wooden steam-powered sternwheeler built for use as a snag-boat on the Fraser River. Debra McKenize’s practice primarily consists of mixed media sculptures and two-dimensional drawings and paintings of her explorations of nature, texture, and emotions.

Next to Samson V #26 River Market (Pottery Works Shop & Craft Café)-River Market is where you can find the Pottery Works shop on the second floor, and the new Craft Café right underneath on the main floor.

Downstairs Tourism New West Info Booth & Lunch

“Say hi to our friends at Tourism New West at our official info booth in the River Market! “- Howard, Arts Council of New West

2 mins walk Westminster Pier Park


10 mins walk Public Art A WOW Westminster

Elevator up from Pier Park Public Art K + H

 “Visit the newly-revitalized and beautiful Front Street Mews located across the majestic riverfront! Home to the brand-new weekly night market Fridays on Front, come check out the array of brilliant Front Street Shops!” -Harmeen, Downtown BIA

3 mins walk #19 Old Crow Coffee

“While you’re at Front Street, don’t forget to drop by Old Crow Coffee Co. to enjoy paintings by Michael Maclean and have a delish cup of joe! ” -Catherine, Downtown BIA

4 mins walk #23 Brick and Mortar Living-With local art & design being the core of our business, Brick & Mortar Living welcomes you to join them in celebrating art in New West.

Across the Street  Mila + Paige

 “Downtown New West’s hip neighborhood boutique, known for their chic selection and killer social media feed! If you need something current, on-trend, and fashion forward, this is the place to find it. Head to their vibrant 6th Street storefront during your crawl to uncover some gems! ” -Harmeen, Downtown BIA


2 mins walk #25 Pottery Works Studio-Pottery Works is a studio and gallery located in New Westminster BC, sponsored by Community Living Society. A collective of talented artists overcoming disability through their art.

5 mins walk #20 Amelia Douglas Gallery Greenlinks 2017-Mixed media works by Tracie Stewart and displays by the Institute of Urban Ecology. Opening reception: August 12, 1-3pm.

2 mins walk  Public Art B Puddle Jumper

12 mins walk to 8 mins with bus (#106 or #123) #10 Brett Rafferty-As a resident of New West, Brett Rafferty has successfully enjoyed being part of the art community. He looks forward to bringing his exaggerated and colourful style in his West Coast themed art back to Michelle Dupre Design & Company.

13 mins walk or 10 mins by bus (#106) Columbia Station

5 mins Skytrain ride Sapperton Station

5 mins walk #7 Workingsilver-Workingsilver is featuring artisan jewelry made by our students, staff & instructors; plus the work of a potter. Lots to see and shop on this Crawl stop!

7 mins walk #8 Barb Webb & Angela James-Artist Barb Webb continues to explore texture, shape and colour in her paintings to represent landscapes, nature or man-made structures. Angela James is a prolific New Westminster Artist. She is known for her large vivid florals and expressive landscapes

15 mins with bus (#155) Public Art F & #9 The Gallery at Queen’s Park-The Gallery showcases exhibitions of emerging and established artists from Metro Vancouver. Operated by the Arts Council of New Westminster. Exhibiting Artists: Dorothy Doherty & Frank Turco. Canada 150 Mural can be found on the side of the Gallery building.

10 mins walk #13 Marney-Rose Edge-Marney-Rose paints realistically, influenced by romantic beauty and an ethereal softness creating for you an escape from your everyday.

12 mins walk #16 Massey Theatre-Art exhibitions: “Youth and Reconciliation” by Momentum and Massey Youth in Massey Lobby, “Aqua Studium” by Margaret Lawther in Plaskett Gallery. Children’s arts activities throughout the space and youth performances throughout the days.

10 mins walk or 6 mins bus (#128) #30 Lavana La brey (Renaissance Books)-Lavana La Brey enjoys expanding and experimenting in mixed media from realist art styles to abstract. She enjoys working in all art mediums from acrylic to oils to create art.

2 mins walk #27 Gabor Gasztonyi-Studio A full-service photographic studio and gallery showcasing award-winning photographer Gabor Gasztonyi’s classic black and white photographic images and original oil paintings by Judith Copland.


P.S. We thought it was time that we finally introduced the New Westminster Summer Ambassadors:


Tourism New West

Christina is in her 3rd year at Queen’s University working on a double major in Legal Studies and History. Born and raised in New West, she’s excited to be back and more involved in the community!

Cameron is a Tourism & Marketing student who’s new to the city, but ready to apply his skills and get to know this exciting city!

Downtown New West BIA

Harmeen is a 3rd year Marketing student at SFU, engaging with local businesses and taking in all that Downtown New West has to offer this summer!

Catherine is a 3rd year UBC student studying Media Studies and Masters in Management with a passion for poetry and art, she’s excited to share all the amazing amenities that Downtown New West has!


Arts Council of New West

Howard is a theatre student at SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, he is excited to immerse himself in the lively arts community of New West this summer!

Will is currently in the music program at Capilano University studying Jazz. He is loving being immersed in all the talent flooding New West.