Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
New Westminster sharply slopes towards the Fraser River, starting at Royal Avenue. Many buildings, such as this one, are at ground level at the front yet 2nd floor by the time you get to the back. This is the former Federal Fisheries and Indian Affairs building from 1906.
Monday, July 26, 2010
This sign sits just inside the main entrance to Queen's Park. Last year it was planted with "150" (as it was the 150th anniversary of New Westminster's incorporation as a city). This year it has this large sign to represent the Year of Biodiversity.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
To get to the New Westminster Quay, people climb a set of stairs to an overpass that takes them over the railway tracks. This photo was taken from the top of the stairs. It is overlooking the Fraser River, the Quay where the outdoor stage and food booths are set up for Fraser Fest (buffalo burgers! salmon barbeque! ice cream!), as well as the Fraser River Discovery Centre building to the left.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I'm really happy I took this photo as some more local history has bit the dust. This mural is now sitting in pieces at the base of the former Salvation Army store building. I spoke recently with someone working for the architecture company creating the complex at this location, and only the facade is being kept. This mural was on the back wall, facing the SkyTrain station (from where I took this picture).
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
A couple more cars from the Show & Shine (perhaps I'll move on tomorrow; however, I love all of these cars!). The paint jobs on these two were stellar, and I love the happy face balloon just hanging out there. Seeing these two little cars with their fiery flame paint job sure made me smile!
Monday, July 12, 2010
Early in the morning well be startin' out
Some honeys will be coming along
Were loading up our woody
With our boards inside
And headin' out singing our song
-Beach Boys, "Surfin' Safari"
Another great car from the Show & Shine show yesterday. The sign in the front window says, "Look and Touch. I don't give a S**t", a nice change from many of the other cars with their "Do Not Touch" signs on them.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
The annual Show & Shine was held today. Columbia Street was shut down to moving traffic, and filled with stationary classic and collector cars from way back when until less way back when. Last night was the temporary drive in - an inflatable screen was installed in the parking lot on the quay, and showed, naturally, "American Graffiti".
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
According to the New Westminster Parks & Rec website, in 1956 a sunken rose garden was planted in Queen's Park. The garden follows the formal pattern of a Shakespearean garden, and contains 1100 hybrid and floribunda roses. In 1981, the garden was dedicated to Mr Herb House, a prominent New Westminster resident who served the community in many ways for over 50 years.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
According to the New West Parks & Rec website, Irving House (built at the time by Captain William Irving, a shipping magnate) was once described like this in the "British Columbian" newspaper, April 1865:
"…the handsomest, the best and most home-like house of which British Columbia can yet boast..."
It's now a museum showing off what was once the best in Victorian and colonial British architecture of that era.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
There's a great shop called Sherlock's Cafe that sells all sorts of British food products, everything from packaged sweets to drinks (Irn-Bru! Ribena!) to fresh meat pies and tea (in the cafe). This is where soccer (football) fans can get their Chelsea mugs or Arsenal school rulers and pencils.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
The Royal Westminster Regiment Historical Society and Museum on Queens Avenue near City Hall. The Royal Westminster Regiment is an active Army Reserve battalion, with units currently stationed in Afghanistan.
This is the regiment after whose mid-19th century soldiers the world's largest tin soldier at the New Westminster Quay was designed.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
View of the SkyTrain suspension bridge, the Patullo Bridge, and the railway bridge (which opens to let boats through). The road running parallel to the Fraser River is Front Street. Just beyond the bridge is the confluence of the Fraser and Brunette rivers.