A photo tour through New Westminster, BC - Royal City - 49°12′25″N 122°54′40″W

Monday, February 28, 2011



Standing halfway up the stairs leading over the railway tracks to the Quay, looking northward-ish up 8th Street from the junction with Columbia Street. The short buildings at left and right are soon to be demolished and replaced with up to 8-storey structures of...who knows what. The green-roof at left is the platform for SkyTrain. Douglas College off to the right. Hot dog vendor under the umbrellas. Man eating hot dog near the circular stage. Just another typical sunny weekend day in New West (taken last weekend, when there was no rain or snow, that is).

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Piled up


Another one of those weekends where what was snow 12 hours ago is now a slushy mess in the rain. One can only hope it doesn't dip below freezing tonight or else the roads will be even bigger nightmares in the morning. Hills and ice just do not mix.

Saturday, February 26, 2011



Heading eastward at the New West Quay. The small building at left is the ticket office for paddlewheel boat cruises on the river. The two bridges in the distance are for SkyTrain and commuters (the red one), linking New Westminster and Surrey.

Friday, February 25, 2011



If you don't have much time for dropping things off for charity, this is the solution: the drive-thru charity donation box. This one's for books, but there are also locations where there are two or three of these for different things: clothes, shoes to name a couple. However, I shudder to think what happens to books when they are dropped in there, and then others pile on top!

Thursday, February 24, 2011



Some amazing trees grow around here, something about living in temperate rainforest methinks! Anyone under 180cm in height can walk along the sidewalk under this tree without ducking.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011



At the top of the steep bi-level hill of yesterday's post is this rather retro looking corner shop. You can see just off to the right how steep the hill is heading down the other direction. This is sort of the "corner" of the steep hill, if you catch my drift.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011



Yes, it's steep. That hill is about 12% grade! It's always amused me that one side is steeper than the other.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Old Skool


Sometimes, what you find parked curbside is a little unexpected.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saintly Sunday


Just a few of the amazing windows at First Presbyterian Church ad 7th Street and 4th Avenue.

Saturday, February 19, 2011



Giant fish-eating frog lording over the fry cooks at the Cockney Kings' fish and chips shop.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cheeky Chappie


Supper tonight just had to be salmon and chips from Cockney Kings, my favourite chip shop. This little guy has greeted the clientele for as long as I can remember.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

57 Below


The bar below the SkyTrain station. View over the intersection of 8th Street and Carnarvon. Behind the green building that houses, among other things, a cheap slice pizza joint, is Douglas College.

Monday, February 14, 2011



The other half of the kitty and fishie mural is this, the big blue dog head. It decorates the side wall of the SPCA Thrift Shop. There is a Valentine's Day theme in here...can you spot it?

Sunday, February 13, 2011



Going back to New Westminster's annual Santa Claus Parade, here's a photo of the mayor, Wayne Wright.

(I did the best I could to tweak this, but my camera and editing skills are not up to snuff!)

Saturday, February 12, 2011



This sign is found outside all schools in New Westminster. I often wonder if parents heed this advice or just wander over to the door leading to their child's classroom, since most of these classroom doors open to the outside (see previous post for photo).

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tattoo You


Wall outside tattoo parlour, and another utility box in a complementary skin.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011



On my way to Safeway, I caught a glimpse of this lonely corner of the parkade at Royal City Centre.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011



Another common local thing is for schools and other organizations to paint wooden animals / flowers / insects and then attach them to chain link fences. Certainly makes them look a lot more welcoming when they're covered with cheery chappies such as these.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011



For Friday's shot of the construction site, I was standing on the SkyTrain platform which is the highest platform with the green roof. The lower platform is the first level up from the street where the ticket machines are.

Saturday, February 5, 2011



There are so many interesting homes that I wonder sometimes if this should become an architecture blog!

Friday, February 4, 2011



Construction outside New Westminster SkyTrain station. This used to be a through road. Now it seems it is being usurped to construct the mammoth shopping and cinema complex.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gonna Getcha, Little Fishie!


Painted on the side of the SPCA thrift shop is the trippiest cat and fish mural I've ever seen. Love the appropriately placed dumpster.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011



It saddens me to see abandoned and boarded up houses such as this one. Imagine the character of this place!