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

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011



Soon it will be the time for these picnic shelters to be teeming with families. For now, it's just cool enough outside that they remain quiet.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011



Queen's Park Arena was built in 1930, and apparently has a rather famous wood lacrosse floor painted green.

Monday, March 28, 2011



Tucked amongst the trees in Queen's Park is the Bernie Legge Theatre, home of the Vagabond Players.

Sunday, March 27, 2011



The rose garden isn't much to see right now, just a whole area of thorny twigs about half a metre tall. Soon it will be the prettiest place in town.

Saturday, March 26, 2011



It won't be long now before this concession stand is teeming with families ordering ice cream, hot dogs and soft drinks.

Friday, March 25, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Vancouver Island


This is the last image I'll post from the forests and trails of Vancouver Island before it's back to the more urban nature of New Westminster.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Vancouver Island


In a few of the smaller logged areas are these, bleached out stumps of what was deemed to be not viable wood. They seem rather ghostly.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Vancouver Island


This photo comes closest to giving the sense of a west coast temperate rainforest and its colours. The soft wood of the rotting western red cedars (the ones that grow big enough to make four or more large single family homes), the charred stumps from lightning-struck trees, the moss...oh, the moss. Interesting that no giant swordfern ended up in this particular shot despite its ubiquitousness.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Englishman River


Inside the park is a suspension bridge. It's made entirely of metal, with sides made from chicken wire fencing high enough that to scale it and jump would be near impossible. This photo was taken whilst holding the camera above one of the shorter sections of wall fencing, hence the rakish angle. Great erosion of the rocks by the river!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Englishman River


Along the left side of the Englishman River a series of large dead trees have been laid down to create shaded areas for fish spawning. Heed the warning signs - this river runs fast!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Englishman River


Another information sign at Englishman River Regional Park, this one outlining the specifics of the Steelhead recovery program.

Friday, March 18, 2011

NWDP on Vacation - Englishman River


I'm currently away from New Westminster, so photos for the next few days will be from the area around Parksville, on Vancouver Island. This is approximately 100km from New Westminster, although the wildness seen here is similar to that found nearer to this blog's home.

This picture shows one of the many information signs dotting the trail in the Englishman River Regional Park. It's a great place to spend an afternoon.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

L'il one


Another of New Westminster's many heritage homes. I'm always too shy to walk close enough to see the plaque where it says for whom and when this house was constructed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011



A couple of old buildings sitting at the corner of Royal and 10th. They've been well-scaffolded for a while now, so hopefully with spring on its way they'll look much spiffier soon. This block is apparently the oldest standing apartment block in town, according to one source. The heritage house at right was relocated from another site, and is being converted into smaller apartments.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011



The local substation has this awesome graphic on its door.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Urban Vista


Columbia Square. Grocery store to the right, pizza joint dead ahead, fabric shop below with a few other usual shops thrown in: pharmacy, dollar store, pet supplies, insurance and...booze. There's even a SkyTrain in the distance! Behind those tall tower blocks beyond the metro is the Fraser River.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011



Sometimes there's the most amazing light hitting the buildings.

Thursday, March 10, 2011



I'm not quite sure if these are apartments or not. I get few clues from the windows as I walk by, and have actually never seen a person entering or exiting the building. Love the trees, however.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011



One of the signs that the long winter is nearing an end - a mass of crocuses blooming on the median.

Sunday, March 6, 2011



Some old, some new. In front, the side of the Salvation Army shop. Behind, another of the many blocks of condos popping up...everywhere!

Saturday, March 5, 2011



Another decorative utility box, this time with the old Telford Lock building as backdrop.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Mountain view

What you see when looking east as you take the SkyTrain from Surrey into New Westminster. Not too shabby...

Thursday, March 3, 2011



I love the weathervane on the roof of this house. The turrets too, of course.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011



Typical view up a back lane. So pretty streetside, so blah otherwise.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Theme Day - My Favourite Part of Town


No surprise here - my favourite part of town is the Quay: watching the river flow past, the boats working and playing, seeing mountain views like this off in the distance...

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