Top things to do in Lower Mainland

Top Choice Chinese in Richmond & Steveston

Shanghai River Restaurant

Dining at Shanghai River is like attending a jam-packed Asian-style banquet brimming with an array of food. Fried eel arrives in hot stone bowls, whole fish adorns overstuffed plates, while smaller dishes of crispy …
Top Choice Mexican in New Westminster

El Santo

Way more sophisticated than your typical nachos ‘n’ burritos Mexican restaurant, El Santo is the mark of a trend in New West’s culinary renaissance. Presenting menu items in Spanish with English translations, it off…
Top Choice Gallery in New Westminster

New Media Gallery

With the right curators and a foresighted arts community, it’s amazing what you can do with 200 sq m of space. This small gallery in New West’s super-modern Anvil Centre puts together what are, arguably, the most cu…
Top Choice Market in Richmond & Steveston

Richmond Night Market

Arguably Richmond's biggest lure is this atmospheric, always busy, Asian-flavored night market that has grown from humble beginnings in 2000 to become the largest night market in North America. Beyond the predictabl…
Top Choice Cafe in Fort Langley

Wendel's Bookstore & Cafe

It's difficult to work out if Wendel's is a bookshop attached to a cafe or a cafe attached to a bookshop. Both are equally visit-worthy. This is certainly more than a soup and sandwich hangout for bibliophiles. You …
Historic Site in Fort Langley

Fort Langley National Historic Site

The Fort Langley you see today is the second incarnation of a fort first built as a fur-trading post in 1827 at a site 4km west of its current location. Moved in 1839, the fort subsequently switched its focus from f…
Park in New Westminster

Westminster Pier Park

Sandwiched between railway tracks and the mighty Fraser River, this linear boardwalk park is an excellent New West addition. Join the locals for a breezy promenade stroll and check out the public art, water-facing s…
Coffee in New Westminster

Old Crow Coffee Co

Tucked into a brick-lined heritage building with a front door that looks like it was salvaged from a shipwreck, this hip java joint is serious about well-crafted coffee, from cold brews to masala chai lattes. Snag a…
Barbecue in New Westminster

Re-Up BBQ

A one-time pioneer of the Vancouver food truck scene now touring its own permanent eatery, this is the place to sink your choppers into heaping servings of ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Arrive hungry and save room …
Museum in New Westminster

New Westminster Museum & Archives

On the third floor of the swish Anvil Centre, this well-presented small museum illuminates New West's tumultuous history, from its First Nations origins and later pioneer era to its shiny postwar boom and slow econo…