Hop off at the New Westminster SkyTrain station and stroll downhill towards the Fraser River, where the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk includes a shoreline stroll studded with artsy flourishes and shimmering river views (looks for seals, herons and log-towing boats here).

The adjoining indoor River Market is a good lunch stop, and you'll also spot what claims to be the world's largest tin soldier looming over the shoreline. If you have time, nip into the Fraser River Discovery Centre for the story of the mighty river flowing alongside. Then turn your back on the water and hit nearby Columbia St for the shops and historic buildings.