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Pier Park Is New Westminster’s Best Kept Summer Secret

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There are a number of well-known hot spots in Metro Vancouver; however, the Westminster Pier Park rivals the big city’s attractions right in the heart of New Westminster.

For one, it is in a beautiful location. Overlooking the mighty Fraser River, the park offers a beautiful waterfront vista. In fact, it is uniquely built with equal parts built on land and water. Owing this, it is the ideal place to take a long stroll or run, as the 600 metre boardwalk runs along the breathtaking coastline.

The park also has a lot of jogging and biking trails, so visitors may continue to explore the area. Further, there are picnic areas, so people can bring a picnic lunch, or grab a snack from one of the Eats Concession.

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It has public art, misters (spray park water feature) and two preschool aged playgrounds. It even has a basketball court, as well as two sand volleyball courts

People also enjoy tanning in the area, and beach sun umbrellas area available at the Eats Concession free of charge. In addition, visitor may also borrow volleyballs, basketballs and soccer balls.

When combined with the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk, the area creates a magnificent 2.5 km linear waterfront park.



Westminster Pier Park



Not only is the park beautiful, but it also known for its iconic love locks. Located along the spacious boardwalk, it is the perfect place to take a date for a stroll around the pier. In fact, the locks are reminiscent of the ones in Paris, which takes romance to the next level!

As such, the walk encourages hopeless romantics to celebrate their love by attaching padlock to the fence that runs beside the river. Couples inscribe their initials on the back of the padlock and then throw the key away—symbolizing that their love will last forever.



The park can be conveniently accessed via the Front Street Parkade pedestrian overpass or by the adjacent parking lot.

Within 1 km of the park is the Samson V Maritime MuseumFraser River Discovery CentreRiver Market, World’s Tallest Tin Soldier, Waterfront Esplanade, Quayside Playground, Quayside off-leash dog area, Antique Alley and historic Columbia Street.


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