Fraser River Walk, New Westminster

Disused railway tracks alongside Stewardson Way

Last Sunday my favourite walking companion and I decided to take a stroll along the Fraser River to River Market, one of the New Westminster walks we like the best. After walking through the Moody Park neighbourhood, we headed down the hill on 14th Street and crossed busy Stewardson Way. From there we followed a path alongside a disused railway line parallel to the elevated SkyTrain tracks.

Graffiti on boxcars

The path beside the SkyTrain took us to the overpass that leads over the train tracks to the waterfront. On the way we passed by Pacific Breeze Winery but didn’t drop in for a tasting this time.

One of the colourful buildings alongside the Fraser River

Our route then followed alongside the river, past the condo developments in the direction of the River Market which re-opened last year after a major renovation.

A barge towing a log boom prepares to go through the open
Queensborough rail bridge

What we like about the Fraser is that it’s a working river. We can sit and watch the river traffic, including tugs pulling and pushing log booms destined for sawmills up-river.

Our river walk ended at River Market at New Westminster Quay, in which can be found the rightfully acclaimed restaurant Wild Rice. The following two photos were taken from inside the restaurant when we were there recently for a fundraising event benefiting Royal City Farmers Market.

Tugs on the Fraser River as seen from the window of
Wild Rice Restaurant in the River Market

Patio of Wild Rice Restaurant with Inn At The Quay in the background

At River Market we picked up some food for dinner at Donald’s Market before heading homeward back up the hill.

You can read more about New Westminster in this previous blog post on my favourite places in New West.

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6 Responses to Fraser River Walk, New Westminster

  1. Dennis says:

    You got a great eye, Leslie; almost as good as Kate’s. 😉
    I love the boxcar picture. Again when we look close enough even ugly can become beautiful. 🙂


  2. Lovely photos … looks like a great walk! I’d love to get out there one of these days.


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