New Westminster Quay is a charming waterfront community along the Fraser River. With the average condo price under $400,000, a relatively young demographic and a short commute to downtown, this is a prime area for millennials and young families in Metro Vancouver who want to own a home without overcommitting financially or moving too far from the city. Here are five great reasons why the people who live there are passionate about the Quay and proud to call it home.
This 72,000 square-foot public market at the heart of the Quay serves as a community hub. The 'hungry floor' features award-winning dining from Longtail Kitchen (Thai), Wild Rice (Chinese fusion) and Re-Up BBQ, as well as several other restaurants, shops, a food market and a pub. Upstairs on the 'curious floor,' you'll find the Vancouver Circus School. Yes, you can learn the art of the trapeze without leaving the neighbourhood.
Loft aficionados will find plenty to love about New Westminster Quay, which features a number of true double-height loft condos with brick walls and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Fraser River.
The New Westminster SkyTrain Station is located steps from the Quay, and offers a direct connection to downtown Vancouver in less than 30 minutes. By car, it's a 20-km drive along Highway 1 or Kingsway.
Combining to form 2.5 kilometres of waterfront recreational areas, these two parks are the perfect spots for a cycle, stroll or skate. Waterfront Esplanade is lined with impressive gardens and interpretive signs that explain the history of the community and its ties to the Fraser River. The award-winning Westminster Pier Park, which opened in 2012, features a water park, volleyball and basketball courts, public art, gardens, and built-in chairs and hammocks for soaking up the sun.
Did we mention there's a circus school and a water park? There are plenty of other kid-friendly activities on the Quay, including interactive exhibits and programs at the Fraser River Discovery Centre and playgrounds along the waterfront. Top that with the chance to explore the pilothouse of the MV Expo Tugger tugboat (affectionately nicknamed 'Tuggy') and the world's tallest tin soldier, and it's clear there's plenty to keep the little ones entertained. In September, RiverFest brings even more family-friendly activities to the Quay.