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A lazy Sunday urban outing

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Relaxing at New Westminster Key

Relaxing at New Westminster Key

Sometimes the best outings are right at your doorstep.  Last Sunday we got out of town…on the Skytrain, as far as New Westminster.

We hadn’t been at the Quay for a few years, so we went there for a brunch, exploring what’s new (wow, a new Donald store!) and discovering the wonderful Thai eatery Longtail.  

Aaah!  Sitting by the Fraser, watching the working river and crowds walking by, eating our fill of really delicious food.  Can’t be beat for relaxation.

The town has gotten a renewed urban vibe, too.  There are shops and cafes all around the New Westminster Skytrain station, at the train level as well as ground level.  It just seems so logical, doesn’t it? I wish more stations greeted you like that.

We ended up ambling up and down Columbia Street, listening to music – it was a car free day.  Well, not exactly.  Ironically, car traffic was banned because it was a car show: polished beloved antiques, and the odd modern supercar.  There was nostalgia over the old ‘vettes and caddies, but the electric cars display was mobbed.  Sign of the times – in a good way. (There will be an exhibit of electric cars in Vancouver July 20th, for those interested)

But it’s worth remembering that if it’s fun and easy, it’s thanks to the Skytrain.  We forget how much transit is part of what defines a city – and we should cherish it accordingly.

Drooling over the Tesla electric supercar - at the car free day.

Drooling over the Tesla electric supercar – at the car free day.

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Written by enviropaul

July 16, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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  1. What is the “Donald” store?

    Caroline

    July 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

  2. Hi Caroline. Donald’s is a grocery store that started on Hastings & Nanaimo, then opened on the Drive, and now a third one in the Quay. They have a lot of excellent produce, many organic choices, and a general selection of cool stuff.

    enviropaul

    July 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm


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