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The River Market

The River Market


The last time I visited the River Market in New Westminster was in 1993, I think. It was unchanged, back then, from my first visits in the late 80s with my parents. All tubular green metal handrails, concrete and exposed metal beams – the Expo 86 look. Which is no surprise really, as it had been built as the original terminus for the Skytrain, in preparation for Expo. It was plagued with a random, and fleeting, selection of tenants, which left the whole place feeling like a third-rate mall.

Fast-forward to 2010, and Westminster Quay is now the River Market, and much cooler.


We picked an overcast Sunday to make the journey by Skytrain, as a train journey is one of the coolest things ever in the whole world for Elliot. The whole New Westminster Skytrain station has been built up, with loads of little shops and cafes, it reminded me more of a UK train station – no bad thing at all. A short walk over a bridge and you’re there.

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It’s not as big as Lonsdale Quay, the River Market’s North Vancouver cousin. The ‘Hungry Floor’ collects all the restaurants in one place, including Re-Up BBQ’s only permanent location, Wally’s Burgers and Crepe des amis. I picked up a little person crepe special of a ham and cheese crepe and hot chocolate, it was perfect for Elliot. My husband had pulled pork from Re-Up and I wish I had too, my burger from Wally’s was not great. It’s worth noting that you can get Re-Up BBQ packaged to take home and reheat here, as well as their incredible bacon and sauces. There’s also the Paddlewheel Pub or Wild Rice if you’re looking for table service.

I didn’t get a chance to check out Donald’s Market or the Great Wall Tea Co. And of course it started raining as soon as we finished eating and wanted to head out to explore the boardwalk along the Fraser River.

The upstairs tenants are what make me wish we lived closer. The Network Hub, offering hotdesking temporary office space, has a location up there, as well as the Vancouver Circus School. There’s a neat looking space for music lessons called Music Box too.

We’ll definitely come back and explore further another time, if for no other reason than I need to try the super busy Tre Galli Gelato Caffe.



  1. 18 February 2013 / 8:15 am

    Love that market / boardwalk … and LOVE Re-Up – best breakfasts ever! We went one weekend, and there was a Circus School demo that had Theo running onto the mats screaming.

    • erinehm
      18 February 2013 / 8:40 am

      Ha! I can imagine. The Circus School looks very cool, I wish we lived closer to it.

  2. 18 February 2013 / 9:14 am

    Total aside, but where did you get Elliot’s little blazer? I love it!

    • erinehm
      18 February 2013 / 9:15 am

      Ha! It’s from the H&M sale bi – $7. They usually do a few good jersey blazers for boys.

  3. Ken
    18 February 2013 / 1:25 pm

    The last time I was at the River Market is was closed for reno’s. I’m glad they are up and running. It looks like Elliot is “up and running” too!

    • erinehm
      20 February 2013 / 8:38 am

      It’s a lovely little place, I can’t wait to go back when the sun is out.

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