Riverside

I headed into New Westminster’s Riverside Markets where once a variety of vibrant shops brought life to a complex similar to Grandville Markets. But most of those retailers had gone.

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Paddle steamer docked on the Fraser River

Disappointed, I strolled outside where the Fraser River coursed west. Its icy water was not only important for salmon heading to spawning grounds, but early European settlers found the river far easier to navigate than through the lower mainland’s once dense forests.

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Tugboat and cargo ship on the opposite bank

As I wandered along the waterfront, it wasn’t hard to find evidence of the river’s continued importance. A cargo ship docked on the opposite bank and logs were cocooned further downstream — a common sight and a cheap way to transport lumber.

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