The four municipalities of Delta, New Westminster, Richmond and Surrey all border the mighty Fraser River, which has played a major role in British Columbia’s development as a province. These good neighbours, joined by bridges and highways, have much in common, yet they also have their own unique stories to share.
Delta, the southwestern tip of mainland BC, includes the communities of Ladner, Tsawwassen and North Delta. This diverse municipality has it all: an urban/multicultural vibe, deep historical roots, as well as agriculture, beaches and parks. It is also home to one of Canada’s best breweries, Four Winds Brewing, which was named Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards, and then won Beer of the Year in 2016.
Before Vancouver even existed, New Westminster was a thriving colonial capital that was named by England’s Queen Victoria in 1859, earning its “Royal City” nickname that endures today. Brewing began almost immediately when the City Brewery opened there in 1861. That brewery eventually became the Westminster Brewery, which evolved into a Labatt operation that was a major local employer until it closed in 2005. The tantalizing smell of malted barley and hops returned to New West in 2014 when Steel & Oak Brewing opened its doors.
Incorporated as a municipality in 1879, Richmond has deep roots in the fishing and canning industry. Visit two national historic sites in the quaint fishing village of Steveston – and while you’re there, enjoy a meal and a beer at Britannia Steveston, which celebrates the tradition of fishing and boat building. Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks’ approach is to think outside the box – indeed, its motto is “Keeping Beer Weird”; and Monkey 9 Brewing offers something for everyone: delicious craft beer for the adults and a chance to bowl a strike at the attached bowling alley for families.
Surrey is BC’s second largest city and its fastest growing, set to outpace Vancouver before too long. It offers something for everyone, including parks, performing arts, shopping, sports and, of course, craft beer. Originally a small brewpub that achieved awards on the national and international stage, Central City Brewers & Distillers’ spectacular, showcase brewery beckons.
Explore all that these neighbours have to offer: history, culture, activities, and, of course, a passion for craft beer.
Serving quality coffee, tea, pastries, toasts, and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Rotating art, music, events and good vibes.
This community-focused brewery explores new beer styles while refining and perfecting the classics.
Asian-style rotisserie chicken shack. We serve flavourful free-range, hormone-free chickens with tasty sides of rice, soup, and salads.
Stroll along the beautiful vista of the mighty Fraser River. When combined with the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk, enjoy a magnificent 2.5 km linear waterfront park.
A place to unwind and connect with good friends. Redefine everything you think you know about Mexican cuisine with Chef Shane King’s sustainable menu.
Be sure to browse New Westminster’s event calendar when you’re in town for live music, markets, walking tours and more!
A quaint historic village with deep roots in fishing and farming. Stroll the historic village for boutique shops or attend the Ladner Village Market.
A family-run eatery offering delicious food and a wide selection of local craft beer.
Stretched along Delta's southwestern shores is this haven of warm shallow waters. Sand, sea and wetlands offer a number of water activities from parasailing, skim boarding and swimming. If water isn't your thing, bring your bike for an easy cycle along Boundary Bay Bike Trail.
Award-winning beers inspired by ingredients and techniques gathered from the four winds.
A local, farm-to-table gastropub. Scratch cooking, 36 fresh beer and wine taps, custom cocktails and warm, friendly service abound.
Bringing people together through delicious, natural, nourishing food in a warm, casual and communally stated environment.
The Barnston Island ferry runs across Parsons Channel on the south side of the Fraser River. A place where you can enjoy leisurely biking with no traffic — just simple on road riding around a tiny island with nice views of the river and surrounding farms.
From humble origins, Central City has built itself up into one of Canada’s best craft breweries.
Diverse, seaside-inspired menu renowned for fish & chips, fish tacos, and 'chowdah.' A wrap-around deck boasting unobstructed views of the ocean and the Gulf Islands.
High-quality Beaver Board SUPs and kayaks available for rent at Blackie Spit. Open 7 days a week from 10am - 7pm (weather dependent).
Gourmet pizza, pastas & burgers. Great selection of meats & seafoods. The freshest ingredients, and made from scratch sauces. Local craft beer on 17 rotating taps.
Stop by Central City’s Brew Pub on 102nd Ave. – the brewery’s original location – for pub fare and the best of Central City’s craft beer. Looking for something more outdoorsy? Try Surrey Bend Regional Park, Tynehead Regional Park or Green Timbers Lake. If shopping is more your thing, visit Cloverdale’s Main Street for vintage boutique shopping.
This trail is perfect for biking and walking. Starting at No. 5 Road the trail follows the river all the way to Steveston. Passing scenic river views, agricultural land and Finn’s Slough a small community of float homes and wooden houses on stilts. Then on to London Heritage Farm, Britannia Shipyards and into the village of Steveston.
London Heritage Farm is a 4.06 acre site that contains the historical London Farm House and a park overlooking the south arm of the Fraser River. Enjoy team time and explore the farm house and grounds.
Britannia Brewing celebrates the heritage of Steveston’s fishing and ship-building history. Visit their restaurant in Steveston for a pint and a bite, or head to their production brewery nearby to view where it all happens, have a sample and pick up a growler.
The smell of saltwater fills the air as fishing boats ebb and flow in the harbour. You’ve just stepped foot in the historic fishing village of Steveston, and right away, you’ll realize why it’s one of Richmond’s most popular destinations. Fisherman’s Wharf and Moncton street offer a variety of dining options and boutique shops. The village is bookended by two National Historic Sites and you’ll find heritage buildings and hidden gems around each corner! Allow enough time to enjoy the village at a leisurely pace.
Britannia Shipyards is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boat yards, residences and stores. Explore buildings that explore fascinating stories of working and living on the historic waterfront.
Keeping beer weird in Richmond and beyond. Expect a solid assortment of super hoppy IPAs, refreshingly tart sours, and unique creations that you might not find anywhere else.
Sample a range of craft beer and see if you can bowl a perfect game at Lucky 9 Lanes right next door.
Richmond is where you can eat, play, explore, and shop unlike anywhere else in the world. Stunning nature, delightful culinary adventures, and a unique multicultural essence will delight your senses and ignite your curiosity.
Night at the Museum – BC Ale Trail Edition
Sports. Beer. Food. Music.
The Olympic Experience Museum is turning down the lights, and turning up the music for a night of craft beer and beer-inspired food. Saturday, November 3rd from 6 – 10 pm.
Explore over 400 “artefacts”, digital archives, and a dozen sports simulators and challenges, at Canada’s first Olympic Museum at this unique adults-only night.
Five breweries from the New West, Surrey, Delta, Richmond Ale Trail, will be serving up beer samples (4oz) throughout the evening:
More info and tickets here. Must be 19+ to enter.
New Westminster is located in the heart of Metro Vancouver. The oldest city in Western Canada and the first capital of BC, New Westminster offers an abundance of experiences from history, arts, culture, food, entertainment and shopping. Situated on the Fraser River, we boast an active boardwalk along with a working riverfront and plenty of public parks.
Delta, BC, is the municipality that comprises the three communities of Tsawwassen, Ladner, and North Delta. Located in the south-west corner of the Greater Vancouver Area it boasts an abundance of agriculture, ecological, and outdoor activities in a family-friendly environment.
Tsawwassen is known for it’s sunny skies and breathtaking beaches, Ladner for it’s quaint historic village with deep roots in fishing and farming, and North Delta features amazing parks, including Burns Bog, North America’s largest domed peat bog. These three distinct communities provide a variety of activities, attractions, and events to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors.
Surrey, BC is one of the liveliest and fastest-growing cities in Metro Vancouver. With vast natural beauty, a flourishing culinary scene and cutting-edge recreational facilities, it’s a city just waiting to be discovered.
Surrey is a diverse community rich in arts, culture, history, heritage and home to some of the largest and most vibrant festivals in Canada. We embody a unique fusion of urban and rural, embracing both our buzzing urban centres and the stunning natural landscapes they’re nestled amongst.
Richmond is a thriving city where culture and character converge in a stunning setting. Where the refined mixes with the raw and contrasts are celebrated. It’s a place that’s constantly redefining itself. Dynamic and alive, it encourages visitors to leave their comfort zone and rewards them with unique and authentic experiences.
It’s where Pacific culture and true Canadian coastal experiences yield constant discovery. Whatever you crave—incredible international cuisine, breathtaking outdoor adventure, or captivating relics of the past—Richmond is an experience truly Canadian in its multicultural essence and authentically Pacific in its appeal.