Passport to local discounts and discovery

This is a guest post by Nancy Gephart from Clever Mink’s Gifts, ‘the minksiest gift shop in the Lower Mainland,’ at 711 Carnarvon St.

Tourism New Westminster has a terrific new campaign this summer, the “Passport 150”. It is a part of the city’s 150th Anniversary celebration and it is an excellent chance to explore the city’s shops, restaurants, galleries, theatres, festivals and attractions. The way it works is simple:

1) Pick up a free Passport at any participating business (I have them here at Clever Mink’s Gifts) or at any of the locations listed on Tourism New Westminster’s website.

2) Have your Passport stamped when you visit the many participants around town. You’ll be surpised by how many there are! There is no hurry, the Passport is valid until October 15. Almost all of the participants are offering a discount or promotional goody when you present the Passport for stamping.

3) On October 16 enter your stamped passport into the drawing for prizes (with 25 or more stamps).

This is a wonderful opportunity to shop, dine, and play locally. And it is a really good excuse to do the “tourist” thing in our own city. As New West celebrates its sesquicentennial, why not venture out and see how many stamps you can collect over the summer. The Passport also has a handy Calendar of Events. And did I mention the discounts? Sweet!