Learn to Fish


“Fishing on the Fraser” is a partnership program with the Sapperton Fish and Game Club. It’s a way for people to connect with the river in a very fundamental way as it has been an important river for both food and transportation. Sarad Renyard, a Recreation Leader at the Queensborough Community Centre started the first session last year and hopes to have an opportunity for 50+ fishers to teach and mentor kids and families on how to fish along the Fraser River.

“I was introduced to fishing at a young age and it has been something I enjoy and something that I think people should have the chance to experience,” says Renyard.

The program provides an outdoor recreational opportunity in an urban setting, and it is free thanks to a sponsorship by Family Fishing Weekend BC in terms of rods, reels and tackle. The City of New Westminster ran a fishing program earlier this year on Father’s Day weekend in the Sapperton area and it returns due to popular demand. This time the event is at Queensborough, at the Port Royal Beach on August 21 and 24 from 2pm to 6pm. They are looking for both mentors to teach fishing and also students to learn! This event is good for all ages though you need to get a fresh water license if you’re over 16 beforehand, and Renyard says he’s more than happy to help. Contact him at 604-525-7388. 20160619_125412 20150824_154712

Fishing on the Fraser

Photo Essay: Rivers

Did you know our MLA is also a talented photographer? It’s true! Thank you to Judy Darcy for providing such a stunning array of photos of our beautiful Fraser River.

Says Judy, “The first thing I do most mornings is look out my window at the spectacular view of the Fraser River. The colour and light on the river change constantly and I am fascinated with trying to capture its mood. The Fraser transforms, transports and reflects everything around it. It gives rise to our parks, our businesses, our bridges – and our fog. It gives birth to our salmon. And it inspires our art!”

Judy’s office is taking place in the New Westminster Cultural Crawl on August 13 and 14, and the photos in the gallery below as well as other photos will be on display at her office at 737 Sixth St. They are also featuring the work on Terry Aske, an amazing quilt artist, who incredibly, has quilted a map of New Westminster I cannot wait to stop by and see. She recently had a statement in the House with a bit more info about her participation in the Crawl.

Monthly Theme: Rivers

2016-07-13 23.17.37When I first moved to New Westminster in 1994, I was somewhat grossed out by the brown, silty, seemingly-sluggish Fraser River. It took me a few years to really get it—that New Westminster exists as the city it is today because of, not despite, the Fraser. It’s a beautiful waterway and its role in the development and shaping of our community is pivotal. But it’s not the only river. The Brunette River (as seen above and in the other accompanying photos) is on the east edge of our community and is an example of quiet, hard work and a delicate balance. When was the last time you went for a stroll?

One of the more complicated parts of understanding what a river means to a community is to understand its function within the community. Working rivers around the world all have different relationships with the communities on their banks. Does the river provide mostly recreation? Transportation? Food? Communication? It’s often not just one answer. And in New Westminster, the Fraser and Brunette Rivers provide us with a lot. Continue reading “Monthly Theme: Rivers”