BYOP: Build Your Own Picnic

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

As the weather warms up and the sun shines, picnics become the perfect way to spend time outdoors. Here’s how to build your own picnic with food and materials found around Downtown New West!

Perfect Picnic Places

Pier Park

Close to the parkade, with patches of green and several seating options, Pier Park allows visitors to maintain social distancing while finding a comfortable place to picnic.

New West Quay

1- Westminster Pier Park

Near the newly-opened playground, a patch of green and a clear view of the water, the New West Quay is perfect for a family picnic!


Whether it's for brunch, lunch or an early dinner, having a meal outdoors is a staple of fun summertime activities. Here are some examples of places to grab a to-go meal easily.

Big Star Sandwich

2 - big star sandwich

Big Star Sandwich’s menu has a wide range of sandwiches available, from fresh egg, bacon and cheddar breakfast sandwiches to slow-roasted beef and even vegetarian lunch options!

Butcher’s Table

BT Picnic Pack

With more options for meat-lovers than ever, Butcher’s Table offers not only delicious sandwiches, but also charcuterie boxes and picnic packs that would be perfect for a riverside picnic. Just make sure to call in the day before to have your charcuterie box prepared in time!

Columbia Street Sandwich Company

Breakfast, sandwiches, soups, salads or baked goods, the Columbia Street Sandwich Company has it all! Just a short walk away from pier park, this restaurant is easily accessible and great for a quick bite.


If you don’t plan to have a meal, or you’re simply looking for dessert, here are some places for those with a sweet tooth. 

Snowy Village

4 - snowy village

If you’re looking for something other than a muffin or an iced coffee, the Bingsoo at Snowy Village is for you! With over 10 flavours, and take-out packaging that prevents melting, it’s the perfect option for a hot day!

Eats at Pier Park Concessions

Right by the edge of the water, Eats at Pier Park has a menu full of variety. Not only can you find a quick meal like chicken strips or poutine, but also sweets such as ice cream, slushies and a number of other cold drinks, with sugar-free and dairy-free options available!


Non-alcoholic Beverages

If you’re looking for sodas or any pre-packaged options, you can stop by any of our convenience stores such as Circle K or even grocery stores such as City Avenue Market.

5 - city avenue market

Alcoholic Beverages

For those over the age of 19, alcoholic beverages are permitted at Pier Park and other select New West parks between 11:00am and dusk, seven days a week. We ask that you act and drink responsibly if you choose this option. 

Happy picnicking!

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