Way back in the old Broadway Running Room days, the highlight of our marathon training cycles was the big destination run to New Westminster. The Broadway route followed a roundabout path through Vancouver to the 29th Avenue Skytrain station and then followed the Skytrain the entire way to the Paddlewheeler Pub at the New West Quay. When Broadway marathon clinic alumnus, Michael Stockdale, took over the marathon clinic at the new Cambie Running Room in 2012, he carried on the New West run tradition, but gave it his own flair by stringing together as many urban trails as he could to create a big, big running adventure. Following in his size 15s, the Big Mike’s Big New West Hike is a big tribute to the big guy’s big, big vision.
WEST on 7th — RIGHT at Laurel St overpass into Charleson Park — RIGHT on False Creek Seawall — veer RIGHT at Science World and go LEFT on Quebec St — RIGHT on Union St — LEFT on Vernon Dr — quick RIGHT on Adanac St — LEFT on Lakewood Dr at Templeton Secondary School — cross Dundas St and turn LEFT through Cambridge Park — RIGHT on Wall St — follow Wall St UNDER the Commissioner Street overpass > Creekway Park > Bridgeway St — at the sharp right bend where Bridgeway becomes N Skeena St, continue STRAIGHT on paved driveway to Trans Canada Trail under Ironworkers Memorial Bridge — follow Trans Canada Trail for about 2 km — RIGHT on N Willingdon Ave — continue on Willingdon one block to Eileen Dailly Pool and Fitness Centre, turn around and return the way you came — RIGHT (east) on Penzance Dr for about 1 km — after passing N Gamma Ave, look for the Trans Canada Trail angling off to the RIGHT and rejoin trail — trail briefly touches the north end of Stratford Ave and Fell Ave, stay on trail — LEFT on Hastings, crossing to south side of Hastings at Kensington Ave — just before passing under the pedestrian overpass (or over the overpass if you didn’t cross to the south side of Hastings earlier) turn RIGHT onto the paved path, Drummond’s Walk Urban Trail and follow it to the LEFT — continue on trail to Curtis where the trail becomes the east sidewalk on Sherlock Ave for half a block before turning LEFT and becoming the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail — cross Duthie Ave and continue on trail parallel to Greystone Dr > Arden Ave — cross Arden at Woodhurst Dr and continue down trail — as the trail bends left at Broadway, turn RIGHT off trail, cross Broadway and continue downhill on Lake City Way — LEFT on Lougheed Hwy — RIGHT on Piper Ave — follow Piper to Burnaby Lake Park — LEFT on Burnaby Lake trail — cross Cariboo Rd and continue on trail next to Cariboo Pl > Central Valley Greenway path along the Brunette River — RIGHT on North Road > Columbia St — LEFT on Begbie St — RIGHT on Quayside Dr and past the Tin Soldier at New West Quay
We’ve included a 16-kilometre version which starts at the Gilmore Skytrain station and joins the main route for the final 9 kilometres to New West.