Directions to Ratravaganza 2009 (from all directions)

 

1) for anyone coming north on Hwy 99 from the US border.


Follow 1 5 North to the Peace Arch Border Crossing.  Once you cross the border, I5 becomes Hwy 99. Stay on Hwy 99 until you get to exit 16, the exit for Hwy 91 to New Westminster. In addition to "New Westminster", directional signs around and leading up to the Hwy 91 exit may also say "Surrey", "Delta" and "Annacis Island" (which is an island in the Fraser River Delta that you will cross.)
 
Hwy 91 will eventually take you across the
Alex Fraser Bridge to Annacis Island and then across the Queensborough Bridge to New Westminster.  You will want to be in the far right lane as you cross the Queensborough Bridge, because you will want to take the Stewardson Way (Marine Way East) exit, which is the first one on your right immediately after you cross the bridge. (there is a lot of construction going on there so  unfortunately it could be tricky)

Marine Way East leads into
Stewardson Way.  By then you should see the Skytrain tracks running along beside/above you.  Stay in the right hand lane and follow the Stewardson Way signs.  Just before you get to downtown New Westminster Stewardson Way turns into Columbia St.  At that point you no longer wish to be in the far right lane, because the right lane is about to lead off onto Front St. (If you do accidentally get onto Front St. turn left at 6th St and take a right on Columbia.)

Stay on
Columbia St. for a few more blocks  You will cross  6th St. and then Church St. and then you want to turn left at 4th Street, which runs steeply up hill.  You will see a comedy club as you turn the corner on your left, with a mural on the wall of people standing in line waiting to go inside, and then, still on your left, you will pass the Columbia Skytrain Station.  On your right, you will pass a small alley like street called Clarkson St.  The next street you come to is Carnarvon St. Turn left on Carnarvon Street and you will pass a high rise apartment building on the corner and then the A frame styled Holy Trinity Cathedral.  The show hall is right next to the Cathedral at 514 Carnarvon St.  Parking near the hall may be somewhat limited.

2) from other parts of the BC Lower Mainland using public transit:

For exact transit directions right from your doorstep, use the Translink trip planner at:
http://tripplanning.translink.bc.ca/hiwire?.a=iTripPlanning

For anyone coming by Skytrain:
 
When you arrive at Columbia Station, take the 4th St exit, walk 1 very short but steep block up to Carnarvon Street. Turn left on Carnarvon Street and you will pass a high rise apartment building on the corner and then the A frame styled Holy Trinity Cathedral.  The show hall is right next to the Cathedral at 514 Carnarvon St.

 
3) Driving Directions for those coming East:
 

Directions to Ratstravaganza for anyone coming East on Highway 1 (Like from the Horseshoe Bay Ferry, Vancouver or points anywhere beyond or between):

Heading East on Hwy 1, take exit #33 Canada Way.  Continue East on Canada Way to New Westminster, where Canada Way becomes 8th St.  Stay on 8th St. until you get to Carnarvon Street.  Turn left on Carnarvon and go about 3 blocks.  You will see the Cathedral and hall on your right.  Parking near the hall may be somewhat limited. 
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4) Driving Directions for those coming West:

Directions to Ratstravaganza for anyone coming West on Highway 1 (Like for anyone coming from Hope, Chilliwack, Abbotsford or points anywhere beyond or between):


Take the second Brunette exit, which is "Brunette New Westminster".  The exit ramp leads you heading toward New Westminster on Brunette.  Stay on Brunette until you get to Columbia Street and turn left on Columbia (When you get to Columbia Brunette ends so you have no choice but to turn either left or right.)  Stay on Columbia Street until you get to 4th Street. Turn right on 4th Street, which runs steeply up hill.  You will see a comedy club as you turn the corner on your left, with a mural on the wall of people standing in line waiting to go inside, and then, still on your left, you will pass the Columbia Skytrain Station. On your right, you will pass a small alley like street called Clarkson St on your right. The next street you come to is Carnarvon St.  Turn left on Carnarvon Street and you will pass a high rise apartment building on the corner and then the A frame styled Holy Trinity Cathedral.  The show hall is right next to the Cathedral at 514 Carnarvon St.  Parking near the hall may be somewhat limited.
 
For more specific driving directions all the way from your doorstep, you can visit:
 

Telus Maps or

Google Maps

Holy Trinity Cathedral - map and directions

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