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TAKE A

HIKE

Whether you’re a hiking newbie or a weekend warrior, Coquitlam’s trails will take you on some wild adventures

INSIDER TIP Steve Chapman is a Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteer and a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists. HIKE TO TRY: “For a beginner/intermediate hike I would recommend the High Knoll at Minnekhada. It’s a great area for wildlife spotting.” SAFETY TIPS: “For safety on our trails I recommend ALWAYS carrying the “10 essentials” The headlamp is the most important item and it’s also very important to let a responsible person know your plans, someone who will call 911 (for SAR) if you are overdue.”

10 ESSENTIALS ‡‡ FLASHLIGHT/ HEADLAMP & SPARE BATTERIES

‡‡ FIRE STARTER

‡‡ FIRST AID KIT

‡‡ EMERGENCY SHELTER (large garbage bag, mylar blanket)

‡‡ EXTRA CLOTHING (rain, wind, water protection) ‡‡ NAVIGATIONAL AIDS (map, compass, altimeter, GPS, chart, radio, mobile phone)

‡‡ EXTRA FOOD & WATER

‡‡ SUN PROTECTION ‡‡ POCKET KNIFE ‡‡ SIGNALLING DEVICE

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IF YOU’RE LOOKING for a challenging experience with steep terrain in a dense forest setting, try the Ridge Park Trails on Westwood Plateau (see page 44). The network of approximately 23 kilometres of trails can be accessed from a number of locations, including Parkway Blvd. and Hampton Park. While many have manageable slopes, take care on gravel surfaces and steeper sections. For maps and trails, visit coquitlam.ca/trails MINNEKHADA REGIONAL PARK Hiking trails range from a flat path through an expansive wetland into old-growth forest to an uphill climb to the High Knoll lookout (allow yourself at least 2 ½ hours round-trip). metrovancouver.org. PINECONE BURKE PROVINCIAL PARK This beautiful wilderness area offers rugged hiking adventures for experienced hikers. The Woodland Walk Trail (pictured) is a favourite, leading to the stunning Sawblade Falls (approximately eight kilometres round-trip). Due to the remote trails in this area, hikers are advised to trek in groups with knowledgeable leaders. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks

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JOIN A GROUP Are you new to hiking or don’t know Coquitlam’s trails? Joining a group is a great way to meet new people and explore the wilderness. The City of Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. coquitlam.ca/outdoors The Burke Mountain Naturalists also conduct guided hikes and you can join them three times before becoming a member. bmn.bc.ca Hiking groups for those over age 50 are also available through Dogwood Pavilion. coquitlam.ca/dogwood

Coquitlam is home to more than 115 kilometres of maintained trails and pathways throughout the city.

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Plan on spending some time in Coquitlam? It’s easy to find something to do for the day, or just an afternoon. Our vibrant city is brimming w...