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Hit this favourite local trail




Beautiful courses for all levels



INFORMATION CENTRES Mackin House (Official Visitor Centre) 1116 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC V3K 1G2  604-516-6151


Lakes, rivers &streams





Great destinations for kids of all ages


The usual suspects & more!


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Environmental impact estimates were made using the Environmental Paper Network Calculator. For more information visit

COVER PHOTO: Trail at Marguerite Park | Photo by Dave Mackie

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2019 Summer Concert Series Enjoy free concerts under the evening sky at TD Community Plaza. Pack a picnic or grab a bite from an on-site food vendor.




Oliver & the Elements Quickness

Emma Currie Trilojay

Tonye Aganaba R&B Allstars

7 – 9 p.m. at Town Centre Park, with free parking off Trevor Wingrove Way, or a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

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! e m o c l We 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 with fun and amazing sights to see.

Interested in exploring the great outdoors? Take a walk through coastal rainforests or trek to mountain viewpoints with stellar views. Or step off the SkyTrain and check out the shopping, neighbourhoods and parks around each station. Leave the car behind and set off for adventure. Into the urban scene? Have a taste of multicultural cuisine, take in a sporting event or attend a festival at Town Centre Park Plaza, where top-notch talent takes

the stage. Or step back in time at Mackin House Museum, where you can learn about Coquitlam’s early settlers and see how people lived during the early 1900s. Whether you’re an international visitor attending a sporting event or a local seeking fresh ideas for a weekend adventure, Coquitlam’s Travel & Experience Guide has all the information you need to make the most of your time in our city. But don’t just take it from us! In this issue, local experts weigh in on the best things to see and do in Coquitlam. We also encourage you to share your images, interests and ‘hidden gem’ tips on social media (be sure to tag #explorecoquitlam). Also visit us online at Well, what are you waiting for? Come on!

park in the heart of our city is a favourite with residents and visitors. But the fun doesn’t stop there—visit our neighbourhoods from west to east, and you will find fun attractions, first-rate playgrounds, unique shopping destinations and countless opportunities to make new connections. We’re also very friendly and we invite you to join us at a free Neighbourhood Night or Park Spark events, or at a hockey or lacrosse game.


From Coquitlam City Council Welcome to our modern, beautiful city. Coquitlam is unlike any other city across Metro Vancouver—we have our region’s incredible natural wonders at our doorstep— forested mountains and rivers—alongside first-class recreation and arts and cultural amenities, over 50 km of dedicated bike routes, great public transit with SkyTrain and all the benefits of a richly diverse, multicultural community such as festivals and ethnic restaurants. We truly are worth the visit!

Want to enjoy the outdoors? Cast a line in one of our urban lakes regularly stocked with rainbow trout or dig out your hiking boots, running shoes or mountain bike to escape into nature on our extensive network of trails. Kick back at Town Centre Park to take in a live musical performance, world-class sporting event, or to play beach volleyball in the summer. Participate in outdoor yoga, have your little ones enjoy the playground and spray park, or in the winter visit the spectacular Lights at Lafarge. Rated as the best public space in Canada in 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners—it’s easy to see why this destination

We are proud of this place we call home, and as caretakers of the space, we have invested resources into keeping it pristine and accessible. Coquitlam residents have a lot of pride, and you will see that across our city. And we haven’t forgotten our past—visit historic Maillardville—the centre of francophone culture in B.C.—and enjoy Festival du Bois for a celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture. Our Travel and Experience Guide will help you make the most of your time in Coquitlam. We know you will enjoy yourself and will be sure to visit again.

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From urban forests rich with wildlife to mountainous hikes with stellar views, these outdoor locations provide some pretty spectacular sights

Canada Day at Town Centre Park



Town Centre Park was rated the best public space in Canada in 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners— and it’s easy to see why. At its heart is Town Centre Park Plaza, a stunning outdoor amphitheatre that plays host to concerts and festivals (see page 24). The park is also home to the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display (see page 28).


MUNDY PARK Rated by residents and visitors as one of the top places to visit in Coquitlam, this urban forest is a popular spot for walkers, runners and our furry four-legged friends. Take a walk through the forested trails to discover the serene beauty of Mundy and Lost lakes (see page 23).



Interested in spectacular views, oldgrowth forest and incredible wildlife? This 200-hectare park is just minutes away from City Centre and yet perched on the edge of vast wilderness. Hike to the High Knoll for an impressive view (see page 22).

Mundy Park



Bird watchers flock to this 400-hectare-plus park to spot rare birdlife including great blue herons, purple martins and the elusive lazuli bunting. The park is crisscrossed by flat, wide trails, ideal for riding bikes, running or simply strolling through nature (see page 23).



Add this one to your bucket list! The Crunch is a challenging hike from the base of Eagle Mountain to the summit on Eagle Ridge Drive. You start by climbing more than 400 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres (see page 8).



This peaceful, forested trail is pleasantly shaded in summer, offering a quiet reprieve from City Centre. In fall, paths around Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery offer prime viewing spots to see spawning salmon (see page 12).

Watch for salmon in Hoy Creek



This spectacular garden at Town Centre Park is free to explore and hosts numerous teaching events from spring through fall that will inspire you in the world of gardening (see page 19).

Inspiration Garden eco-sculpture




Take a moment to smell the (800-plus) roses! Not only is this formal garden one of the last of its kind in Western Canada, but it’s free to view, in all its colourful and scented glory (see page 19). Also on the Dogwood Pavilion grounds is a 16-metre First Nations totem pole (see page 41).


Not only is this forest an up-and-coming hub for mountain biking (see page 20), but it’s also home to some stunning hiking trails and views— minus the crowds (see page 22).



Take a walk around the one-kilometre lakeside trail and watch people of all ages casting their lines into the water. This pretty lake, which is the headwater of the Como Creek Watershed, is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and is the site of an annual fishing derby (see page 13).

Como Lake Park

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10 TH ANNUAL COQUITLAM CRUNCH DIVERSITY CHALLENGE This much-loved annual event, scheduled for Sept. 7 this year, offers different categories for varying fitness levels. The recreational group is geared toward all ages and involves completing the route at least once. Other options include the ‘Stair Master,’ which involves racing up the stairs, or the ‘Make It or Break It’ challenge to see how many times you can complete the Crunch trail within four hours (current record is eight times).

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INSIDER TIP Alex Bell is founder of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge. WHY THE CRUNCH? “For one, it’s accessible to nearly all levels of fitness. For an extremely intense workout, you can run or walk just the stairs as many times as possible. If you want an endurance workout, you can walk or run the entire length as many times as you want. Or, if you have fitness or mobility challenges, you can skip the stairs altogether and walk the more gentle slope to the top.” LOCATION, LOCATION: “(The Crunch) is right in the city limits. There is no long drive out of the city. For people farther away you can even get there by SkyTrain and a short bus ride. This makes it an all-weather trail as even in winter it can be accessed every day.” GO WILD: “I like the wildlife and plant life along the trail that changes with the seasons. I have seen bears, owls, coyotes, rabbits, snakes, deer, raccoons, eagles, hawks, hummingbirds and numerous other birdlife.”

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Tee Time

Whether you’re interested in practising your swing at the driving range or teeing off at an 18-hole course, these beautiful locations offer challenges for all levels

The golf course at Westwood Plateau



This picturesque course is set high above Coquitlam on Eagle Mountain, offering great golf in a spectacular mountain setting. Course designer Michael Hurdzan incorporated large Douglas firs, massive granite rock faces and rugged ravines into this par-72, 6,770-yard course. Power carts are equipped with GPS terminals that give you fly-overs, tips and yardage on every hole. Adding to the unforgettable experience is the 35,000-square-foot wood-and-beam West Coast-inspired clubhouse.

This nine-hole, par-27 course is a great place to work on your short game year-round. You’ll also find a chipping green, putting green, driving range, mini golf and FootGolf on site. What’s FootGolf, you ask? It’s a sport that uses the same rules as traditional golf except instead of a bag of equipment, all you need is your foot and a soccer ball. It’s played in groups of four and you kick from designated tee markers. Score!

Westwood Plateau Golf Academy & Driving Range Improve your long ball drive, iron play or wedge shots at this practice facility, which includes a 12-hole course.

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VANCOUVER GOLF CLUB The Vancouver Golf Club, recognized as one of the finest golf clubs in the Pacific Northwest, is a private club set in a stunning woodland park setting of over 176 acres. This 18-hole championship course dates back to 1911.

Westwood Plateau Golf Academy

DISC GOLF The high-flying sport of disc golf has a growing following around the world. Not only is it fun and inexpensive, but it’s an activity the entire family can play—from young kids to grandparents. The game—sometimes referred to as Frisbee golf—is played much like traditional golf, although instead of a ball and clubs, you throw a disc. The object is to reach each basket (or hole) in the fewest number of throws. Coquitlam’s 400-acre Mundy Park hosts a free nine-hole disc golf course, located near Spani Pool, at 655 Hillcrest St. Nets are on site as permanent targets. Round up some friends and drop by to give it a try. Visit parkfinder for park details and for more info about the sport in B.C. Mundy Park

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NATURAL WONDERS The name Coquitlam comes from the Coast Salish word “kʷikʷəƛ̓ əm,” which means “red fish up the river,” acknowledging the importance of salmon to our culture

THE SALMON RUN is one of Mother Nature’s greatest spectacles. Whether you’re a young child, a visitor seeing spawning salmon for the first time or a seasoned wildlife spotter, this scene never fails to impress. Each fall, thousands of fish return to Coquitlam waterways to spawn. After spending much of their adult lives at sea, they begin their epic journey to return to the creek where they were born. Some will swim thousands of kilometres, battling many obstacles in order to return home for the last time. If you want a close-up view of spawning salmon, duck into the trail around Hoy Creek Hatchery (closest street is Princess Cres.). You’ll find footbridges and areas where the path cuts close to Hoy Creek, offering prime lookout spots. Other good locations to view this natural phenomenon include the trails along the Coquitlam River and along Scott Creek off Guildford Way. Watch for chum from early October to early November and coho from late October to late December. Watch for spawning salmon during fall

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SPECIAL EVENTS SALMON LEAVE HOME Learn about Coquitlam’s history involving salmon and celebrate the release of young coho salmon into the creek to start their journey to the Pacific Ocean. This free, family-friendly event takes place in May at Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery.

Como Lake


GO FISH LAKE FISHING Whether you’re age three or 83, fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed by all. And here in Coquitlam, you don’t have to travel far to reel in your catch of the day. Two of Coquitlam’s urban lakes—Como and Lafarge—are regularly stocked with rainbow trout. It’s as easy as walking down a trail, rod and bait box in hand, and casting your line. You can fish year-round, but the best months for local trout fishing are April, May, June, September and October. To see when the lakes were last stocked, visit Interested in giving your kids fond memories, plus a lesson in patience? Drop in to either of the two local fishing derbies (see details at right) or sign them up for summer lessons through the City of Coquitlam. If you need fishing gear, or expert advice, be sure to pay a visit to Sea-Run Fly & Tackle (1140 Austin Ave.).

It’s a one-stop anglers’ shop that will set you up with everything you need to get started.

RIVER FISHING Take a walk along the Coquitlam River and you’ll likely see anglers waist-high in waders. Salmon fishing is allowed in this river, although take note that certain restrictions are involved (some species are catch and release only). Another place to hook a salmon is Maquabeak Park (5 Burbridge St.), situated on the bank of the Fraser River, with shore access and a boat launch. Five species of salmon run through this spot at varying times of the year, including chum, chinook and coho. Sturgeon fishing (catch and release only) is also available on the Fraser.

This free event in May is for kids under age 16, with prize giveaways for a variety of catches. It’s a fun day out at Como Lake, attracting hundreds of children each year.

LAFARGE LAKE FREE FISHING DAY Enjoy fishy fun and prizes on June 16 during B.C.’s free fishing weekend, when licences aren’t required. The lake will be stocked in the morning with rainbow trout, so there are plenty of opportunities to reel in a fish.

SALMON COME HOME Celebrate the return of the salmon at this free family event on Oct. 20 at Hoy Creek Hatchery. Entertainment includes live salmon demonstrations, music, interactive children’s activities, food and educational exhibits.

FISHING LICENCES Don’t forget! A B.C. Freshwater Sport Fishing Licence is required for recreational lake fishing for those age 16 and over (, and a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence is required for all ages to fish in the rivers ( Be sure to check the websites for updated fishing regulations and fees.

SPOT THE SALMON SCULPTURES In recognition of the salmon’s significance in Coquitlam, a series of 12 sculptures designed by Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield was installed throughout the city in 2016 and 2017. Each piece stands more than six feet high and has been decorated by a different local artist. Also spot the ‘Return of the Sockeye’ sculpture in Coquitlam Spirit Square, next to City Hall.

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Kids’ Top 5   Park Picks

Grab a coffee and sit back on a park bench for a blissful moment while your child burns off some energy. Parent warning: These parks have so much to offer, it may be difficult convincing the kids to leave. ROCHESTER PARK This newly renovated park, at 1390 Rochester Dr., is a favourite with local families and revered by mom bloggers. Cue beaming smiles as your child sets sight on this park’s spectacular nature-themed playground structure, with plenty of space to climb. Other features include a zip line, climbing wall, tube slide, saucer swings accessible for all users and a skate spot. In summer, tots will love the sand and water play area in the park’s lower level. You’ll also find a washroom facility on site, a picnic shelter and grassy areas for picnicking.

Rochester Park • Caleb, 9 “I like the wooden climber. It’s awesome!”

Saucer swing at Rochester Park.

Town Centre Park • Anabella, 9 “I always have so much fun on the spinning tree.”

TOWN CENTRE PARK WINNER: Voted the #1 Great Public Space in Canada in 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners. This park, at 1299 Pinetree Way, is the beating heart of City Centre, where people convene year-round to walk, run, play and celebrate.

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Children go wide-eyed when they see the colourful playground, which has a variety of equipment suitable for all ages and abilities. The park also has a large spray park, sand volleyball courts, free outdoor table tennis and foosball tables.

Queenston Park • Amalie, 5 “I like the big slide ’cause it’s really fast. I like the lineup for the slide because I’m kind of nervous.”

QUEENSTON PARK Climb, slide, repeat. This park, at 3415 Queenston Ave., has an impressive playground structure built into the side of a hill, so children burn their energy by climbing the wooden bridge or spider web to the top. Once there, they enjoy the long, thrilling slide that zips them back down—ready to repeat the process again. Smaller play structures for younger children are also on site, as well as a fenced-in area for soccer and basketball. Park benches are conveniently located next to the play area. Make note, this neighbourhood park does not have on-site washrooms so plan your visit accordingly.



Calling all scooters, skaters and bikers! If your kids go wild for riding around on wheels, you’ll want to take them here. Mackin Park, at 1046 Brunette Ave., has one of the best skate parks in the city, featuring a quarter pipe, rails and ledges.

This forested park, at 975 King Albert Ave., is home to a wonderful playground. Not only does it have a roller slide, oodle (or saucer) swing and music chimes, it’s also home to a popular spray park and splash pool that are sure to delight in summer. Other highlights include a paved bike path through the urban forest setting with plenty of tall fir and cedar trees offering much-needed shade on hot days. Kids love the impressive stone sculptures and cave with mini waterfall.

The park also has a playground area, washroom facilities, four ball diamonds, two lit tennis courts, a perimeter walking trail and wide-open playing fields for kicking a ball around. In summer, round up the kids and head to its excellent spray park to cool down on hot days.

Blue Mountain Park • Adrian, 9 “I love the spray park. I like how you can run through the water challenge (tunnel)!”

For find all our City parks, visit

Outdoor Pools & Spray Parks

Ready, set, splash! Coquitlam is home to two outdoor pools and one wading pool, including: EAGLE  RIDGE OUTDOOR POOL / 2689 Guildford Way SPANI  OUTDOOR POOL / 655 Hillcrest St. BLUE  MOUNTAIN WADING POOL / 975 King Albert St. Spray parks are located at: BLUE  MOUNTAIN PARK / 975 King Albert Ave. NORM  STAFF PARK / 3320 David Ave. BURNS  PARK / 802 Edgar St.

PANORAMA  PARK / 1455 Johnson St.

GALLOWAY  PARK / 3404 Galloway Ave.

ROCHESTER  PARK / 1390 Rochester Dr.

MACKIN  PARK / 1046 Brunette Ave.

TOWN  CENTRE PARK / 1299 Pinetree Way

For further info, visit Panorama Spray Park

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Are you a parent of preschoolers or an adult in search of a new adventure? These activities will keep you busy from morning ’til night

 CLIMB BASE5 Conquer Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing gym. This facility offers 16,000 square feet of climbing space, a 1,000-square-foot ‘Tsunami Wall’ for bouldering and custom programs for kids, groups and adults. CRASH CRAWLY’S Let the kids go wild! This indoor playground features a two-storey crazy maze of tunnels, bridges, ball pits, slides and more. Other attractions include laser tag, glow-in-thedark mini golf and a miniature train ride. ESCAPE ROOMS Do you like to challenge yourself? Gather up some friends—whether it’s a girls’ night out or team-building exercise— to beat the clock and locks inside an escape room. In a nutshell, you’re trapped in a room with a set amount of time to crack the clues and make your way out to safety. Two locations to choose from: and CINEPLEX CINEMAS COQUITLAM & VIP Go VIP and adult-only for comfy seats, a licensed lounge and in-seat dining. Parents and tots will be interested in the Stars and Strollers showings, which offer a baby-friendly environment. Also try the Family Favourites series on Saturdays for discount tickets.  THE ZONE BOWLING CENTRE Black lights and glow-in-the-dark balls take bowling to a whole new level during Cosmic Bowling nights. Order food from any of the restaurants in the concourse to make it an easy night out. This alley offers five- and 10-pin bowling and a video arcade with pool tables. Strike!

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 PLANET ICE A home rink for several minor ice sports associations and a wide range of hockey league play for adults, this four-rink facility has adult drop-in hockey, stick-and-puck, and public skating sessions. It is also home to a full-service licensed restaurant.

INDOOR SPORTS FACILITIES You can go ice-skating year-round—yes, even in summer!—at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, (633 Poirier St.). Practice your Patrick Chan figure skating moves on this NHL-sized rink. You can take lessons or just drop in for special toonie skate events. This impressive facility also has a lap pool, leisure therapy pool, steam room and sauna, indoor fitness track and drop-in classes. It’s also the home of the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, located in the entrance area and free to view. Two words: wave pool. City Centre Aquatic Complex (CCAC) is a state-of-the-art aquatic recreation facility with a number of amenities, including the separate wave pool area, a slide and rope swing, as well as a lazy river and overhead water spray features. This rec centre has an eight-lane Olympic-sized lap pool and relaxation area with a whirlpool, steam room and dry sauna. It also includes a 3,000-square-foot health and fitness centre (drop-ins welcome). CCAC is at 1210 Pinetree Way, near Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station.

WATCH A GAME  HOCKEY Cheer on the home team, the Coquitlam Express, cold drink in hand, while scoping out the talent of the BCHL. Whether you’re feeding a hockey addiction or simply looking for an affordable, family-friendly night out, this is an activity that will send the pulse racing. The Express has impressive alumni who have gone on to the NHL, and dozens of players have been awarded NCAA scholarships since 2010/2011. Home games take place at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.) from September through April. LACROSSE When the skates are put away for the season, it’s time for lacrosse—a fast, exciting and high-scoring game. Pick up a light snack or meal at the concession or stop by the Ice Water Café for a full range of choices and then be prepared for the action of a game with the Coquitlam Junior or Senior Adanacs. Both teams deliver a great show that’s bound to turn your family into fans.

PUBLIC LIBRARIES With free story times for children and comfy nooks to cozy up in with a good book, Coquitlam’s libraries are worth a visit. Both the City Centre and Poirier branches offer many free events throughout the year, from drop-in classes for adults to Mother Goose programs. In addition to books—including multicultural collections—you’ll find movies, audio books and video games available to borrow.

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The Great OUTDOORS Mackin Skate Park

Why stay inside when Coquitlam’s outdoor fun beckons? BEACH VOLLEYBALL & MORE!


You’ll see the sand spraying and balls spiking at Town Centre Park’s beach courts located near the skate park. While these six courts often play host to Volleyball BC and other community tournaments, drop-in courts are often available for the public. Or pack your ball and paddles for a game of table tennis with a view. Simply drop in to use the sturdy free outdoor tables or opt for a game of foosball. You’ll find them outside Percy Perry Stadium.

The skate park at Town Centre Park played host to the Western Canada International Scooter Association qualifier in 2017. It’s a large park, so even when it’s busy there’s plenty of room to get air. Another popular skate park is Mackin Park (see page 15) and smaller spots (not full parks) are available at Rochester and Victoria parks.


Little Geocachers

Interested in an outdoor treasure hunt? All you need is a cellphone or GPS tracking device. Coquitlam’s parks—including Mundy—are peppered with caches just waiting to be found. Another spot to try is Maillardville, which has 12 caches, each with a historical connection to the area.

LAWN BOWLING Whether you’re a college student or a retiree, this sport is a social activity that you can play at a recreational or competitive level. Coquitlam’s Lawn Bowling Club features a natural grass green and clubhouse.

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Members of the public are invited to give the game a try—at no cost. The Club is open from April to September and you can sign up as a member to take part in drop-in sessions, tournaments and social events.


TENNIS One great thing about tennis is that all skill levels can give it a try. Whether you’re just learning your swing, or fierce competitors are channelling your inner Milos Raonic or Genie Bouchard, all you need are a couple of rackets and a ball. Coquitlam’s parks are home to 10 outdoor courts. Visit parkfinder to locate one near you. Need to up your skills? The Coquitlam Tennis Club is a local non-profit that offers lessons, social tennis matches and competitive league teams. Located at Town Centre Park, it has four hard courts with lights, washroom facilities and a small clubhouse.

INDOOR TENNIS Try out the newly renovated Coquitlam Tennis Centre. Enjoy different levels of tennis in the climate controlled bubble boasting 5 new courts and clubhouse.

The Rose Garden


Garden Connections From richly scented roses to eco-sculptures, take a deep breath and enjoy the solitude of Coquitlam’s greatest gardens CENTENNIAL ROSE GARDEN & ANNUAL ROSE SHOW This spectacular formal rose garden, maintained by the Fraser Pacific Rose Society, is one of the last of its kind in Western Canada. Rose enthusiasts travel from around the world to visit the more than 800 plantings in this garden and participate in their Annual Rose Show.


GREAT CITY PARKS Ask any local what they love most about living in Coquitlam, and they’ll tell you that the city’s proximity to nature is one of its greatest assets. To find a recreational area with everything you’re looking for—tennis courts, fishing locations or walking trails—visit You’ll find more than 80 parks.

This peaceful spot in Town Centre Park features floral displays, fruit trees and an iconic bee eco-sculpture. Coquitlam’s Park Spark team offers on-site workshops including composting and growing traditional herbs in Asian medicine.

Wim Vander Zalm is a wellknown gardening expert, author, businessman, Coquitlam in Bloom committee member and local resident. FAMILY FUN: “Coquitlam has so much to offer. Having raised my four boys in Coquitlam I’m lucky to know all of the great spots to visit for small kids to big kids. There are so many parks, trails, rivers, biking options, viewpoints, aquatic facilities, sports facilities and the list can literally keep going.” FRESH AIR: “Personally I really enjoy the City Centre area as there are wonderful gardens in a park-like setting, all of which surrounds Lafarge Lake. And as far as solitude goes, hike an hour up one of the local mountain trails for a picnic spot with views that will take your breath away.”

COQUITLAM IN BLOOM Coquitlam takes great pride in its gardens and public spaces, and in 2016 won a national award in the Communities in Bloom civic pride and beautification competition. The City went on to compete at an international level in 2017, claiming second place, and in 2018 was awarded first place in the Class of Champions category of the national Communities in Bloom competition. This year’s initiatives will focus on youth activities and anti-litter projects.

WHAT’S PARK SPARK? Park Spark is a program that connects community members, schools, organizations and businesses with activities to enhance Coquitlam’s parks. Visit to see how you can connect with Coquitlam City parks.

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ENJOY THE RIDE Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a Sunday afternoon cruiser, Coquitlam’s trails and bike routes offer plenty of options for each riding style

Mountain biking on Burke Mountain

LOCATED ON THE EDGE OF NATURE, it’s no surprise that Coquitlam is prime for mountain biking. Burke Mountain and Eagle Mountain are on our doorstep, offering a variety of trails and the West Coast style of riding that is attracting enthusiasts from across the Lower Mainland. The city’s central location, plus its extensive bike route network —with access to park trails and amenities—also make Coquitlam ideal for road biking. Here are some tips on how to get started.

JOIN A BIKE GROUP Interested in mountain biking? If the idea of heading out into the wilderness on your own sounds intimidating, the Tri-Cities Off

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Road Cycling Association ( offers group mountain bike rides twice monthly. Riding is free if you sign up as a member for $20/year. “Coquitlam has a lot to offer riders of varying abilities,” says Ken Porter of Torca. “It has everything from road and flat trails to more technical tracks. It suits everyone from beginner to advanced riders—that’s what’s great about Coquitlam.” If road biking is more your speed, local groups include the TriCities Cycling Club, which is “cheerfully accepting” new members. You can try out a couple of rides with the group before deciding whether to join. Find them on Facebook: @TriCityCyclingClub

INSIDER TIP Mundy Park bike skills

TEST YOUR SKILLS Get off-road and test your abilities on some bike skills trails. You’ll find beginner and intermediate-level circuits at Mundy Park, at the corner of Mariner Way and Chilko Boulevard, including obstacles such as a timber teeter-totter, log stacks and bridges. After honing your skills, set off and explore the park trails. One circuit located at Leigh Park (1254 Soball St.) is great for younger riders, with bridges and obstacles to test their skills.

GETTING AROUND If you plan on getting around by bike, you’ll want to pick up your free copy of the Tri-Cities Cycling Map—available at City facilities including City Hall and the public libraries, or online at

This map will be your go-to resource for navigating the local road cycling routes as well as locating bicycle lockers and bike maintenance stations; it also has tips on road safety. Thanks to SkyTrain, you can enjoy a relaxing view while traveling from downtown Vancouver to Coquitlam’s forested trails. Pick your destination and load up your bike (see page 46). Visit

Fabian Kim is the owner of Coquitlam’s Kinetik Cycles and an avid mountain biker. FAVOURITE LOCAL RIDE: “Burke Mountain.” BEST DAY OUT: “Hard to pick just one day or moment because I have too much fun every time I go out mountain biking, especially with a great group of people.” TIPS FOR VISITORS: “If mountain biking, definitely Burke Mountain. It has has tons of trails for beginners to advanced riders.

Pump up your tires or make minor fixes at Coquitlam’s free bike maintenance stations, which are equipped with tools for basic repairs. You’ll find them outside Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier St., and City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way.

If looking for a casual recreational ride, the Coquitlam River trail or Mundy Park are great.”

BIKING EVENTS Torca group rides and trail races: Watch for details on the website for regular events. Wheel 2 Heal: A fundraising event for Eagle Ridge Hospital with varying distances. Mountain Equipment Co-op Races: Check the website for updates on the annual races. Bike to Work Week: Organized by HUB Cycling. Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day: A free annual event for kids each fall at Mundy Park. Leaders teach the kids new skills and then take them on a guided ride through the park.

Free bike maintenance station at City Centre Aquatic Complex

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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.”




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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 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). 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.

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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. The Burke Mountain Naturalists also conduct guided hikes and you can join them three times before becoming a member. Hiking groups for those over age 50 are also available through Dogwood Pavilion.

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From forested trail runs to paved pedestrian routes, lace up for some scenic adventures

Olympian Leah Pells, who lives in Coquitlam, is considered one of the best female distance runners in Canadian history. MY CITY: “I love the feeling of community we have in Coquitlam. We are a big enough

HERE IN COQUITLAM, you’ll find us outside. Rain or shine, you’ll see runners and walkers out on the trails, enjoying nature.

Coquitlam, this 400-acre coastal rainforest park is dotted with two picturesque lakes and 16 kilometres of trails.

city but yet small enough that the vibe of

Whether you’re training for a big race or simply in the mood for a relaxing stroll, one must-see destination is Mundy Park. Rated by residents and visitors as one of the top things to do in

Options include a 5.5-kilometre multi-use pathway encircling the park or shorter interior trails guiding visitors around Mundy Lake or to viewing benches at Lost Lake.

WHERE TO RUN: “Mundy Park is not only my

community connection is strong.”

favourite running spot in Coquitlam, but in the world. I love the trails. It is my healing place. I run in there nearly every day and I also love to walk my dogs in the park. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful free space that everyone can use.”

OTHER GREAT RUNNING SPOTS Colony Farm Regional Park: More than 8.5 kilometres of trails (mostly flat) through scenic meadows and fields. Coquitlam River: Cool in summer and sheltered from the elements in winter, this trail extends 9.8 kilometres and offers great views along the river.

DeBoville Slough: The north entrance to this flat, gravel trail eventually leads to Minnekhada Park. Be bear aware. Town Centre Park: Options include the 1.2-kilometre lakeside trail around Lafarge Lake or the 2.7-kilometre paved perimeter trail around the park. Or pop over to the 400-metre rubberized track at Percy Perry Stadium.


TRAVEL SAFE OUTDOORS AND BE BEAR SMART While enjoying the outdoors, please remember to respect nature and stay on the trails. Also be aware that Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. Be alert, listen and watch for bears. If you see a bear: Stop  and remain calm. Often the bear is just passing through and will simply move on. Do  not scream or run. Make  yourself look big.

Talk  in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly. Keep  away from the bear and warn others to do the same.

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hey say the best things in life are free, and here in Coquitlam, your summer calendar will be jam-packed with entertainment that doesn’t come with a price tag.

Rebecca Bollwitt, the award-winning blogger, is on the pulse of Metro Vancouver events. WHY VISIT? “Coquitlam is a city on the edge of the wilderness in Metro Vancouver.

Pack a picnic blanket or lawn chair and head to the TD Community Plaza at Town Centre Park. The amphitheatre is nestled along Lafarge Lake, offering views of the water and city skyline, with seating for up to 1,300 in addition to grassy spaces to kick back.

It has world-class shopping and cultural programming, all accessible by SkyTrain, along with hiking, fishing, cycling and more.

From Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day on July 1 (see page 41) to the outdoor concerts and festivals, this park is a hub of energy and celebration year-round.


It's the perfect rendezvous point for events

(July 12, Aug. 2 & Sept. 6)

and festivals for the local community and

And if you don’t believe us, take it from the Canadian Institute of Planners, which awarded Town Centre Park the #1 Great Public Space in Canada in 2017.

Round up your friends and family for live music featuring stellar musicians at Coquitlam’s premier outdoor stage. Pack a meal or grab a bite to eat from the on-site food trucks. The musical lineup varies each event, ranging from rock to pop and R&B, with three free events planned throughout the summer. For the full event schedule, visit

The park, at 1299 Pinetree Way, is located beside Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, providing easy access for visitors throughout Metro Vancouver, and with free parking off Trevor Wingrove Way.

Free outdoor evening concerts. Need we say more?

audiences from all over the region.” BEST COQUITLAM MOMENT: “My favourite moment at Kaleidoscope (Arts Festival) was just after sunset, during headliner Bif Naked's performance. That's when I saw little kids, seniors, teens and families all get up to dance together. It reflected the diversity of Coquitlam—and all the fun everyone can have here!”

Here are some summer events you don’t want to miss.


This vibrant outdoor festival is one of the most-anticipated free events of summer. Town Centre Park comes alive with music featuring big-name acts, roving performers, circus acts, dancers, artists, food trucks and craft beer. It’s a family-friendly event for all ages with entertainment across multiple stages, as well as arts and crafts for kids and plenty of surprises at every turn. To find out more about this year’s headlining act, plus other event highlights, visit

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Treat your mother to a classic high tea served in Mackin House Museum’s vintage 1909 parlour.





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FAMILY DAY at Place des Arts Gather up the family and tour current exhibitions and participate in all-ages workshops.

TREE & HERITAGE WALKS Join a guided walk to learn about the trees on the Riverview Lands (through to October).


Choose between a 50-kilometre or 100-kilometre ride.


TEDDY BEAR PICNIC & GRAND PARADE Family fun, featuring a children’s concert and storytelling, puppet shows, rovers and gymnastics. Bring your teddy bear!


FAMILY FUN DAY Free fun for the whole family—including games, crafts and live entertainment. See what Place Maillardville has to offer.


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DAISY DAY Austin Heights BIA sponsors this community event complete with children’s activities and a pancake breakfast.


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TOURISM WEEK | May 26 – June 2, 2019 Coquitlam has arrived—invite friends and family to visit Coquitlam to check out and enjoy all our urban, natural city has to offer. Follow us on social media for exciting events, promotions and surprises. You won’t be disappointed!




HERITAGE HALLOWEEN Harvest baking paired with heritage decorating and crafts make for a Halloween treat.

HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR A haunted house, magic show, crafts, games, face painting and a mummy wrap! Be sure to dress in costume. Registration required.

Riverview Lands Tour




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Learn about the different cultures that make up our community at this free, familyfriendly summer event.

A celebration of the trees on the Riverview Lands with arborist-led walks.


Join us for a festive and captivating afternoon in the oldest and largest francophone community in B.C.

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KICK FOR A CURE A fundraising event for childhood cancer that includes a soccer tournament, kids’ soccer clinics, a beer garden, food vendors and entertainment.


CANWEST GAMES Hundreds of athletes convene at Percy Perry Stadium in this CrossFit competition.


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REMEMBRANCE DAY Join the City’s Park Spark team in events leading up to Remembrance Day to commemorate veterans. On Nov. 11, following remembrance and the laying of wreaths, join the veterans at Coquitlam’s Legion.




Come see this heritage home decorated traditionally and register for festive activities in the parlour.


COQUITLAM TERRY FOX RUN Take part in this annual run in celebration of Terry’s Marathon of Hope.

Drop in for arts and heritage activities for all ages and get into the spirit of the season with live entertainment.



WELCOME TO COQUITLAM Attend the City’s annual welcome event to learn about the programs and services provided in the community.



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Kids can learn new bike skills and head out on a guided ride, courtesy of Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association.

MACKIN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Join Coquitlam Heritage Society for a familyfriendly celebration of culture and history.

Photo by Michele Mateus


NEIGHBOURHOOD NIGHTS Head to a different neighbourhood park each week throughout July and August for these fun evenings of family activities, kids’ games and light refreshments. Neighbourhood Nights will take place in multiple Coquitlam parks or schools. For the list of parks near you, visit

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—Winter Lights Display—

The stunning landscape of Lafarge Lake is transformed into a magical wonderland each festive season, attracting thousands to join in the celebration Whether you’re organizing a family outing, date night or a get-together with friends, here are five things to know about Coquitlam’s much-loved lights display.

BE DAZZLED Lights at Lafarge launches late November each year at Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park, with new surprise features every year comprised of hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights illuminating the landscape. It’s a free event that attracts visitors from across the Lower Mainland, running until mid-January.

GET SOME FRESH AIR Wrap up warm and walk around the 1.2-kilometre lakeside trail to view the multiple themed zones, from a 27-metre-long caterpillar to the popular archway Arbour Walk and an outdoor dining table with overhanging chandelier on the pier. Watch for surprises in the trees, in the water and around every corner.

LOCATION, LOCATION The light display is located just steps from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, providing easy transit access. Free parking is also available in Town Centre Park off Trevor Wingrove Way (no parking is permitted at the adjacent Evergreen Cutlural Centre parking lot—violators will be ticketed.). Hungry? Within a 10-minute walking distance from the lake, through more beautiful lights at City Hall and Spirit Square, you’ll find numerous cafés (off Pinetree) as well as the foodie hub of Glen Drive, with plenty of options to grab a bite to eat, relax or enjoy a cocktail.

ENHANCE YOUR VISIT Join Coquitlam’s Park Spark team at the lake to take part in free pop-up workshops, including making new lights to add to the display. Also drop in for special theme nights and activities such as carolling. Full scheduling info at

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LIGHTS AT LAFARGE SEASON KICKOFF Kick off the festive season with free, family fun at Lights at Lafarge, Saturday, Nov. 30. Grab the family to explore the dazzling light display that circles the 1.2 km Lafarge Lake loop in Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way. The evening will be packed with live entertainment, food trucks, buskers, roving entertainers, family crafts and more. Watch for updates at

HOURS OF OPERATION The lights switch on at dusk each night and power off at 11 p.m., with the exception of Dec. 31, when they stay on until after midnight so people can ring in the New Year. For further info about the lights display, visit

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Shopping LET’S GO

From high-end fashion to baby strollers, Coquitlam’s shopping options will satisfy every need

NOT ONLY is Coquitlam home to one of B.C.’s largest shopping malls, Coquitlam Centre, but its specialty stores and one-stop-shopping destinations draw crowds from across Metro Vancouver. Here are a few options to help you find your next treasure. COQUITLAM CENTRE  Looking for a new pair of heels, a Lululemon bag or electronics from the Apple Store? Pop in to Coquitlam Centre to peruse the nearly 200 stores, including top fashion brands, outdoor shops and major retailers such as Aritzia, Atmosphere, Apple, Best Buy, H&M, London Drugs, Lululemon, Sephora, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket and Walmart. Conveniently located at Lincoln SkyTrain station. UNITED BOULEVARD AREA  In the market for anything from couches to lighting fixtures? One of the best places in the Lower Mainland to shop for home furnishings is along United Boulevard (off Highway One). This shopping mecca is a one-stop destination for furniture, lighting and appliances, plus renovation supplies from more than 15 chain and name-brand retailers. AUSTIN HEIGHTS  “Shop local” along this shopping avenue reminiscent of neighbourhood main streets and home to independent retailers including fishing tackle shop Sea-Run Fly & Tackle, Reflections Books Store and salons. Stop in to the local deli or bakery for homemade products and grab a bite at one of the local restaurants. Further east on Austin at Mariner Way is Austin Station, home to Save-On Foods, Starbucks and a liquor store.

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INSIDER TIP Jamie Dunlop This local mom of three, and insider behind the blog, reveals her favourite places to shop. “Coquitlam is a fantastic place for shopping because there is such a diverse amount of shops to choose from. We love visiting Winners, Chapters in Pine Tree Village, boutiques and of course Coquitlam Centre. It’s my favourite and now it’s even easier to get to because it’s right KOREATOWN  Did you know that Coquitlam is home to one of the largest Korean communities in all of Canada? Unofficially known as Koreatown, North Road is a hub of Korean business and activity, including restaurants and cafés to clothing shops and pharmacies. Here you can shop for imported goods, from trendy clothing and handy housewares to novelty items and culinary delicacies.

FARMERS MARKET  In the market for organic produce and freshly baked goods? There’s so much more! The muchloved Coquitlam Farmers Market is our community-gathering spot. Held every Sunday morning from May to October outside the Dogwood Pavilion at Poirier and Winslow, the market offers products that are made, baked, grown or raised in B.C. Grab a coffee and pick up everything on your list from the dozens of vendors, including crafts and artisanal products for those one-of-a-kind gifts. Enjoy lunch at an on-site food truck or buy homemade treats. Check the website for events like the annual blueberry pancake breakfast, chili cook-off and salmon barbeque.

SHOPPING PLAZAS  Nestled among Coquitlam’s neighbourhoods are shopping plazas with the usual amenities like grocery and produce stores, nail salons and liquor stores, but with each also offering something unique. Attending a game at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex? Grab sushi at Como Lake Village. Need a book fix? Pop by Pine Tree Village for a visit to Chapters. Have your pick of Asian food delicacies at Henderson Place Mall, or grab a bottle of VQA wine and an awesome pizza at Westwood Plateau Village. Don’t overlook these smaller shopping spots locals love.

at the SkyTrain station. It’s our family’s onestop shop for everything we need.”

GREAT GIFTS Did you know that you can buy locally crafted works of art year-round in the Place des Arts artisan shop? Support local artisans at this exquisite gift shop and purchase a handcrafted treasure from a variety of media that will make a great gift for special holidays and occasions. For shop hours, visit

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING Thoughtful gifts don’t need to come with a hefty price tag. Pick up a locally crafted item at any of these events that take place each December. Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair Purchase locally crafted Christmas gifts from any of the 100 artisans at Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St.). Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market This special one-day event features local merchants, carollers, kids’ activities and crafts at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St).

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WHERE TO STAY Centrally located, with easy access to downtown Vancouver, Coquitlam’s accommodations are sure to offer a cozy home away from home LOOKING for the convenience of a full-service hotel or the comfort of a family-run B&B? You’ll find it here— at an affordable price. Coquitlam’s central location within Metro Vancouver and its easy access by road and transit make this city an ideal place to unwind for a good night’s rest. With three hotels totalling nearly 300 rooms and bed and breakfasts, Coquitlam has plenty of accommodation options to suit both your needs and budget.



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Best Places for CRAFT


INSIDER TIP Byron Vallis is a co-founder of Mariner Brewing, Coquitlam’s first craft brewery. MY CITY: “My favourite parts of Coquitlam are the abundance of great outdoor spaces and the events and festivals. Town Centre Park is a great example: It’s one of my favourite Mariner Brewing John B Pub

places to walk my dog, and hosts the Canada Day and Kaleidoscope festivals.”

WITH ITS NAUTICAL TAGLINE, ‘Set no path. Never be lost,’ Mariner Brewing is charting an inviting course. This ship-shape facility is Coquitlam’s first craft brewery, H-1100 Lansdowne Dr., is just a 10-minute walk from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station. Drop in to the tasting room to sample their IPAs, cream ales or weisse beer. Cider is also available on tap. Come spring/summer, enjoy the outdoor patio to sip and soak in the sun. The food menu includes shareable bites like gourmet hot dogs, charcuterie boards and spinach dip.

How does more than 80 types of beer sound to you? At John B. Neighbourhood Pub, 1000 Austin Ave., you can kick back to sample great brews on tap as well as ciders, wine and more than 460 different spirits. Walk through this pub’s doors and you half expect the crowd to greet you by name. Other highlights include happy hour specials every day from 2–6 p.m. and an extensive menu ranging from burgers and party platters to Pad Thai and chicken fajitas. Drop in for live music four nights a week (featuring local bands and DJs) or while away a lazy afternoon on the outdoor patio.

BEST BEER: Mariner Brewing’s Northeast IPA has been drawing the most attention. It’s bursting with tropical fruit hop aroma and flavour with a smooth, less bitter finish.” TRY THIS: “The Coquitlam City Centre neighbourhood has a cornucopia of great food and drink venues and our craft brewery adds to the culture of leisure, fun and community involvement.”

BEER & WINE FESTIVALS  FIND THE PERFECT PINT—Sept. 20 Sample Craft Beer at the Poirier Forum.

 TRICITY INTERNATIONAL FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL—Oct. 19 Featuring wines from around the world.

 COQUITLAM CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL—Sept. 28 Sample craft beer from more than 40 breweries.

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How would you like to enjoy a BBQ meal on a lakeside patio with mountain views and live music?

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with a VIEW

Looking for a patio? Here’s a selection of the best to try.  BROWNS SOCIALHOUSE TOWN CENTRE: Cocktails with style.  CACTUS CLUB COQUITLAM: Buzzy vibe, delicious cocktails.  SANDWEDGES CAFÉ AT EAGLEQUEST COQUITLAM: Fully licensed with views over the course.  FAIRWAYS GRILL & PATIO: Take in the stunning views.  JOEY COQUITLAM: Outdoor seats in the heart of the city.  JOHN B. NEIGHBOURHOOD PUB: Cozy patio and extensive beer list.  KEFI GREEK KOUZINA: Leafy garden patio in south Coquitlam.  KEG COQUITLAM: Large patio close to Lincoln SkyTrain station.  MARINER BREWING: Opening spring/summer (see page 35).  MILESTONES COQUITLAM: Refreshing drinks in the sun.  MR MIKES STEAKHOUSE: Patio, steak and “happier” hour.  PASTA POLO: Family-friendly with a covered patio.  ROGUES BAR & GRILL: Some of the city’s best views.  ROO’S PUBLIC HOUSE: Daily happy hour specials.  SAMMY J’S GRILL & BAR: Soak up the sun.  URBAN GATE: Shady patio in prime people-watching location.

EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTRE (ECC) moves entertainment outdoors each summer for its popular Music on the Grill series. Your typical ‘dinner and a show’ outing takes a delightful twist with an al fresco meal and musical accompaniment. Whether you’re looking for an idea for a date night or an evening out with friends, this event is a rare opportunity to dine at Lafarge Lake.

After your dinner and pre-show entertainment, move indoors for a marquee presentation in the Studio Theatre. Music on the Grill will be held July 13, July 27 and Aug. 17. For further details about this and other ECC events, visit

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Foodies rejoice! Coquitlam’s diverse population is reflected in a mouth-watering selection of restaurants, ranging from hole-in-the-wall eateries to fine dining establishments. THIS LIST only scratches the surface of the variety on offer, from the foodie enclave around Glen Drive in City Centre to hidden treasures of Maillardville. These are some of our locals’ favourites—do you have a prized hidden gem of your own? Share it with us on social media at #explorecoquitlam. Bon appétit!

 My Greek Taverna Imagine yourself on the sunny shores of a Greek island, with the aroma of fresh herbs and roasted delicacies. While you may not have a breezy view of the azure sea, this restaurant delivers the flavours of an authentic Greek taverna. This local institution receives rave reviews throughout the community and is always busy offering fresh food with large portions at reasonable prices. You’ll find all the favourites, including souvlaki, kalamari, moussaka and spanakopita. Warning: Get there early if you want to avoid a wait.

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KOREAN If  it’s comfort food you’re after, try Smoking Pig, where you’ll get a steaming bowl of soup, stew or rice bowl and smoked pork. Ta  Bom, C-1046 Austin Ave., best known for their cheesy hot plate. (Instagram: @tabom_korean_cuisine) Korean-style  cutlets? Try Dae Ji Cutlet House.


PERSIAN Urban  Gate Bar & Grill serves Persian food in a contemporary setting.

MORE TO TRY BRAZILIAN Rio  Brazilian Steakhouse has continuous table service for the carnivore. CHINESE Legend  House specializes in handrolled noodles and Xiao long bao soup dumplings. Woking  Dragon has modern, comfortable décor with quality dishes that always impress FILIPINO Kulinarya  is one of the Lower Mainland’s few restaurants serving traditional Filipino dishes. INDIAN The  buffet at Lazzez’s Grill comes highly rated. ITALIAN Fresh,  homemade ingredients steal the show at The Golden Boot Trattoria Cuisine.

Just  need a quick snack? Pop in to Ayoub’s Dried Fruit & Nuts for the best dried fruit and nuts you’ve ever tasted. THAI Visit  Chada Thai Fine Cuisine for tasty and traditional cooking—with style. Khob  Khun Thai is a small, unassuming restaurant big on taste.

Johnny DeFazio is the vibe manager of operations at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, which has an 80,000-square-foot gaming floor, three musical venues and six restaurants. Its Molson Canadian Theatre plays host to a variety of performances. TUNE IN: “Hard Rock Casino Vancouver has some of the best local talent to hit the stage every weekend, from ’70s and ’80s rock stars to modern dance bands playing the newest hits. The dance floor in the Asylum Lounge is packed every Friday and Saturday night. We also have a more relaxed vibe in our Unlisted Lounge.”

VIETNAMESE Appreciate  great broth? Pho Sen, at 3030 Lincoln Ave., lavishes on both the meat and greens. The sautéed vegetable with tofu in coconut curry also comes highly recommended. VEGAN You  might think that vegan, raw and gluten-free dishes would be flavour-free. Not so at Nulife Living Food Café. You’ll be going back for more.

HARD ROCK HIGHLIGHTS: “Our Ultimate Car Show is expected to be a major hit with 450–500 cars in attendance. We also have our ‘Rock the Mic’ competition—it’s an awesome way to catch talent from across the Lower Mainland.” For upcoming event info, visit

Pasta  Polo’s brick oven pizza is always a favourite.


La  Ruota Pizzeria is a great lunch spot, serving “artisan” pizza.

Fresh is the order of the day at CREEKSIDE COFFEE FACTORY in the Coquitlam Centre area, where they roast their own organic beans.

JAPANESE Rainy  days call for hot bowls of ramen— Sho Bu Japanese Noodle, 1163 Pinetree Way.

Closer to City Centre/Lafarge Lake, some great options for coffee and delicious baked goods include CAFFÉ DIVANO ( and PAPPA ROTI (

A  popular spot for sushi on Burke Mountain—Hiraku Sushi. Mega  Sushi also comes with rave reviews.

Fancy a cup of tea? Treat yourself at CAKES N SWEETS, which offers high tea served in the traditional British manner, alongside scones topped with Devonshire cream and jam. Reservations are required.

LATIN AMERICAN Politos  Latin Café specializes in tacos, burritos and pupusas. Pappa Roti

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Canada Day at Town Centre Park

Home to the largest settlement of French Canadians in B.C., as well as thriving Korean, Persian and Asian communities, Coquitlam is a diverse and welcoming city with a rich tapestry of cultural backgrounds. Through local events and historical sites, you can dive into our culture.






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Dig out the plaid, chomp on poutine, sip craft beer and dance to French Canadian music at Mackin Park in March 2020. This family-friendly event is the largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast, featuring musical performances, traditional cuisine and activities.

PERSIAN FIRE FESTIVAL & TIRGAN FESTIVAL Celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri—the Festival of Fire—in March 2020 at Town Centre Park. This age-old tradition involves jumping over fire pits in a purification rite. During summer, the Tirgan Festival is a family-friendly event featuring art, music, culture and history. Both are organized by the Tri-City Iranian Cultural Society. Watch for details at and

SAINT-JEAN BAPTISTE DAY Join in the French Canadian celebrations on June 24 with this community event in Maillardville that includes live music, treats and having fun with your friends and family. Check the website for details closer to the date.

Mackin House Museum

COQUITLAM CELEBRATES CANADA DAY Tens of thousands flock to Town Centre Park each July 1 for one of the region’s biggest patriotic celebrations, with family-friendly entertainment and activities, live music, craft beer and cider, food trucks, and fireworks.

BC HIGHLAND GAMES & SCOTTISH FESTIVAL This lively event includes highland bagpipers and dancers, drumming, live music, heavyevent athletes, food, whisky tasting, a beer garden, Scottish delicacies and children’s activities at Town Centre Park.

T IP : Interested in Scottish goods and culture? Take a browse through Tartantown, at #4 – 555 Clarke Rd., which is one of the world’s largest suppliers to pipers, pipe bands, drummers and Highland dancers.

HISTORY MACKIN HOUSE MUSEUM Mackin House was built in 1909 as a home for the second-highest-ranking manager of the Canadian Western Lumber Co. Ltd. Today, you can explore the home and learn how families lived during the early 1900s. Admission is by donation.

MAILLARDVILLE WALKING TOUR Explore the historic neighbourhood of Maillardville, which includes Carré Heritage Square, the Booth Farm House and many heritage homes. Starting at Mackin House Museum, pick up a walking tour brochure to explore the area on a self-guided walk.

COQUITLAM COLUMBIAN CENTENNIAL TOTEM POLE This 16-metre totem pole, commissioned in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year, is carved in the Kwakwaka’wakw tradition of Northwest Coast First Nations. You’ll find it on the Dogwood Pavilion grounds, 1655 Winslow Ave.

ARTS EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTRE is a cultural hub for theatre, comedy, musicals, concerts, dance productions and community events. See page 37. Visitors to PLACE DES ARTS can attend events and performances ranging from concerts and exhibitions to family-friendly celebrations.

SPARC RADIO MUSEUM This quirky museum has one of the largest collections of vintage radios in North America and a vintage broadcast booth where you can hear old radio programs.

Coquitlam Columbian Centennial Totem Pole

  We’ve been noticing that visitors to the giant frog sculpture at Lafarge Lake have been rubbing its right eye. A stroke of good luck? This public artwork, by Trent Hutton, relates to the lake’s transformation from a quarry into a recreational area. Take a walk through the city to see other works of art that tell the story of Coquitlam’s past. Full details at For salmon sculptures, see page 13.

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» And fun facts too!


Charge up your mobile device at our solar-powered charging station in Spirit Square on Burlington Drive next to City Hall in City Centre. Take advantage of the free WiFi service available in the park too—City GLEN PINE Freenet.

Look for the red-and-grey unit! Users must provide their own USB cords, and charging will take the same time as a typical electrical outlet.

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Look out for the white film trucks—and celebrities—cruising through Coquitlam. The cameras are rolling and some of Hollywood’s top actors have been spending a lot of time in our city. Here are a few films and television series that used Coquitlam as a backdrop.

DEADPOOL 2 Starring Ryan Reynolds: Riverview Lands

RIVERDALE Riverview Lands

RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE Starring Johnny Depp: Riverview Lands

THE GOOD DOCTOR Coquitlam River Park, private residences, SIM North Bend Studio

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US Starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba: SIM North Bend Studio

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON Widgeon Marsh, private residence

GODZILLA Private property off United Boulevard

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES Crown land behind Lafarge Cement Quarry

ELYSIUM Starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster: Riverview Lands

War for the Planet of the Apes

DID YOU KNOW… Riverview Hospital on the Riverview Lands is one of the top locations for filming in all of North America? Other popular Coquitlam film locations include Town Centre Park and Lafarge Lake, City Centre, many of Coquitlam’s forested areas and Upper Coquitlam River Park. The city is also home to SIM North Bend Studio. The Shack, starring Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw and Sam Worthington (released March 2017), was filmed at Widgeon Marsh and Hillcrest Middle School. A number of TV series have filmed in Coquitlam, including Once Upon a Time, The X-Files TV series, The 100, Supernatural, Stargate, Lost in Space (Netflix), Wayward Pines, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie, Prison Break, Bates Motel and Lucifer.

COQUITLAM IS “PICTURE-PERFECT” FOR FILMMAKERS. We have a dedicated, one-stop permitting process that provides convenient services for the filming community. Visit

How would you like to have Hollywood knocking on your door? Metro Vancouver is one of the largest centres for motion picture production in North America. Whether you own a mansion or a cozy cottage, scouts are on the lookout for properties that may be suitable for filming. If you would like to register your home for free with Creative BC as a potential film location, visit register-your-property

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In addition to the off-leash areas listed below, many trails at Mundy Park are off-leash from dawn to 10 a.m.  BRAMBLE PARK, 2775 Panorama Dr.  LEIGH PARK, 1254 Soball St.  MILLER PARK, 900 Oakview St.  GLEN PARK, 1149 Westwood St.

 MUNDY PARK, 501 Mariner Way  RIDGE PARK, 1685 Parkway Blvd.

These doggie playgrounds are pretty fun for our fur-legged friends. But don’t just take it from us!

THOR: “ I like to run free with my friends all day.”

BELLA: “I just love, love, love to play!”

KLIM: “Free!!! I love to be free!”

TILLY: “I always make new friends here.”

MARLEY: “Woof! I like to play chase!”

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POPULATION 150,000 44%  New Canadians (Top three countries: China, South Korea and Iran)  41 Median age $74,383  Median income AT A GLANCE 130-km²  City area 979  ha of municipal parkland 56  kilometres of cycling facilities

GETTING HERE & AROUND BY PUBLIC TRANSIT Coquitlam has four SkyTrain stations and is easily accessible from downtown Vancouver and other Metro Vancouver communities. SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension connects with the Canada Line for direct access to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond. Coquitlam is also served by the West Coast Express Commuter Rail and has an extensive local bus network. Plan your trips at Bicycles are allowed on SkyTrain except during weekday peak periods and are allowed on buses at all hours, as well as permitted on West Coast Express at all hours. For further info, visit Bike lockers are available for monthly rentals at most SkyTrain and West Coast Express stations, where you will also find bike racks. BY BIKE Coquitlam offers cyclists many options to get around and to commute to adjacent cities, east toward the Fraser Valley and west into Vancouver. Both off-street and on-street routes are available with the on-street options including major street shared lanes, major street bicycle lanes as well as neighbourhood bikeways and lanes. Due to the city’s topography, there are a number of steep hills so cyclists should familiarize themselves with their route before embarking. Visit or for maps and details.

BY VEHICLE Coquitlam is just a 35-minute drive from Vancouver, with convenient access via the Trans-Canada Highway or Highway 7 (Lougheed). The Port Mann Bridge connects Coquitlam to Surrey in just minutes.

BORDER CROSSINGS There are four border crossings from the U.S. to enter Canada, all within a one-hour drive of Coquitlam:

CAR-SHARE Joining a car-share co-op offers the flexibility of a vehicle if you don’t have one with you during your stay. Two companies—Modo and Zipcar—have vehicles stationed within Coquitlam. You can reserve their vehicles by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included in the price. and

2. Aldergrove, BC/Lynden, WA Daytime-evening  service year-round (8 a.m. – midnight)

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS Yes, we have them—including one public stall at City Hall! Visit for locations. BC FERRIES BC Ferries provides year-round vehicle and passenger service connecting coastal communities with B.C.’s Lower Mainland. Its fleet of 35 vessels serves 47 locations along the B.C. coast. Visit or call toll-free 1-888-BC FERRY (223-3779).

1. Abbotsford-Huntingdon, BC/Sumas, WA 24-hour  service year-round.

3. Douglas-Peace Arch—Surrey, BC/Blaine, WA 24-hour  service year-round. No commercial vehicles. 4. Pacific Highway,Truck Crossing—   Surrey, BC/Blaine, WA 24-hour  service year-round. Commercial vehicles must use this crossing. Visit for details and border wait times. BY AIR Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond, about 35 kilometres southwest of Coquitlam, is accessible by public transit via the Canada Line. Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) in the Fraser Valley, about 50 kilometres east of Coquitlam, offers access to a number of regional and national destinations.

THANK YOU Thank you for picking up Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel & Experience Guide. This guide is not an official statement and is intended only to give you general information. While the City of Coquitlam used reasonable efforts to publish accurate and complete information, the City does not guarantee this. If there is an error please contact us at tourism@ The City of Coquitlam is not responsible for any loss, damage or injury that you may have as a result of your use of this information.

Coquitlam moves at the speed of business. Our skilled workforce, central transportation hub and business-friendly City Hall help attract leading companies and entrepreneurs from around the

world. Business LinQ is a one-stop centre on the Main Floor of Coquitlam City Hall for entrepreneurs and business owners to receive personalized assistance from the City’s business services experts.


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LANGUAGES After English at 63.5%, the top four languages spoken most commonly at home in Coquitlam are: Chinese 12.8% • Korean 5% Persian (Farsi) 3.6% • Spanish 1%


Business LinQ is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments and drop-ins are welcome. Come and talk to us about your business ideas!

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2019 City of Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide  

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...

2019 City of Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide  

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...