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Fun is in Our Nature
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Fun is in Our Nature INSIDE
Town Centre Park
Your Guide to Public Art
The Best Places for Live Music
Welcome to Coquitlam
Take It Outdoors
Explore Like a Local
It’s a Dog’s Life
9 Places to Step Back in Time
Best Playgrounds, Spray Parks & Pools
Adventures in the Great Indoors
The Best of Town Centre Park
Events at a Glance
Lights at Lafarge
Immerse Yourself in the Arts
Our Great Gardens
Shop the World Within the City
The Best Places to Stay
Getting Here & Around
5 Reasons to Climb the Crunch
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ere in Coquitlam, fun is in our nature. It’s in the wilderness that surrounds us and in our spirit of adventure. It’s wildlife and city life. Hop off SkyTrain for shopping or lunch on an outdoor patio, or listen to live music in Town Centre Park at TD Community Plaza, hike on trails less travelled or take in hockey, lacrosse and track and field competitions at our state-of-the-art facilities. Play a game of outdoor table tennis at Town Centre Park – with a mountain view as your backdrop. Sample craft beers or kick back at one of many of our foodie enclaves. We’re a diverse city with an array of ethnic eateries – a culinary landscape made possible by our multicultural makeup. Follow the music to our free festivals and events, from Kaleidoscope Arts Festival to the Summer Concert Series. Or be wowed by Lights at Lafarge each winter, when hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the lake during the festive season.
Coquitlam is located just 40 minutes from Vancouver, offering not just multiple shopping, sports and entertainment possibilities, but a fascinating historical environment. Well, what are you waiting for? Visit Coquitlam and let your adventure begin.
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asy to visit on foot or by transit, here’s two of Coquitlam’s neighbourhoods that offer shopping, recreation and entertainment. To learn more, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/ neighbourhoods.
Austin Heights This bustling neighbourhood offers everything from shopping to scenic park walks.
sculptures and fountain. austinheights.ca Looking to get indoors for some fun? Head east to Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, a 190,000-sq-ft rec centre where there’s skating or swimming and you can check out the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame. The main arena is also home to the Coquitlam Express Junior “A” hockey team. coquitlam.ca/pslc
Start by visiting one of the area’s many specialty food stores or bakeries and pick up the makings of a morning picnic. You’ll also find independent storefronts where you can pick up items like gifts, sundry sewing items and fishing tackle. If you visit in the summer, check out the Coquitlam Munch – 40 mini gardens that offer a selection of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Then, grab a latte from a local coffee bar and head to Blue Mountain Park to enjoy your picnic amongst the trees or by the stone
a thriving mill town nestled along the Fraser River, Maillardville is Coquitlam’s most historic neighbourhood. See pages 8-9 to learn about this area’s fascinating history. maillardville.com
City Centre Calling all festival-goers, nature-lovers and foodies. Coquitlam’s City Centre is where city life meets wildlife. Take in an outdoor festival at Town Centre Park (see pages 24-25), watch the salmon run each fall at Hoy Creek Hatchery in Hoy Creek Linear Park, or stroll Glen Drive for dining or cocktails before taking in a show at the Evergreen Cultural Centre. Kids in tow? Have fun with friends in the wave pool at the City Centre Aquatic Complex.
Maillardville Did you know Maillardville is home to the largest community of French Canadians in Western Canada? Once
Neighbourhoods & Culture
ur friendly city is home to the largest settlement of French Canadians in B.C., as well as thriving Korean and Persian communities. Check out these annual cultural events and find more at visitcoquitlam.ca/events. Festival du Bois Wear plaid, eat poutine, sip craft beer and dance to FrenchCanadian music at Mackin Park during this three-day festival. This family-friendly event is the largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast, featuring musical performances, traditional cuisine and activities. festivaldubois.ca
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. maillardville.com ScotFestBC: The British Columbia Highland Games Don’t miss this lively event that includes bagpipers and dancers, drumming, live music, heavy-event throwing, whisky tasting, a beer garden, Scottish delicacies and children’s activities. bchighlandgames.com
Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day Wave those flags and dress up in your red and white! Tens of thousands flock to Town Centre Park each July 1 for one of the region’s biggest celebrations. You’ll find live music on the outdoor stages, entertainment and activities, craft beer, food trucks and fireworks. coquitlam.ca/ canadaday
Find more neighbourhoods to explore: visitcoquitlam.ca Burke Mountain Surrounded by green space, Coquitlam’s backyard is etched with trails and just waiting to be explored.
Burquitlam Fun fact! North Road, was the first road built in the Lower Mainland. It includes an area unofficially known as Koreatown.
Central Coquitlam Go for a nature walk in Mundy Park, drop in to the Coquitlam Farmers Market or explore the Centennial Rose Garden.
Eagle Ridge / Westwood Plateau If you take your tee with a side of panoramic views, this neighbourhood is for you.
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Step Back In Time
For more than 100 years, the Riverview Lands have been home to Riverview Hospital (formerly known as Essondale), a place of healing for those with mental illness. Today, it’s a renowned heritage site with a treasured arboretum that includes more than 1,800 trees planted in the early 1900s as part of the province’s first botanical garden. rhcs.org
oquitlam is part of the core territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation people and lies within the shared Traditional Territories of the TsleilWaututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish and Stó:lō nations. While explorer Simon Fraser passed through the area in 1808, European settlers didn’t arrive until the 1860s. The first sawmill opened in 1889 and the District of Coquitlam was incorporated in 1891. These 9 locations tell the stories of Coquitlam’s rich history. Learn about the city’s early settlers and discover interesting facts about Coquitlam’s heritage.
Mackin House Museum
Mackin House is one of the last remaining homes built by the Canadian Western Lumber Company Ltd. It was first occupied in 1909 by Henry James Mackin, the mill’s general sales manager, and his family. Today, you can take a step back in time by wandering through the rooms to see how people lived during the early 1900s. coquitlamheritage.ca
Maillardville Walking Tour
At the end of the 19th century, Frank Ross and James McLaren opened the state-of-the-art Ross-McLaren Sawmill (later known as Fraser Mills). By 1908, a mill town developed around it, and French-Canadian timbermen from Quebec and Ontario were recruited with the promise of jobs and housing. The community they built was called Maillardville, named in honour of the first parish priest, Father Edmond Maillard. To explore the neighbourhood on a selfguided walk, pick up a tour brochure at Mackin House. Walk toward Carré Heritage Square, which marks the historic entrance to Fraser Mills. Visit the Fraser Mills Station and Place des Arts, Coquitlam’s community arts centre and music school based at Ryan House, a turn-of-the-century residence. Take a peek inside Our Lady of Lourdes, a church built in 1938 on the site of the original church, built in 1910.
The Province purchased the land for Colony Farm and Essondale Hospital in 1904. Colony Farm opened in 1910 and served as a provincial demonstration farm that served the needs of the hospital that opened in 1913. Colony Farm Regional Park is now managed by Metro Vancouver and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including nature walks and educational tours. metrovancouver.org
Minnekhada Regional Park & Minnekhada Lodge
Minnekhada Regional Park serves as a popular hiking, filming and wedding location. Minnekhada Lodge dates back to 1895 and had many owners until it was purchased in 1932 by Eric Hamber (president of B.C. Mills, Timber & Trading Co.), the 15th Lieutenant Governor of B.C. During the 1930s, it became home to a polo club and hunting lodge. Hamber played host to many affluent guests. It’s rumoured that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stayed there in 1939. Minnekhada was donated to the Greater Vancouver Regional District (now Metro Vancouver) in 1984 and became a regional park. metrovancouver.org
Robinson Memorial Cemetery
Among its first burials in 1937, there is a large area of unmarked graves where many patients from Essondale (Riverview Hospital) were buried during the Great Depression. You’ll also find the grave of Emery Barnes – one of the first black politicians elected in B.C.
SPARC Radio Museum
This quirky museum located on the Riverview Lands has one of the largest collections of vintage radios in North America and a vintage broadcast booth where you can hear old radio programs. sparcradio.ca Learn more about Coquitlam’s history and mark your calendar for upcoming cultural and heritage events! Go to visitcoquitlam.ca/ events.
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In 1895, George and Jane Munday, who emigrated from Hampshire, England, were granted 150 acres of land, some of which would eventually come to be known as Mundy Park. For reasons unknown, the “a” was dropped from their name and Mundy was used instead. Today, the 400-acre urban forest is Coquitlam’s largest park.
Westwood Plateau / Racetrack
Did you know Coquitlam was home to Canada’s first purpose-built road-racing track? Located on Westwood Plateau, it ran 32 seasons from 1959 to 1990. Racing legend Michael Andretti set the fastest lap time on May 21, 1983. Several street names in the residential Westwood Plateau area are named after parts of the track (i.e. Deers Leap Place and Carousel Court).
Archives at 1171 Pinetree Way, next to Coquitlam Public Library, to learn about the city’s history, view displays and consult archival materials. The Archives acquires, preserves and makes accessible the records of businesses, organizations and private individuals that are of significance to the municipality and deemed worthy of long-term preservation. coquitlam.ca/archives
ADVENTURES IN THE
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Climb Base5 Climb Base5 is Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing gym, home to 16,000 square feet of climbing space. Drop-in and custom training programs are available for all ages. climbbase5.com
2006 JR. A NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 2016 BCHL CHAMPIONS 2014 BCHL CHAMPIONS The Coquitlam Express offer fast, skilled, and physical Junior A hockey at a great price! Check out our variety of ticket options below and see you at the Palace on Poirier this hockey season!
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This popular indoor playground features a two-storey crazy maze of tunnels, bridges, ball pits and slides. Or take part in a game of laser tag or glow-in-the-dark mini golf. crash-crawlys.com
Escape Rooms The time is ticking – will you crack the clues and make your way out to safety? Countdown Escape Rooms (countdownescaperooms.com) and Trapped Coquitlam (trapped.ca) offer a wide range of challenges. Also be sure to go to visitcoquitlam.ca for the latest ideas and events.
Curl up with a good book or take part in an event at either the City Centre or Poirier branches of Coquitlam Public Library. In addition to books, including multicultural collections, you’ll find movies, audiobooks and videogames available to borrow. coqlibrary.ca
Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame Be inspired by stories about some of Coquitlam’s sporting greats. Check out the photos and memorabilia at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex including everyone from BC Lions legend Lui Passaglia to former Olympian Leah Pells. coquitlamshof.com
Evergreen Cultural Centre
Zone Bowling Centre
Catch a live theatre performance, concert, musical, comedy or magic show! See page 15.
This is modern bowling at its best, with 5 and 10-pin lanes, pop-up bumpers for younger players and automatic scorekeeping. You’ll find on-site food options. zonebowling.ca
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Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam and VIP Make it a movie day. Or if you’re in need of a date night, the VIP option is adults only, with comfy seats, a licensed lounge and in-seat dining. cineplex.com
Get on the ice, into the pool or fitness centre anytime of the year during a drop-in session at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. coquitlam.ca/pslc City Centre Aquatic Complex is a state-of-the-art aquatic recreation facility with a separate wave pool area, which also has a slide and rope swing, as well as a lazy river and overhead water spray features. coquitlam.ca/ccac
Planet Ice Drop in for public skating sessions, adult drop-in hockey and more. planetice.ca/coquitlam
Lacrosse is Canada’s national summer sport!
Watch a Game at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex Hockey Watch a high-energy hockey game and cheer on the hometown Coquitlam Express Junior A team that competes in the BC Hockey League. The Express have impressive alumni who have gone on to the NHL, and dozens of players have been awarded NCAA scholarships. Home games take place September through April. Perfect for avid fans and families alike, catching a game is affordable and fun with great food and beverage options available on-site. coquitlamexpress.ca
Lacrosse Support our local teams – the Coquitlam Junior and Senior Adanacs – and enjoy this fast, exciting and high-scoring game. adanaclacrosse.com For more ideas, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/things-to-do
EVENTS AT A GLANCE
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Family Day at Place des Arts Exhibitions and all-ages workshops for the whole family. placedesarts.ca
Tree & Heritage Walks Join the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society for free arborist-led walks of Riverview Arboretum (through to Oct). rhcs.org Coquitlam Farmers Market Opening Day Held each Sunday May through October at the Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot. makebakegrow.com
Festival du Bois Dig out the plaid for this three-day festival celebrating Francophone and French-Canadian culture. See page 7. festivaldubois.ca Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival Sample beer from around the province at one of the best beer festivals in BC. coquitlambeerfestival.com Chaharshanbe Suri Persian Festival of Fire celebrating the Persian New Year. tcics.com Tri-City Spring Home Expo This event provides homeowners with inspiration to kickstart their home improvement. homeshowtime.com
Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse adanacslacrosse.com Heritage Mother’s Day Tea High tea is served at Mackin House Museum’s vintage 1909 parlour. coquitlamheritage.ca Ruben’s Ruckus One of the largest obstacle events specifically dedicated to kids. rubensruckus.com Salmon Leave Home Witness the beginning of a natural miracle as young Coho salmon are released at the Hoy Creek Hatchery. hoyscottcreeks.org Como Lake Fishing Derby Kids age 16 and under can try their hand at fishing for free. festivalcoquitlam.ca
Family Fun Day - Maillardville placemaillardville.ca Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival Foodies unite at Town Centre Park. greatervanfoodtruckfest.com/coquitlam Fraser Pacific Rose Society Annual Rose Show View hundreds of roses in horticultural exhibits and displays. fprosesociety.org Jesse Bent Memorial Track Meet coquitlamcheetahs.org Teddy Bear Picnic & Grande Parade Children’s concert, stories and parade. festivalcoquitlam.ca ScotFestBC: The British Columbia Highland Games Dig out the kilts and get ready for some high-spirited fun at Town Centre Park. bchighlandgames.com St-Jean Baptiste Day Celebrate Francophone Culture! maillardville.com Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day Free, family-friendly day of fishing fun. festivalcoquitlam.ca
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Oct / Nov / Dec
Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day Join us at the largest event in the Tri-Cities! See page 7. coquitlam.ca/canadaday
Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day Hosted by TORCA. torca.ca
Music on the Grill This annual series at the Evergreen Cultural Centre starts with live entertainment and a BBQ dinner served on the patio, followed by a marquee presentation. See page 37. evergreenculturalcentre.ca Kick for a Cure A day of soccer and other events raising money for childhood cancer. kickforacure.ca Hard Rock Casino Ultimate Car Show Check out vintage cars, trucks and more at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver. hardrockcasinovancouver.com Summer Concert Series This much-loved series was voted “Outdoor Concert of the Year” by Tri-Cities residents. Sit back for live music on the outdoor TD Community Plaza stage and take in the views over Lafarge Lake. coquitlam.ca/festivals
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival This free festival is a summer highlight! See page 37. coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge Are you up for a physical challenge? Head to the Coquitlam Crunch hiking trail for this annual event. See page 17. coquitlamcrunch.com Terry Fox Run Coquitlam This annual run, held at Mundy Park, honours Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and raises money for cancer research. terryfox.org Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival Raise a glass to this event at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver, showcasing 50+ craft breweries, cider houses and distilleries. coquitlambeerfestival.com Evergreen Cultural Centre The arts and culture hub of the Tri-Cities launches their new season. evergreenculturalcentre.ca Find the Perfect Pint Enjoy craft beer at the Poirier Forum for a good cause. findtheperfectpint.ca
Salmon Come Home See the annual return of salmon. hoyscottcreeks.org Tri City International Wine & Food Festival Sample wines from around the world. tricitywinefestival.com Remembrance Day coquitlam.ca/parkspark Lights at Lafarge See page 24. coquitlam.ca/lights Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair The Poirier Forum will be transformed into a holiday market with more than 100 vendors selling locally made gifts and artisan foods. coquitlamcrafts.com Coquitlam Christmas Farmer’s Market Get into the spirit of the season and pick up hand-crafted gifts at this annual market. makebakegrow.com Christmas at Mackin House A heritage home decorated traditionally along with festive activities. coquitlamheritage.ca
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Coquitlam’s premiere arts + entertainment venue. Located just steps from the end of the Evergreen Skytrain line and Lafarge Lake, the Evergreen presents a full season of over 50 live performances every year, bringing our community the best in professional theatre, dance, music, and family shows.
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Featuring a 257-seat black box theatre, a public art gallery, and several studios for arts programs for all ages, the Evergreen’s stunning, glassed-in lobby and flexible spaces make us the perfect venue to host meetings, workshops, and community events.
On the first weekend of March every year at Mackin Park in Coquitlam, join us in celebrating French-Canadian culture, music and food!
Be part of the largest Francophone festival in BC!
Evergreen Cultural Centre The Evergreen Cultural Centre is where stories are told through theatre, dance, music and the visual arts. Get your tickets for a live performance and take the opportunity to venture into the art gallery to view exhibitions by esteemed artists. During summer, don’t miss their Music on the Grill series, pictured above. evergreenculturalcentre.ca
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN
Place Maillardville Place Maillardville is a non-profit community centre offering programs throughout the year dedicated to unifying and strengthening the Maillardville neighbourhood. Activities range from children’s arts programs to drop-in events and activities. The centre also organizes community events and free workshops. placemaillardville.ca
Place des Arts Place des Arts is a teaching arts centre and music school located in Carré Heritage Square, Maillardville. It houses three gallery spaces that exhibit the work of local emerging artists, as well as a variety of unique spaces for rentals and exhibitions. Visitors can attend events and performances throughout the year or shop in the on-site gift shop. placedesarts.ca
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ave you climbed the Coquitlam Crunch? This fitness hike is one to add to your bucket list, featuring more than 400 stairs and an incline trail that gains 250 metres in 2.2 km. That’s the equivalent of 81 storeys! Here are 5 reasons to try it.
High intensity level: If you want to challenge yourself with stair repeats, this is the place. The Crunch features two sets of stairs – 894 steps in total – for the ultimate cardio circuit workout. Moderate intensity level: Your other option is to climb just one set of stairs and continue on the gravel trail that follows the power lines up to Westwood Plateau. This entire loop up to the top and back down to the base takes approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete.
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You’ll find everyone from gym buffs to preschoolers en route. You can take the Crunch at your own pace or do it in segments. And remember, after climbing to the top, it’s all downhill from there. You’ll be rewarded with towering views and the relief of the downhill descent.
Coffee time: Duck off at the top of the crunch for a coffee, pizza or gourmet sandwich at Beanery Coffeehouse & Eatery. beanery.ca
Working out here won’t cost you a penny and it’s open year-round. Free parking is available off Lansdowne Drive. Access maps at coquitlam.ca/crunch
“Doing the Crunch” is a popular pastime for locals. Much like the Grouse Grind is to those on the North Shore, the Crunch is the (less gruelling) rite of passage for those living in the Tri-Cities.
One highlight event that takes place each September is the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge (coquitlamcrunch.com), offering a variety of races
Craft beer: Do you like craft beer? And hiking? Join the Coquitlam Craft Crunchers group, which starts and finishes at Mariner Brewing. marinerbrewing.ca
Food & Drink: For more ideas on where to go after you crunch check out visitcoquitlam.ca
Don’t miss these free, family-friendly events! Salmon Leave Home Come celebrate the release of young coho salmon each spring into Hoy Creek. hoyscottcreeks.org Como Lake Fishing Derby Kids can learn how to fish for free at this event each May. festivalcoquitlam.ca
See the Salmon come home at Hoy Creek
oquitlam comes from the Coast Salish word “Kwikwetlem,” meaning “red fish up the river.”
Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day Learn how to fish and compete for fun prizes at Lafarge Lake. festivalcoquitlam.ca Salmon Come Home Hoy Creek Hatchery celebrates the return of the salmon in October. hoyscottcreeks.org
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The salmon run is one of nature’s wonders taking place in our community each fall. After spending much of their adult lives in the open ocean, salmon return to the creek where they were born in order to spawn, lay and fertilize eggs, so more salmon can continue this cycle. For a close-up view, visit the Hoy Creek Hatchery located in Hoy Creek Linear Park. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder Other viewing locations include the Coquitlam River and Scott Creek.
Sea-Run Fly & Tackle Your go-to shop for local fishing expertise and gear for all price ranges. sea-run.com
Canadian Tire Stock up at the Coquitlam location near Mackin Park. canadiantire.ca
Go Fishing Enjoying the serenity of a local lake is an idyllic way to spend an afternoon, and with two spots in the city allowing fishing, it’s easy to cast a line here. Como and Lafarge lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout. Take your bait box and pole, and wander down to one of these naturally beautiful locations tucked away amid the urban hustle and bustle. While salmon fishing is allowed in the Coquitlam River, certain restrictions apply – some species are catch and release only. Don’t forget your fishing licence! A B.C. Freshwater Sport Fishing Licence is required for recreational lake fishing for those over age 16. fishing.gov.bc.ca and a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence is required for all ages to fish in the rivers. dfo-mpo.gc.ca For more information about fishing, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/fishing.
Whether it’s practising for the perfect putt, finding some length on the driving range or chipping in from just outside the green, Coquitlam’s golf landscape has a challenge for all lovers of the “auld game.”
Best Places to Tee Up
Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club There’s nothing better than a course with a view. Course designer Michael Hurdzan incorporated large Douglas firs, 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. Table Tennis at Burke Mountain Pioneer Park
Outdoors Beach Volleyball
Round up your friends for some volleyball at the sand courts in Town Centre Park.
From hipsters to seniors, this game is on a roll. You can try the game for free at the Lawn Bowling Club or sign up as a member to take part in dropin sessions, tournaments and social events. coquitlamlawnbowls.club
Table Tennis & Foosball Pack your paddles and balls for a free game of table tennis – with a view! You’ll also find foosball tables outside Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park and at Burke Mountain Pioneer Park.
Skate Parks The skate park at Town Centre Park played host to the 2017 Western Canada International Scooter Association qualifier. Another popular skate park is at Mackin Park. You’ll also find smaller spots at Rochester and Victoria Parks. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder
Tennis Take on your worthy opponent at any of the city’s outdoor tennis courts. Visit coquitlam.ca/parkfinder to locate a court near you. Also check out the Coquitlam Tennis Club, a local non-profit that has four hard courts with lights. coquitlamtennisclub.org Raining? Check out the indoor Coquitlam Tennis Centre with five courts and clubhouse. coquitlam.thetenniscentre.ca
Westwood Plateau Golf Academy & Driving Range A driving range with a 12-hole practice course, it’s ideal for brushing up on your long ball drive, iron play or wedge shots. westwoodplateaugolf.com Vancouver Golf Club This historic golf club, dating back to 1911, is considered one of the best in the Pacific Northwest. The large, private course spans more than 176 acres. vancouvergolfclub.com Eaglequest Golf Coquitlam Eaglequest offers a variety of options to up your golf game, including a chipping green, mini golf, putting green and FootGolf. It’s a nine-hole, par-27 course, perfect for working on your short game year-round. eaglequestgolf.com/coquitlam
Disc Golf Head to Mundy Park to play its free, nine-hole disc golf course. Nets are on site as permanent targets. visitcoquitlam.ca/golf For more about each of these, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/golf.
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nleash the hounds for some tail-wagging fun. You’ll find six off-leash play areas throughout the city where our four-legged friends can run. Mundy Park One of the largest is at picturesque Mundy Park, where, in the southeast corner of the 400-acre urban forest, is not only a fenced dog park area but an off-leash trail loop dedicated to dogs that takes about 20-30 minutes to walk.
Please ‘paws’ to consider Mundy Park’s dog rules:
• Note that elsewhere in the park, on-leash rules apply. • Due to the sensitive habitat of the 1.7-km Nature Trail, dogs aren’t allowed along that route. • Leashes are required on paved community pathways, playground and sports field areas. • In the remaining forested areas with trails, dogs will be allowed off-leash, but only from dawn to 10 a.m.
Bramble Park If you’re in the Westwood Plateau area, Bramble Park (2775 Panorama Dr.) is an off-leash destination with a fenced area in the southern section, between Panorama Drive and David Avenue. Glen Park Do you have a small dog? Head to Glen Park (1149 Westwood St.), which has separate off-leash areas for small and large dogs. Leigh Park Leigh Park (1254 Soball St.) has separate play areas for large and small dogs. As well, it has picnic areas and an off-road cycling course, which can make the day out perfect for all members of your family, be it on two or four legs – or two wheels. Ridge Park If you and your dog enjoy the challenge of a hike, Ridge Park (1685 Parkway Blvd.) has a dedicated off-leash trail along part of its 4.5-km loop. Miller Park The eastern portion of Miller Park (870 Oakview St.) features a sizeable, unfenced stretch of open grass to let your dog run.
ETIQUETTE • Please be sure to scoop and safely dispose of dog waste. • Please be respectful of the natural environment and ensure your dog doesn’t disturb the wildlife. • Dogs must be on-leash in designated areas. Those defined as “aggressive” or “vicious” in the City’s Animal Care and Control Bylaw are prohibited from being off leash. • Owners should avoid bringing their dog’s toys and food to designated off-leash areas.
For more information about each of these, visit coquitlam.ca/dogparks
Best Playgrounds, Spray Parks & Pools These kid-approved play spots will keep your little ones entertained for hours
he secret is out. Coquitlam is home to some of the best playgrounds in Metro Vancouver.
Rochester Park Monkey around at this incredible park based on an outdoor nature play theme. It even has a climbing wall and a zipline, plus tunnel slides and saucer swings, with accessible features. The park includes a skate spot, a sand play area and a water play area during summer. Town Centre Park This local kid favourite has an accessible play area, spray park, skatepark and more. See pages 24-25 for the long list of things to do. Queenston Park The hugely popular neighbourhood playground is built into the side of a hill, so kids can clamber up to the “summit” and slide down over and over again. The best feature is a long metal slide for little daredevils, although there are also features for younger kids. Blue Mountain Park This neighbourhood park is known for its great playground, spray park and wading pool — the perfect place to cool off during the hot summer months. Mackin Park Get wheeling at one of the city’s best skate parks, which also has a spray park, playground and plenty of fields to kick a ball around. Riley Park This 3.5-acre park was built with the concept of “rest, play and move.” Kids will love the wooden climbing structure, slides and other climbing features. Parents will like the scenic views and plenty of places to relax. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder
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City Centre Aquatic Complex This aquatic centre features a separate wave pool with a slide, rope swing, lazy river and overhead water spray features, as well as an Olympic-sized ozonepurified lap pool, hot tub and more. coquitlam.ca/ccac
• Blue Mountain Park
Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex This modern complex has a lap pool, leisure therapy pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna, plus year-round public skating options. coquitlam.ca/pslc
• Panorama Park
Outdoor Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool As seen on Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Dive in and cool off during summer, located in City Centre.
• Burns Park • Galloway Park • Mackin Park • Norm Staff Park
• Rochester Park • Town Centre Park For more details about each of these, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/pools.
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Spani Outdoor Pool Drop by for a public swim after exploring Mundy Park. Blue Mountain Wading Pool This knee-deep wading pool is ideal for younger kids, located at Blue Mountain Park. Find out more about each of these pools, including hours of operation, at visitcoquitlam.ca/pools.
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POP-UP ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND Watch for this drop-in play space in summer, offering a unique “playground” opportunity in City Centre. Kids between the ages of three and 12 can let their imaginations run wild as they play with hand tools and create their own play space – sans parents. They can design and build with wood planks, hammers, nails, tires, tarps and other materials. It’s free! Look for the hours of operation at coquitlam.ca/adventureplayground
Town Centre THE BEST OF
Declared one of the Great Places in Canada, this park is a year-round destination
o take a look around Town Centre Park today, it may be hard to believe that it was once the site of a gravel pit. Now recognized as one of Canada’s greatest outdoor places, this park is one of Coquitlam’s top destinations, where festivals, sporting events and recreational activity attract people from far and wide. Its transformation began in the 1970s when Lafarge Company excavated Lafarge Lake and donated it to the City of Coquitlam. The Province later donated the surrounding land, and Town Centre Park was born in May 1989. Lafarge Lake is now a picturesque spot, regularly stocked with rainbow trout for fishing, and bobbing with birdlife and turtles. A short walk from the water’s edge is the Inspiration Garden, offering pops of colour, plus the iconic bee living eco-sculpture. Also, don’t miss the Chief of the Undersea World eco-scultpture, depicting the famous Bill Reid killer whale statue (located north of Guildford on Pinetree Way). See page 27 for more info.
Live Entertainment You can catch concerts and festivals in the great outdoors at the TD Community Plaza – an amphitheatre overlooking Lafarge Lake. It offers seating for up to 1,300 plus grassy spaces to kick back on a picnic blanket or lawn chairs.
Sports Highlights The park regularly hosts largescale events and sporting tournaments, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands. This has included the 55+ BC Games, the World Police and Fire Games, World Field Lacrosse Championships and CCAA Womens National Soccer Championship. Amenities include the stateof-the-art Percy Perry Stadium with rubberized track, five lit synthetic turf playing fields, grass playing fields, a basketball court, baseball diamonds, lit tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, plus shot put, javelin and hammer throw areas.
LIGHTS AT LAFARGE Coquitlam has a special sparkle that makes the festive season simply magical. Each year, the 1.2 km walkway around Lafarge Lake is transformed into a free, twinkling wonderland of hundreds of thousands of lights. Lights at Lafarge is the largest free outdoor lights display in Metro Vancouver.
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• Fish for trout in Lafarge Lake • Beach volleyball Town Centre Park is • Spray park located adjacent to Lafarge • Table tennis & foosball Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station • Geocaching (1299 Pinetree Way). There • Skatepark is also free parking off • Outdoor fitness equipment Trevor Wingrove Way. • Walk the 1.2 km lakeside loop trail • Playground with accessible features • Sprint the track at Percy Perry Stadium For more park features and activities, see pages 18-19 and visit coquitlam.ca/parkfinder.
Best Free Festivals & Events
• Teddy Bear Picnic & Grande Parade, June • Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day, June • Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day, July 1 • Summer Concert Series , July – September • Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, August • Lights at Lafarge, November – January For details about each of these events, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/events. For the best outdoor concerts, see page 37.
When: The event runs from November through mid-January, with the lights switched from dusk until 11 p.m. nightly. The lights stay on past midnight on Dec. 31 to joyfully ring in the New Year. Who: The route is flat and suitable for all ages, including strollers and wheelchairs. How to make a night of it: You’ll find plenty of places nearby to eat, drink and shop. Go to visitcoquitlam.ca/food-drink to explore your options. Other activities: Coquitlam’s Park Spark team offers free pop-up workshops, special theme nights and activities throughout the season. You can join in and create a decoration that will be added to the exhibit. Watch for scheduling info at coquitlam.ca/parkspark. For further info about the lights display, visit coquitlam.ca/lights
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Coquitlam takes great pride in decorating our public spaces, including spring tulips and elaborate summer garden displays. It’s no wonder this city won first place. Inspiration Garden Find serenity at this oasis in the centre of the city. You’ll find floral displays, fruit trees, seasonal blooms and our iconic bee eco-sculpture. This garden is free to explore and hosts numerous events and workshops that will inspire you.
Fun fact: Inspiration Garden provides more than 690 kg of produce for the Food Bank each year!
Coquitlam in Bloom Communities in Bloom is an annual friendly competition between international and local communities.. Each location is assessed for tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays. Coquitlam won the International Challenge Large category in 2019, receiving a 5 Blooms – Silver rating.
Centennial Rose Garden and Rose Show This spectacular formal rose garden is among the last of its kind in Western Canada. Rose enthusiasts travel from around the world to visit the more than 900 rose plantings and to participate in the juried Rose Show each summer. View the neighbouring Canadian Heritage Rose Garden, which contains only Canadian hybridized roses, a first in B.C. It includes three beds of local Coquitlam hybridizer’s roses, George Mander, the only Canadian to be honoured in the World Hall of Fame for his Glowing Amber rose, 2015. fprosesociety.org For more details, go to visitcoquitlam. ca/gardens.
SCULPTURES Chief of the Undersea World One of Coquitlam’s most intriguing “green” landmarks is a living sculpture located in Town Centre Park. The killer whale, which was part of the MosaïCanada 150 exposition in Gatineau, Que., is modelled after the famous Bill Reid statue. Bee Eco-Sculpture Bee inspired. This iconic living sculpture at Inspiration Garden is constructed of a steel frame with fabric and filled with plant material. It blooms from June to early October.
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un is in our nature. It’s about exploring the wilderness right outside your door. It’s about running through forested urban paths or taking the trails less traveled amidst the forest. It’s about walking the dog, rain or shine, underneath a thick canopy of evergreens. Trekking rugged trails to reach stunning vistas. Or strolling riverside paths with toddlers in tow. All of these options are within reach. Here are some of the best places to explore the great outdoors.
Did you know there are more than 115 km of maintained trails and pathways throughout Coquitlam? Find them all with a hiking group!
Hiking Groups Want to explore the wilds but don’t know where to start? Why not join a group? Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. coquitlam.ca/outdoors Minnekhada Regional Park Coquitlam is home to bears and other urban wildlife. If you see a bear:
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• 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.
For more tips, visit coquitlam.ca/wildlife
The Burke Mountain Naturalists also conduct guided hikes, which you can try for free. burkemountainnaturalists.ca Hiking groups for those age 50 and over are also available through Dogwood Pavilion. coquitlam.ca/dogwood
SAFETY TIPS Mundy Park Minnekhada Regional Park Interested in spectacular views, oldgrowth forest and incredible wildlife? Walking through this 200-hectare park feels incredibly remote when, in fact, it’s only a few kilometres from City Centre. Wildlife is abundant, including toads, birdlife and even black bears. Choose the easy hike to the Low Knoll or take on the more challenging hike to the High Knoll (allow at least 2 ½ hours) for a satisfying lookout over the wetlands. Westwood Plateau / Eagle Mountain Those looking for a challenge can try the Ridge Park Trails on Westwood Plateau. This 23-km trail network can be accessed from multiple locations, including Parkway Boulevard and Hampton Park. While many have manageable slopes, take care on gravel surfaces and steeper sections. Eagle Mountain is also known for its mountain biking trails. Pinecone Burke Provincial Park This park is for experienced hikers seeking adventure – minus the crowds. The Woodland Walk Trail is a favourite, leading to the stunning Sawblade Falls (approximately 8 km round-trip). Due to the remote trails in this area, hikers are advised to trek in groups with
knowledgeable leaders. Note that this park is also a popular spot for mountain biking (see visitcoquitlam.ca/biking). Coquitlam Crunch This heart-pumping uphill fitness trail is an iconic local favourite. See page 17 for details.
Easy walk or run routes Mundy Park A favourite among runners, this 400-acre rainforest park features 16 km of trails and plentiful tree cover, offering shade in summer and a rain barrier in fall. Mundy is also home to regional races and is a popular dog-walking spot. See page 21. Colony Farm Regional Park Stroll or run the 8.5+ km of flat trails through wide meadows and fields. Bird watchers flock to this 400-hectare-plus park to spot rare birdlife including great blue herons, purple martins and the elusive lazuli bunting. Coquitlam River This 9.8 km trail network follows the river, offering a peaceful place to walk or run within City Centre.
Steve Chapman of Coquitlam Search and Rescue recommends hikers always carry these 8 essentials. For more safety tips visit: coquitlam-sar.bc.ca Flashlight / Headlamp and Spare Batteries Extra Food and Water Extra Clothing (rain, wind, water protection) Navigational Aids (map, compass, altimeter, GPS, chart, radio, mobile phone) Fire Starter First Aid Kit Emergency Shelter (large garbage bag, Mylar blanket) Sun Protection
For many more options, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/hiking. visitcoquitlam.ca
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With mountain, road and trail cycling options, exploring the city in the saddle never looked so good
hy stay inside when biking trails beckon? Coquitlam has a lively mountain biking scene, not to mention 60+ km of trails, paths and greenways throughout the city, offering many options to explore on two wheels. From family rides to daily commutes and high-energy technical rides, here are some of the best places to explore.
Easy Rides Sit back for some easy rides with great views. Check out these scenic trails worth exploring. Mundy Park is home to 16 km of trails meandering around the lush, forested park with two picturesque lakes. The Coquitlam River Trail network, which is easily accessed from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, offers forested terrain with wide gravel trails, bridges and river views.
DeBoville Slough is a popular spot for weekend rides, where you can spot eagles and herons while cruising this long, flat, gravel trail. Colony Farm Regional Park offers wide gravel trails with plenty of room to move and is home to abundant bird life. For more information and riding tips, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/biking
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To navigate the city by bike, start by picking up your free copy of the Tri-Cities Cycling Map. Itâ€™s available at City facilities, including City Hall and the public libraries, or online at coquitlam.ca/cycling.
Local cycling enthusiast Colleen MacDonald makes it easy to connect the trails and roads in the Tri-Cities. Check out www.letsgobiking.net for your cycling inspiration.
Coquitlam plays host to numerous events throughout the year, including Torca group rides and races, Bike to Work Week and Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day (free annual event at Mundy Park). Scope out the events at visitcoquitlam.ca/events.
Best Mountain Biking Trails Picture steep descents and hardhitting terrain, with a West Coast style of mountain biking. Two of the best spots to try in Coquitlam include Burke Mountain and Eagle Mountain. You’ll navigate through mazes of towering trees, roots, rocks, single-track and built features. This scene is attracting riders from throughout Metro Vancouver – so join the fun. Find out more at visitcoquitlam.ca/biking.
Group Rides New to the area or don’t know the terrain? For mountain biking, join a group like the Tri-Cities OffRoad Cycling Organization (torca. ca) to scope out the trails. For road biking, the Tri-City Cycling Club (tccyclingclub.com) offers group rides. Both are a great way to get outdoors and explore with like-minded riders.
Test Your Skills New to the scene is the Riverview Forest Bike Park Loop. Located across the street from the Mariner bike skills park it’s a perfect transition for those looking to move up to some flowy trails.
Flat Tire? City cyclists have access to free bike maintenance stations; outside Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, 633 Poirier St., and City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way. Pinetree Way.
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Here are some highlights. Salmon Sculptures A series of 12 salmon sculptures was permanently installed throughout the city in 2016 as part of a public art project celebrating Coquitlam’s 125th year. The six-foot-high sculpture form was designed and fabricated by award-winning Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield. Each was then painted by a different B.C. artist. SkyTrain Evergreen Extension Public Artworks Look for the large concrete frog rising out of the sidewalk outside of Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station. Titled TransLake, by Trent Hutton of Bowen Island, this piece is one of 11 inspirational works installed at Coquitlam’s four SkyTrain stations. It depicts Lafarge Lake’s transformation from a rock quarry to the picturesque landscape it is today.
Blue Mountain Park Sculpture Garden (photo right) Like a secret garden, there’s something special about this rock sculpture and fountain. You’ll find six sculptures at Blue Mountain Park — let your imagination run wild as you explore.
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hey say public art is a reflection of how we see the world. While exploring Coquitlam, watch for interesting public art depicting our heritage and culture.
Return of the Sockeye (photo below) “Return of the Sockeye” anchors Coquitlam Spirit Square and tells the story of the small red salmon that were genetically unique to and prevalent in the Coquitlam River at the turn of the 20th century. Spirit Bear, Place des Arts The Coquitlam Spirit Bear (Stól: lô Spath) translates to River Bear and depicts the spirits of the animals and symbols that speak of growing up beside the mighty Fraser River.
More on the Public Artwork page at visitcoquitlam.ca. visitcoquitlam.ca
Roo’s Public House Think daily happy hour specials, chicken wings and cold drinks on the deck! roospub.com
Browns Socialhouse Town Centre Stylish crowd and great people watching. brownssocialhouse.com Browns Socialhouse Schoolhouse Close to so many things to do plus a very stylish patio. brownssocialhouse.com Cactus Club Coquitlam Social atmosphere and vast cocktail list. cactusclubcafe.com Fairways Grill & Patio Take in the stunning mountainside views. westwoodplateaugolf.com JOEY Coquitlam Outdoor seats in the heart of the city. joeyrestaurants.com
Sammy J’s Grill & Bar “Casual food with attitude” while soaking up the sun. sammyjs.ca
John B. Neighbourhood Pub A Coquitlam institution that offers one of the largest craft beer selections in B.C. johnbpub.com
thetaphouse.ca/coquitlam The Twisted Vine Kitchen & Bar One of the best patios in the TriCities. thetwistedvine.ca Urban Gate Persian eatery with a shade-friendly and leafy patio. urbangate.ca Woody’s A Maillardville classic since 1932. woodyspub.com
Sandwedges Café at Eaglequest Coquitlam Fully licensed, casual dining with views over the course. eaglequestgolf.com
Keg Coquitlam Large patio featuring heaters for those chillier evenings. kegsteakhouse.com
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Mariner Brewing Try locally brewed beer on the back patio, open during spring and summer, or the heated front patio, open year-round. marinerbrewing.ca
Milestones Coquitlam With a long list of wines and cocktails, there’s always something to sip in the sun. milestonesrestaurants.com Mr Mikes Steakhouse Patio, steak and a “happier” hour. mrmikes.ca Pasta Polo This family-friendly Italian eatery has a large covered patio, fresh pasta and brick oven pizza. pastapolo.com
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Rogues Bar & Grill Replenish the fluids while enjoying some of the city’s best views. westwoodplateaugolf.com
The Taphouse Coquitlam Creative dishes, a great beer selection, and close to SkyTrain.
Rio Brazilian Steakhouse Experience “Churrasco,” the authentic and unique Brazilian barbecue. Bonus: all you can eat on the patio. riobraziliansteakhouse.ca
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nterested in adding some live music or dancing on your night out? Whether you want to check out a live band, sip cocktails in a sophisticated lounge or scope out the next aspiring Carly Rae Jepsen, here are some top choices.
Mariner Brewing Coquitlam’s first craft brewery turns the mic over to local musicians twice a week. Watch their website for details on their open mic night. marinerbrewing.ca Hard Rock Casino Vancouver Canada’s only Hard Rock venue has three great nighttime venues! Want to dance? The Asylum Sound Stage is an intimate venue that showcases live music including bands and DJs. And yes, there’s a dance floor that gets cranking on Friday nights.
Looking for a chilled out, downtempo atmosphere? Head to the Unlisted Lounge for hand-crafted cocktails, DJs and a mix of electrogroove music. Finally, if it’s big-name acts and headliners you’re looking for, then crank it up at The Show Theatre. hardrockcasinovancouver.com John B. Neighbourhood Pub John B. is a local favourite that boasts live music four nights a week, featuring local bands, performances and DJs. johnbpub.com
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Wild Fig Hit the dance floor on weekends to ballroom, oldies, rat-pack standards or Latin music. Other nights, you might hear some piano tunes in the lounge,. wildfig.ca/events Fairways Grill and Patio Sunday brunch ups the wow factor during summer with live music from local artists and views
of Mount Baker in a spectacular golf setting. Reservations are highly recommended. westwoodplateaugolf.com Micky’s Irish Public House Scope out local bands every Friday night. jrghospitality.ca/establishment/ mickys-public-house Woody’s on Brunette This neighbourhood pub gets cranking with live bands and DJs every Friday and Saturday night. Scope out the lineup and the menu online. woodyspub.com/events For more upcoming events, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/events.
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival Celebrate the arts at this free full-day festival showcasing live music, dance and performers across multiple outdoor stages. Peruse the artisan market and indulge at the on-site food trucks and craft brew row. coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope Teddy Bear Family Concert Live music will fill Town Centre Park for this free concert held in June geared toward kids of all ages. Don’t forget your teddy bears! festivalcoquitlam.ca
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The Taphouse Coquitlam Think karaoke, live entertainment, DJs and bands throughout the week. Check out their website to see what’s coming up. Wear your dancing shoes on weekends! thetaphouse.ca/coquitlam
Summer Concert Series Kick back for free evening concerts at Coquitlam’s premier outdoor stage – the TD Community Plaza – with views over Lafarge Lake. Pack a picnic or purchase from on-site food trucks at this family-friendly event held across multiple dates each summer. coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts
Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day Expect live music on the outdoor stages, food trucks, vendors and, of course, fireworks! See page 7. Music on the Grill Sit on a patio overlooking Lafarge Lake while listening to live music and feasting on a BBQ dinner. Music on the Grill is a rare opportunity to dine al fresco on a summer’s eve at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park, followed by a concert in the studio theatre at Evergreen Cultural Centre. evergreenculturalcentre.ca
Korean THE BEST
Coquitlam is home to one of the largest Korean communities in Canada, so it’s no surprise we’re also a top spot for sampling Korean food. The area of North Road is unofficially known as Koreatown, home to many Korean restaurants, specialty shops and other retailers. While it’s a great place to start, you’ll find top-notch eateries throughout the city, from cozy cafés to spacious restaurants serving recipes handed down through generations. Here are some to try – although it’s not a full list! For even more options, go to visitcoquitlam.ca/eat-drink. Cafe SoBahn Korean Restaurant This home-style Korean café is attracting much fanfare. The couple who own the place focus on hearty Korean noodle and rice dishes. It’s at 115-3030 Lincoln Ave., near Coquitlam Centre. facebook.com/cafesobahn Haan Korean BBQ Choose from a selection of beef or pork and then cook it up on a grill, right at your table. It’s a delicious meat feast, at Sunwood Square on Lougheed Highway. haanbbq.com Hwaro Korean Steak House & Raw Bar This highly rated restaurant ramps up the style esthetic, serving beautifully plated dishes with bright colours and
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When a region boasts a richly diverse ethnic population, it only stands to reason that fabulous food follows. That’s the recipe that has made Coquitlam – where 40 per cent of the population speaks a language other than English – an outstanding place to experience a wide collection of cuisines spanning the globe.
delicate flavours. It’s quickly becoming one to watch, and conveniently located near Lincoln SkyTrain station. hwarokoreancuisine.com Insadong Korean Restaurant Platters of sliced meat or seafood and vegetables are brought to your table, where you can grill it yourself. The spicy bulgogi, a marinated beef dish, and the bibimbap, served in a hot stone bowl, come recommended. This large restaurant at 301-403 North Rd. is a popular spot among families and big groups. Kimbab Cheonguk Visitors travel from Vancouver for this cozy gem that serves authentic dishes – at an affordable price. Kimbab is the signature dish, as the name suggests. These are Korean rice rolls (like sushi), which can have fillings such as tuna or beef. It’s an affordable spot (at 341 North Rd.) and can attract big crowds. kimbabcheonguk.com OZ Korean Cuisine If you’re in the mood for Korean fried chicken, this place is hard to beat. Other chicken dishes also receive rave reviews. It’s become a bit of a social spot, at Pinetree Way and Glen Drive near Coquitlam Centre. ozchicken.com Saemaul Rice Dessert Café Your taste buds are going to thank you for this little treat. Whether you’re intrigued, gluten-free or simply love rice desserts, this place is worth a visit.
Try the homemade rice flour waffles, rice cake churros, rice roll cakes or snow ice flakes. It’s at 901 Lougheed Hwy. near Ikea. facebook.com/saemaulcafe Seok Gi Si Dae Authentic dishes in a casual, no-fuss setting at 602 Clarke Rd. The grilled pork belly comes recommended.
Simply taking a stroll down the foodie enclave of Glen Drive in City Centre, you can take your pick of restaurants spanning Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and more. Scroll through listings of more than 400 restaurants in Coquitlam at: visitcoquitlam.ca/eat-drink
Smoking Pig This local favourite at 1043 Brunette Ave. has a loyal following, best known for its soups and smoked pork. Winning rave reviews are the Ramen soups (they make their own noodles) and the Pork and Rice Soup (Dwaeji Gukbap). Ta Bom Korean Cuisine This buzzy place opened with a bang, attracting lineups out the door. Their signature dish is the Hot Plate, which comes with a variety of options, served in a nifty hot grill plate with the corn, cheese mixture and egg separated. Check out their stylish venue at 1046 Austin Ave. Waba Korean Restaurant This neighbourhood eatery is known for its traditional home cooking and friendly service. The hot stone bowl and pork bone soup are popular choices, as are the bulgogi and seafood pancake. Its location at 228 Schoolhouse St. makes this an ideal pit stop ahead of a movie or bowling. wabakorean.com A version of this article was originally posted as a blog on Miss604.com
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f “retail therapy” is your thing, Coquitlam has some great places to get your cure.
The city has a mix of just about everything, from specialty shops to one of the largest malls in the region packed with familiar brands and local gems.
Henderson Place Mall Step inside this multicultural mall for an eclectic variety of shops as well as mouth-watering restaurants anchored by the impressive Grand Palace Restaurant. The food court is a highlight, offering many international dishes. It’s across the street from the Lincoln SkyTrain station (1163 Pinetree Way).
Austin Heights If you just want to chill and check out some neighbourhood shops, Austin Heights provides the perfect backdrop for a shopping excursion. You’ll find some great bakeries, restaurants, delis and cafés, as well as independent retailers such as Reflections Book Store and Sea-Run Fly & Tackle. austinheights.ca
Koreatown / North Road Unofficially known as Koreatown, North Road is a hub of Korean businesses, including everything from restaurants and cafés to clothing shops, pharmacies and grocery stores including Hanahreum Mart (known as H-Mart).
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for a night on the town or looking fo r a new pair of running shoes? Whate ver it is, Coqu itlam Centre’s 900, 000-plus squa re feet and nearly 20 0 stores are bo und to have just wha t you’re lookin g for. It’s packed w ith top fashio n brands, outdoor shop s and major re tailers such as Aritz ia, UNIQLO, Gu ess, Atmosphere, Apple, Best Bu y, H&M, London Drugs , Lululemon, Sephora, Sport Chek, T& T Supermarke t, The Bay and Walmart. It’s also easy to access, loca ted at Lincoln SkyTrain stat ion. coquitlamce ntre.com
United Boulevard In the mood to decorate or renovate your home? The collection of home furnishing stores lining United Boulevard – just off Highway 1 – is your one-stop destination for furniture, lighting, appliances and renovation supplies from more than 15 chain and name-brand retailers including End of the Roll, IKEA, Jordans, JYSK, Leon’s, MJM Furniture, Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre, Sandy’s Furniture, ScanDesigns, and The Brick.
Coquitlam Farmers Market From May to October, Sunday mornings at the Coquitlam Farmers Market outside the Dogwood Pavilion, at Poirier and Winslow, boasts a collection of food and goods that are all made, grown or raised locally or in B.C. Visit their website event details: makebakegrow.com
Craft & Artisan Markets
Neighbourhood Shopping Plazas
Place des Arts Shop Shop local and support local artists. You can purchase works of art big and small year-round at the Place des Arts gift shop. placedesarts.ca
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 and delicious. Here are a few places to visit on your travels:
Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair Purchase hand-crafted Christmas gifts from any of the 100-plus artisans during this annual event at Poirier Forum. coquitlamcrafts.com Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market This special one-day event each December features local merchants, carollers, kids’ activities and crafts at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. makebakegrow.com
Como Lake Village (Como Lake Ave. & Linton St.) Pinetree Village (Pinetree Way & Lougheed Hwy.) Westwood Plateau Village (Parkway Blvd. & Johnson St.) Sunwood Square (Lougheed Hwy. & Westwood St.) Creekside Plaza (Barnet Hwy. & Lansdowne Dr.)
EXPERT “A fashionista’s paradise is yours to explore at Coquitlam Centre. Over 200 stores await you. Shop ’til you drop, and then some! This two-storey mall is a stylish girl or guy’s dream. I made two trips to the mall in 24 hours and still didn’t get it all covered.” The Stylish Traveler mapleleopard.com
Austin Station (Austin Ave. & Mariner Way)
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Stay & Plan
Places to Stay
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Coquitlam’s central location within Metro Vancouver, plus easy access to downtown Vancouver, make this city an ideal place to unwind for a good night’s rest. Take your pick of everything from friendly B&Bs to executive suites. Whether you’re here to relax and see the city, you’re on a business trip or ready to cheer on your team on a road trip to remember, your accommodation will suit your needs and budget. Here’s a quick list of places to stay.
Hotels SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Coquitlam 725 Brunette Ave. 604-525-7777 bestwestern.com Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Metro Vancouver 405 North Rd. 604-936-9399 executiveplazahotel.ca Ramada Coquitlam 631 Lougheed Hwy. 604-931-4433 wyndhamhotels.com/ramada
Bed & Breakfasts B&B Cliffrose 2967 Cliffrose Cres. 604-945-5945 cyanagitani.com Eagle Mountain Bed & Breakfast 2548 Trillium Pl. 604-941-8955 eaglemountainbb.com Green Gables Bed & Breakfast 2242 Park Cres. 604-469-7105 green-gables.com
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GETTING HERE & AROUND Public Transit
To plan your trip on any of the following services, use TransLink’s online Trip Planner at translink.ca.
Coquitlam is an easy 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver the scenic Barnet Highway, Highway 1 (Trans Canada Hwy.) or Highway 7 (Lougheed Hwy.). The Port Mann Bridge connects Coquitlam to Surrey and the Fraser Valley with easy access to multiple border crossings.
SkyTrain Coquitlam has four SkyTrain stations. It takes approximately 45 minutes to travel to Vancouver and 55 minutes to Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver. SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension connects with the Canada Line for direct access to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond.
Car Share Joining a car-share co-op offers the flexibility of a vehicle. Modo has vehicles stationed at several spots in Coquitlam modo.coop Car Rental Hertz Car Rental: 604-519-2390, hertz.com
Bus Services Metro Vancouver’s bus service includes an extensive network with regular connections throughout Coquitlam. Visit translink.ca for schedules and fare information.
West Coast Express The West Coast Express Commuter Rail operates during peak morning and evening periods. Hop on the train at Coquitlam Central for a highspeed service to Vancouver’s Waterfront station.
Bikes on Transit Bicycles are allowed on SkyTrain except during weekday peak periods (7-9 a.m. westbound and 4-6 p.m. eastbound); maximum two bikes per car. Bikes are allowed on buses at all hours (two bikes per bus) and permitted on West Coast Express at all hours (two bikes per car). Visit translink.ca/cycling for more details.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations The City of Coquitlam offers EV charging at City Hall and Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex. You can easily find stations near you at plugshare.com
Coquitlam has a number of local taxi companies, including: • Bel-Air Taxi: 604-433-6666, bel-airtaxi.ca • Coquitlam Taxi: 604-524-1111, coquitlamtaxi.ca
Border Crossings There are four border crossings from the U.S. to enter Canada, all within a one-hour drive fromCoquitlam. Locations include: • Abbotsford Crossing – Abbotsford, B.C. / Sumas, WA • Aldergrove Crossing – Aldergrove, B.C. / Lynden, WA • Peace Arch Crossing – Surrey, B.C. / Blaine, WA • Pacific Crossing – Surrey, B.C. / Blaine, WA
BC Ferries BC Ferries provides year-round vehicle and passenger service connecting coastal communities throughout B.C. Find out more at bcferries.com
Ride Your Bike Free Tri-Cities Cycling Map: Pick up your free copy of the free Tri-Cities Cycling Map at City facilities including Coquitlam City Hall and public libraries, or read it online at visitcoquitlam.ca/stay-plan/getting-around.
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Highland Games Lafarge Lake Park, Coquitlam
JUNE 20, 2020 & JUNE 19, 2021
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