MINNEKHADA: Now & Then
Once a working farm, later to become a retreat for the wealthy—where the world’s elite were wined and dined—Minnekhada Regional Park is an important historical site that today serves as a popular hiking, filming and wedding location Minnekhada Regional Park
NOW Standing in Minnekhada Regional Park, surrounded by old-growth forest and endless views of nature, it feels like you are miles away from civilization. Frogs are croaking, an eagle soars overhead, and the kids have put aside their mobile devices in their hunt for strange-looking insects.
This 200-hectare park has a variety of trails and is rich with wildlife, and yet, it is just a short drive from Coquitlam’s city centre. It’s home to 160 species of birds as well as beaver, bears and singing bullfrogs. Minnekhada is a destination not just for day-trippers and hikers from Metro Vancouver, but for tourists from all around the world. This is the perfect spot to get away from it all. Hiking trails range from a flat path leading throughout the marsh to an uphill climb to the High Knoll, with incredible views looking over the wilderness and the Pitt River. The park is also home to Minnekhada Lodge, a 1930s country estate that is a popular wedding venue due to its historical character and stunning views over the fields below. The estate is also often used for filming as well, including a number of locally shot TV series such as The Man in the High Castle and Riverdale. Minnekhada Lodge’s setting amidst moss-draped trees is truly spectacular. It is open to the public for touring on the first Sunday of the month (February through December) from 1 – 4 p.m. minnekhada.ca
Viewpoint from High Knoll