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Welcome to Coquitlam
Coquitlam by SkyTrain It's easy to connect with us
Know Our Neighbourhoods Check out Austin Heights & Maillardville
Shopping Roundup We've got it all Biking Newbies, novices & gearheads Birding For all seasons Festivals So much to do & see
COVER PHOTO: Town Centre Park Plaza, Canada Day 2016 Photo by Brett Hitchins
Minnekhada Regional Park Add some history to your hiking Fishing Lakes & rivers abound Hiking & Running Get out & get fit Parks & Gardens It's easy to love our outdoors Recreation & Sports Add some quirky to your fun
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WELCOME to COQUITLAM
COQUITLAM was once one of Metro Vancouver’s best-kept tourism and recreation secrets. Well, the secret is out! The SkyTrain is here and social media is buzzing with enthusiasm about our city’s great assets and attractions. It’s the kind of place where people say hello to each other on the street, and where neighbours convene around barbecues or at the local parks. We welcome newcomers from all backgrounds and invite you to join in the fun. Our Travel & Experience Guide has all the information you need to make the most of your time in Coquitlam, no matter how long your visit. Coquitlam is a city for all seasons.
This magazine is all about connecting and community, and we encourage you to connect with others through social media to share your passion, your interests and Coquitlam’s hidden gems. Visit us online at coquitlam.ca/explore and be sure to use the hashtag #explorecoquitlam in your social media posts.
GREETINGS FROM COQUITLAM CITY COUNCIL Welcome to our beautiful city! With the arrival of the SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension, Coquitlam is more connected than ever before, giving visitors from across Metro Vancouver easy access to our shopping centres, parks, festivals, outdoor recreation, cultural events and sporting activities. Hop on the train with your fishing tackle to cast a line in one of our urban lakes, which are regularly stocked with rainbow trout. 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 Plaza to take in a live musical performance. The SkyTrain has also opened up opportunities for locals to quickly traverse the city and explore the neighbourhoods around each station. Leave the car behind and set off for adventures, playing tourist in your own town. Enjoy a staycation! We are proud of this place we call home, thanks to its sense of togetherness. From our free Neighbourhood Nights events to our local parks and first-rate recreation facilities, Coquitlam offers residents countless opportunities to make new connections and further strengthen our community. SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension
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We’re a diverse city with a multicultural makeup, and we embrace our French-Canadian and aboriginal heritage. This multicultural background is also reflected in the vast variety of restaurants and shops on offer. Whether you’re planning a daytrip or an extended stay, we know you’ll be surprised by Coquitlam, where city life meets wildlife, offering the best of both worlds.
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Adventures A T EVERY ST OP
Hop on the SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension for adventures throughout Coquitlam
SKYTRAIN TRAVEL TIMES BETWEEN Lafarge Lake-Douglas terminus
Lougheed Town Centre Station, Burnaby: 16 minutes
It’s now easier than ever to connect with Coquitlam, with the SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension providing quick access for visitors across Metro Vancouver. Now you can experience the adventures and activities Coquitlamites have been enjoying for years. From fishing at Lafarge Lake to running at Mundy Park or shopping for that special gift at Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam boasts all the amenities of a big city, while nestled on the edge of nature.
Braid Station, New Westminster: 24 minutes
Metrotown Station, Burnaby: 41 minutes
Granville Street Station, downtown Vancouver:
Jump off at these four SkyTrain stops to explore the highlights!
Looking for a new trail to walk or run or just want to enjoy some nature? The #151, #152 or #153 buses will get you to Mundy Park, one of the community’s most treasured natural assets. The park features 400 acres of coastal rainforest, with a 5.5-kilometre multi-use pathway encircling it that can be completed in one hour. Shorter interior trails guide visitors on a loop around Mundy Lake or to viewing benches at Lost Lake. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder
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A 15-minute bus ride (#156/#157) from this station will drop you at the almost 200,000-square-foot Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.), where you can ice skate, swim or take a fitness class. Drop-in classes include everything from Zumba and indoor cycling to yoga and belly dancing. If all that exercise worked up a thirst or appetite, take in bite at the concession or relax in the licensed area with an adult beverage. If it’s hockey or lacrosse season, hang out later and take in a Coquitlam Express Junior A Hockey game, or watch championship-level lacrosse with the junior or senior Coquitlam Adanacs. coquitlam.ca/pslc
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One of Coquitlam’s greatest assets is its diverse community, and along with that, its great restaurants on Glen Drive. Options include Persian and Iranian gems, a Filipino eatery and restaurants featuring pho, sushi and waffles. The area’s varied food offerings are frequently featured on the BC food tourism blog WestCoastFood. westcoastfood.ca/communities/coquitlam
Shopaholics will enjoy a change of pace at Coquitlam Centre, directly outside Lincoln SkyTrain Station. This mall is home to close to 200 stores including the big names, such as H&M, Best Buy, Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Lululemon, Sport Chek, London Drugs, Walmart, T&T Supermarket and as well as small, one-of-a-kind shops. coquitlamcentre.com
Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Coquitlam’s City Centre Aquatic Complex is across the street from this terminus. It boasts a wave pool, zipline, rope swing and Olympic-sized lap pool, as well as drop-in fitness classes and a steam room, sauna and hot tub. You can book a birthday party package too. Treat yourself to a snack at the Aquatic Centre Café. coquitlam.ca/ccac
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Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display
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Hop off the SkyTrain at the terminus and then stroll around Lafarge Lake, taking advantage of this easy 1.2-kilometre loop just outside the station. Each winter, the lake transforms into a free magical wonderland featuring more than 100,000 twinkling lights during the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display. Watch coquitlam.ca/lights in November for updates.
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Volunteers from the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society offer free walking tours during the warmer months. rhcs.org
Take in a performance at Evergreen Cultural Centre, which offers a robust calendar of events year-round spanning classical music, dance, comedy and theatre. Or pop in for a quieter visit to the Art Gallery, which hosts inspiring works by local, renowned and emerging artists. The Centre is right outside this station, at 1205 Pinetree Way. To learn more, visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca and check out the feature on page 21.
A short bus connection from Coquitlam Central will get you to the Riverview Lands, where you can take an arboristled tour of its renowned arboretum. At 244 acres, the Riverview Arboretum is a stunning landscape that started with a collection of trees from the world’s temperate zones and now includes 163 species and 113 varieties showcased in an estimated 1,800 trees.
Music on the Grill at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Across the road from Lincoln Station is City Centre Library, which hosts free story times for children and offers comfy reading nooks, a multicultural collection, a cozy fireplace lounge and events for people of all ages. library.coquitlam.bc.ca Also near Lincoln Station is Henderson Place Mall, home to many Asian shops and restaurants, including Grand Palace Restaurant and the multicultural food court. henderson-development.ca
Another great attraction with easy access by bus from Coquitlam Central, is the spectacular Colony Farm. This park is home to more than 200 bird species and has plenty of trails that are popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. It’s a flat, open space where you can get away from the crowds and get lost in your thoughts. metrovancouver.org
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Festival du Bois
LIKE MOST METRO VANCOUVER CITIES, Coquitlam has melded over time—mature neighbourhoods with history steeped in settlement, agriculture and resource industries; new communities under construction; and older neighbourhoods with both heritage and renewal. Two neighbourhoods in southwest Coquitlam, Austin Heights and Maillardville, are worth exploring by outof-town visitors and residents alike. While each has a distinct character, the two neighbourhoods both boast recreation opportunities, shopping, countless food options and stunning community parks.
MAILLARDVILLE IS COQUITLAM’S oldest and most historic neighbourhood. While it is undergoing significant transformation, many streets still bear the names of its pioneering families and personalities. The unofficial entrance to this community is east along Brunette Avenue off Lougheed Highway—and you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the clock tower with a French heritage motif, weathervane and fleurs-de-lis. Maillardville is home to Carré Heritage Square, the historic entrance to Fraser Lumber Mills. Mackin House Museum is here and is in one of the remaining homes built for the Fraser River Sawmill Company. It was first occupied in 1909 by Henry James Mackin, the mill’s general manager, and his family. It is now a museum run by the Coquitlam Heritage Society. The rooms include furniture from the Edwardian era and a large collection of toys from the early 1900s. Grab a walking tour brochure to explore the many heritage homes in the area, including Ryan House, now the community arts centre Place des Arts. coquitlamheritage.ca
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For another touch of history, pop up to Laval Square and visit Our Lady of Lourdes. The current church was built in 1938 on the site of the original one, a focal point for Coquitlam’s vibrant French-speaking community that began to arrive in 1909. CityofCoquitlam
In contrast is Mackin Park, home to Coquitlam’s annual Festival du Bois as well as the engaging public art piece Pioneer Spirit. This great city space has playing fields, ball diamonds, a playground, tennis courts, a walking trail, spray park, large skateboarding park, perimeter walking trail and Nelson Creek. Located between Brunette Avenue and Lougheed Highway, this park is perfect for everyone in your family. maillardville.com Close by is a busy shopping and entertainment area. If you’re yearning for big-screen entertainment, visit the 20-screen Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam & VIP. For silly fun with a competitive edge enjoy five-pin, ten-pin or cosmic bowling with lights and sound at Zone Bowling. And if a picnic at the park isn’t what you’re up to, the area offers pub and restaurant options including My Greek Taverna and Rocco’s Deli.
UP THE HILL from Maillardville you can spend another day in Austin Heights—you’ll return home satisfied with your shopping list checked off, or feeling stress-free after fresh air and outdoor fun or indoor recreation. This unassuming neighbourhood and its architecture will take you back to the post-war, mid-century era, while there are emerging modern designs too. Austin Avenue is the community’s commercial district. Here you’ll find professional and specialty businesses such as banks, hardware stores, grocery stores and gift shops, as well as coffee bars, a bakery and abundant restaurants to satisfy any craving. This is in large part due to the support of the Austin Heights BIA who put on the popular Daisy Day Festival each June. austinheights.ca Whether you get here by car, transit, foot or bike, you’ll discover amazing outdoor and indoor recreation options. Just a 10 – 15 minute walk north from the west end of Austin at Blue Mountain sits Blue Mountain Park. This urban forest of tall Douglas Fir, Red Cedar, North Red Oak and even a few Redwoods provides a sheltered canopy for one of Coquitlam’s original parks that is still a community gathering place. There’s lots to do here—watch a ball game, play tennis and let the kids cool off in the summer months at the wading pool and spray park or burn off some energy at the accessible playground. Or simply enjoy a lovely picnic with your fresh local purchases or a peaceful moment among the striking stone sculptures and water feature.
Como Lake is stocked annually with catchablesize rainbow trout, and each May, children and youth 16 years and younger can participate in the free Como Lake Fish Derby. This lake and park are beautiful in every season—spring displays of crimson rhododendrons and cherry tree blossoms, a kaleidoscope of fall colours and winter snow blanketing the trees—so any time is the perfect time to visit. Photographers will easily find inspiration here. Finally, if some indoor recreation and activity is more what you have in mind, visit the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, just a 15 – 20 minute walk north of Austin (two blocks east of Gatensbury). This integrated recreation complex has ice skating, swimming, drop-in fitness and the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame. It’s also home to Junior A hockey with the Coquitlam Express and junior and senior lacrosse games with the Adanacs. You’ll find yourself coming back time and time again to this bountiful neighbourhood.
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How about a casual stroll around a scenic lake? Just three city blocks north of Austin on Gatensbury Street lies the popular Como Lake, headwater of the Como Creek Watershed. This ecologically sensitive habitat supports a variety of birds and other species. The lake is bordered by a one-kilometre loop trail with adjacent benches and picnic and grassy areas, as well as a fenced playground. 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide
From runway fashion to home furniture, Coquitlam offers diverse and multicultural shopping options—and each destination has its own distinct personality LOCATED in Coquitlam’s city centre, Coquitlam Centre is home to nearly 200 stores. You’ll find all the top fashion brands, such as Aritzia, Lululemon and H&M, sporting shops including Atmosphere, Sport Chek and Golf Town, Asian supermarket T&T, plus all the best department stores like Hudson’s Bay, Sears and Walmart. You just can’t go wrong shopping here with the mall’s spacious, open walkways, food court, and special events and offers year-round. coquitlamcentre.com Across the street and adjacent to the Lincoln SkyTrain Station is Henderson Place Mall, home to a number of Asian shops and restaurants anchored by the stunning and delectable Grand Palace Restaurant. henderson-development.ca Shopping for furniture? United Boulevard is a one-stop destination for furniture, lighting and appliances—as well as renovation supplies—from more than 15 chain and name-brand retailers. You could spend hours hopping from store to store, comparing prices and styles. This area also has the more-than 25,000-square-foot Fabricana, the global fabric retailer that carries bridal and special occasion clothing,
quilting, curtains/drapery, upholstery and bedding fabrics. For those who love the hunt for perfect, gently used clothing, accessories or household items you will be sure to find something at Value Village. Nearby are Ikea and several household and decorating stores. Across the King Edward Overpass, the Lougheed Corridor has Canadian Tire, Staples and Superstore. Need a break and some refreshment or entertainment after all that shopping? Grab a bite from any one of a number of restaurants, including Cactus Club, unwind at a movie with an adult beverage at Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam & VIP or relax with a fun game of bowling at Zone Bowling. Shop and roll! Another shopping corridor is Austin Heights, which has a deli, the popular Inno Bakery, restaurants and everything from groceries and hardware supplies to unique shops including a fishing tackle store. austinheights.ca Further east on Austin at Mariner Way is Austin Station, home to Save-On Foods, Starbucks, and a host of other community amenities.
KOREATOWN Did you know that Coquitlam is home to one of the largest Korean communities in Canada? North Road is a hub of Korean business and activity, from restaurants and cafés to clothing shops and pharmacies. Here you can shop for interesting imported goods, from trendy clothing and handy housewares to novelty items.
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Held each Sunday from May to October, outside Dogwood Pavilion in the Poirier Precinct, the market is the place to be every Sunday morning. Grab a coffee and wander through the 60 vendors who have grown, made or baked their products. You can grab brunch while you’re at it from one of at least three food trucks on-site along with homemade treats from the market stalls. You’ll also find crafts and artisanal products such as jewellery, natural skin care, pottery, handmade cards, clothing, wood products, home décor, planters and photography. Or take in a workshop on the latest in cooking, gardening and crafts. All season long there are great events including a salmon BBQ (with proceeds going to the Coquitlam Firefighters Charitable Society), a blueberry pancake breakfast, pie contest, Harvest Festival and everyone’s favourite, the Christmas market for locally made gifts. makebakegrow.com
Unofficially known as Koreatown, North Road is a go-to destination for purchasing culinary delicacies. If you want to stock up on food items that you won’t find anywhere else, try Hanahreum Mart (known as H-Mart), a popular Korean grocery store with many unique offerings.
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BIKING in COQUITLAM
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Coquitlam’s extensive bicycle routes and multi-purpose trails make it easy for cyclists to explore all our city has to offer—from our main shopping corridors to the mountainous viewpoints
MOUNTAIN BIKING Located on the edge of nature, Coquitlam is an up-and-coming mountain biking destination with a good mix of established trails and the potential for more. Burke Mountain and Eagle Mountain are right on our doorstep, home to the West Coast style of riding that the North Shore and Squamish are famous for—a maze of big trees, roots, rocks, flowy singletrack and well-built features, most of which are built and maintained by the volunteers of the Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA). Thinking of getting into mountain biking but don’t know how to start? Fabian Kim, owner of Kinetik Cycles in Coquitlam, has some helpful tips on how to get rolling. kinetikcycles.com First of all, he says, decide on what kind of bike you need, depending on the types of trails you’ll be riding. If you’re riding on easy, hard-packed trails, you can get away with a basic mountain bike. But once you hit the mountain trails—with their steeper grades and obstacles—you’ll need full suspension (front and back). “It’s more fun. You get better traction and impact,” says Kim, explaining that the tires with full suspension are closer to the ground, so it’s safer and less bouncy. His advice is to first borrow or rent a basic mountain bike to see if you
like the sport. If so, you’ll likely want to purchase a “lightweight bike with decent components,” which won’t come cheap. For the local trails, Kim recommends all-mountain bikes, which are best suited for climbing as well as downhill. “It’s an expensive sport to get into but once you start, you’ll get hooked.” And hey, as Kim points out, the trails are free. His final advice for riders? “Try to have fun. That’s what it’s all about. Mountain bikes keep on changing—new standard size, new geometry—and sometimes people get caught up with, but as long as you have fun on two wheels, that’s all that matters.” Gee Louter, who also works at Kinetik, agrees. “Don’t get caught up on the gear and which bikes to ride. Just get out there and try it,” he says. Are your kids eager to ride? TORCA holds an awesome free event each September at Mundy Park Skills Park called Take a Kid Mountain Biking. Leaders teach the kids new skills and then take them on a guided ride. Ken Porter of TORCA suggests taking your kids to the Riverview Forest, which is “very beginner-friendly, and Mundy Park is nearby, where kids can work on their skills.” For more information on Torca or the free event, visit torca.ca.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START? A bike, any bike. Try it, and if you like it, you can advance to a better bike Helmet Gloves (essential for grip) For aggressive riders, Kim recommends knee and elbow pads Map out your route: Check out trailforks.com and coquitlam.ca/trails for maps and other local trail info Mountain biking at Eagle Mountain is fun in all seasons
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Bike Skills Park 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 Drive, including obstacles such as a timber teeter-totter, log stacks and bridges. One of the newest circuits is located at Leigh Park (1254 Soball St.), which is great for younger riders, with bridges and obstacles to test your skills. Another one to try is the BMX Jump Park on the southeast side of Town Centre Park—a competition-level BMX track that includes a primary and beginner circuit. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder Mundy Park bike skills park
ON THE ROAD Go car-free and discover the freedom of being on two wheels! Coquitlam has been steadily investing in new bike routes and riders have plenty of options. Today, riders can take advantage of on-street bike routes, as well as off-street paths, including those along Pinetree Way and Johnson Street. Take your bike on the SkyTrain and explore the city by road. For bike route information and maps, visit coquitlam.ca/cycling and translink.ca/en/rider-guide. There are also plenty of trails —some paved, others gravel—near the SkyTrain stations. coquitlam.ca/trails
TORCA’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking event at Mundy Park
Group rides If the idea of heading out onto the trails on your own sounds intimidating, why not join a group? The Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA) leads guided rides twice monthly to trails throughout the area. Sign up as a member for $20/year. torca.ca If you’re interested in road biking, Mountain Equipment Co-op organizes the popular MEC Vancouver Century Ride, departing from Coquitlam. Choose between a 50-kilometre or 100-kilometre ride. events.mec.ca
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BIRDING in COQUITLAM
These birds can’t fail to impress and have been known to draw crowds, says David Mounteney, president of Friends of DeBoville Slough.
1. NORTHERN PYGMY OWL
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A recent sighting drew crowds for days. The owl has also been spotted at Minnekhada.
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A great blue heron at DeBoville Slough
Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast awed by soaring birds of prey, or an experienced birder armed with a checklist and long-lens camera, you’ll be mesmerized by the birdlife that can be viewed in Coquitlam throughout the year agles may soar overhead as you walk the flat gravel path at DeBoville Slough. Watch for osprey coasting above the water in search of fish, and for great blue herons amidst the slough’s tall grasses. In spring, the area is a nesting location for birds such as the common yellowthroat, wood ducks and marsh wrens. Thickets of shrubs along the waterways provide safe nesting habitat for small songbirds. Look for belted kingfishers perched on the branches. By summer, watch for cedar waxwings and band-tailed pigeons. The tall grasses provide protective cover for nesting American bitterns. Hummingbirds can also be spotted zipping around the area before migrating south for winter. During the fall months, song sparrows, spotted towhees, juncos, bushtits and chickadees glean the late-ripening berries from the bushes, while bald eagles come to feast on salmon. The area is also an important over-wintering area for an array of waterfowl, including mallards, buffleheads and mergansers. For more info about DeBoville Slough, including a free birding checklist, visit fodbs.org. Another wonderful nature walk for people of all abilities is at Colony Farm Regional Park, where nearly 200 species of birds have been observed
2. PEREGRINE FALCON
Occasionally spotted at DeBoville Slough. Also at Colony Farm and Minnekhada.
(this is approximately 40 per cent of the bird species found in BC). The park is home to more than 400 hectares of grasslands, waterways and marshes crisscrossed by flat, wide trails. Search for the large colony of nesting great blue herons, purple martins, the elusive lazuli bunting and dozens of other species of birds and waterfowl. The nest boxes located throughout the wetland are used by swallows. Watch for raptors flying over the fields in search of mice or voles. metrovancouver.org/events Como Lake provides a refuge in the city for migrating birds in spring and fall. Watch for the large osprey (fish hawk), which hovers and dives for fish. Belted kingfishers and great blue herons may also be seen fishing. Listen for woodpeckers and the calls of red-winged blackbirds. Bats come out at dusk. Mundy Park is a heavily forested area where you may spot Pacific wrens, chickadees, kinglets, bushtits, pileated woodpecker and northern flickers.
3. BALD EAGLE
Enter the north side of DeBoville Slough trail near Cedar and Victoria and follow past the pump house to spot the nest. There’s also a nest on the south side of the trail, farther south. Bald eagles have also been spotted at Colony Farm.
4. GREEN HERON
The rare Green Heron has been spotted at the Deboville Slough.
Minnekhada Regional Park’s forested terrain is home to hawks, owls, grouse, waterfowl, herons, woodpeckers and songbirds. About 160 species have been observed in the park and the immediate area. For more birding info, visit fodbs.org, bmn.bc.ca, allaboutbirds.org and ebird.org CityofCoquitlam
5. HOODED MERGANSER
An extravagantly crested duck that dives for fish—spotted at Colony Farm.
BIRDING in COQUITLAM BIRDING EVENTS AT COLONY FARM REGIONAL PARK
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Birding for Beginners / April 9, 9 – 11 a.m. Get to know the birds in the park. Free but registration is required by calling 604-432-6359. International Migratory Bird Day: Partners in the Park / May 13, 1 – 4 p.m. Displays, children’s activities, a history tour at 1 p.m. and introductory birding walks at 2:30 p.m. Meet in front of the community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd. Free! Drop in. Lazuli Bunting Walk / June 3, 9 – 11 a.m. Search for migratory birds including spectacular lazuli buntings on a two-hour guided walk. Bring binoculars if possible. Meet in front of the community gardens at the end of Colony Farm Road. Free! Drop in. metrovancouver.org/events
Want to learn more about nature in Coquitlam? You can download a free guide, Discover Nature in the Tri-Cities, created by the Burke Mountain Naturalists. It includes fascinating information about local habitat, plants and wildlife at popular nature sites and a checklist of species to watch for by season. Printed copies are also available. bmn.bc.ca/booklet
Keep your eyes and ears open all year long while enjoying the city’s hot spots for birding.
SPRING Look for Mallard ducklings and Canada goose goslings.
By March, tree swallows, violet-green swallows and barn swallows can be found swooping over the marsh.
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Northern pygmy owls have been seen on the Low Knoll.
early spring. Cinnamon teals show up in late spring at Colony Farm and Minnekhada Regional Park. Sandhill cranes and northern harriers can be seen. The common yellowthroat, wood ducks and marsh wrens do their nesting . Belted kingfishers perch on shrubs searching for small fish.
Great horned owls are easier to find in late winter, especially along the trail near the picnic area at Minnekhada.
SUMMER Barred owls sometimes perch on large branches overhanging a clearing in the forest. Black-headed grosbeaks and band-tailed pigeons are attracted to elderberries. Tree swallows, downy woodpeckers and hairy woodpeckers are prevalent. Search for a resident red-tailed hawk or turkey vulture. Watch for Steller’s jays.
The Fox sparrow overwinters at Minnekhada. Small groups of chickadees, kinglets and bushtits often flock together in winter.
Ospreys return by April. Blue herons perch on nest boxes.
FALL Look for short-eared owls and rough-legged hawks. The elusive Lincoln’s sparrow can be found in shrubby thickets around the marsh. Coots return along with grebes, teals, buffleheads and mergansers. Herring gulls and ring-billed gulls are noticeable.
Raptors—including the sharp-shinned hawk, redtailed hawk and peregrine falcon—can be found at multiple locations this time of year.
COQUITLAM HOT SPOTS FOR BIRDING
Colony Farm Como Lake DeBoville Slough Minnekhada Regional Park Mundy Park
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FESTIVALS With more than 100 festivals each year, every season is festival season in Coquitlam—here are some of our biggest and best
Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day BC Highland Games
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Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
FESTIVAL DU BOIS Mar. 3, 4 & 5
TEDDY BEAR PICNIC & GRAND PARADE June 11
Experience joie de vivre! Western Canada’s largest francophone festival offers a fun weekend of all things French Canadian. It showcases French traditions and culture in Canada including food, traditional music, entertainment and activities. Taking place at Mackin Park from March 3 – 5, this family-friendly festival has worldclass entertainment, plenty of activities for children, and music that may inspire dancing and singing. Tuck in to some traditional fare such as cheesy poutine, hearty tourtière or smoked meat sandwiches and the oh-so popular maple taffy. Oh—and be sure to wear plaid! This is in honour of the contributions of the lumberjacks who left Quebec in 1908 to start a new life in BC. festivaldubois.ca
Calling all families! The fun begins June 10 with an evening family concert at Town Centre Park, followed by the parade and picnic on June 11. This annual event is always a hit with young children, and features storytelling, puppet shows and live musical performances. Be sure to bring your teddy bears! festivalcoquitlam.ca
FESTIVALS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 1 Pack a picnic dinner and round up your friends and family for Coquitlam’s Summer Concert Series, presented by Envision Financial.
BC HIGHLAND GAMES & SCOTTISH FESTIVAL June 17 Dig out the kilts and tartans and get ready to celebrate. You don’t need to have Scottish blood to enjoy the festivities, which include the best in Highland bagpipers and dancers, heavy event athletes, food, whisky and all that is Scottish and Celtic in B.C. There are plenty of children’s activities and Scottish delicacies to try too. This year, the festival is calling all clans to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday with the contribution of Scots to this great nation. The celebration held June 17 at Town Centre Park will be bigger and better than ever before. bchighlandgames.com
COQUITLAM CELEBRATES CANADA 150 July 1 The flags will be waving and everyone will be grinning this July 1 as the celebrations return to Town Centre Park. Tens of thousands head to the park each year for this family-friendly bash featuring entertainment over multiple stages, food, beverages and family activities. This year’s event will be extra special as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. The fireworks go off with a bang after sundown, so stick around to watch the spectacular display light up Lafarge Lake. coquitlam.ca/canadaday
FRASER PACIFIC ROSE SHOW July This is a juried show with hundreds of roses and horticultural exhibits. Like a country fair, you can vote for the best floral design and the most fragrant rose, go on a guided tour of the rose garden, or attend a free workshop. Visitors can also buy roses and hand-tied bouquets. After the awards have been given out, purchase the award-winning blooms to take home. This is a must-see event and the best place for the public to come and experience the award-winning roses that thrive in BC. fprosesociety.org
The spectacular setting of Town Centre Park Plaza is a wonderful place to kick back and watch a performance. Located a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station (about half a kilometre around the lake), it’s easily accessible for visitors throughout Metro Vancouver. coquitlam.ca/festivals
KALEIDOSCOPE ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL Aug. 12 Unleash your inner artist, savour the flavours of the local food truck and craft brew scene, enjoy the best of music and dance, and check out the handiworks at the artisan fair. Expect surprises around every turn! Kaleidoscope is a free full-day festival on Saturday, Aug. 12 that includes musical acts on the main Plaza Stage, pop-up theatre, storytellers, dancers and artists. There will be plenty of activity for children, too, including arts and crafts and performances that will pique the imagination. coquitlam.ca/festivals
Salmon Come Home
SALMON COME HOME Oct. From mid-October to early November, chum salmon make their journey home to Coquitlam to spawn, returning to the Hoy Creek area where they were born. The Hoy Creek Hatchery celebrates this special event each October with the Salmon Come Home festival. This family-friendly event includes in-stream, live salmon demos, music, habitat restoration, children’s activities, food and more—make a day of it! hoyscottcreeks.org Kaleidoscope Arts & Culture Festival
This list only scratches the surface of all the festivals and events that take place in Coquitlam each year! For more, turn to our calendar of events on pages 34 – 35. Also visit us online at coquitlam.ca/events. Event bookings are being accepted for Town Centre Park Plaza. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Burquitlam: Between and Beyond, by Brent Bukowski
Branching Out, by Bruce Walther & YarOn Stern
They Travelled These Roads, by Mia Weinberg
Monohedral Tessellation by Dean Cloutier & Jarami Reid
Public art contributes to Coquitlam’s identity as a diverse community with a vibrant cultural scene. You can find installations large and small throughout the city and take a self-guided tour—be inspired by our history.
artworks inspired by the tree symbol used by landscape architects in their drawings. And Pillow Station, by artists Paul Slipper and Mary Ann Liu, is a collection of granite pillows with designs that celebrate Coquitlam’s multicultural community.
Walking around Lafarge Lake it may be hard to believe that this area was originally a quarry. The man-made lake has undergone a tremendous transformation over the past 50 years, and its rebirth from rocks to one of Coquitlam’s destination parks is aptly captured in a work of art outside the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station.
At Coquitlam Central Station, Unity Tree by Paul Reimer was inspired by Western Red Cedars and was hand-forged using recycled SkyTrain tracks.
Look for the large concrete frog rising out of the sidewalk. Titled TransLake, by Trent Hutton of Bowen Island, this piece is one of 11 inspirational works installed at Coquitlam’s four SkyTrain stations. Inside the same station is Monohedral Tessellation by Dean Cloutier & Jarami Reid, a large mosaic using engraved BC pine beetle wood with images representing local landmarks, people and community traditions.
TransLake, by Trent Hutton
At Lincoln Station, Branching Out, by Bruce Walther & YarOn Stern, is made up of five CityofCoquitlam
Two pieces are located at Burquitlam Station. The first, They Travelled These Roads, by Mia Weinberg, is a granite piece incorporating the circle of a saw blade, resembling Fraser Mills, engraved with images depicting the area’s transportation history—from wagon roads of the 1800s to today’s rapid transit. The second piece, Burquitlam: Between and Beyond, by Brent Bukowski, uses recycled materials to represent a community that has been transformed from a community “in between” and to celebrate sustainable transportation choices—foot and bicycle traffic over the automobile.
Return of the Sockeye at Spirit Square
AROUND THE CITY
Bee Sculpture at Inspiration Garden
Pioneer Spirit at Mackin Park
Town Centre Performance Plaza
Return of the Sockeye, Spirit Square
This sockeye sculpture arching over a concrete dam in Spirit Square tells of the sockeye’s return to the Coquitlam River.
P ioneer Spirit, Mackin Park
This kinetic work powers three listening stations where you can hear natural sounds from the immediate area collected by a parabolic microphone, archived recordings of the pioneers of Maillardville and a choral piece.
Spirit Bear, Place des Arts
The Coquitlam Spirit Bear (Sto:lo Spath) translates to River Bear and depicts the spirits of the animals and symbols that speak of growing up beside the mighty Fraser River.
C oquitlam C olumbian Centennial Totem, Dogwood Pavilion
This 16-metre totem pole is a tribute to the local First Nations. It is carved in the Kwakwaka’wakw tradition of Northwest Coast First Nations art. You can also look for A Hommage Aux Pionniers, Our Lady of Lourdes at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Maillardville; Bee Sculpture at the Inspiration Garden; Migration at City Centre Public Library; Our Salmon, Our Children, Our Earth in City Hall; Boarder Benches in Town Centre Park; and Town Centre Park Plaza. Visit coquitlam.ca/publicart for more details and locations of all the public art described here.
Spirit Bear at Place des Arts
SALMON SCULPTURES Coquitlam’s name comes from the Coast Salish word “Kwikwetlem,” which means, “red fish up the river” from the days when the Coquitlam River was thick with sockeye salmon. They were also an important food source for early residents (First Nations and European alike), and in modern times, their continuing presence in our local rivers is an important reminder of the nature around us. In celebration of Coquitlam’s 125th year in 2016, a series of 12 decorated salmon sculptures were permanently installed in prominent locations throughout the city as part of a public art project. The sculpture form, which is more than six feet tall, was designed and fabricated by award-winning Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield and each sculpture was painted by a different artist.
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MAZ will perform at Evergreen Cultural Centre
ARTS, THEATRE & CULTURE
LET US ENTERTAIN YOU Get your hot tickets for live performances, exhibitions and public programs t Evergreen Cultural Centre, you will arrive intrigued and leave inspired. Coquitlam’s cultural hub hosts a rich calendar of events throughout the year—spanning comedy, musicals, concerts, theatre, dance productions and community events. Take the opportunity to venture into the Art Gallery to explore thoughtful and engaging exhibitions by esteemed artists. Here are just a few of the many inspirational events taking place this year.
Get the giggles with the cathartic and comical Arts Club Theatre production of Bittergirl: The Musical, which charts the romantic breakups of three women and the lively antics that ensue.
Two other theatre highlights include Getting to Room Temperature, Arthur Milner’s poignant and emotional story about euthanasia, and The Out Vigil, a modern fable steeped in maritime lore, by Julie McIsaac. Take the kids for family-friendly entertainment during Spring Break Festival this March, which features three shows over three days.
Music lovers will want to stop in for Musical Mornings—a series of concerts hosted by internationally acclaimed pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann.
The morning begins with coffee, tea and treats, followed by a 75-minute classical concert led by the Bergmann Duo and featuring world-class artists. Other musical highlights include a performance by critically acclaimed Tanzanian-Canadian singer Alysha Brilla and a classical concert by Brett Polegato and Robert Kortgaard. MAZ performs a blend of acoustic with electrified jazz, and the Tim Sars Trio (Westminster Savings Family Series) will set the feet tapping with their mix of swingin’ New Orleans street beat and chamber jazz. In the summer, make time for Music on the Grill—a barbecue dinner served on the patio with pre-show entertainment followed by a marquee presentation in the studio theatre.
Don’t miss the Emerging Talent Festival, a multidisciplinary art exhibition and showcase of visual art, dance, music and theatre by talented high school students in the Tri-Cities. Train Dreams, an evocative experimental multimedia installation, looks back more than 130 years to when the first transcontinental train pulled in to Port Moody, and highlights the history of trains in this region.
Singer Alysha Brilla
PLACE DES ARTS Place des Arts is a non-profit teaching arts centre and music school located in Carré Heritage Square, Maillardville. The building houses three gallery spaces to exhibit the work of local emerging artists, as well as a variety of unique spaces for rentals and exhibitions. Visitors can attend popular community events and performances throughout the year, ranging from concerts and exhibitions to fun, familyfriendly seasonal celebrations. Looking for a one-of-a-kind, locally sourced gift? Head to the gift shop for hand-crafted works by local artisans. placedesarts.ca
Coquitlam, Canada presents a collection of intersecting stories of Coquitlam and Canada told through art, artifacts and texts in celebration of 150 years of Confederation.
For information on upcoming live performances, exhibitions and public programs coming up, visit evergreenculturalcentre.ca
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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
MINNEKHADA: Now & Then
Photo taken in 1936
EXPLORE MINNEKHADA PARK This circuit of Minnekhada Regional Park takes in all three of the park’s main viewpoints and can be completed as a leisurely morning or afternoon hike By: STEVE CHAPMAN
Minnekhada Viewpoints Rating: moderate Time needed: 2 – 3 hours
The park is rich in wildlife and bear sightings are common. Start at the parking lot on Quarry Road and head along the trail for a short distance to the first trail junction. Bear left at the first three junctions and right at the fourth; this keeps you on the perimeter of the park.
Minnekhada photo from 1936
THEN Minnekhada Farm dates back to 1895, but it didn’t receive its name until 1912, when it was purchased by a wealthy lumberman from Minnesota. Harry Leroy Jenkins turned it into a robust working farm of 1,600 acres and named it Minnekhada, which is derived from the Sioux Indian language and means “rattling water.” During the First World War, Jenkins’s health and finances declined. He sold the farm for $30,000 in 1921 to Couzen Spencer, a millionaire who owned theatres in Australia. Spencer sold it after two years, and the property changed hands many times over the next nine years. Minnekhada during the 1930s became a retreat for the wealthy, home to a polo club and hunting lodge. Owner Eric Hamber played host to many affluent guests: it’s rumoured that King George VI and Queen Elizabeth stayed there in 1939. Hamber (president of BC Mills, Timber, and Trading Co.), the 15 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, owned the property until 1958. Then it was sold to Colonel Clarence Wallace (president of Burrard Dry Dock, and 18th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia), but eventually reverted to the Crown in the late 1970s. The GVRD (now Metro Vancouver) acquired Minnekhada Lodge in 1987 and the park in 1995. th
Curious about bears? Take part in a free event at Minnekhada Regional Park on May 13 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. to learn more about how hikers can avoid and share the park with them. Ask a park interpreter at this pop-up display.
Meet at Quarry Road parking lot. Suitable for all ages. metrovancouver.org/events
Length: 7 km Elevation gain: 350 m
After about a kilometre, the trail will begin to ascend over rougher terrain until it eventually brings you out at the junction for the High Knoll. Follow the steep path to the top of the High Knoll to emerge at a spectacular open viewpoint overlooking the Minnekhada marsh and out over Coquitlam and Burke Mountain. Retrace your steps and turn left when you regain the main trail. In about 500 metres you’ll hit the trail junction for the Low Knoll. A short, flat walk along this trail brings you out at a similar but less spectacular viewpoint. Retrace again and turn right at the main trail. After 300 meters, take the trail that heads out to Addington Lookout. The trail ascends and descends before emerging at a very nice viewpoint that overlooks the Pitt Marshes and Golden Ears. From here, it is possible to descend and pick up the dike paths but for this hike, we again retrace and head left at the main trail. The trail back to the parking lot follows the lakeshore and passes by Minnekhada Lodge. This heritage building is definitely worth checking out and is open to the public for viewing from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. Turn left at the last junction you’ll encounter to take you back to the parking lot. Steve Chapman is a Coquitlam Search and Rescue volunteer and a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists. More info on safe hiking: coquitlam-sar.bc.ca Published in the Tri-City News on Sept. 17, 2015 tricitynews.com/lifestyles/hike-of-the-week -take-a-leisurely-hike-at-minnekhada-park-1.2061559
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FISHING in COQUITLAM
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START? Rod, reel, line, hook, weight, bait/flies Fishing licence Tackle box to organize your lures and weights Appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather (hats in summer, warm clothes in winter) Patience Know the local regulations
If you catch the fishing bug: Chest waders to walk off shore into the water (to keep you dry) Polarized sunglasses (to cut the glare and make it easier to see where the fish are in the water) Float tubes, with chest waders, to float into the lake Pontoon boat
Fishing at Lafarge Lake
FISHING in COQUITLAM Did you know that just steps from the SkyTrain, you can cast your line to reel in a fish? Lafarge and Como Lakes are stocked with trout, while inour local rivers, salmon may be the catch of the day Many of us have childhood memories of lake fishing with family members. Canadian photo album collections would not be complete without those token pics of kids holding their prize catch for the camera. Two of Coquitlam’s urban lakes are regularly stocked with rainbow trout, providing Metro Vancouverites with easy access to fishing and plenty of photo ops. With some basic supplies—including a fishing licence—you can simply walk down a trail and cast a line. “Lafarge and Como Lake are beautiful settings and have easy access, with trails and lots of good shore access. It’s a good opportunity to catch nice rainbow trout right here in Coquitlam,” says Andrew Redmont, manager of Coquitlam’s Sea-Run Fly & Tackle. sea-run.com You can fish year-round but the best months for catching trout locally, he says, are April, May, June, September and October. Rainbow trout are the main draw, although you may also catch a carp. To see when they were last stocked, visit gofishbc.com. Lafarge Lake can be accessed by shore or float tube. Como Lake also has easy shore access, with a loop trail.Spin casting, bait fishing and fly fishing are all options at both lakes. Free family-oriented fishing derbies are held at both lakes each year, with numerous
prizes awarded. These fun events draw crowds from across Metro Vancouver. festivalcoquitlam.ca If you want to hook a salmon for dinner, head to Maquabeak Park (5 Burbridge St.), situated on the bank of the Fraser River, with shore access and a boat launch. Five species of salmon pass through this spot at varying times of the year, including chum, chinook and coho, as well as bull trout, Dolly Varden and cut throat trout. In August and September, pink salmon return to the area, which will be a huge draw.
Sturgeon fishing (catch and release only) is also available on the Fraser, at the mouth of the Pitt River near Douglas Island (accessible by boat from Maquabeak Park). The Coquitlam River is another hot spot for fishing salmon, although there are restrictions involved (some species are catch and release only) and you are advised to visit the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada website ahead of time to read its updated regulations. dfo-mpo.gc.ca Where can I get more info? Visit gofishbc.com for stocking reports and BC fishing information.
TIDAL WATERS SPORT FISHING LICENCE
(local lakes, rivers)
Required for age 16 and over. You can purchase a licence online through the Government of BC website (you must carry the licence). Otherwise, you can pop into Sea-Run and fill out the forms on site. The following prices are for BC residents as of publication, excluding taxes, and are subject to change (fees are higher for non-residents). For more info, visit sea-run.com or gofishbc.com.
Required for all ages. These can be purchased on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada website (dfo-mpo.gc.ca) or at the SeaRun store. The following prices include tax as of publication and are subject to change. Fees are higher for non-residents.
8 days: $20 1 year: $36 1 year disabled: $1 1 year senior: $5
COHO SALMON Since 2003, Coho are one species that has returned to Coquitlam River.
“We’ll hopefully get big numbers,” Redmont enthuses. “The pink salmon swim shallow and close to the shore, accessible to anglers.”
BC FRESHWATER SPORT FISHING LICENCE
1 day: $10
RAINBOW TROUT Stocked regularly in Como Lake and Lafarge Lake. Terrific for eating.
CHUM SALMON Also known as “dog salmon” due to its canine appearance during spawning.
STURGEON These monster fish are something to behold. They must be released once caught.
Under age 16: Free 1 day: $5.51 3 days: $11.55 5 days: $16.80 1 year: $22.05 1 year senior: $11.55 Salmon conservation stamp (to keep a salmon): $6.30
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HIKING in COQUITLAM
Use the three Ts:
´´ TRIP PLANNING »» »» »» »»
Plan your route Know the terrain and conditions Check the weather Fill out a trip plan (for example, adventuresmart.ca/tripplan/tripplan.php)
»» Learn knowledge and skills before you go »» Know and stay within your limits
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE WILDERNESS. Studies have shown that taking a walk in nature has both psychological and physiological benefits. In Japan, this practice is called “shinrin-yoku,” which translates as forest bathing. It involves simply taking a mindful walk through the forest while observing all of your senses. Step into nature, hear the leaves crunch underfoot, see the birds fly branch to branch, feel the sunlight on your face. Coquitlam is riddled with trails that lead through parks and along creeks, offering an easy reprieve from daily stresses. It’s also nestled on the edge of some incredible mountainous wilderness areas, with impressive views and wildlife. Here are a few hikes to try.
Minnekhada Regional Park
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, whether you’re a beginner interested in short walks to an adventurer seeking new challenges. Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by members of the Burke Mountain Naturalists. You’ll explore new sights while getting outdoors in safe, organized groups. coquitlam.ca/outdoors
Stunningly wild and beautiful. Turn to page 23 for details from local hiking guide Steve Chapman.
P inecone Burke Provincial Park
This beautiful wilderness area is incredibly wild and remote despite the fact that it’s so close to the city. The park is excellent for hiking, with many marked trails and great views from higher elevations. env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks
Westwood P lateau Trails
Approximately 23-kilometres of trails wind their way through city parks, natural areas and greenways on Eagle Mountain. Ridge Park offers a challenging experience for the hiker who enjoys steep terrain in a dense forest setting. These trails are easily accessible by transit. coquitlam.ca/trails coquitlam.ca/explore
Flashlight & spare batteries Extra food & water Extra clothing (rain, wind, water) Navigation tools (map, compass, GPS) Fire starter (matches, lighter) First aid kit Emergency shelter (safety blanket) Sun protection Pocket knife Signalling device (whistle, mirror)
Hoy Creek Trail
A short walk from the bustling Lafarge LakeDouglas SkyTrain Station, you can duck into this peaceful 2.8-kilometre gravel trail for a nature reprieve. Keep an eye out for blue heron and listen for the sounds of chickadees and woodpeckers. In the fall, you can spot salmon spawning in the creek.
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A number of groups are also available for those over age 50, including the Striders (10 – 14 km), who meet Mondays at 9 a.m., and the Cliff Huggers (15 – 20 km), who meet Mondays at 8 a.m. coquitlam.ca/glenpine
WATER TOUR In Coquitlam, we are so lucky to have some of the cleanest drinking water in the world. Each summer, Metro Vancouver offers free guided public tours to the Coquitlam watershed, so that you can see where our tap water is sourced. You’ll learn about the history of the region’s water supply, water quality and treatment, and how water gets to Metro Vancouver homes. You’ll be treated to panoramic views and get up close to old-growth forest, gaining new appreciation for these protected lands. metrovancouver.org/events/watershed-tours
RUNNING in COQUITLAM Lace up your runners and breathe in the forest air. Coquitlam is on the edge of nature, and runners can explore everything from flat paths in City Centre to rugged trails etching through coastal rainforest The city is home to almost 100 kilometres of trails and routes and is a prime destination for runners of all skill levels and endurance. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just eager to burn off last night’s chocolate cheesecake, you’ll be so mesmerized by the wildlife and scenery, the kilometres will tick right by.
Como Lake Park: A 1.2-kilometre loop on a soft trail around the lake.
Mundy Park: Features 400 acres of coastal rainforest, including 16 kilometres of trails with thick forest cover. This park has varied terrain, is popular with running groups and is the site of an annual MEC race.
Coquitlam Crunch: Aptly named,
DeBoville Slough: A flat, gravel trail with tranquil views. The north entrance to the trail eventually comes to Addington Marsh and Minnekhada Park. Be bear aware, particularly on the north side of the slough! Town Centre Park: Run the 1.2-kilometre loop of Lafarge Lake, sprint the track at Percy Perry Stadium or loop the entire park.
Coquitlam River: Many scenic options here—watch your footing, particularly in rocky areas. Colony Farm Regional Park: More than 8.5 kilometres of trails through scenic meadows and fields, home to many species of birds.
as you’ll discover, when tackling the initial climb of more than 400 stairs. The path continues upward to a viewpoint at approximately the 2.2-kilometre mark before rocketing back downhill. Running this route is not for the faint of heart. Minnekhada Regional Park and the High Knoll: Some steep inclines
and rocky declines for those who enjoy a challenge. The view at the top is worth it. coquitlam.ca/trails
TRAVEL SAFE OUTDOORS and BE BEAR SMART
TRAIN & RUN Need to train for a race? Retrace the steps where Terry Fox trained for his Marathon of Hope—signs mark his 16 kilometre route with facts, trivia and inspirational quotes. terryfox.org
POPULAR RACES ´´ Terry Fox Training Run terryfox.org ´´ The MEC Vancouver Race Series—choose between a 5K or 10K race in Coquitlam’s beautiful Mundy Park. events.mec.ca ´´ Phoenix Running Club hosts the Pinetree Classic each fall. phoenixrunningclub.com ´´ Join in the annual Terry Fox Run at Blue Mountain Park to raise money for cancer research. facebook.com/coquitlamterryfoxrun ´´ Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge is a fun event to help create an inclusive community with competitive and recreational categories so the whole family can get a great workout in a fun atmosphere. coquitlamcrunch.com
Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. While enjoying the outdoors be aware, listen and watch for bears: ´´ When hiking or biking in bear country always stay in a group. ´´ Look for posted signs about animal activity. ´´ When you go hiking, bring binoculars to scan ahead for bears in the distance. If you spot one make a wide detour and leave the area the way that you came. ´´ Look for bear signs like tracks, droppings, overturned rocks, rotten trees torn apart, clawed or bitten trees, bear trails, fresh diggings or trampled vegetation. These signs may indicate the bear is still in the area. ´´ Don’t rely on bear bells—make noises by talking to each other, singing or clapping your hands especially when traveling upwind, near streams and waterfalls, or when you cannot see the path ahead to let a bear know of your presence. ´´ Keep dogs on a leash so they cannot chase or antagonize a bear causing it to be aggressive. If you see a bear: ´´ Stop and remain calm. Often, the bear is just passing through and if it finds no food source, will simply move on. ´´ Don’t scream, yell or run. ´´ Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly. ´´ Keep away from the bear and warn others to do the same. coquitlam.ca/wildlife 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide
Gardens have long been a source of inspiration. Claude Monet, the famous French impressionist painter, was quoted as stating:
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
“ This is not a garden to take for granted. It is much too good to overlook.” — steve whysall
Author & garden writer for The Vancouver Sun
The Inspiration Garden
oquitlam takes great pride in its gardens, and in 2016 won a national award in the Communities in Bloom civic pride and beautification competition. Showcased in a video at coquitlam.ca/cib, the entry featured Coquitlam in Bloom projects such as the Coquitlam Munch public produce gardens in Austin Heights, a signature rose named “Coquitlam,” and a photo library of 125 local gardens. This year’s Coquitlam in Bloom initiatives include pollinator gardens. Look out for signage and notices throughout the city for further information, or visit coquitlam.ca/cib.
150 th Celebration Garden
Coquitlam’s Park Spark team partnered with the 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Cub Scouts in November 2016 to plant 1,000 tulip bulbs in Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden. It’s one of 150 similar gardens planted throughout Canada, to celebrate the role of gardens in Canadian history. Located in Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave.), Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden features 500 White Hakuun tulips and 500 Red Impression tulips, which were donated by Vesey’s bulbs of P.E.I. The tulip is an international symbol of friendship and of spring. The garden also features a planted replica of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Insignia Badge, which honours all elements of the CAF, including the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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INSPIRATION GARDEN If you, like Monet, seek inspiration and tranquility, visit Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden in Town Centre Park. Flowers, fruit trees and various ornamental climbers are showcased, and the garden is dedicated to growing, supporting and connecting gardeners to the community.
CENTENNIAL ROSE GARDEN The Centennial Rose Garden is a magical oasis in central Coquitlam. Tucked away beside the Dogwood Pavilion and Coquitlam Lawn Bowling Club, the garden (maintained by the Fraser Pacific Rose Society) is a place of no noise and no stress. Saturday mornings from mid-May to the end of September are when Rose Society volunteers are on site pruning, deadheading and fertilizing. Pop by and enjoy. fprosesociety.org
Coquitlam offers wonderful opportunities for residents and visitors to get involved in their community parks. It’s your chance to have fun and gain meaningful experiences while participating in activities. Check out Park Spark events at coquitlam.ca/parkspark.
This magical lights display is a highlight of the season, invoking oohs and ahhs as viewers walk the 1.2-kilometre loop around Lafarge Lake. It’s one of the largest free outdoor light displays in the Lower Mainland, featuring over 100,000 lights in multiple themed zones, from the popular caterpillar tunnel to the woodland creatures perched in a tree house. Watch as delight spreads across the children’s faces! Also take part in free events organized by Coquitlam’s Park Spark team, including crafty workshops, carolling and scavenger hunts. coquitlam.ca/parkspark Be awestruck by the launch of the Winter Lights Display on Nov. 25. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors with friends and family for some free, uplifting entertainment. Available to view through January. coquitlam.ca/lights
CITY PARKS Coquitlam is a bustling city on the edge of wilderness and pocketed with incredible urban parks. This city is a destination for runners, hikers, mountain bikers and wildlife enthusiasts, whether you’re exploring the local trails or adventuring deep into the mountainous forest. The city itself is home to more than 80 parks, with playgrounds voted among the best in Metro Vancouver, unique offerings such as disc golf and sand volleyball, and spray parks filled with the sounds of laughter during the summer months. To find the perfect park with everything you’re looking for—whether it be tennis courts, fishing locations, bike skills parks or hiking trails— visit coquitlam.ca/parkfinder More information about hiking and running is available on pages 26 – 27. For tips on the best spray parks and playgrounds, turn to page 33.
Como Lake Park
Dogs are part of the family, and in Coquitlam they’ve got room to run. A number of off-leash areas are available throughout the city, and many trails throughout Mundy Park are off leash from dawn to 10 a.m. coquitlam.ca/dogparks
OFF-LEASH DOG AREAS: Bramble Park, 2775 Panorama Dr.
Miller Park, 900 Oakview St.
Glen Park, 1149 Westwood St.
Mundy Park, 501 Mariner Way
Leigh Park, 1254 Soball St.
Ridge Park, 1685 Parkway Blvd.
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Disc golf at Mundy Park
RECREATION & SPORTS
From our first-rate sport fields to local tennis courts, golf ranges and home teams, Coquitlam is a thriving hub of recreation and sport activity keeping residents, visitors and athletes from around the globe active. Here are a few activities to keep you busy year-round
TENNIS & PICKLEBALL
Round up some friends and try a golf game with a twist. Disc golf—sometimes referred to as Frisbee golf—has a huge following around the world. The game is played much like traditional golf, although instead of a ball and clubs, you throw a disc. The object is to complete each hole in the fewest throws.
We have options for diehard tennis traditionalists and those eager to try the increasingly popular pickleball.
Coquitlam’s 400-acre Mundy Park hosts a free nine-hole disc golf course (located near Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest St.) with a total distance of 1,885 feet. Nets are on site as permanent targets. Visit coquitlam.ca/parkfinder for park details and discbc.com for more information about the sport in BC.
TEE TIME Hit some balls at the driving range or tee off for a nine-, 12- or 18hole course. These beautiful locations offer challenges for all levels. Eaglequest Golf: A nine-hole, par 27 course with varied-length holes for golfers of all abilities. A great place to work on your short game year-round. It’s also home to a mini golf and FootGolf courses. eaglequestgolf.com/coquitlam Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club: Take in the views high above Coquitlam as you play up to 6,770 yards on its 18 holes. This widely acclaimed course was designed by Michael Hurdzan and is a popular location for weddings. westwoodplateaugolf.com 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 practice course. westwoodplateaugolf.com Vancouver Golf Club: This private club’s challenging 18-hole championship course sprawls over a woodland park setting of over 176 acres. vancouvergolfclub.com
Channel your inner Milos Raonic or Genie Bouchard by smashing a few balls. Outdoor tennis courts can be found at 10 of Coquitlam’s city parks, so you won’t have to travel far. Visit coquitlam.ca/parkfinder to locate a court near you! The Coquitlam Tennis Club is a local non-profit that offers lessons, social tennis matches and competitive league teams. It’s located at Town Centre Park (Pipeline Rd. and Trevor Wingrove Way), which has four hard courts with lights and a small clubhouse. coquitlamtennisclub.org Raining outside? Whether you’re a newbie or a tennis pro, People’s Courts Tennis Club (1650 Foster Ave.) has five indoor hard courts and two outdoor courts, so you can play no matter what the weather. The facility is open to all ages and abilities. You don’t have to be a member to drop in, but call ahead to book a court (same day or 24 hours ahead). The estimated fees are $36/hour for two people ($18 pp). The club also offers lessons and seasonal programs. peoplescourts.com The relatively new game shaking up the courts and increasing in popularity is pickleball—a combination of table tennis, tennis and badminton that is played with paddles and a polymer ball over a net. This popular game is played by two or four people on a badminton-sized court. A recent tournament in 2016 at Pinetree Community Centre saw 450 participants sign up for this friendly competition. The City of Coquitlam offers drop-in pickleball for ages 18 and up (coquitlam.ca/dropins) and a number of local community groups offer pickleball for age 50-plus. coquitlam.ca/programguides
RECREATION & SPORTS BOWLED OVER The sun is shining and the bowls are rolling. Picture yourself with a group of friends, enjoying the afternoon rays while having some laughs in a friendly competition of lawn bowling. And yes, they’re called bowls—not balls. The game is experiencing a rebirth, with a younger generation of enthusiasts discovering the fun of getting on the green. The social aspect of playing a sport with likeminded individuals is certainly a draw, whether you’re a young adult or a retiree. Roger Skinner of Coquitlam Lawn Bowling Club advises that players should be age 12 and up, because the balls are quite heavy. The club, at 1655 Winslow Ave., welcomes members of the public to come on out and give the game a try. In fact, Skinner suggests getting a group of friends together to drop in and have a match. All materials are provided and members of the Lawn Bowling Club will even give you a lesson, all by donation.
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Those who get the bowling bug are encouraged to sign on as a member, for just $100 per year. Coquitlam Lawn Bowling Club is in a spectacularly beautiful setting, open from mid-April to the end of September. Drop-in bowling is available to members throughout the week. facebook.com/coquitlamlawnbowls
HOCKEY Could the next NHL star be skating on Coquitlam ice? Cheer on the Coquitlam Express (Junior A Hockey Club), 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, familyfriendly night out, this is an activity that will send the pulse racing—without breaking the budget. The Express have an impressive roster of alumni who have gone on to the NHL, and more than 45 Express 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. coquitlamexpress.ca
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LACROSSE When the skates are put away for the season, it’s time for lacrosse—a fast, exciting, rugged and high-scoring game. Pick up a snack or light 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 lacrosse game with the Coquitlam Junior or Senior Adanacs. Both teams deliver action-packed sporting competition that’s bound to turn your family into fans. adanaclacrosse.com
PLANNING AN EVENT? Coquitlam is home to an unparalleled combination of recreational and sports facilities—from gymnasiums, grass and turf fields, and aquatics facilities to stadiums and state-of-the-art multi-purpose indoor complexes. Whether you are hosting a local tournament or a national championship, Coquitlam is an excellent choice. Town Centre Park alone features a state-of-the-art track and field venue, Percy Perry stadium and sports field complex, with five lit synthetic turf sports fields and a grass playing field. coquitlam.ca/sportsfacilities
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Today’s treasure hunts are open to people of all ages, and all you need is a cellphone or GPS tracking device (free Wi-Fi offered at a number of city parks). It’s called geocaching, and for those who haven’t tried it, it’s the search for a hidden container—a geocache. Participants navigate to a set of GPS coordinates, head to the location and scope it out. “The fun is just going out and finding it, so you never know what you’re going to get,” says Kathy Simmonds, who enjoys geocaching in Coquitlam with her two sons. A cache contains a log sheet to record the find. Larger caches may also contain items to keep, as long as you leave something of greater or equal value in its place. Some are tiny and hard to find, while others are large containers full of trinkets. Simmonds pointed out that geocaching is about being mindful of nature. “Cache in, trash out,” she said, meaning that participants even pick up litter. It’s all about community, nature and having fun outdoors. Maillardville is a great spot to do some geocaching as it has 12 geocaches, each with a historical connection to Maillardville in both English and French—including Maillardville’s origins, the wave of migration from the Prairies during the Depression, how the community works to preserve its culture and more. Try a fun geocaching activity at maillardville.com/en/geocaching-a-maillardville. Coquitlam is riddled with caches to find. Register for free at geocaching.com. and find more info at bcgeocaching.com.
FREE & FUN
& These activities will guarantee smiles!
Lather on the sunscreen and let the kids run free. Coquitlam has seven spray parks, including one at Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave.), with plenty of tree cover for those hot days. Another fabulous one is at Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way). It’s a big area with water spraying overhead as well as calmer areas for younger kids. Burns Park’s spray pad (802 Edgar St.) includes interactive water features with low-spraying nozzles suited to small children. The area is accessible and includes shaded and grassy areas for picnic blankets. Other spray parks are located at Mackin Park, Galloway Park, Norm Staff Park and Panorama Park. coquitlam.ca/neighbourhoods
Got teens? Give them some thrills at Mackin Park’s skatepark (1046 Brunette Ave.), which features a quarter pipe, a bank running the length of the park on the north side with a table top, and a hubba ledge and rail, to name a few features. Another great skatepark is located at Town Centre Park near the playground. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder
Recently nominated by The Vancouver Sun as one of Metro Vancouver’s top 10 playgrounds is Queenston Park (3415 Queenston Ave.). The playground was designed to accommodate the side of a hill, meaning children burn their energy climbing the bridge or spider web up to the top. Once there, they are treated to a thrillseeking slide that may be one of the longest in the Lower Mainland. Blue Mountain Park (975 King Albert Ave.) has a wonderful playground with a rubberized safety surface, roller slide, oodle swing and music chimes. If you have multiple kids or toddlers who tend to bolt, check out the playground at Como Lake Park (700 Gatensbury St.), which is fully fenced, complete with two play structures with plenty of climbing and sliding options. Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) has a large playground with a variety of equipment suitable for ages from preschoolers to the older crowd complete with accessible features. To look for a playground near you, visit coquitlam.ca/parkfinder
Table Tennis & Foosball
Pack your paddles, a ball, and knuckle down for a table tennis match at Town Centre Park on one of the outdoor tables. Or pack a picnic and challenge your friends to a foosball tournament also on an outdoor table. Further information about all these parks, and details about many more, is available at coquitlam.ca/parkfinder.
Presented by Fortis BC, these evening events take place during the summer months in rotating Coquitlam parks. They include kids’ games and sports, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainment and light refreshments. Coquitlam’s Neighbourhood Nights bring neighbours together to connect, have fun and build relationships.
Sports fans won’t want to miss the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame, which contains more than 1,000 square feet of displays and memorabilia honouring Coquitlam’s athletes, teams and volunteers. It serves as the grand entry to the multi-purpose Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St.). coquitlamshof.com
Radio is alive and well at the SPARC Radio Museum, located on the Riverview Lands. Check out this rare and quirky museum, which has one of the largest collections of vintage radios in North America and a vintage broadcast booth where you can hear old radio programs. Experience the significant role radio played in history. You can see a replica of the radio room that was on the Carpathia, the vessel that was first to receive the SOS signals from the Titanic. Tours available most Sundays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., by donation. sparcradio.ca
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CALENDAR of EVENTS
There’s never been a better time to get connected with Coquitlam. Our city has events all year long that will get you outdoors and active, satisfy your thirst, delight your inquisitive mind or simply fulfill your fun-meter! Explore our diverse and welcoming community—visit coquitlam.ca/explore and coquitlam.ca/events
FESTIVAL DU BOIS Dig out the plaid, chomp on poutine and dance to French Canadian music at this threeday festival. festivaldubois.ca
CHAHARSHANBE SURI Attend this traditional Persian celebration, the Festival of Fire, at Town Centre Park where you can leap over fire. coquitlam.ca/events
Apr/May/Jun FAMILY DAY at Place des Arts Gather up the family and tour current exhibitions and participate in all-ages workshops. placedesarts.ca TREE & HERITAGE WALKS Join a guided walk to learn about the trees on the Riverview Lands (through to October). rhcs.org
COQUITLAM CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL This two-day event showcases brews from over 30 breweries and fare from 10 local restaurants and caterers. coquitlambeerfestival.com BC UNCORKED FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Showcasing wine from BC wineries matched with foods from restaurants and gastro-pubs. bcuncorked.com
MEC TRAIL RACE MUNDY PARK Hit the trails through forested Mundy Park (distance options). events.mec.ca FAMILY FUN DAY Free fun for the whole family —including games, crafts and live entertainment. See what Place Maillardville has to offer. placemaillardville.ca SALMON LEAVE HOME Join Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery’s release of young coho as they start their journey to the Pacific Ocean. hoyscottcreeks.org CityofCoquitlam
HERITAGE MOTHER’S DAY TEA Treat your mother to a classic high tea served in Mackin House Museum’s vintage 1909 parlour. coquitlamheritage.ca COQUITLAM FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY Come by for fresh local produce, kids’ activities and live entertainment. makebakegrow. com COQUITLAM ADANACS LACROSSE Cheer on the Junior or Senior Adanacs. Their season runs from May to August. adanaclacrosse. com
LAFARGE LAKE FREE FISHING DAY
MEC VANCOUVER CENTURY RIDE Choose between a 50-km or 100-km ride. events.mec.ca
DAISY DAY (AUSTIN HEIGHTS) Austin Heights BIA sponsors this community event complete with children’s activities and a pancake breakfast. austinheights.ca
COMO LAKE FISHING DERBY A free event for youth under 16, with prize giveaways and a pancake breakfast. festivalcoquitlam.ca TEDDY BEAR PICNIC & GRAND PARADE Family fun, featuring a children’s concert and storytelling, puppet shows, rovers and gymnastics. Bring your teddy bear! festivalcoquitlam.ca
Head to Lafarge Lake for a family-friendly day with prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend. festivalcoquitlam.ca
BC HIGHLAND GAMES & SCOTTISH FESTIVAL A traditional Highland games with competitions, Scottish heavy events, demonstrations and traditional foods. bchighlandgames.com ST-JEAN-BAPTISTE DAY Be part of a nationwide French Canadian celebration. maillardville.com
CALENDAR of EVENTS 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. kickforacure.ca
COQUITLAM EXPRESS SEASON OPENER A family-friendly night out that will set the pulse racing. Games take place from September through April. coquitlamexpress.ca
HARD ROCK CASINO ULTIMATE CAR SHOW Cars, BBQ and live entertainment! hardrockcasinovancouver.com
Jul/Aug/Sep COQUITLAM CELEBRATES CANADA DAY Multiple stages of live entertainment, “Taste of Coquitlam” cultural village, artisan village and more, all topped off with fireworks. coquitlam.ca/canadaday COQUITLAM MULTICULTURAL FAIR Learn about the different cultures that make up our community at this free, family-friendly summer event. coquitlam.ca/events KALEIDOSCOPE ARTS & CULTURE FESTIVAL Join in for a free, one-day festival of musical performances, storytelling, visual arts, theatre and dance. coquitlam.ca/festivals SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Free musical concerts at Town Centre Park Plaza on select Friday evenings throughout the summer. coquitlam.ca/festivals MUSIC ON THE GRILL Feast on a BBQ patio dinner at Evergreen Cultural Centre with pre-show entertainment, followed by top-notch musical acts. evergreenculturalcentre.ca BC ATHLETICS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS JAMBOREE Amateur athletic competition hosted by the Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Club. bcathletics.org
FRASER PACIFIC ROSE SHOW View hundreds of roses in horticultural exhibits and displays. fprosesociety.org COQUITLAM CRUNCH CHALLENGE Climb the 2.2-kilometre trail to the top of Westwood Plateau once, or compete in the “Make it or break it” challenge. coquitlamcrunch.com MACKIN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Join Coquitlam Heritage for a family-friendly celebration of culture and history. coquitlamheritage.ca TREEFEST A celebration of the trees on the Riverview Lands with arborist-led walks. rhcs.org FÊTE DE MAILLARDVILLE Join us for a festive and captivating afternoon in the oldest and largest francophone community in BC. maillardville.com/en
COQUITLAM CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Sample craft brews and tasty eats from local restaurants. coquitlambeerfestival.com TRI-CITY INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL The perfect pairing of wine, food and scenery at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. westcoastexperiences.com
CANWEST GAMES Hundreds of athletes convene at Percy Perry Stadium in this CrossFit competition. canwestgames.ca COQUITLAM KINSMEN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Craft beer, food and music take over Town Centre Park on a summer afternoon. kinsmencraftbeerfest.com
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR A haunted house, magic show, crafts, games, face painting and a mummy wrap! Be sure to dress in costume. Registration required. placemaillardville.ca
COQUITLAM TERRY FOX RUN Take part in this annual run in celebration of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. terryfox.org PHOENIX RUNNING CLUB PINETREE CLASSIC Four separate races of various distances with categories for all ages, held on the Mundy Park trails. phoenixrunningclub.com
WELCOME TO COQUITLAM Attend the City’s annual welcome event to learn about the programs and services provided in the community. coquitlam.ca/welcome TAKE A KID MOUNTAIN BIKING DAY Kids can learn new bike skills and head out on a guided ride, courtesy of Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (TORCA). torca.ca SALMON COME HOME Rain or shine, this popular family event offers children’s activities, salmon viewing and demonstrations. hoyscottcreeks.org HERITAGE HALLOWEEN Harvest baking paired with heritage decorating and crafts make for a Halloween treat. coquitlamheritage.ca
REMEMBRANCE DAY Following remembrance and the laying of the wreaths, join the veterans at Coquitlam’s legion. coquitlam.ca/events CHRISTMAS AT MACKIN HOUSE Come see this heritage home decorated in the traditional style and register for festive activities in the parlour. coquitlamheritage.ca A LANTERN AFFAIR— Celebration of Light at Carré Heritage Square Drop in for arts and heritage activities for all ages and get into the spirit of the season with live entertainment. placedesarts.ca LIGHTS AT LAFARGE WINTER LIGHTS DISPLAY Be dazzled by the magical light displays that wrap around Lafarge Lake on a 1.2-kilometre loop. coquitlam.ca/lights COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Head to Poirier Forum to shop for locally crafted Christmas gifts including handmade art, jewelry, food, clothing and home decor items. coquitlamcrafts.com COQUITLAM CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET
Pick up baked goods and local products as well as beautifully handcrafted jewelry, woodwork, pottery and more. makebakegrow.com
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EAT & DRINK
EAT & DRINK
Interested in sampling craft beers, tucking in to an authentic Filipino dish or kicking back on a patio for some rays and a blended cocktail? Taste the very best this diverse community has to offer. Cheers!
Whether you’re interested in people watching or simply soaking up some sun, dining al fresco is one of the highlights of the warmer months. All you have to do is settle in, order a cool drink and scan the menu. Here’s a selection of some of our best patios. BROWNS SOCIALHOUSE TOWN CENTRE: Stylish, bustling and centrally located on Glen Drive. brownssocialhouse.com CACTUS CLUB COQUITLAM: A generous patio with a vast cocktail list and buzzy vibe. cactusclubcafe.com JOHN B PUB: Enjoy one of more than 80 beer selections on this fabulous patio in Austin Heights. johnbpub.com FAIRWAYS GRILL & PATIO: Grab a bite in between swings and take in the views at this relaxed pub at the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy and Driving Range. westwoodplateaugolf.com JOEY COQUITLAM: Joey’s out-of-the-way secluded patio lets you forget you are in the city. joeyrestaurants.com MILESTONES COQUITLAM: A sunny patio, tasty cuisine and refreshing cocktails. milestonesrestaurants.com PASTA POLO: Brothers Fred and Farrokh Soofi have owned and operated this familyfriendly Italian joint since 2001, which has a large covered patio, freshly made pasta, brick oven pizza and more. pastapolo.com
ROGUES BAR & GRILL: Tee it up or simply stop by to enjoy the creative menu and scenic views from this incredible spot that boasts some of the city’s best vistas at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. westwoodplateaugolf.com
ROO’S PUBLIC HOUSE: Indulge in a signature dish, daily happy hour special or chicken wings, and grab a cold drink on the patio of this popular neighbourhood hangout. roospublichouse.com SAMMY J’S GRILL & BAR: While this spacious eatery offers an outdoor patio, you might just be tempted to stay inside with its loungey feel and large-screen TVs. sammyjs.ca
URBAN GATE: This contemporary Persian eatery (plus a deli/market) offers a shadefriendly and leafy patio for outdoor dining and people watching. urbangate.ca —SHELIZA MITHA, westcoastfood.ca
John B Pub
With more than 40 per cent of Coquitlam’s residents born in another country, it’s not surprising that the city’s restaurants reflect this diversity. In City Centre, you’ll find delicious culinary opportunities around every corner. Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipino restaurants share the same blocks with hip eateries and Middle Eastern specialties. Visitors come from near and far to sample Coquitlam’s ethnic restaurants. For authentic Thai cuisine, try Chada Thai, which specializes in savoury curries and noodle dishes made traditionally. If you’re looking for comfort food, try a steaming bowl of pho at Delicious Pho or catch some fresh sashimi at any of the nearby Japanese restaurants (Nagano, Osamu and Sushi Town are just a few). The highly acclaimed Kulinarya is one of the Lower Mainland’s few restaurants serving traditional Filipino dishes like chicken adobo and fried tilapia. If it’s a Brazilian-style barbecue you’re after, visit Rio Brazilian Steak House for a meat feast that is sure to satisfy. Chinese restaurants also abound, including Legend House, which stars hand-rolled noodles and the famous Xiao long bao soup dumplings. For more Coquitlam dining ideas, visit westcoastfood.ca/communities/coquitlam.
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Time for a drink
EAT & DRINK
Thirsty? Here are two local cocktails that you’ll only find in Coquitlam
PLATEAU PUNCH 1 oz. tequila, 1/2 oz. triple sec, orange juice and local craft beer with a drizzle of grenadine, garnished with fruit, $7 The patio at Fairways Cactus Club
Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, westwoodplateaugolf.com
THE COQUITLAM OLD FASHIONED 2 oz. Jim Beam Bourbon, ½ oz. Cinzano, bitters, simple syrup, lemon/lime mix, burnt orange, $8.95 John B. Pub, johnbpub.com
Everyone loves their local pub—it’s where you connect with friends and unwind over laughs, tall stories, drinks and food. If you’re after an English-style pub with classic fare and a relaxed atmosphere, try the Frog & Nightgown Public House. Be sure to try their specialties such as Yorkshire pudding and bangers and mash. frogandnightgownpub.com The Irish are also known for their cheerful and lively pubs, and Micky’s Public House is a local pub you won’t want to miss. Complete with a fireplace and mounted TVs, you can pop in to watch a game or simply to chat with friends over craft cocktails, craft beer or wine. jrgvancouver.ca/mickys-public-house Boasting more than 80+ types of beer, the John B. Pub in Austin Heights has a fast-rotating list of beer. Its menu touches on nearly every corner of the world, from Thai curry to Mexican chicken wraps to Guinness pot pie. Oh, and they happen to have a great patio too! johnbpub.com Maillardville has a couple of great spots. Check out the popular Town Hall—a local’s favourite with nearly 40 different types of beer. Indulge in some comfort food like baked mac and cheese or poutine. They also have a great value breakfast menu. jrgvancouver.ca/townhall-coquitlam Just down the street is Woody’s, a Coquitlam institution since 1932. This popular neighbourhood joint is known for its generous portions and traditional pub food with flair along with a slew of craft beers. woodyspub.com
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Beer & Wine Festivals
“BEER IS MADE BY MEN, WINE BY GOD.” These words were spoken nearly 500 years ago by theologian Martin Luther. Imagine his delight if he could witness the endless beer and wine options available in 2017! Sip, sample and soak up clever craft beer concoctions as well as globally respected wines and ciders, never mind the awesome atmosphere, at one of our own beer or wine festivals. Not only do Coquitlam’s major summer festivals offer everything from beer tents to whisky tasting, specialized beer and wine festivals are drawing thirsty crowds each year too—here are a few to try (check websites for ticket information).
WINTER/SPRING Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival: This popular two-day event showcases brews from over 30 micro breweries matched with beer-friendly fare provided by 10 local eateries. Its location at the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club ensures a relaxing experience. coquitlambeerfestival.com BC Uncorked Food & Wine Festival: Showcasing wine from more than 45 BC wineries, matched with foods provided by local restaurants, gastro-pubs and caterers, this year’s event is also at the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club on the scenic Eagle Mountain. bcuncorked.com
SUMMER/FALL Coquitlam Kinsmen Craft Beer Festival: Sunshine, beer, ahhh … round up your friends and get ready to enjoy craft beers at Coquitlam’s breathtaking and easily accessed Town Centre Park. kinsmencraftbeerfest.com Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival: Back for two evenings of taste testing and good times in November at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. coquitlambeerfestival.com Tri-City International Wine Festival: A wine lover’s delight, with offerings from the four corners of the globe and cuisine brought to you by local restaurants, gastro-pubs and caterers. It’s the perfect combination of wine, food and scenery at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. westcoastexperiences.com And that’s not all… Coquitlam is also home to popular chain restaurants such as Boston Pizza, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, Me-n-Ed’s Pizza, Milestones Grill & Bar, Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse Casual, Cora, Montana’s Cookhouse, Ricky’s All Day Grill, Sammy J’s Grill and Bar, White Spot and more.
HARD ROCK CASINO Whether you enjoy playing the slots, placing your bets at a Blackjack table or simply taking in a live performance, the Hard Rock is where adults go to play. Coquitlam is home to Canada’s only Hard Rock Casino, which has an 80,000-square-foot gaming floor as well as three musical venues and six restaurants. Along with the fun memorabilia and live shows, you’ll find restaurants by the names of Asylum, Chip’s Sandwich Shop, Fú Express, Neptune, Roadies’ Burgers and The Buffet at Unlisted. The Molson Canadian Theatre plays host to big-name musical acts, comedy and performing arts, as well as local artists making their mark in the entertainment world. For the latest listings and ticketing info, visit hardrockcasinovancouver.com.
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Looking for ways to develop stronger relationships with your customers and grow your business? A marketing partnership with the City of Coquitlam is a unique opportunity to build brand awareness of your organization with the people who live, learn, work and play in Coquitlam. For additional program information, visit coquitlam.ca/corporatepartners
FILMING Widgeon Marsh is a popular film location
Don’t be surprised if you see the white film trucks around town. The film sector has caught on to Coquitlam’s natural assets, and this city’s beauty is being broadcast around the world hen Twilight stars descended on Coquitlam for filming in 2009, an international spotlight shone on this area of Metro Vancouver. All of a sudden, this city became globally known as an in-demand film location. The Twilight crew spent many hours at a few key sites, including Widgeon Marsh, which today is at the top of many film scout lists. And did you know that Riverview Hospital is one of the top locations for filming in all of North America? Some productions that were filmed there include The X-Files TV series, Timeless, The 100, DC: Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow. Fans of Once Upon a Time may also be thrilled to know that filming is often done in Coquitlam, as are scenes for The Flash, Supergirl, iZombie, Prison Break, Bates Motel and Lucifer.
TV series Supernatural has filmed at many Coquitlam locations over the years, including Mundy Park, Minnekhada Lodge in Minnekhada Park, and Coquitlam Sleepy Lodge, to name a few. Other film sites include the City Centre’s Lafarge Lake, the Coast Mountains and the forested area of Upper Coquitlam River Park. Big Hollywood productions that have been shot recently include War for the Planet of the Apes and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Coquitlam is “picture-perfect” for filmmakers —we have a dedicated friendly “one-stop” permitting process that provides convenient services for the filming community. Visit coquitlam.ca/film.
Have you ever wondered how some homes get picked for the movies? Whether it’s a glamorous mansion or a smaller cottage home at the end of your street, it may be selected for filming. Metro Vancouver is one of the largest centres for motion picture production in North America and the industry is an important part of this province’s economy. The sector provides many jobs and opportunities for people throughout the region. If you would like to register your home for free with Creative BC as a potential film location, visit creativebc.com/community/ register-your-property.
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Centrally located, with easy access to downtown Vancouver, Coquitlam’s hotels are sure to offer a cozy home away from home
hether you’re looking for the convenience of a full-service hotel, the home-style comfort and cooking of a family-run B&B, or affordable comfort for the whole family, you’ll find it here. With four hotels totalling nearly 400 rooms, one motel and several bed and breakfasts, Coquitlam has plenty of accommodation options to suit both your needs and budget.
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Bed & Breakfasts
BLACK FOREST BED & BREAKFAST
319 North Road 604-931-9011 bestwesterncoquitlam.com
1467 Lansdowne Drive 604-552-7466 blackforestbandb.com
BEST WESTERN CHELSEA INN
725 Brunette Avenue 604-525-7777 2967 Cliffrose Crescent cyanagitani.com bestwesternchelseainn.com
EXECUTIVE PLAZA HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE COQUITLAM 405 North Road 604-936-9399 executivehotels.net
RAMADA COQUITLAM 631 Lougheed Highway 604-931-4433 ramada.com
EAGLE MOUNTAIN BED & BREAKFAST 2548 Trillium Place 604-941-8956 eaglemountainbb.com
GREEN GABLES BED & BREAKFAST 2242 Park Crescent green-gables.com
COQUITLAM SLEEPY LODGE 730 Clarke Road 604-937-7737
YOUNG at HEART
Looking for thrills or simply a fun day out? Here are a few activities for the forever young. Never a dull moment in this city! You can scale a climbing wall, let the kids run wild in an indoor playground, skate laps around a rink or knock down pins at the bowling alley. Here are some highlights to keep you busy.
CLIMBBASE 5 Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing wall, 16,000 square feet of climbing space, a 1,000-square-foot ‘Tsunami Wall’ for bouldering, and custom programs for kids, groups and adults. climbbase5.com
The Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex is a 190,000-square-foot aquatic, ice and fitness facility. It offers ice skating, aquatic, fitness and dry floor programs as well as drop-in classes. It’s also the home of the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame. There’s some great amateur, championship-level hockey and lacrosse to enjoy with a licensed café. coquitlam.ca/pslc
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-inthe-dark mini golf and a miniature train ride. crash-crawlys.com
ESCAPE ROOMS Imagine you’re trapped in a room, with just 45 minutes to escape. Solve a series of interactive puzzles to make your way out to safety. Two locations to choose from: countdownescaperooms.com and trapped.ca
CINEPLEX CINEMAS COQUITLAM & VIP Go VIP for comfy seats, a licensed lounge and in-seat dining. Parents and tots will be interested in the Stars and Strollers showings, which have a baby-friendly environment. cineplex.com
The City Centre Aquatic Complex is a state-of-the-art aquatic recreation facility with a number of amenities, such as a free-form wave pool, slide, rope swing and an eight-lane Olympic-sized lap pool as well as a relaxation area with a whirlpool, steam room and dry sauna. It also includes a 3,000-square-foot health and fitness centre. coquitlam.ca/ccac
PLANET ICE A home rink for several minor ice sports associations and a wide range of hockey league play for adults, this fourrink facility has adult drop-in hockey, stick-and-puck, and public skating sessions. It is also home to a full-service licensed restaurant. planetice.ca/coquitlam
THE ZONE BOWLING CENTRE Black lights and glow-in-the-dark balls take bowling to a whole new level during Cosmic Bowling nights. This alley offers five- and 10-pin bowling and a video arcade with pool tables. Strike! zonebowling.ca
Is swimming and water play your thing? Take a dip in one of Coquitlam’s outdoor pools—Eagle Ridge and Spani—or the wading pool at Blue Mountain Park. We’ve also got loads of free spray parks located throughout the city. coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide
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Abbotsford International Airport Coquitlam City Hall 3 Coquitlam River 4 Dogwood Pavilion 5 Douglas College 6 Glen Pine Pavilion 7 Greyhound Bus Terminal 8 Library (City Centre) 9 Library (Poirier) 10 Vancouver International Airport 11 Visitor Centre at Mackin House 12 Westcoast Express 2
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Boarder Benches, Town Centre Park Centennial Rose Garden Coquitlam Columbian Centennial Totem, Dogwood Pavilion Evergreen Cultural Centre Historic Maillardville Inspiration Garden Kwikwetlem First Nation Mackin House / Heritage Square Migration, Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch Our Lady of Lourdes, A Hommage Aux Pionniers, Maillardville Place des Arts / Ryan House Place Maillardville Return of the Sockeye, Spirit Square Riverview Lands/Arboretum SPARC Radio Museum 150th Celebration Garden (at Blue Mountain Park)
Blue Mountain Park SHOPPING Colony Farm Regional Park 1 Austin Heights 3 Como Lake Park & Trail 2 City Centre 4 Coquitlam Crunch Trail 3 Coquitlam Centre Shopping Centre 5 DeBoville Slough Trail 4 Coquitlam Farmers’ Market 6 Hoy Creek Park Trail & Hatchery (@Dogwood Pavillion) 7 Leigh Park 5 Henderson Mall 8 Mackin Park 6 Korea Town (North Road) 9 Maquabeak Park 7 United Boulevard 10 Minnekhada Regional Park ATTRACTIONS 11 Mundy Park & Trails 1 Climb Base 5 12 Pinecone-Burke Provincial Park 2 Crash Crawly’s 13 Queenston Park 3 Coquitlam Lawn Bowling Club 14 Ridge Park 4 Hard Rock Casino Vancouver 15 Riverview Forest Park & Trails 5 People’s Court Tennis Club 16 Robinson Memorial Park Cemetery 6 Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam & VIP 17 Town Centre Park & Trails 7 Zone Bowling 18 Widgeon Marsh Regional Park Trans-Canada Trail Boat Launch Additional information is available online at coquitlam.ca/parkfinder 2017 Coquitlam Travel & Experience Guide 2
GETTING HERE & GETTING AROUND
We’re Open for Business
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. You can get anywhere from here with relative ease, and our location helps attract new businesses, generating jobs so residents can work close to home. Get to know Coquitlam, a place where forested parks and business parks coexist, where the great business climate goes hand in hand with unparalleled lifestyle.
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´´ 42% New Canadians (Top three countries: China, South Korea and Iran) ´´ 40.3 Median age ´´ $67,700 Median income
AT A GLANCE ´´ 130 km² City area ´´ 957 ha Municipal parkland ´´ 46 km Bike lanes
WEATHER Typically, Coquitlam enjoys a mild climate with warm summers and minimal snowfall in winter.
LANGUAGES After English at 72%, the top five languages spoken most commonly at home in Coquitlam are: Chinese 11% Korean 5% Persian (Farsi) 4% Spanish 1% Russian 1%
BY PUBLIC TRANSIT
Coquitlam has four SkyTrain stations and is easily accessible from downtown Vancouver and other neighbouring Metro Vancouver communities. The SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension connects with the Canada Line for direct access to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Richmond.
Coquitlam is just a 35-minute drive from Vancouver, with convenient access via the Trans-Canada Highway or Highway 7 (Lougheed). The tolled Port Mann Bridge connects Coquitlam to Surrey in just minutes; for toll information and vehicle registration visit treo.ca.
There are four border crossings from the U.S. to enter Canada, all within a one-hour drive to Coquitlam:
Coquitlam is also served by the West Coast Express Commuter Rail and has an extensive local bus network. Plan your trip at translink.ca.
Douglas-Peace Arch—Surrey, BC/Blaine, WA 24-hour service year-round. No commercial vehicles.
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— BY BIKE TransLink’s buses and SkyTrain accept bicycles have vehicles stationed within Coquitlam’s so you have the option of completing a portion City Centre: Modo has four cars/locations; and Zipcar with two cars/locations. You can reserve of your trip by bicycle. Some routes have their vehicles by the hour or by the day, with restrictions during rush hour, so visit translink.ca/en/rider-guide before you travel. gas and insurance included in the price. For more, visit modo.coop/coquitlam and Coquitlam offers cyclists many options to get zipcar.ca/coquitlam. around and to commute to adjacent cities, east toward the Fraser Valley and west into ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS Vancouver. Both off-street and on-street Coquitlam has eight electric vehicle routes are available with the on-street options charging stations including two stalls including major street shared lanes, major at City Hall. plugshare.com street bicycle lanes as well as neighbourhood BC FERRIES bikeways and lanes. Due to the city’s BC Ferries provides year-round vehicle topography, there are a number of steep hills and passenger service connecting coastal so cyclists should familiarize themselves with communities with BC’s Lower Mainland. Its their route before embarking. Visit coquitlam. fleet of 35 vessels serves 47 locations along ca/cycling or bikehub.ca for maps and details. the BC coast. Visit bcferries.com or call
Abbotsford-Huntingdon, BC/Sumas, WA 24-hour service year-round. Aldergrove, BC/Lynden, WA Daytime-evening service year-round (8 a.m. – midnight)
Pacific Highway,Truck Crossing—Surrey, BC/Blaine, WA 24-hour service year-round. Commercial vehicles must use this crossing. Visit th.gov.bc.ca/ATIS 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. yvr.ca Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) in the Fraser Valley, about 50-kilometres east of Coquitlam offers access to a number of regional and national destinations. abbotsfordairport.ca
toll-free 1-888-BC FERRY (223-3779).
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Be Strategic: Locate Your Office on the Evergreen SkyTrain Extension The $1.4B Evergreen Extension project, launched in December 2016, is driving investment and development into the Burquitlam, Lougheed and City Centre areas of Coquitlam. The extension of SkyTrain rapid transit enables residents and businesses to connect quickly with communities across Metro Vancouver.
• Transit-Oriented Development Strategy guiding development to maximize opportunities around station areas. • Opportunities for mixed use and office development near residential areas and amenities. • QNet - a 60 km fibre optic network that provides businesses with low-cost, high-speed broadband services. • Easy access to the Metro Vancouver, US and Asian markets. • Large, skilled, highly educated labour force. • Open, accessible, progressive municipal government.
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