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Coquitlam is located on nature's doorstep, with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures including hiking, biking and trail running. It's where city life meets wildlife. This month, scroll down to learn all about fishing – right here in our local lakes!

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Go Fish in Coquitlam's Stocked Lakes

Two of Coquitlam's lakes are teeming with rainbow trout right now and conditions are ideal for urban fishing. Whether you're age three or 83, fishing is an activity that can be enjoyed by all, and here in Coquitlam, you don't have to travel far to cast your line. 

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC recently stocked Lafarge and Como lakes with 1,000 trout each, and the months of May and June are among the best for local fishing. 

Both lakes have ample parking and are easily accessed by transit. At Lafarge Lake, it’s as easy as stepping off the SkyTrain at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, fishing rod in hand, and walking to the water’s edge. 

Don’t forget! B.C. freshwater sport fishing licenses are required for recreational lake fishing for age 16 and over. You can purchase them online through the government of B.C. website (just $10 for the day for British Columbians).

fishingFun Fishing Events

Como Lake Fishing Derby (May 28): Free, family-oriented fun for kids under age 16 at Como Lake, with prizes awarded for a variety of catches.

Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day (June 18): Fishy fun and prizes during B.C.’s free fishing weekend, when anglers can fish B.C.’s waters without a licence. The lake is stocked in the morning.

Learn to Fish (May-June): The City of Coquitlam offers free Learn 2 Fish events for children between the ages of 5-17. The classes are free (by donation) in partnership with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Details in the spring recreation guide.

familyfunday10 More May Events

Salmon Leave Home (May 7): Celebrate the release of young coho salmon at Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery into the creek to start their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Free, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coquitlam Farmers Market Opening Day (May 7): Drop in between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for fresh local produce, kids’ activities and live entertainment. The opening ceremony is at 10 a.m., Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot (corner of Winslow and Poirier).

International Migratory Bird Day (May 13): Head to Colony Farm Regional Park between 1-4 p.m. for displays, children’s activities and an introductory bird walk at 2:30 p.m. Meet in front of the community gardens, end of Colony Farm Rd. Info: 604-520-6442.

Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 20-22): Looking for ideas to entertain yourself, your kids or your guests? From the Lower Mainland’s largest indoor climbing wall to some of the region’s best playgrounds, you’ll find it in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide.

City-wide garage sale (May 27): Hunting for a bargain? Get ready to find some hidden treasures.

Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival (May 27): Hungry? Feast your eyes on this foodie frenzy on Burlington Drive next to City Hall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also featuring live music and an artisan market.

Family Fun Day (May 27): Free fun from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring Bobs and LoLo, crafts, Tumblebus, face painting and a fire truck!

Festival of Music in the Park (May 27): Town Centre Park Plaza will come alive with music when choir groups and musical performers from School District 43 take the stage from 10 a.m.-3 p.m

DeBoville Slough Nature Walk (May 28): Get to know more about the plants, animals and birds in the area. A free, family-friendly walk from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the kiosk at the north side of DeBoville Slough and be sure to dress for the weather, including sturdy walking shoes. info@fodbs.org  

MEC Vancouver Century Ride (May 28): Choose between a 50 km or 100 km ride that takes you through Coquitlam’s scenic countryside.


Visitor Information Centres

Mackin House

(Official Coquitlam Visitor Centre)

1116 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1G3
Phone: 604-516-6151
Email: info@coquitlamheritage.ca
Tuesday - Friday:  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

(Local Information Available)

#205 – 2773 Barnet Highway
Coquitlam, BC  V3B 1C2
Phone: 604-464-2716
Email: info@tricitieschamber.com
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


The City of Coquitlam offers a range of accommodation options from hotels to motels, to bed and breakfasts. Coquitlam has four hotels with approximately 390 rooms, one motel with 39 rooms and approximately 10 bed and breakfasts.

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