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Picture Yourself in Coquitlam​​Ready for an Adventure?

Summer is here, and in Coquitlam, you'll find us outdoors. Join us for wilderness hikes, mountain biking, fishing or ​free concerts and festivals at the new outdoor amphitheatre stage.

Scroll down for hiking tips plus details about this summer's most-anticipated events. For other ideas to keep busy this summer, be sure to read the online version of Coquitlam's Travel and Experience Guide, listed below.

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2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

​Free Festivals and Events

Thousands will be flocking to Coquitlam this month for some of the region's most-anticipated events. Mark your calendars!

Free Festivals and EventsSummer Concert Series presented by Envision Financial (Aug. 11 & Sept. 1)
Pop fans won't want to miss the Friday, Aug. 11 concert! If you don’t recognize Andrew Allen’s name, you’ll certainly know his hit single, Loving You Tonight. This rising pop star has scored five top 10 hits in Canada and has toured with the likes of Bruno Mars and The Barenaked Ladies.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. with a performance by Olivia Penalva, who recently caught the attention of two Grammy-winning producers.

Pack a picnic or eat at one of the food trucks on site as musical acts take the stage under the white canopy at Town Centre Park. Free admission!

Also don't miss the final summer concert on Friday, Sept. 1, featuring Clavinova Nights Jazz Band and Bruce James Orchestra, from 7-9 p.m. coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival presented by Kia West (Saturday, Aug. 12)
Eager crowds are expected to flood Town Centre Park for this highly anticipated full-day festival featuring headliner Bif Naked. Other bands performing throughout the day include The Matinée, The Paperboys, West My Friend, Derrival and Jennifer Hayes.
The family-friendly event also features circus acts, dancers, face painting and art workshops. Plus, food truck fare and craft beer will be available for purchase. Fun! coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope

  Take a Hike

Take a Hike!

Whether you’re a hiking newbie or a weekend warrior, Coquitlam’s trails will take you on some wild adventures. From the flat trails of City Centre to the thigh-burning peaks of Burke Mountain, you won’t believe the variety of terrain right here on our doorstep. So, where do you start?

Join a Group

Are you new to hiking or don’t know Coquitlam’s trails? Joining a group is a great way to meet new people and explore the wilderness. 

The City of Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. You’ll explore new sights while getting outdoors in safe, organized groups. Note: kids over age 12 can participate but ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Register ahead for:

  • 6.5 km Fraser River Sunset hike, taking in Colony Farm and Citadel Heights, on Aug. 30 (Reg. #596146, $6).
  • 10 km South Port Coquitlam Loop, taking in the Fraser River, Colony Farm and Pitt River, on Sept. 16 (Reg. #601627, $9).

Further details and registration info at coquitlam.ca/outdoors and coquitlam.ca/registration

The Burke Mountain Naturalists (BMN) also conducts a number of guided hikes. Non-members are able to join them three times before becoming a member ($25 for an individual or $30 for a family/group). bmn.bc.ca  

FOR AGE 50+: A number of groups are available for those over age 50, with varying distances for all abilities. coquitlam.ca/dogwood

FOR TOTS: These hikes are designed for new parents and their babies (age 1-18 months) to enjoy moderate-level hikes. Must have your own carrier and be able to carry your baby for at least 90 minutes over technical terrain. Reg. #601021 (10 sessions beginning Sept. 8, $60). coquitlam.ca/registration

Trails to Try

For a walk on the wild side, Minnekhada Regional Park is a 200-hectare park located just minutes from City Centre by car, and yet, feels miles away from civilization. This old-growth forest is home to 150 species of birds as well as beavers, black bears and singing bullfrogs. The uphill climb to the High Knoll offers mind-blowing wilderness views (allow 2.5 hours). metrovancouver.org

The Westwood Plateau Trails on Eagle Mountain offer a challenging experience for the hiker who enjoys steep terrain in a dense forest setting. These trails can be accessed by transit. coquitlam.ca/trails

A popular urban park among runners, dog walkers and families, Mundy Park offers 16 km of trails with varying terrain, easy for all ages, and also can be reached by transit. It’s rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in Coquitlam. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder

For ​many more trails to try, visit coquitlam.ca/trails

Important: Respect Nature and Be Bear Smart
While enjoying the outdoors, please remember to respect nature and stay on the trails. Also be aware that Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. Be alert, listen and watch for bears. coquitlam.ca/bearsmart

More Summer Activities

Go for a Ride
Did you know Coquitlam is an up-and-coming mountain biking destination? Burke and Eagle mountains are gaining recognition for a West Coast style of riding. Not sure where to start? Contact Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (Torca) to join them for a free group ride. Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.

TrPrinceton Parky a New Playground
Coquitlam's newest playgrounds include Rochester Park, featuring an awesome wood climbing structure, which was recently reviewed by Family Fun Vancouver. Other new playgrounds to try include Princeton Park at 1398 Marguerite Street (which has a built-in trampoline!) and Victoria Park, at 3435 Victoria Drive, which has a skate park, enhanced playground and sports fields. And then there’s Queenston Park (3415 Queenston Ave.), which was nominated by The Vancouver Sun as one of Metro Vancouver’s top 10 playgrounds. For more options near you, see page 33 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide.

Have a splash
Looking for a spray park? Coquitlam has seven of them, including a top spot at Blue Mountain Park, which also has a playground and a wading pool for young tykes. Another popular choice is the spray park is at Town Centre Park, which is also next to a skate park and playground, as well as outdoor table tennis and foosball tables. Burns Park’s spray pad includes interactive water features with low-spraying nozzles suited to small children. For a list of all seven, plus information on outdoor pools, visit coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools

Coquitlam Crunch Challenge (Sept. 9)
Hikers can trek the famed 2.2-kilometre trail to the top of Westwood Plateau once, or complete in the Make It or Break It challenge to see how many times you can complete a loop of the Crunch in four hours. Another option is the Stair Master challenge to see who can run up the 437 Crunch stairs the fastest. coquitlamcrunch.com

While You’re Here …

Interested in sampling craft beer, tucking in to an authentic Filipino dish or kicking back on a patio for some rays and a blended cocktail? For dining recommendations – including a list of our best patios – turn to pg. 37 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide​. Read it online or pick up your copy of the magazine at any City facility.

 

Visitor Information Centres

Mackin House

(Official Coquitlam Visitor Centre)

1116 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1G3
Phone: 604-516-6151
Email: info@coquitlamheritage.ca
Hours:
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.

Accommodations

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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Tourism Sector

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Contact Us

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Tourism Office
Economic Development Division
P:  604-927-3912
tourism@coquitlam.ca

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