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Picture Yourself in Coquitlam​​Ready for an Adventure?

Here in Coquitlam, nature is our StairMaster. We climb Minnekhada's High Knoll and scale the Coquitlam Crunch. We walk, run and play in our wild backyard.

This month, you'll find us outside. From hiking challenges to a colour run, September is all about fun activities we can do in the fresh air. Scroll down for events and entertainment ideas.

For more information on hiking, mountain biking and fishing, or places to shop or grab a bite to eat, ​don't miss the online version of Coquitlam's Travel and Experience Guide (below). Share your photos with us on social media! #explorecoquitlam


2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

 

Coquitlam CrunchLet's Go Play Outside

Have you done the Crunch? It's the fitness trail that involves climbing 473 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres. The route follows the power lines up the hill to Westwood Plateau, with the entire loop back down to the base taking 1-1.5 hours to complete.

You'll find people of all ages en route, from small children to seniors, with even some speedsters racing up the stairs. Add it to your bucket list! The Crunch has free parking on Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station). coquitlam.ca/trails

Sporty Events

Color Vibe 5K
Saturday, Sept. 23
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be painted from head to toe in coloured powder, here’s your chance. This 5 km walk/run is geared toward all ages – yes, kids too! Note this powder – made from cornstarch and baking soda – is non-toxic and environmentally safe. It all ends with a dance party complete with a DJ and colour throw countdowns. thecolorvibe.com

Coquitlam Express Season Opener
Saturday, Sept. 30
Cheer on the home team! Coquitlam's Junior A Hockey Club team, the Coquitlam Express, take on the Prince George Kings in the first home game of the season at Poirier Sport and Leisure Centre. It kicks off with a tailgate party and BBQ at 5:30 p.m., followed by the game at 7 p.m. www.coquitlamexpress.ca

Take a Kid Mountain Biking
Sunday, Oct. 1
Kids learn new bike skills at the Mundy Park Bicycle Skills Park before heading out on a guided ride, courtesy of Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (Torca) and Trailside Physiotherapy. Pre-register at torca.ca

Beginner Bike Maintenance Workshop
Saturday, Oct. 14
Make sure your bike is in good running order! You'll learn how to clean and oil your bike, check the brakes and gears, plus a few other tricks to make your riding experience more enjoyable. The course is free but registration is required at coquitlam.ca/signmeup (course code: 602555).

​More Events

For a list of other events, including Welcome to Coquitlam and special Culture Days activities, visit coquitlam.ca/events

Outdoor Activities

  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 Hiking 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. coquitlam.ca/outdoors

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

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 For information on City trails, visit coquitlam.ca/trails

Mountain Biking

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.

Table Tennis

Sure, it can work up a sweat! Pack your paddles and ball for a free game on the outdoor tables next to Percy Perry Stadium at Town Centre Park. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder

Disc Golf

Disc Golf 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. Coquitlam’s Mundy Park hosts a free nine-hole disc golf course (located near Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest St.) with nets on site as permanent targets. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder 

Rochester PlaygroundTry a New Playground

Coquitlam's newest playground is Rochester Park, featuring an awesome wood climbing structure, which was recently reviewed by Family Fun Vancouver. Another great one to try is 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

While You’re Here …

Eat/Drink

After all that activity, you have likely worked up a thirst. For restaurant recommendations, turn to pages 37-38 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide​.

Shop

Looking for some retail therapy? How about shoes, a new Lululemon bag or electronics from the Apple Store? Whatever it is, Coquitlam is a shopping destination. Pop in to Coquitlam Centre to peruse the nearly 200 stores or stop by the Farmers Market on Sundays at Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow). Furniture? Don’t miss the stores around United Boulevard. For more shopping areas and suggestions, see pg. 11 in the Travel and Experience Guide​.

 

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

For more information about Coquitlam's tourism sector, review the Tourism Sector Fact Sheet.

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Contact Us

For further information on tourism development opportunities, please contact:

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

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