Explore Coquitlam

Top Tips on Coquitlam's Hidden Gems

Interested in pristine hiking trails, world-class running trails and free outdoor festivals? Yes, please! Pick up Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel & Experience Guide at any City facility, including City Hall, libraries and recreation centres, or read it online.


2018 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

 

 

RochesterKids' Top Park Picks

Parent warning: These parks have so much to offer, it may be difficult convincing the kids to leave.

Blue Mountain Park
This forested park is home to a wonderful playground complete with roller slide, saucer swing and music chimes, ideal for all ages. Kids love the impressive stone sculptures and cave with mini waterfall.

Rochester Park
This newly renovated park includes a spectacular nature-themed playground structure for climbing, as well as a zip line, climbing wall, tube slide, saucer swings and a skate spot.

Town Centre Park
Children go wide-eyed when they see the playground, which has a variety of equipment for all ages and abilities. Step off the SkyTrain at Lafarge Lake-Douglas station to explore this park, which also has a skate park, walking trails, and free outdoor foosball and table tennis (BYO paddles and ball).

Queenston Park
Climb, slide, repeat. This much-loved park in Coquitlam's Burke Mountain neighbourhood has an impressive playground structure built into the side of a hill, so children burn their energy by climbing the wooden bridge or spider web to the top. Once there, they enjoy the long, thrilling slide that zips them back down – only to repeat the process again. Note: No public washrooms on site.

For more parks, photos and to read interviews with our ​child reviewers, read pg. 14-15 in Coquitlam's Travel and Experience Guide.

 

Fun Events: Don't Miss Out! 

The Price is Right Live
April 20-22

"Come on down!" The hit game show comes to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

Dance & Dine: Foxtrot Friday
April 27, 7-9 p.m.

Learn how to do the Foxtrot! In celebration of International Dance Day, head to Place des Arts for a workshop led by professional ballroom and Latin dance expert Oksana Latynina. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and tapas buffet. Cash bar; Tickets: $26/person or two for $42 + GST.

ISAISA North American Western Qualifier
April 28, 10 a.m.  2 p.m.
The International Scooter Association’s annual event convenes at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park. See incredibly talented riders from western Canada and the U.S. compete. Intermediates hit the skate park at 10 a.m., followed by the pros at 12 p.m. and beginners at 2 p.m. This year, kids age 3-6 can also join in the fun (for free!). The event will be live-streamed for fans around the world. For more details about registering, visit the Havoc Pro website.

Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
May 4, 8 p.m.

Life is a highway! Canadian rock icon Tom Cochrane and his band play the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam.

Wheel 2 Heal
May 5
Take a ride through the Tri-Cities to take part in this fundraiser for Eagle Ridge Hospital. Choose from two shorter trail rides or a 100 km road ride.

Salmon Leave Home
May 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Learn about Coquitlam’s history involving salmon and celebrate the release of young coho salmon into the creek to start their journey to the Pacific Ocean. This free, family-friendly event takes place at Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery.

Coquitlam Farmers Market Opening Day
May 6, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Drop by for fresh local produce, kids’ activities and live entertainment. The Poirier Street Farmer Market takes place in the parking lot of Dogwood Pavilion (corner of Winslow and Poirier). 

Evergreen Cultural Centre
May highlights include the theatre production of Almost, Maine (May 8-12), a comedic performance by pianist Sarah Hagen (May 13), and a wonderful one-woman show titled Suitcase Stories (May 17-19). Ticket info: 604-927-6555, evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Family Fun Day
May 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free fun at Place Maillardville featuring Will Stroet & the Backyard Band, crafts, face painting and a fire truck!

City-wide Garage Sale
May 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hunting for a bargain? Get ready to find some hidden treasures. On average, more than 200 homes participate in this city-wide garage sale.

Art After Dark
May 26, 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Place des Arts' 2017/18 Youth Arts Council presents a free night of the arts for teens! This event, for ages 13-17), ​features activities for teens in a fun, social setting including hip-hop, painting with glow-in-the-darn paints, making a faux neon sign, and more. Register online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 604-664-1636.

MEC Vancouver Century Ride
May 27
Choose between a 50 km or 100 km ride that takes you through Coquitlam’s scenic countryside.  

 

Coquitlam's Top Attractions

Interested in the best things to do in Coquitlam, as voted by visitors? According to TripAdvisor.ca reviewers, here are the city’s top five attractions.

1. Town Centre Park
Walk the 1.2-km lakeside trail around Lafarge Lake or take the kids over to the playground and skate park. This park was named Canada’s best public space in 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners. You’ll find free outdoor fitness equipment on site as well as table tennis (BYO paddles and ball) and foosball tables. The lake is regularly stocked with trout for urban fishing.

2. Mundy Park
This 400-acre coastal rainforest urban park offers a lush escape from city life. Explore its extensive trail system totalling 16 km to uncover either of the two pretty lakes. The flat terrain is also great for bike riding.  

Como Lake Park3. Como Lake Park
Regularly stocked with rainbow trout, this small lake is a popular fishing spot, with a 1-km lakeside trail and a playground. It’s a great location for canoeing and kayaking.

4. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
Did you know Coquitlam is home to Canada’s only Hard Rock? Check out the memorabilia and live performances ranging from musical acts, comedy and performing arts. An upcoming highlight includes The Price is Right Live, from April 20-22.

5. Coquitlam Crunch Trail
This popular fitness hike involves tackling more than 400 stairs followed by an uphill climb that gains 250 metres over the course of 2.2 km. The circuit to the top and back takes 1-1.5 hours to complete.

 

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

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