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Picture Yourself in Coquitlam​​Outdoor Adventures

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 November also marks the return of the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display. This year's event will be bigger and brighter than ever before, with hundreds of thousands of lights looping the lake in a 1.2-km circuit. ​Scroll down ​for ​further details about this event, as well as many other brilliant events ​coming up that won't break the bank.

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2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
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LafargeFree & Affordable Festive Events

Coquitlam has Christmas wrapped up – and the price tag is cheerful. Take a look at these brilliant events ​that won’t break the bank.

Lights at Lafarge Opening Event
Saturday, Nov. 25, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.
This free community event at Evergreen Cultural Centre features live music, crafts and a visit from Santa Claus! Cheer along with the crowd when the lights are switched on for the first time. Other highlights include a holiday market, photo booth, face painting and roving entertainers. The lake is located just steps away from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. For the schedule of events, a site map and parking map, visit www.coquitlam.ca/lights

Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display
Until Jan. 21, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights wrap their way around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park, creating a magical wonderland that’s sure to delight. Enhance your experience by taking part in free activities including workshops and special theme nights. The lake is located just steps away from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, also with free two-hour parking in Lot D of Town Centre Park, off Trevor Wingrove Way. For a parking map and scheduling updates, visit coquitlam.ca/parkspark.

Family Day at Place des Arts: Lantern Making
Sunday, Nov. 26, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Take part in three all-ages, drop-in art activities and make your own lantern in preparation for A Lantern Affair on Sunday, Dec. 3. Admission is free; register online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 604-664-1636.

Christmas Boutique at Place des Arts 
Until Dec. 22
Looking for a great gift? Drop in to the gift shop during Place des Arts opening hours to browse its glittering treasures made by local artisans. placedesarts.ca

Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair
Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 3
Thoughtful gifts don’t need to come with a hefty price tag. Purchase locally crafted Christmas gifts from any of the 100 artisans at Poirier Forum (618 Poirier St.). Entry is $3 adults, $2 seniors, free for ages 12 and under. coquitlamcrafts.com

Brighten Up!
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Drop in to Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) for a festive evening of hot chocolate, homemade baking, carolling, heritage crafts plus the chance to win a handmade candle gift set. By donation, no registration required. coquitlamheritage.ca

Family Day for the Holidays: A Lantern Affair
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
This inter-cultural celebration at Place des Arts offers lantern-making workshops as well as live performances by Place des Arts students. Admission is free; all ages welcome. placedesarts.ca

Santa at Coquitlam Centre
Until Dec. 24
Ho, ho, ho! Santa and his elves are taking Christmas wish lists now at Coquitlam Centre. Visits are free and photos are available for purchase (not mandatory). Also drop in for free Elf School at Santaland. coquitlamcentre.com

SilverCity Coquitlam & VIP Cinemas
‘Tis the season for festive films, including holiday hits Elf and The Polar Express. Best of all, these Family Favourites movies each Saturdays at 11 a.m. cost just $2.99 per ticket. For scheduling info, visit cineplex.com/events/familyfavourites.

Kids Night Out: Holiday Edition
Dec. 8, 15 or 22, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention parents: Free yourself up for some Christmas shopping while dropping your kids off at Pinetree Community Centre for a night of active play and Christmas-themed crafts and activities. Fee is $11.60/child; register at ​coquitlam.ca/signmeup.

Coquitlam Christmas Farmers Market
Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pick up locally crafted goods at this annual event featuring carollers, kids’ activities and crafts, plus food trucks,  at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St). Free entry. makebakegrow.com

Skate with Santa
Sunday, Dec. 10, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Celebrate Canada 150 at this annual ice skating event at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Family admission rates apply (each family member pays child admission rate, up to a maximum of five people). coquitlam.ca/pslc

Free Family Movie Night at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Monday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
After walking around the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display, pop in to Evergreen Cultural Centre for a free screening of Scrooge (1971). evergreenculturalcentre.com

Jingle Bells Night
Friday, Dec. 22, 7 – 8 p.m.
Head to Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park for an evening of carols and lights. Choirs will be stationed around the trail from 7 – 8 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., stop where you are and join in a high-spirited community sing-a-long of Jingle Bells. Help Coquitlam break its record of 500 singing voices! coquitlam.ca/parkspark

More Fun Events

Coquitlam Express ​Home Games
Cheer on the home team while scoping out the talent of the BCHL. Home games take place at Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre (633 Poirier St). coquitlamexpress.ca

ParticipACTION 150 Play List
Thursday, Nov. 30, 3:30 – 9 p.m.
Try a new activity – from kayaking to quidditch – at this free, family-friendly event in partnership with the Girl Guides of B.C. This finale event will take place at Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park. ​participaction.com/150

 

Lights

Five Easy Trail Walks to Try this Fall

Whether you’re toting a young child or simply in the mood for a short afternoon stroll, these five Coquitlam trails are ideal for all ages and abilities.

1. Lafarge Lake
A 1.2-kilometre trail loops this popular urban lake in Town Centre Park, offering views of both mountains and cityscape. Prepare to be dazzled by the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display, returning Nov. 25 – Jan. 21. Walk the lakeside circuit after dusk to take in the hundreds of thousands of lights across multiple themed zones. The lake is located just steps away from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, also with free two-hour parking in Lot D of Town Centre Park, off Trevor Wingrove Way. coquitlam.ca/lights

2. Mundy Park
The city’s largest park, at 400 acres, is rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in Coquitlam. Home to two lakes, coastal rainforest and a 16-km trail network, its mostly flat paths offer the easy “hiking” experience without having to trek up a mountain. The park is accessible by transit and offers free parking. coquitlam.ca/trails

3. Hoy Creek
This flat, gravel trail stretches for 2.8 km and offer prime viewing of spawning salmon. Whether you’re a young child, an international visitor or a seasoned wildlife spotter, this scene never fails to impress. Duck into the trail off Guildford Way, a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. coquitlam.ca/trails

4. Como Lake
You might want to pack your fishing rod to reel in a rainbow trout after your walk. A 1-km trail circles this pretty lake, which is stocked with fish. You’ll also find a playground on site. The lake is accessible by transit and has free on-site parking. coquitlam.ca/trails

5. Colony Farm Regional Park
Bird watchers flock to this immense park to spot rare bird life including great blue herons, purple martins and the elusive lazuli bunting. The terrain is crisscrossed by flat, wide trails, ideal for long, meditative walks. The park is accessible by transit (bus from Coquitlam Central), also with on-site parking. metrovancouver.org

More Reasons to Get Outdoors

Have you done the Coquitlam Crunch? It's the fitness trail that involves climbing 437 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. It's open year-round, has free parking on Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station). 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.

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.

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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