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2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

 

 

Free & Fun Fitness

Get fit and have fun with not a price tag in sight. Here are five suggestions to keep active this winter.

Do the Crunch
The new set of stairs at the Coquitlam Crunch are now open! Tackle the more than 400 steps ​before climbing the urban trail up the hill to Westwood Plateau. The circuit to the top and back takes 1-1.5 hours to complete.This trail is open year-round, has free parking in a lot off Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station).

LightsLight Up Your Walk
Take a walk amidst hundreds of thousands of lights. The Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display remains on until Jan. 21 at Town Centre Park. Walk the 1.2-km loop around the lake or pop over to Percy Perry Stadium for some sprints. Both are located a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. Limited free parking is available throughout Town Centre Park off Trevor Wingrove Way (do not park at Evergreen Cultural Centre).

Indoor Fitness Track
The free indoor track at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex is available to use any time the facility is open, except during ticketed events. One lap = 210 metres.

Go for a Hike
Looking for a new hiking trail to try? If you’re looking for a challenging experience with steep terrain in a dense forest setting, with great views, try the Ridge Park Trails on Westwood Plateau. The trails, totalling approximately 23 km, can be accessed from a number of locations including Parkway Blvd. and Hampton Park. To get here, hop on a bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain Station.

Another top hiking location is the 200-hectare Minnekhada Regional Park. Beginners can stick to a flat path meandering through the wetland into the forest, while the more adventurous can tackle the uphill climb to the High Knoll lookout (allow yourself at least 2 ½ hours round-trip). If you want to take transit, car share options (Modo and Zipcar) are available at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Gym with a View
Save yourself the cost of a gym membership and get those muscles moving with a quick burn on Town Centre Park’s outdoor fitness equipment. Located near the children’s playground off Trevor Wingrove Way, you’ll find a chest press machine, rowing machines, elliptical cross trainers and more. They’re a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Go for a Run 
Whether you’re training for a big race or simply in the mood for a relaxing stroll, one must-see destination is Mundy Park. This 400-acre coastal rainforest park is dotted with two picturesque lakes and an extensive trail system totalling 16 km.Options include a 5.5 km multi-use pathway encircling the park or shorter interior trails guiding visitors on a loop around Mundy Lake or to viewing benches at Lost Lake.

More great run spots

Here are a few to try. For more running trail options, see pg. 27 in Coquitlam's Travel Guide.

Colony Farm Regional Park: More than 8.5 km of trails (mostly flat) through scenic meadows and fields​.

Coquitlam River: Cool in summer and sheltered from the elements in winter, this trail extends 9.8 km and offers great views along the river.

Town Centre Park: Options include the 1.2 km lakeside trail around Lafarge Lake or the 2.7 km paved perimeter trail around the park.  Or pop over to the 400-metre rubberized track at Percy Perry Stadium.

Affordable Fitness

Skate & Swim
Practice your Scott Moir or Tessa Virtue figure skating moves during a toonie skate session at the NHL-sized rink at Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre. This impressive facility also has a lap pool, indoor fitness track and drop-in fitness classes.

If you feel like hitting the treadmill, you can drop in at any of the rec centres, including City Centre Aquatic Complex – located at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station – and pay a drop-in fee to use the 3,000-square-foot fitness centre. This facility also has an eight-lane Olympic-sized lap pool, a wave pool, and relaxation area with a whirlpool, steam room and dry sauna.

Fun Events

Family Day at Place des Arts
Sunday, Jan. 21, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
View the exhibitions and take part in several drop-in art activities. placedesarts.ca

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. 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.

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

The Price is Right Live
"Come on down!" The hit game show comes to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver from April 20 - 22. Tickets start at $39. hardrockcasinovancouver.com

 

Five Easy Trail Walks

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.

Picture Yourself in Coquitlam1. Lafarge Lake
A 1.2-kilometre trail loops this popular urban lake in Town Centre Park, offering views of both mountains and cityscape. Walk the lakeside circuit after dusk to take in the ​lights display (until Jan. 21). coquitlam.ca/​parkspark

2. Mundy Park
The city’s largest park, at 400 acres, is 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. 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. 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. 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. metrovancouver.org

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. 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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