Get Ready for Adventure
Coquitlam is located on nature's doorstep, with endless opportunities for outdoor adventures including hiking, biking, trail running and fishing. It's where city life meets wildlife.
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Ride the Trails Less Travelled in Coquitlam
The secret is out – Coquitlam’s wild backyard is gaining recognition among riders as an up-and-coming mountain biking destination.
Burke Mountain and Eagle Mountain are on our doorstep, offering a variety of trails and a West Coast style of riding. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or more of a Sunday afternoon cruiser, Coquitlam offers plenty of options for each riding style. So, where do you start?
JOIN A BIKE GROUP
If the idea of heading out into the wilderness on your own sounds intimidating, the Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association (Torca) offers group mountain bike rides. Riding is free if you sign up as a member for $20/year.
If road biking is more your speed, why not join Tri-Cities Cycling? Try out a couple of rides with the club before deciding whether to join.
TEST YOUR SKILLS
Get off-road and test your abilities on the bike skills trails at Leigh Park. Another one to try is the BMX Jump Park at Town Centre Park. Mundy Park's bike skills park is another favourite, but please watch for detours in the area due to construction.
Torca 500 Trail Race: Coming soon. Watch for details on the website.
Wheel 2 Heal 2017: This fundraising event for Eagle Ridge Hospital takes place May 6 at Town Centre Park (Lot E). Options include a 15 km trail ride, 40 km trail ride or a 100 km road ride.
MEC Vancouver Century Ride: A 50 km or 100 km ride on May 28 starting and ending at Pinetree Recreation Centre (near Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station).
Bike to Work Week: The Tri-Cities HUB is involved with this event, taking place May 29-June 4.
Take a Kid Mountain Biking: Mark your calendars for this free event that takes place each September at Mundy Park. Leaders teach the kids new skills and then take them on a guided ride through the park.
GET HERE AND AROUND
Bikes are allowed on SkyTrain, although there are some time restrictions, so check TransLink’s site before you travel.
If you're biking on roads, local information and maps are available on the City's website.
Trail maps can be accessed on Trail Forks or on Coquitlam's website.
View Spring Birds and Blossoms in Coquitlam
Birdsong and blossoms have returned to Coquitlam! Whether you seek a moment of serenity, find joy in getting back to nature, or would like to learn more about local birdlife, here are some activities and events you won’t want to miss this spring.
A must-see this spring is Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden at Blue Mountain Park. Coquitlam’s Park Spark team partnered with the 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Cub Scouts in November to plant 1,000 red and white tulips in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.
The garden also features a planted replica of the Canadian Armed Forces Insignia Badge, which honours all elements of the CAF, including the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force.
In the coming weeks, the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom throughout City Centre, including Town Centre Park. Also watch for signs of spring at Inspiration Garden.
Celebration Coquitlam’s 150th Celebration Garden: Join Coquitlam’s Park Spark Team, the 13th Eagle Mountain Guides and 10th Coquitlam Beaver & Cub Scouts to celebrate the garden. The Park Spark team will host a fun pollinator craft and the PlantSomething BC ‘Bee Friendly’ crew will be on hand providing information on bees. Participants can drop in anytime during the event, which will run rain or shine. April 30, 2:30-4 p.m., Blue Mountain Park.
Gardening workshops & classes: A number of classes are available for ages six and up, from a basic seed starting course (April 22) to a garden workshop (May 5) and courses for kids (Kids in the Garden, Garden U). For further details and to register, read the Spring Program Guide or at SignMeUp.
Whether you’re an amateur enthusiast or an experienced birder armed with a long-lens camera, you’ll be mesmerized by the birdlife that can be viewed in Coquitlam. As migratory birds return to the region this spring, here are a few highlights.
- Look at the lakes in Town Centre Park and Como Lake Park for fluffy mallard ducklings and Canada goose goslings.
- Ospreys return to Como Lake and Minnekhada Regional Park. See them hover, fold their wings and plummet into the water to catch fish.
- Also at Minnekhada Regional Park and Como Lake, watch for swallows swooping low over the water, as well as sandhill cranes and northern harriers.
- DeBoville Slough is a nesting site for the common yellowthroat, wood ducks and marsh wrens. Also watch for eagles, blue herons and green herons.
- At Colony Farm Regional Park, look for mountain bluebirds and Lazuli buntings, a rare species in Vancouver.
- Spot the cinnamon teal in later spring at Colony Farm and Minnekhada Regional Park.
Birding for Beginners: Get to know the birds at Colony Farm Regional Park. The event is free but registration is required by calling 604-520-6422. April 9, 9-11 a.m.
International Migratory Bird Day: Partners in the Park: Displays, children’s activities, a history tour at 1 p.m. and introductory birding walks at 2:30 p.m. Meet in front of the community gardens at Colony Farm Regional Park, at the end of Colony Farm Rd. Free! Drop in. May 13, 1-4 p.m.
DeBoville Slough Nature Walk: Get to know more about the plants, animals and birds in the area. A free, family-friendly walk. Meet at the kiosk at the north side of DeBoville Slough and be sure to dress for the weather, including sturdy walking shoes. May 28, 10 a.m. to noon.
Birding for Absolute Beginners: A 90-minute walk around Como Lake, led by the Burke Mountain Naturalists. Meet at the south parking lot at Como Lake. June 23, 6:30 p.m. Register ahead by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
For further information on tourism development opportunities, please contact:
Economic Development Division
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