Explore Coquitlam

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Calling all adventurers! Four picture frames have been posted throughout Coquitlam for the month of June. Have some fun searching for the frames, whether you’re strolling around Lafarge Lake, conquering the Coquitlam Crunch, going wild in Mundy Park or stepping back in time at Mackin House.

YOUR MISSION: Spot the frames, pose for a photo and share on social media using hashtag #explorecoquitlam. Have fun exploring and show your community pride!

One lucky participant will win this awesome prize:

  • $100 gift card toward food or golf at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club: westwoodplateaugolf.com
  • Sunday brunch for two people at the Wild Fig Restaurant & Lounge at the Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre: wildfig.ca
  • Tickets for two to play in a real life escape room at Trapped Coquitlam: trapped.ca

The prize will be drawn after June 30, 2017. Full contest details are available at coquitlam.ca/contest


2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

Highlights of Summer

All eyes will be on Coquitlam this summer​ as a number of high-profile sporting events and festivals draw crowds from near and far. Mark your calendar for these highlights!

See Olympic heroes race (Wednesday, June 28)
Watch as famed Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse takes to the track at Percy Perry Stadium for The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic. Others to watch include Melissa Bishop, the Canadian indoor and outdoor 800-metre record holder, and decathlete Damian Warner, who won a bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. ​Sold out! harryjerome.com

canCoquitlam Celebrates Canada 150 (July 1)
One of the biggest parties in the region! Join in the family-friendly celebrations at Town Centre Park on Saturday, July 1, featuring live music and entertainment presented by the TD Group, as well as food carts, craft beer, a climbing wall and fireworks at 10 p.m. coquitlam.ca/canadaday

Summer Concert Series presented by Envision Financial (July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 1)
Pack a picnic or grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks on site as musical acts take the stage under the white canopy at Town Centre Park. The first concert on Friday, July 14 features Joe Fernandes Band and Megan Twist from 7-9 p.m. Also mark your calendars for concerts on Aug. 11 and Sept. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Free! coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts

Music on the Grill (July 8, July 22, Aug. 19)
Evergreen Cultural Centre takes the entertainment outdoors for its popular Music on the Grill series. Sit down for a BBQ dinner served al fresco on their patio with pre-show entertainment, followed by a marquee presentation in the Studio Theatre. The lineup includes The Bills with Mildly Wild on July 8, Big Little Lions with Ben Beveridge Trio on July 22, and Tiller’s Folly with Dawson Rutledge on Aug. 19. The ECC is located at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. Box Office info: evergreenculturalcentre.ca

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 26-30)
Place des Arts’ summer teen theatre troupe performs a wild, fun-filled adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous comedy, including lively music and audience participation. Performances take place at Town Centre Park Plaza at 7 p.m. each night from Wednesday, July 26 to Saturday, July 29, or watch the matinee on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m. placedesarts.ca  

CanWest Games (July 28-30)
Athletes compete in the largest Functional Fitness Competition in Western Canada, July 28-30, at Percy Perry Stadium (Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park). Watch the action, shop in the vendor village and chill out in the beer gardens. Ticket info: canwestgames.ca

Hard Rock Casino Ultimate Car Show (July 29)
Interested in exotics, classics or muscle cars? Get revved up at this July 29 event held at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. hardrockcasinovancouver.com

bifKaleidoscope Arts Festival (Aug. 12)
B.C.’s beloved rocker, Bif Naked, takes the outdoor stage as the headlining act to this highly anticipated, full-day arts festival set for Saturday, Aug. 12. The musical lineup also features The Matinée, The Paperboys, Jennifer Hayes and more! Other festival highlights include dancers, circus performers, storytellers, artists, an artisans market, kids’ activities, local food trucks and craft beer. Free admission! coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope

Coquitlam Crunch Challenge (Sept. 9)
Hikers can trek the famed 2.2-kilometre trail to the top of Westwood Plateau once, or complete in the Make It or Break It challenge to see how many times you can complete a loop of the Crunch in four hours. Another option is the Stair Master challenge to see who can run up the 437 Crunch stairs the fastest. Start training now for this Saturday, Sept. 9 event. coquitlamcrunch.com

Explore Coquitlam's Great Outdoors

Go for a Hike
Curious about exploring the wilderness but don’t know where to start? Coquitlam is home to more than 115 kilometres of trails plus two provincial parks, so you can really get away from it all. Hiking trails range from flat and easy circuits, including Mundy Park, to the uphill fitness hike of the Coquitlam Crunch, or rugged mountainous terrain of Burke or Eagle mountains. For more information, see page 26 in Coquitlam’s Explore and Experience Guide.

Go for a Ride
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.

Try a New Playground
Coquitlam's newest playgrounds include Princeton Park, 1398 Marguerite Street, (which has a built-in trampoline!) and Victoria Park, at 3435 Victoria Drive, which has a skate park, enhanced playground and sports fields. And then there’s Queenston Park (3415 Queenston Ave.), which was recently nominated by  The Vancouver Sun as one of Metro Vancouver’s top 10 playgrounds. For more, see page 33 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide.

Go Geocaching
How would you like to search for a hidden treasure? Coquitlam’s parks are riddled with geocaches (hidden containers), and all you’ll need to join in this real-world, outdoor hunt is a cellphone or GPS tracking device. To take part, register for free at www.geocaching.com  

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 www.coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools

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. www.coquitlam.ca/bearsmart

 

 

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.

Travel & Experience Guide Advertising Opportunities

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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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