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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 fall, one of nature's greatest spectacles is set to steal the show. The annual return of the salmon will fill our waterways with thousands of fish as they make their epic journey home to the local creeks where they were born.

Hockey fans will also be thrilled to hear that Coquitlam has been selected as the NHL's only B.C. stop for its North American Centennial celebration, set for Oct. 21-22. Scroll down for more details! Also don't miss the online version of Coquitlam's Travel and Experience Guide (below).


2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

Salmon Come HomeDear Salmon, Welcome Home!

The annual return of the salmon begins this month, filling our waterways with thousands of fish as they return to the creeks where they were born. For some prime viewing spots of salmon leaping and swimming upstream, head over to Coquitlam’s Hoy and Scott creeks.

Where to view wild salmon? The trails surrounding Hoy Creek Hatchery are a great place to start, located a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. Enter the trail between Pinetree Community Centre and Douglas College (Pinetree Way) and head south (left). The trail will lead you to Hoy Creek Salmon Hatchery and rearing pond with a footbridge with great views.  Another great viewing spot along Hoy Creek is the footbridge near the end of Lasalle Place. For Scott Creek, one spot to try is the Guildford Way platform bridge.

Watch for: Chum from early to mid-October to early November, and coho from late October to late December.

Interesting Fact: Coquitlam’s name comes from the Coast Salish word “Kwikwetlem,” which means “red fish up the river.” This refers to sockeye salmon in the Coquitlam River, once an important food source to the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

EVENT: Salmon Come Home

Sunday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the return of the salmon at this free family event at Hoy Creek Hatchery, located in Hoy Creek Linear Park, west of City Centre Aquatic Complex (closest street is Princess Cres.). Entertainment includes live salmon demonstrations, music, interactive children’s activities, food and educational exhibits.

Spot the Salmon Sculptures
In recognition of the salmon’s significance in Coquitlam, a series of 12 sculptures designed by Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield were placed throughout the city beginning in 2016. Each piece stands more than six feet high and has been decorated by a different local artist. Also spot the ‘Return of the Sockeye’ sculpture in Coquitlam Spirit Square, next to City Hall. coquitlam.ca/publicart 

See the Stanley Cup & Canucks Alumni

The NHL has selected Coquitlam as its only B.C. stop for its North American Centennial celebration. It all takes place at Coquitlam Centre on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. The parking lot will be buzzing with eager crowds hoping to view the Stanley Cup and some of their hockey heroes, including Canucks alumni (names yet to be released).

Other main attractions include a 53-foot museum truck filled with hockey memorabilia and interactive displays, a virtual reality experience for fans that involves clearing the ice in a Zamboni, and a temporary rink on site for street hockey.

Coquitlam Centre is located at 2929 Barnet Hwy, at Lincoln SkyTrain station. For more details, visit www.nhl.com/fanarena.

Mark Your Calendars

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

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival
Nov. 3-4
Sample craft beer from more than 40 breweries and taste fare from local restaurants and caterers. It all takes place at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club. coquitlambeerfestival.com  

TriCity International Food and Wine Festival
Nov. 4-5
Coquitlam pops a cork on a brand new wine festival! This event is the perfect pairing of wine, food and scenery at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. tricitywinefestival.com 

HalloweenHalloween Events

Children who like to get their hands dirty in garden soil and pumpkin slime will be begging to take part in these upcoming events and workshops in Coquitlam. October is jam-packed with fun activities for kids age three and up, from gardening events at Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden (corner of Pipeline and Guildford) to Halloween events at the recreation centres.

Pumpkin Carving (age 3+)
Wednesday, Oct. 25 or Saturday, Oct. 28
Carve your own pumpkin and participate in fun activities at Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden. Registration is per family and includes one pumpkin. Carving tools supplied. Fee: $10. coquitlam.ca/garden  

Ghoulish Planter (age 5 – 9 years)
Thursday, Oct. 26 or Saturday, Oct. 28
Decorate and plant your own Halloween planter to make a ghoulish display. All supplies included. This workshop takes place at Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden. Fee: $15. coquitlam.ca/garden 

Heritage Halloween & Marionette Show
Saturday, Oct. 28, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Make your own witch or wizard broom from corn husks, enjoy baked goods and hot apple cider and then grab a bag of popcorn to enjoy a marionette show (shows at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). This free family-friendly event at Mackin House (1116 Brunette Ave.) is by donation, no registration required. coquitlamheritage.ca  

Halloween Spooktacular at Coquitlam Farmers Market
Sunday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m.
Head to the market dressed in costume to take part in Halloween games, crafts and treats. Kids can trick-or-treat the vendors and participate in a costume parade at noon.
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Halloween Spooktacular
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2 – 4 p.m.
Themed games, crafts, face painting and more at Place Maillardville Community Centre (1200 Cartier Ave.). Dress in costume! Registration required ($7/child, under 18 months free).  placemaillardville.ca   

A Family Haunted Halloween
Sunday, Oct. 29
A ghoulish afternoon of crafts, face painting, gym games, a bouncy castle and costume parade at Pinetree Community Centre. Registration includes a hot dog, fruit and beverage. Register at coquitlam.ca/prc for #599623 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.) or #599624 (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.). Fee: $5.

Halloween Skate
Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Head to Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex for fun activities on and off the ice, including a costume contest. Family rate applies (child admission for up to five people). coquitlam.ca/pslc

Family Day at PdA and Mr. I's Slightly Spooky Songs & Stories Concert 
Sunday, Oct. 29, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Tour four exhibitions by local artists at Place des Arts before diving into art activities and creating your own masterpieces. Mr. I's concert at 3 p.m. will get wee ones in the mood for haunting (costumes optional, but encouraged). Admission to Family Day is free; reserve your spot for Family Day and purchase optional tickets to the concert ($10) at brownpapertickets.com. More info: placedesarts.ca

Jumpstart Halloween Music & Story Time (age 1 – 5 years)
Monday, Oct. 30
Wear your costume for this evening of child-friendly, spooky songs and stories at Pinetree Community Centre. Cost is $5 per family member; register in advance. coquitlam.ca/prc

Coquitlam CrunchLet's Go Play Outside

Have you done the Crunch? It's the fitness trail that involves climbing 473 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.

You'll find people of all ages en route, from small children to seniors, with even some speedsters racing up the stairs. Add it to your bucket list! The Crunch has free parking on Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station). coquitlam.ca/trails 

Take a Hike!

Are you new to hiking or don’t know Coquitlam’s trails? Joining a group is a great way to meet new people and explore the wilderness. The City of Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. coquitlam.ca/outdoors

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.

Table Tennis

Sure, it can work up a sweat! Pack your paddles and ball for a free game on the outdoor tables next to Percy Perry Stadium at Town Centre Park. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder

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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Tourism Office
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P:  604-927-3912
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