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Nov 28, 2016 Return to Headlines

Take the Evergreen Extension and Explore Coquitlam

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 28, 2016 – Interested in where the SkyTrain’s new Evergreen Extension will take you? Hop on the train for an adventure into Coquitlam, where you’ll be amazed by its shops, restaurants and outdoor activities.

From Christmas shopping at Coquitlam Centre to nature walks in Mundy Park or bird watching at DeBoville Slough, Coquitlam boasts all the amenities of a big city, while nestled on the edge of nature.

The SkyTrain opens up a whole new world of opportunities for visitors from throughout Metro Vancouver. Coquitlam is home to many running, biking and hiking trails and has a rich cultural heritage, with many restaurants and shopping opportunities.  

Hop off at these four Coquitlam SkyTrain stops to explore these highlights:

Burquitlam 

A short bus ride on Route 156 from this station will drop you at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex, at 633 Poirier Street, where you can ice skate, swim or take a fitness class. For more information visit the Poirier Sports & Leisure Complex webpage.

If you’d like to get crafty with your Christmas gifts this year, you won’t want to miss the Coquitlam Christmas Craft Fair, which features more than 100 local artisans. Opening night on Dec. 2 (the day the SkyTrain opens) will include musical entertainment. Three local food trucks will be parked on site all weekend, as well as a maple syrup vendor rolling taffy. This takes place across the street at Poirier Forum, 618 Poirier Street, Dec. 2 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.), Dec. 3 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and Dec. 4 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Adults $3, seniors $2, children 12 & under are free. www.coquitlamcrafts.com

Looking for a new trail to walk or run this winter? The 156 bus also connects to Mundy Park, which features 400 acres of coastal rainforest, including 16 kilometres of trails. Best of all, its thick forest cover means you won’t be tramping through puddles on soggy winter days. For more information, visit ​the Park Finder webpage.

IMPORTANT! Always check the bus schedule before you travel. TransLink bus changes come into effect as of Dec. 19. Plan your trip ahead at tripplanning.translink.ca.

Coquitlam Central

Coquitlam is surrounded with forest and mountains, home to a rich variety of wildlife, including deer, bears, coyotes, raccoons, eagles and owls.

For a walk on the wild side, visit DeBoville Slough, which is accessible by bus from Coquitlam Central. The C38 drops passengers on Victoria Drive, just a short walk from the entrance to the main gate. The slough is a popular spot among birders, walkers, runners and riders due to the flat gravel path and spectacular views looking up the Pitt River Valley past Minnekhada Regional Park. 

A map at the entrance provides information about the gravel trail. Also visit the webpage of Friends of DeBoville Slough for more information before you go: fodbs.org

IMPORTANT! Always check the bus schedule before you travel. TransLink bus changes come into effect as of Dec. 19. Plan your trip ahead at tripplanning.translink.ca.

Lincoln 

Get a jump on your Christmas shopping with a visit to Coquitlam Centre, which is directly outside Lincoln SkyTrain station. This mall is home to all the big names, including H&M, Best Buy, Hudson’s Bay, Sears, lululemon, Sport Chek, London Drugs, T&T Supermarket, and so much more. Children will be in awe of the festive decorations dangling over their heads this month, and can whisper their Christmas gift wishes into Santa’s ear. For more information, visit www.coquitlamcentre.com

One of Coquitlam’s greatest assets is its diverse community, and with that, its hunger-inducing variety of restaurants. Glen Drive, a short walk from the station, is home to some hidden Persian and Iranian gems, including Urban Gate Bar & Grill, Ayoub’s Dried Fruit and Nuts, and Minoo Bakery and Pastry. Other food options in the area include pho, sushi, waffles, Chinese and even Asian Fusion tacos (Tacoreano).  For more info about Glen Drive restaurants, visit westcoastfood.ca/glen-drives-hidden-persian-iranian-eats-in-coquitlam/.

Lafarge Lake-Douglas 

More than 100,000 twinkling lights will light up Lafarge Lake until Jan. 22, creating a magical winter wonderland that’s sure to delight visitors of all ages. The Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display is bigger and better than ever before, featuring 10 themed zones. And it’s free! Pop-up activities throughout this month and January will include tulip light and lantern workshops, scavenger hunts, hot chocolate nights, caroling and more. It takes place at Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, just steps from the SkyTrain station. For more information, visit the Park Spark webpage.

Take in a performance at Evergreen Cultural Centre, which offers a hefty calendar of events this winter spanning classical music, dance, comedy and theatre. Highlights include a performance by critically acclaimed Tanzanian-Canadian singer Alysha Brilla and the theatre production of Call Mr. Robeson. At 1205 Pinetree Way, just steps from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. For full even details and to buy tickets, visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca.

Give your kids a memorable experience by teaching them how to fish at Lafarge Lake. Stocked in October with 1,000 rainbow trout, you can cast your lines from the shore or in a float tube. Don’t forget to purchase your B.C. fishwater fishing licence in advance. For more, visit www.gofishbc.com. 

Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Coquitlam’s City Centre Aquatic Centre has a wave pool, lap pool, fitness classes, a steam room, sauna and hot tubs. For more, go to the City Centre Aquatic Complex webpage.

If all this activity sounds exhausting, refuel with some caffeine at Caffé Divano, at 3003 Burlington Drive (next to Coquitlam City Hall), www.caffedivano.ca, or Him & I Café, at #136 – 1153 The High Street, www.facebook.com/Him-I-Cafe-497364097077492.

More information

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Media contact:
Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, City of Coquitlam
604-927-3912
ekalnins@coquitlam.ca