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Dec 20, 2016 Return to Headlines

Stay in Coquitlam for Winter Fun

by Heather Escaravage |

COQUITLAM, BC, Dec. 20, 2016 – From the twinkling lights at Lafarge Lake to the peak of Minnekhada’s High Knoll, residents of Coquitlam don’t have to travel far this winter in search of adventure and activities.

Coquitlam’s Tourism Office has a full roster of events in the coming months – right here on your doorstep. 

Here’s a few suggestions to keep busy close to home. 

Hit the Ice at Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre

There’s nothing more Canadian than lacing up the ice skates over the holidays. Round up the kids, pop on a toque and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. A few events taking place include the Ugly Christmas Sweater Skate on Dec. 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., a New Year’s Eve Skate on Dec. 31 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., and a New Year’s Day Skate on Jan. 1 from 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Drop-in skating is also available throughout the season. www.coquitlam.ca/skating 

Lights at Lafarge Winter Light Display (Until Jan. 22)

More than 100,000 twinkling lights loop around Lafarge Lake, creating a magical wonderland invoking awe and wonder. Walk around the lake in a 1.2-kilometre circuit to take in the 10 themed zones, and take part in Park Spark events including caroling, lantern workshops, scavenger hunts and hot chocolate nights (dates available at www.coquitlam.ca/parkspark). Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way, close to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station. Parking is available off of Trevor Wingrove Way.

Coquitlam Express Home Games (Season runs until Feb. 24)

Could the next NHL star be skating on home ice? Head over to Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex at 633 Poirier St. to cheer on the Coquitlam Express and scope out the talent of the BCHL.  Whether you’re feeding a hockey addiction or simply looking for an affordable, family-friendly night out, this is guaranteed to be a fun outing. Regular season runs until Feb. 24. www.coquitlamexpress.ca

Evergreen Cultural Centre

Laugh, cry, smile or sway: This winter’s theatre program offers a hefty calendar of events spanning classical music, dance, comedy and theatre programs. Highlights include a performance by critically acclaimed Tanzanian-Canadian singer Alysha Brilla and the theatre production of Call Mr. Robeson. ECC is at 1205 Pinetree Way, located at the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. For the full event list and to buy tickets, visit www.evergreenculturalcentre.ca

Festival du Bois (March 3 – 5) 

Dig out the plaid, chomp on poutine and dance to French Canadian music. This family-friendly event is the largest francophone festival on Canada’s West Coast, with three full days of musical performances, traditional cuisine and activities. It’s based at Mackin Park in Coquitlam’s historic Maillardville neighbourhood from March 3 - 5. For the full program information, visit www.festivaldubois.ca

Hiking at Minnekhada Regional Park

Just a short drive from Coquitlam’s City Centre, this peaceful nature sanctuary offers a place to get away from it all. The 200-hectare park has a variety of trails and is rich with wildlife. If the ground is covered in snow, take a walk around the marsh and enjoy the scenery. Depending on the conditions, you could try the 6.5-kilometre trek to the High Knoll to be rewarded with incredible views of the marsh below (allow yourself at least 2 ½ hours). The park is also home to Minnekhada Lodge, a 1930s country estate that is a popular film and wedding spot, open to the public on occasion for touring. www.metrovancouver.org

Learn more about Coquitlam’s many events and attractions available in our Travel & Experience Guide at www.coquitlam.ca/explore

Images are available at https://flic.kr/s/aHskQJx2nv

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