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Mar 01, 2017 Return to Headlines

Fun For All at Mundy Park This Month

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, March 1, 2017 – Runners, rev your engines. Whether you’re eager to burn off some calories or are training for the fast-approaching race season, this is the season to get outdoors and hit the trails in Coquitlam.  

Mundy Park will be luring runners and walkers from all over Metro Vancouver during the coming months, thanks to its 16 kilometres of trails that have a nice cushioned surface and varying terrain. Zone out and watch the kilometres click by with each scenic twist and turn. www.coquitlam.ca/trails 

TripAdvisor rates Mundy Park the number one thing to do in Coquitlam. The park has two lakes, lots of parking and plenty of birdlife, but that’s not all. It’s a jewel in the centre of the city, where you can escape from your busy lives and take time to breathe. And thanks to the SkyTrain’s Evergreen Extension, it’s now easily accessible by transit for visitors from around Metro Vancouver. tripplanning.translink.ca

Mundy Park is home to the Phoenix Running Club, the annual Pinetree Classic Cross Country Race, and a Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) Trail Race, coming up on April 2.

Not a runner? Here are six more reasons why you should visit Mundy Park this month.

Search for treasure
How would you like to search for a hidden treasure? You won’t even need a faded pirate map to see if X marks the spot. Coquitlam’s parks are riddled with geocaches (a hidden container), and all you’ll need to join in this real-world, outdoor hunt is a cellphone or GPS tracking device. 

“The fun is just going out and finding it, so you never know what you’re going to get,” says Kathy Simmonds, who enjoys geocaching in Coquitlam with her two sons. 

To take part, register for free at www.geocaching.com. You will also find more information on the B.C. Geocaching Association’s website

Get back to nature 
Here on the West Coast, we love to get outdoors, no matter the weather. It may be misty, drizzling or even torrential, and you’ll find walkers, runners or entire families in their rain jackets peering up at the towering cedars. 

Mundy Park features 400 acres of coastal rainforest, with a 5.5 km multi-use pathway encircling the park that can be walked in one hour. Shorter interior trails guide visitors on a loop around Mundy Lake or to viewing benches at Lost Lake. Even in the rain, the thick forest cover prevents the ground from getting too soggy.

Watch for birds including Pacific wren, chickadees, kinglets, bushtits, pileated woodpecker and northern flickers. Other local wildlife includes raccoons, deer and even black bears. For tips about being bear aware, visit www.coquitlam.ca/bearaware  

Release the hounds 
Mundy Park has a great off-leash fenced area plus a number of trails throughout the park allow for off-leash dogs from dawn to 10 a.m. (watch for signage). 
www.coquitlam.ca/dogparks  

Test your bike skills 
Get off-road and test your abilities on some bike skills trails. You’ll find beginner and intermediate-level circuits at the corner of Mariner Way and Chilko Boulevard, including obstacles such as a timber teeter-totter, log stacks and bridges. www.coquitlam.ca/parkfinder

Try Disc Golf
Mundy Park is also home to a free nine-hole Disc Golf Course with permanent nets on site as targets. This game 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. The course is located near Spani Pool (655 Hillcrest St.). www.coquitlam.ca/parkfinder

Fuel up 
The body, that is. All that running, walking and biking is sure to induce pangs of hunger. 

After exploring the park, stop in at the shops along Austin Avenue for many great options, from cafés and pizza shops to fish & chips, Asian restaurants and the neighbourhood pub. These are a five-minute drive away, also accessible by bus. www.austinheights.ca

DON’T MISS IT! 

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

Interested in hiking? 
Are you new to hiking or don’t know the local trails? Sign up for Outdoor Ed: Getting Ready for the Hiking Season: an evening of slides with Ian McArthur, taking place March 9 from 7-9:30 p.m. at Glen Pine Pavilion. Register at signmeup.coquitlam.ca

For more information about joining local hiking groups, visit www.coquitlam.ca/outdoors and www.coquitlam.ca/glenpine

More information: 

Photos at Mundy Park available for download at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskQX3ERq

To find out more about activities and events in Coquitlam year-round, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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