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Jun 19, 2017 Return to Headlines

Free Activities for All in Coquitlam this Summer

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, June 19, 2017 – They say the best things in life are free, and here in Coquitlam, your summer itinerary will be jam-packed with free and fun entertainment options.

Whether you’re interested in free festivals, fitness classes, outdoor adventures or places to entertain the kids, Coquitlam offers plenty of options that won’t break the bank. Here are a few suggestions to keep busy this summer.

Festivals & Events

150 Minutes of Outdoor Fitness     
Up for a physical challenge? Head to Percy Perry Stadium, located at Town Centre Park, on Sunday, June 25 for a 150-minute fitness class starting at 11 a.m. It begins with cardio kickboxing, followed by Zumba and yoga. www.coquitlam.ca/canada150  

Coquitlam Celebrates Canada 150
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 a climbing wall and fireworks. Food and craft beer available for purchase. www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday

Neighbourhood Nights presented by FortisBC
Get to know your neighbours at these free family events taking place at a park near you. These evenings feature family activities, kids’ games and light refreshments. For a list of upcoming locations, visit www.coquitlam.ca/neighbourhoodnights

Summer Concert Series presented by Envision Financial
Pack a picnic and enjoy a free concert under the evening sky at the spectacular setting of Town Centre Park Plaza. Coquitlam’s outdoor amphitheatre features plenty of seating plus grassy areas to kick back on a blanket. The musical lineup will include various music styles; concerts are from 7-9 p.m. on July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1. www.coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts   

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival
Immerse yourself in the outdoor summer festival experience as live music, dancers, circus performers, storytellers, food trucks, craft beer and family-friendly entertainment fill Town Centre Park on Saturday, Aug. 12. Renowned B.C. rocker Bif Naked will headline on the Plaza Stage, sponsored by Coast Capital Savings and featuring musical acts throughout the day including The Matinée, the Paperboys, Jennifer Hayes and more! www.coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope

Explore Coquitlam’s Great Outdoors

Picture Yourself in Coquitlam
Four picture frames have been posted throughout Coquitlam for the month of June. Your mission: Find a frame, take a photo and share publicly on social media using #explorecoquitlam. Have fun exploring and show your community pride! One lucky participant will win an awesome prize. Details at www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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 at www.coquitlam.ca/explore    

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 (www.torca.ca). Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.

Try a New Playground
Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 20) marks the opening of Coquitlam’s newest playground, Princeton Park! The ribbons will be cut at Burke Mountain’s newest neighbourhood park during this event, from 3:30-5 p.m. (1398 Marguerite Street). Also newly opened is 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 (www.coquitlam.ca/explore).

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

More information:
Related images are available to download from our flickr album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskVzkjZE

For more free and fun adventures, including indoor options, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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