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Jul 26, 2017 Return to Headlines

Take a Hike! Go Wild in Coquitlam this Summer

by Katya Irwin |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 26, 2017 – Whether you’re a hiking newbie or a weekend warrior, Coquitlam’s trails will take you on some wild adventures.

Interested in trekking some of the trails less travelled? Or are you new to hiking and would like to start slow? From the flat trails of City Centre to the thigh-burning peaks of Burke Mountain, you won’t believe the variety of terrain right here on our doorstep.

Fun fact: Coquitlam is home to more than 115 km of maintained trails and pathways within the city – and that doesn’t even include the trails at Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, Minnekhada Regional Park and Colony Farm Regional Park.

So, where do you start?

Join a Group

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, whether you’re a beginner interested in short walks to an adventurer seeking new challenges. 

The City of Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. You’ll explore new sights while getting outdoors in safe, organized groups. Note: kids over age 12 can participate but ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. Register ahead for:

  • 6.5 km Fraser River Sunset hike, taking in Colony Farm and Citadel Heights, on Aug. 30 (Reg. #596146, $6).
  • 10 km South Port Coquitlam Loop, taking in the Fraser River, Colony Farm and Pitt River, on Sept. 16 (Reg. #601627, $9).

Further details and registration info at www.coquitlam.ca/outdoors and www.coquitlam.ca/registration

The Burke Mountain Naturalists (BMN) also conducts a number of guided hikes. Non-members are able to join them three times before becoming a member ($25 for an individual or $30 for a family/group). www.bmn.bc.ca  

FOR AGE 50+: A number of groups are available for those over age 50, with varying distances for all abilities. www.coquitlam.ca/dogwood

FOR KIDS: Ages 12-15 are invited to sign up for an Evening Eco Trek on Aug. 2 (exact location TBD before hike), organized by the City of Coquitlam.  Leave the parents behind to explore the wilderness. Reg. #596652 ($9 program fee) at www.coquitlam.ca/registration

FOR TOTS: These hikes are designed for new parents and their babies (age 1-18 months) to enjoy moderate-level hikes. Must have your own carrier and be able to carry your baby for at least 90 minutes over technical terrain. Reg. #601021 (10 sessions beginning Sept. 8, $60). www.coquitlam.ca/registration

Trails to Try

Hoy Creek Trail              
Just a short walk from the bustling Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, duck into this peaceful 2.8-kilometre gravel trail for a nature reprieve. Keep an eye out for blue heron and listen for the sounds of chickadees and woodpeckers. In the fall, you can spot salmon spawning in the creek.  www.coquitlam.ca/trails  

Minnekhada Regional Park
This 200-hectare park is home to 150 species of birds as well as beavers, black bears and singing bullfrogs. Hiking trails range from a flat path leading throughout the marsh (perfect for younger children) to an uphill climb through old-growth forest to the High Knoll, offering a mind-blowing wilderness view.  www.metrovancouver.org

Mundy Park
Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in Coquitlam, this park has 16 km of trails with varying terrain, ideal for all ages. Mundy is home to the Phoenix Running Club and an annual MEC race, so it’s also a favourite among runners. www.coquitlam.ca/trails

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
This beautiful wilderness area offers rugged hiking adventures for experienced hikers, with great views from higher elevations. Due to its remote trails, hikers are advised to trek in groups with knowledgeable leaders. www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks  

Westwood Plateau Trails
Approximately 23 km of trails wind their way through city parks, natural areas and greenways on Eagle Mountain. Ridge Park offers a challenging experience for the hiker who enjoys steep terrain in a dense forest setting. These trails are easily accessible by transit. www.coquitlam.ca/trails

While You’re Here …

Interested in sampling craft beer, tucking in to an authentic Filipino dish or kicking back on a patio for some rays and a blended cocktail? For dining recommendations – including a list of our best patios – turn to pg. 37 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide, available at any City facility, or read it online at www.coquitlam.ca/explore.

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. If you encounter a bear:

  • Stop and remain calm.
  • Do not scream or run.
  • Make yourself look big.
  • Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly.

www.coquitlam.ca/bearsmart  

For more information about staying safe outdoors, including hiking tips from Coquitlam’s Search & Rescue, see pages 26-27 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide at www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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For more information about upcoming festivals, events and summer activities, visit www.coquitlam.ca/explore

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Media contact:

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