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Sep 26, 2017 Return to Headlines

Explore Arts and Culture in the Tri-Cities Sept. 29-Oct. 1

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, September 26, 2017 – Tri-Cities residents can create a work of art, learn to play the ukulele, join in scavenger hunts and try out other free interactive arts and culture activities Sept. 29 to Oct. 1.

More than two dozen events are taking place in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody as part of Canada’s eighth Culture Days weekend, a celebration of Canadian culture and a behind-the-scenes visit to the world of artists, creators and historians. 

Residents across the Tri-Cities are encouraged to roll up their sleeves, try something new and immerse themselves in the Culture Days experience, with the hope they will continue to support local arts and culture throughout the year.

A highlight in Coquitlam is the Spot the Salmon Scavenger Hunt, which will have participants hunting down the City’s hand-painted salmon sculptures – a legacy project from its 125th anniversary celebrations last year – for a chance to win prizes such as gift certificates, art packs and Compass passes. Anyone age 16 and up can enter for free by Sept. 28 (teams are welcome and children can participate with older family members) at

Other Coquitlam activities over the three days include a celebration of art, music and dance from other cultures, art workshops and demonstrations, a ukulele jamboree, tours of heritage sites, a geocaching treasure hunt and more.

Port Coquitlam’s newest piece of public art will be unveiled Sept. 30 at the Outlet in Leigh Square – an eight-by-12-foot mosaic mural featuring 600 tiles painted by residents. Part of the national Canada 150 Mural Mosaic project, the mural pays tribute to hometown hero Terry Fox, the Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) First Nation, and the area’s trails and natural heritage.

Other activities in Port Coquitlam include a drop-in storytime on Sept. 29 plus a day of activities Sept. 30 at Leigh Square, with a national Terry Fox museum exhibit, creative writing workshop, family art drop-in and ukulele jamboree. Terry Fox Library will also host displays on dictionaries and the impact of technology on Sept. 30. 

Port Moody’s events kick off Sept. 29 with a First Nation carving demonstration and the start of its second-annual scavenger hunt, which will include visits to public art and historical sites for a chance to win Port Moody swag. Individuals and teams are invited to register in advance at

Port Moody residents can also leave their mark on a new piece of public art for the City by painting a tile for a Canada 150 mural featuring an urban and waterfront theme. Other activities include a virtual reality tour, juggling show, 1920s-style radio show, exhibits, ceramics workshop and hatchery events.

For more information about Culture Days events in the Tri-Cities, visit, and


Media contacts:

Oliver McTavish-Wisden
Fine and Performing Arts Programmer
Place des Arts
604-664-1636, ext. 32

Kathleen Vincent
Manager Corporate Communications
City of Coquitlam

Pardeep Purewal
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam

Rosemary Lodge
Manager of Communications and Engagement
City of Port Moody



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Manager, Corporate Communications - Kathleen Vincent
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