Como Lake is a natural setting offering a rich park experience that includes:
- A one kilometre lakeside loop trail for a quiet walk or a fitness jog. Lakeside benches, open grass areas, picnic amenities and a playground invite relaxing, socializing and casual play.
- Views in every season, with the spring display of crimson rhododendrons and cherry tree blossoms or a December snow blanketing the trees and meadows. Photographers will find much to inspire them here.
- Fishing for enthusiasts of all ages. The lake is stocked with catachable-size rainbow trout. Each May, Festival Coquitlam hosts the Como Lake Fish Derby, a free event for children and youth 16 years and younger.
- A seasonal or permanent home for many species. As the headwater of the Como Creek Watershed, the lake environment is an ecologically sensitive habitat that supports a variety of bird and other species.
Please do not feed the Canada geese
The Canada goose population in Como Lake Park has increased to excessive numbers in recent summers due to people feeding the geese and the lack of shoreline vegetation.
To ensure a smaller and more sustainable population of Canada geese over time the City will be:
- Working with park users to stop all feeding;
- Install temporary shoreline fencing May – June
A Look Back
When the French Canadians arrived in the early 1900’s to begin work and a new life at Fraser Mills, they brought with them their love of hockey and skating. Many early residents recall skating on Como Lake whenever an extended freezing spell thickened the ice. Succeeding generations continued the tradition during especially cold Coquitlam winters.
At other times of the year, the lake was reportedly quite boggy, but it offered a place to cool off on hot summer days. Children hiked or cycled from their farms and homesteads and made their way through the dense bush to go for a swim.
In the early days, Como Lake may have also played a role in fire protection – an early Coquitlam resident recalled Fraser Mills running a pipeline from the lake to the mill, and storing the water in a tower for emergencies.
By the 1960’s, the Como Lake had become a vibrant park for the growing community. The District introduced a playground, water taps, picnic tables, and trout for fishing. Fishing derbies were organized, like the one held during the 1967 centennial year, and depicted in the image.
Source: “Coquitlam 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990; “Coquitlam Then and Now,” Coquitlam Public Library New Horizons for Seniors Committee, 2010
Image: 1967 Fishing Derby at Como Lake, courtesy City of Coquitlam Archives
- The series, "Supernatural", was filmed at many locations in Coquitlam including Como Lake.