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Picture Yourself in Coquitlam​​​Winter Lights Display Contest

How would you like to win a fabulous prize worth $400? All you have to do is find either of the two picture frames posted around Lafarge Lake during the Winter Lights Display. Take a photo in the frame, tag @miss604 and #explorecoquitlam, and post publicly to social media.

One lucky person will win:

The contest runs from Nov. 29 - Jan. 2, 2018​ through Miss604.com. One person will be randomly selected. Watch her website for updates!


2017 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

 

 

Free & Affordable Festive Events

Coquitlam has Christmas wrapped up – and the price tag is cheerful. Take a look at these brilliant events ​that won’t break the bank.

LightsLights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display
Until Jan. 21, 2018
Hundreds of thousands of sparkling lights wrap their way around Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park, creating a magical wonderland that’s sure to delight. Enhance your experience by taking part in free activities including workshops and special theme nights. The lake is located just steps away from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, also with free two-hour parking in Lot D of Town Centre Park, off Trevor Wingrove Way. For a parking map and scheduling updates, visit coquitlam.ca/parkspark.

Christmas Boutique at Place des Arts 
Until Dec. 22
Looking for a great gift? Drop in to the gift shop during Place des Arts opening hours to browse its glittering treasures made by local artisans. placedesarts.ca

Santa at Coquitlam Centre
Until Dec. 24
Ho, ho, ho! Santa and his elves are taking Christmas wish lists now at Coquitlam Centre. Visits are free and photos are available for purchase (not mandatory). Also drop in for free Elf School at Santaland. coquitlamcentre.com

SilverCity Coquitlam & VIP Cinemas
‘Tis the season for festive films, including holiday hits Elf and The Polar Express. Best of all, these Family Favourites movies each Saturdays at 11 a.m. cost just $2.99 per ticket. For scheduling info, visit cineplex.com/events/familyfavourites.

Kids Night Out: Holiday Edition
Dec. 15 or 22, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Attention parents: Free yourself up for some Christmas shopping while dropping your kids off at Pinetree Community Centre for a night of active play and Christmas-themed crafts and activities. Fee is $11.60/child; register at ​coquitlam.ca/signmeup.

Free Family Movie Night at Evergreen Cultural Centre
Monday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.
After walking around the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display, pop in to Evergreen Cultural Centre for a free screening of Scrooge (1971). evergreenculturalcentre.com

Jingle Bells Night
Friday, Dec. 22, 7 – 8 p.m.
Head to Lafarge Lake in Town Centre Park for an evening of carols and lights. Choirs will be stationed around the trail from 7 – 8 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., stop where you are and join in a high-spirited community sing-a-long of Jingle Bells. Help Coquitlam break its record of 500 singing voices! coquitlam.ca/parkspark

More Fun Events

Coquitlam Express ​Home Games
Cheer on the home team while scoping out the talent of the BCHL. Home games take place at Poirier Sport & Leisure Centre (633 Poirier St). coquitlamexpress.ca

 

Five Easy Trail Walks to Try this Fall

Whether you’re toting a young child or simply in the mood for a short afternoon stroll, these five Coquitlam trails are ideal for all ages and abilities.

Picture Yourself in Coquitlam1. Lafarge Lake
A 1.2-kilometre trail loops this popular urban lake in Town Centre Park, offering views of both mountains and cityscape. Walk the lakeside circuit after dusk to take in the hundreds of thousands of lights across multiple themed zones. coquitlam.ca/​parkspark

2. Mundy Park
The city’s largest park, at 400 acres, is rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in Coquitlam. Home to two lakes, coastal rainforest and a 16-km trail network, its mostly flat paths offer the easy “hiking” experience without having to trek up a mountain. coquitlam.ca/trails

3. Hoy Creek
This flat, gravel trail stretches for 2.8 km and offer prime viewing of spawning salmon. Whether you’re a young child, an international visitor or a seasoned wildlife spotter, this scene never fails to impress. Duck into the trail off Guildford Way, a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. coquitlam.ca/trails

4. Como Lake
You might want to pack your fishing rod to reel in a rainbow trout after your walk. A 1-km trail circles this pretty lake, which is stocked with fish. You’ll also find a playground on site. coquitlam.ca/trails

5. Colony Farm Regional Park
Bird watchers flock to this immense park to spot rare bird life including great blue herons, purple martins and the elusive lazuli bunting. The terrain is crisscrossed by flat, wide trails, ideal for long, meditative walks. metrovancouver.org

More Reasons to Get Outdoors

Have you done the Coquitlam Crunch? It's the fitness trail that involves climbing 437 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres. The route follows the power lines up the hill to Westwood Plateau, with the entire loop back down to the base taking 1-1.5 hours to complete. It's open year-round, has free parking on Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station). coquitlam.ca/trails 

Mountain Biking

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. Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf 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. Coquitlam’s Mundy Park hosts a free nine-hole disc golf course (located near Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest St.) with nets on site as permanent targets. coquitlam.ca/parkfinder 

Rochester PlaygroundTry a New Playground

Coquitlam's newest playground is Rochester Park, featuring an awesome wood climbing structure, which was recently reviewed by Family Fun Vancouver. Another great one to try is Queenston Park (3415 Queenston Ave.), which was nominated by The Vancouver Sun as one of Metro Vancouver’s top 10 playgrounds. For more options near you, see page 33 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide.

While You’re Here …

Eat/Drink

After all that activity, you have likely worked up a thirst. For restaurant recommendations, turn to pages 37-38 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide​.

Shop

Looking for some retail therapy? How about shoes, a new Lululemon bag or electronics from the Apple Store? Whatever it is, Coquitlam is a shopping destination. Pop in to Coquitlam Centre to peruse the nearly 200 stores or stop by the Farmers Market on Sundays at Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow). Furniture? Don’t miss the stores around United Boulevard. For more shopping areas and suggestions, see pg. 11 in the Travel and Experience Guide​.

 

Visitor Information Centres

Mackin House

(Official Coquitlam Visitor Centre)

1116 Brunette Avenue
Coquitlam, BC V3K 1G3
Phone: 604-516-6151
Email: info@coquitlamheritage.ca
Hours:
Tuesday - Friday:  11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce

(Local Information Available)

#205 – 2773 Barnet Highway
Coquitlam, BC  V3B 1C2
Phone: 604-464-2716
Email: info@tricitieschamber.com
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Accommodations

The City of Coquitlam offers a range of accommodation options from hotels to motels, to bed and breakfasts. Coquitlam has four hotels with approximately 390 rooms, one motel with 39 rooms and approximately 10 bed and breakfasts.

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Tourism Sector

For more information about Coquitlam's tourism sector, review the Tourism Sector Fact Sheet.

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Contact Us

For further information on tourism development opportunities, please contact:

Tourism Office
Economic Development Division
P:  604-927-3912
tourism@coquitlam.ca

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