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Top Tips on Coquitlam's Hidden Gems

Interested in pristine hiking trails, world-class running trails and free outdoor festivals? Yes, please! Pick up Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel & Experience Guide at any City facility, including City Hall, libraries and recreation centres, or read it online. To celebrate ​the launch, we're giving away an awesome prize package! Scroll down for more details​.


2018 Coquitlam Travel ​& Experience Guide


 
Coquitlam Travel and Experience Guide (download)

 

 

Enter to Win an Awesome Prize Package

Coquitlam's new Travel & Experience Guide is out now! Pick up your copy at any City facility. To celebrate, we're giving away an awesome prize package including:

  • Two tickets BC Uncorked Wine & Food Festival. It features more than 45 B.C. wineries plus food from 10 local restaurants and caterers, at the stunning Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club on Saturday, March 10 from 7-9:30 p.m.
  • Four adult passes to Festival du Bois – the largest celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture in B.C., which takes place in Coquitlam March 23-25. Enjoy music and dance, traditional food, shows for kids and other fun activities.
  • $50 gift certificate to Doppio Zero Pizza. This new restaurant on Como Lake Ave. uses traditional Italian recipes passed down from many generations.
  • Free bowling and shoe rentals for up to five people for 1 ½ hours at Zone Bowling, where you'll find 5- and 10-pin bowling lanes with all the modern technology.

Watch ​for the City of Coquitlam's post on Facebook. For the full details ​and to find out how to enter this contest, go to coquitlam.ca/contest.

Fun Indoor Activities

From Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing gym to bowling, escape rooms and some fancy puppetry, here are 10 family-friendly things to do on a rainy day.

Catch a wave

Make a splash in the wave pool at City Centre Aquatic Complex, which also has a slide and rope swing, or do some laps in the eight-lane Olympic-sized lap pool, followed by a soak in the whirlpool. This rec centre is across the street from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Strike!

With polished lanes as far as the eye can see, Zone Bowling is a large, modern facility offering five- and 10-pin bowling, with multiple restaurants on site.

Reach new heights

ClimbBase5 is Metro Vancouver’s largest indoor climbing gym, with 16,000 square feet of climbing space and a 1,000-square-foot ‘Tsunami Wall’ for bouldering.

Escape Rooms

Crack the clues and make your way out to safety. Round up some friends or family and challenge yourself to beat the clocks and locks in an escape room. ​Try Countdown Escape Rooms and Trapped Real Life Room Escape.

Indoor playground

Got kids? Release their energy at Crash Crawly’s, featuring a two-storey crazy maze of tunnels, bridges, ball pits and slides, plus laser tag and glow-in-the-dark mini golf.

Watch a movie

If you're looking for a VIP experience, try Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam & VIP, featuring comfy seats, a licensed lounge and in-seat dining (for ages 19+). Do you have a baby? Try the Stars and Strollers series, which includes a discount admission price and a baby-friendly environment.

Get your skates on

Hit the NHL-sized rink at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex. Afterward, you may want to use the facility’s whirlpool, steam room and sauna to warm up.

Let ​ECC entertain you    

There’s just something about marionettes that can’t fail to put a smile on your face. Families won’t want to miss Sleeping Beauty Dreams at Evergreen Cultural Centre on Feb. 9, with pay-what-you-can admission.

The good ol' hockey game

Calling all hockey fans! Why not get your hockey fix by cheering on The Coquitlam Express at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex?

Shop & Sip

Looking for a new pair of heels, a Lululemon backpack or electronics from the Apple Store? Pop in to Coquitlam Centre, just steps from Lincoln SkyTrain station, to stroll through its nearly 200 stores. If that works up a thirst, take a venture over to Coquitlam’s first brewery, Mariner Brewing, where you sample their IPAs, cream ales or weisse beer in the tasting room.    

Free & Fun Fitness

Get fit and have fun with not a price tag in sight. Here are five suggestions to keep active this winter.

The new set of stairs at the Coquitlam Crunch are now open! Tackle the more than 400 steps ​before climbing the urban trail up the hill to Westwood Plateau. The circuit to the top and back takes 1-1.5 hours to complete.This trail is open year-round, has free parking in a lot off Lansdowne Drive and is accessible by transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station).

Indoor Fitness Track
The free indoor track at Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex is available to use any time the facility is open, except during ticketed events. One lap = 210 metres.

Go for a Hike
Looking for a new hiking trail to try? If you’re looking for a challenging experience with steep terrain in a dense forest setting, with great views, try the Ridge Park Trails on Westwood Plateau. The trails, totalling approximately 23 km, can be accessed from a number of locations including Parkway Blvd. and Hampton Park. To get here, hop on a bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain Station.

Another top hiking location is the 200-hectare Minnekhada Regional Park. Beginners can stick to a flat path meandering through the wetland into the forest, while the more adventurous can tackle the uphill climb to the High Knoll lookout (allow yourself at least 2 ½ hours round-trip). If you want to take transit, car share options (Modo and Zipcar) are available at Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Gym with a View
Save yourself the cost of a gym membership and get those muscles moving with a quick burn on Town Centre Park’s outdoor fitness equipment. Located near the children’s playground off Trevor Wingrove Way, you’ll find a chest press machine, rowing machines, elliptical cross trainers and more. They’re a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station.

Go for a Run 
Whether you’re training for a big race or simply in the mood for a relaxing stroll, one must-see destination is Mundy Park. This 400-acre coastal rainforest park is dotted with two picturesque lakes and an extensive trail system totalling 16 km.Options include a 5.5 km multi-use pathway encircling the park or shorter interior trails guiding visitors on a loop around Mundy Lake or to viewing benches at Lost Lake.

More great run spots

Here are a few to try. For more running trail options, see pg. 27 in Coquitlam's Travel Guide.

Colony Farm Regional Park: More than 8.5 km of trails (mostly flat) through scenic meadows and fields​.

Coquitlam River: Cool in summer and sheltered from the elements in winter, this trail extends 9.8 km and offers great views along the river.

Town Centre Park: Options include the 1.2 km lakeside trail around Lafarge Lake or the 2.7 km paved perimeter trail around the park.  Or pop over to the 400-metre rubberized track at Percy Perry Stadium.

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Fun Events 

1920s Fashion Show
Feb. 17

Noted fashion historian Ivan Sayers will captivate as he takes the audience on a journey following the highs and lows of 1920s fashion. Watch models strut down the runway in bold garments.Tickets cost $35 and include non-alcoholic beverages and appetizers. Further details available on the Coquitlam Heritage website.

South Asian Fashion Week
March 2-4

Featuring more than 20 local designers in a program of runway shows and installations at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival
March 9-10

Sample beer from more than 40 craft breweries plus food from eight restaurants and caterers. New this year, check out Cask Corner, featuring 6-8 unique cask brews. This festival takes place at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club.

BC Uncorked Wine & Food Festival
March 10

This wine and food festival returns to Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, featuring more than 45 B.C. wineries matched with food from local restaurants and caterers.

Spring Break Festival at Evergreen Cultural Centre
March 20-22

Six shows over three days for kids of all ages at ​ECC. Choose from Cinderella, Robin Hood or a bilingual performance of Cendrillon.

Festival du Bois
March 23-25
Don't miss this weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture - the largest in B.C. Enjoy music and dance, traditional food, shows for kids, fun activities and more!

Jakyllyn Hyde's Spring Queening
March 24
Evergreen Cultural Centre hosts Coquitlam's first ever drag show.

The Price is Right Live
April 20-22

"Come on down!" The hit game show comes to Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

 

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. 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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