Environmental Events & Programs

Wondering how you and your family can live green? In Coquitlam we make it easy for you to make choices that are better for the environment with ongoing programs and special events throughout the year.

Salmon Come Home Event - Sunday, Oct. 20

Join the City of Coquitlam and the Hoy-Scott Watershed Society to celebrate the annual fall return of chum and coho salmon to Hoy Creek on Sunday, Oct​. 2​0, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Event Details

The free family event has an expanded site this year!

  • New this year are expanded interactive exhibits, musical entertainment, children’s crafts, activities, face painting and food vendors.

Event Activities

Hoy Creek Hatchery

  • Streamside live salmon viewing
  • Educational talks
  • Hatchery tours
  • Popular Nylon Zoo kids’ costume parade

Pinetree Community Centre

  • Educational exhibits
  • Musical entertainment
  • Children’s crafts, activities & face painting
  • Food trucks​: BC Taco, the ​Bannock Queen, and Spirit Bear Mobile Café 

Visitors can enjoy a 'Watershed Walk' and a children's scavenger hunt between the hatchery and Pinetree Community Centre rear parking lot along the Hoy Creek Linear Park Trail that will also be populated with with informative signs about the Hoy Creek watershed. 

Visitors can use this handy event map to assist with their visit. ​

Attendees are advised to dress for the weather, as the event runs rain or shine!

Location & Parking

The Hoy Creek Hatchery is located in Hoy Creek Linear Park, west of the City Centre Aquatic Complex, 1210 Pinetree Way (Pinetree and Guildford Way).

Free parking is available at Coquitlam City Hall, Pinetree Community Centre and Douglas College. Both Pinetree Community Centre and the Hoy Creek Hatchery are also a 7-minute walk from the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain Station. 

Tree Chipping—December/January

The City encourages the reduction of holiday waste by disposing of natural Christmas trees at tree-chipping events to support local community groups by donation.

Environmental Achievement Celebrations – June 8, 2019

The City of Coquitlam holds environmental achievement award and volunteer celebrations to recognize community volunteers who excel in the areas of conservation, public awareness, environmental education, habitat enhancement and sustainable living. Attendees and award recipients show initiative and leadership while volunteering for projects that have long-term environmental benefits for the community.

On Saturday, June 8, Coquitlam’s environmental volunteers and stewardship groups were recognized  at the City’s annual Environmental Volunteer Celebration, held at City Hall. About 90 volunteers attended the 16th annual event, which included a luncheon, entertainment, hands-on activities, door prizes, youth presentations, and the screening of a slideshow highlighting the work of local volunteers and groups.

Volunteer Environmental Work

Coquitlam has more than 2,200 acres of parks and natural spaces, including many kilometres of creeks, streams and rivers that stretch across the community.

More than 20 groups and hundreds of volunteers take on projects year-round that support the environment in many ways. A sample from the last year includes:

  • Shoreline Cleanup – with Kwikwetlem First Nation
  • Litter cleanups – Adopt-A-Trail and Adopt-a-Street volunteers;
  • Nest box maintenance and guided public hikes – Burke Mountain Naturalists;
  • Educational Events and Invasive Plant Removal– Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable;
  • Japanese knotweed removal and public nature walks – Friends of Deboville Slough;
  • Salmon releases, events and stewardship activities – Hoy-Scott Watershed Society, Hyde Creek
  • Watershed Society and Maple Creek Watershed Streamkeepers;
  • Providing an environmental perspective to Council – City’s Sustainability and Environmental Advisory Committee (SEAC).

Environmental Volunteer Celebration Slideshow

Check out this inspirational slideshow that shows our volunteers at work. Thank you Coquitlam Environmental Volunteers!

Environmental Volunteer Opportunities
Coquitlam residents with an interest in the environment are encouraged to sign up at www.coquitlam.ca/volunteer as a City volunteer to take part in activities such as invasive plant removal from City parks, tree planting, helping at environmental events, and wearing the City’s bear and salmon mascot costumes. Individuals or groups interested in taking responsibility for a section of Coquitlam’s trail system or streets are invited to sign up for the Adopt-A-Trail program www.coquitlam.ca/adoptatrail or Adopt-A-Street program www.coquitlam.ca/adoptastreet.

Compost Giveaway

The City is currently in negotiations with a preferred compost processor to secure a processing agreement.  If an agreement is reached, the City will be in a position to update and publicize its plans for an annual compost giveaway event.