Situated on the Coquitlam River, Hockaday Park is an ideal location for enjoying a river front experience, with a viewing platform, a small sand beach and interpretive signage.
Built into the natural terrain, the playground includes climbing structures, swings and open grass area for casual play.
Movie fans may be interested to know that the Coquitlam River area was an early ‘Hollywood North’. In the 1930’s, Karl Jacobs, a Canadian born stunt man, married actress, Clara Guiol and purchased the Oxbow Ranch. Renaming it Steelhead Lodge, they built cabins, and fashioned it into a fishing lodge and Hollywood hide-away. The location was rumoured to have been visited by such stars as:
“Coquitlam: 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990
Image: Steelhead Lodge under construction in 1938 at the Oxbow Ranch (page 337) in “Coquitlam: 100 Years: Reflections of the Past,” District of Coquitlam, 1990