Our family moved to the beautiful city of Coquitlam four years ago and we LOVE it here, to say the least!
We live near so many beautiful parks and trails and the City Of Coquitlam is always full of family-friendly entertainment too!
If you live in Coquitlam or surrounding areas, there are so many free activities going on this Summer including festivals, fitness classes, outdoor adventures, and more.
Our family will definitely be celebrating Canada Day in the City Of Coquitlam. We’ve celebrated Canada Day at Town Centre Park in the past and it’s really festive! Food trucks, games, concerts, face painting, and a firework show make this event a memorable one. Best of all, it’s less than 10 minutes away from our house!
Below is a list of family-friendly activities (that won’t break the bank) this Summer in the City Of Coquitlam:
Festivals & Events
150 Minutes of Outdoor Fitness
Up for a physical challenge? Head to Percy Perry Stadium, located at Town Centre Park, on Sunday, June 25 for a 150-minute fitness class starting at 11 a.m. It begins with cardio kickboxing, followed by Zumba and yoga. www.coquitlam.ca/canada150
Coquitlam Celebrates Canada 150
One of the biggest parties in the region! Join in the family-friendly celebrations at Town Centre Park on Saturday, July 1, featuring live music and entertainment presented by the TD Group, as well as a climbing wall and fireworks. Food and craft beer available for purchase.www.coquitlam.ca/canadaday
Neighborhood Nights presented by FortisBC
Get to know your neighbors at these free family events taking place at a park near you. These evenings feature family activities, kids’ games, and light refreshments. For a list of upcoming locations, visit www.coquitlam.ca/neighbourhoodnights
Summer Concert Series presented by Envision Financial
Pack a picnic and enjoy a free concert under the evening sky in the spectacular setting of Town Centre Park Plaza. Coquitlam’s outdoor amphitheater features plenty of seating plus grassy areas to kick back on a blanket. The musical lineup will include various music styles; concerts are from 7-9 p.m. on July 14, Aug. 11 and Sept. 1. www.coquitlam.ca/summerconcerts
Kaleidoscope Arts Festival
Immerse yourself in the outdoor summer festival experience as live music, dancers, circus performers, storytellers, food trucks, craft beer and family-friendly entertainment fill Town Centre Park on Saturday, Aug. 12. Renowned B.C. rocker Bif Naked will headline on the Plaza Stage, sponsored by Coast Capital Savings and featuring musical acts throughout the day including The Matinée, the Paperboys, Jennifer Hayes and more!www.coquitlam.ca/kaleidoscope
Explore Coquitlam’s Great Outdoors
Picture Yourself in Coquitlam
Four picture frames have been posted throughout Coquitlam for the month of June. Your mission: Find a frame, take a photo and share publicly on social media using #explorecoquitlam. Have fun exploring and show your community pride! One lucky participant will win an awesome prize. Details atwww.coquitlam.ca/explore
Go for a Hike
Curious about exploring the wilderness but don’t know where to start? Coquitlam is home to more than 115 kilometers of trails plus two provincial parks, so you can really get away from it all. Hiking trails range from flat and easy circuits, including Mundy Park, to the uphill fitness hike of the Coquitlam Crunch, or rugged mountainous terrain of Burke or Eagle mountains. For more information, see page 26 in Coquitlam’s Explore and Experience Guide atwww.coquitlam.ca/explore
Go for a Ride
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 (www.torca.ca). Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.
Try a New Playground
Tuesday, June 20 marks the opening of Coquitlam’s newest playground, Princeton Park! The ribbons will be cut at Burke Mountain’s newest neighborhood park during this event, from 3:30-5 p.m. (1398 Marguerite Street). Also newly opened is Victoria Park, at 3435 Victoria Drive, which has a skate park, enhanced playground, and sports fields. And then there’s Queenston Park (3415 Queenston Ave.), which was recently nominated by The Vancouver Sun as one of Metro Vancouver’s top 10 playgrounds. For more, see page 33 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide (www.coquitlam.ca/explore).
How would you like to search for a hidden treasure? Coquitlam’s parks are riddled with geocaches (hidden containers), and all you’ll need to join in this real-world, outdoor hunt is a cell phone or GPS tracking device. To take part, register for free at www.geocaching.com
Have a splash
Looking for a spray park? Coquitlam has seven of them, including a top spot at Blue Mountain Park, which also has a playground and a wading pool for young tykes. Another popular choice is the spray park is at Town Centre Park, which is also next to a skate park and playground, as well as outdoor table tennis and foosball tables. Burns Park’s spray pad includes interactive water features with low-spraying nozzles suited to small children. For a list of all seven, plus information on outdoor pools, visit www.coquitlam.ca/outdoorpools
Important: Respect Nature and Be Bear Smart
While enjoying the outdoors, please remember to respect nature and stay on the trails. Also be aware that Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. Be alert, listen and watch for bears. www.coquitlam.ca/bearsmart