Coquitlam has been home for my family and I for almost five years and the one thing I always tell people when they ask me why I love living here is ” I love being surrounded by so much nature!”
Seriously, there are so many trails in my very own backyard and being in nature provides so many health benefits to the mind, body, and soul.
In addition, when I’m feeling stressed or need some inspiration for work spending time outdoors always lifts my spirits and helps my brain with creative ideas.
Nature walks are also free!
It doesn’t cost a damn thing to put on your shoes and take a nice brisk walk outside surrounded by tall lush trees.
“Research shows that hiking has a positive impact on combating the symptoms of stress and anxiety,” says Gregory A. Miller, PhD, president of the American Hiking Society. “Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA, and we sometimes forget that.”-Web MD
That being said, below are some easy trails (for all ages and abilities) in the city of Coquitlam.
- Lafarge Lake
A 1.2-kilometre trail loop this popular urban lake in Town Centre Park, offering views of both mountains and cityscape. Prepare to be dazzled by the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display, returning Nov. 25 – Jan. 21. Walk the lakeside circuit after dusk to take in the hundreds of thousands of lights across multiple themed zones. 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. www.coquitlam.ca/lights
- 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. The park is accessible by transit and offers free parking. www.coquitlam.ca/trails
- Hoy Creek
This flat, gravel trail stretches for 2.8 km and offers 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. www.coquitlam.ca/trails
- Como Lake
You might want to pack your fishing rod to reel in a rainbow trout after your walk. 1-km trail circles this pretty lake, which is stocked with fish. You’ll also find a playground on site. The lake is accessible by transit and has free on-site parking. www.coquitlam.ca/trails
- 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. The park is accessible by transit (bus from Coquitlam Central), also with on-site parking. www.metrovancouver.org