With heat warnings returning this weekend, and summer still in full swing, cooling off is a top priority! Whether you want to keep the kids entertained, have a social visit, or simply beat the summer heat, there are a variety of indoor and outdoor options available in Coquitlam.
Note: Facilities may have COVID-19 protocols that may require pre-booking.
Coquitlam is home to three outdoor pools! Visit the City’s Outdoor Pools page for admission information and hours of operation.
Eagle Ridge Outdoor Pool: As seen on Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This 25-metre pool offers eight lanes, located in City Centre. This year Eagle Ridge Pool is even more accessible than ever with the addition of a 10-metre long ramp to help those who need entry into the pool via a more gradual slope.
Spani Outdoor Pool: This eight-lane, 25-metre pool is at Mundy Park, which is also an idyllic location for a tree-covered scenic walk after cooling off.
Blue Mountain Wading Pool: This knee-deep wading pool is ideal for younger kids, free to use, and located at Blue Mountain Park.
The August long weekend is already here and it just doesn’t feel the same without John and I prepping our sun hats and chairs to park along Robson and watch the Pride Parade. However, the Vancouver Pride Society – along with many other organizations – have pivoted this year and are still able to provide some awesome programming. Check out the Decentralized Pride Parade and more fun things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:
Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend
There is currently a heat warning in effect for our region. Check with your local city website or social media to find out where they have setup cooling centres, water fountains, and misting stations. If you’re in Vancouver, you can find that information here.
The City of Vancouver, in partnership with Creative BC, has announced that it will be providing $300,000 in funding to support 57 music projects through the second round of the Vancouver Music Fund.
Vancouver Music Fund to Support 57 Music Projects
“We are thrilled to work with Creative BC to amplify the voices of Indigenous and underrepresented musicians and support the next generation of Vancouver artists and organizations that are shaping our city’s remarkable music scene,” said Jarrett Martineau, Music Officer for the City of Vancouver. “Local music plays a vital role in our local economy and in creating a diverse, healthy city and creative sector, and we’re proud to invest in opportunities that increase equity for communities that continue to experience barriers to access and funding.”
Funded projects include Tahltan/Tlingit, Two-Spirit artist Edzi’u and producer Lin Gardiner who will collaborate on a demo recording; The Black Lab Artist Society’s “100 Block Rock 2” compilation album featuring music from DTES residents; and Music Waste, an annual independent, non-profit music and art festival.
“As an Independent artist, I have always had to work within the scope of my means and certain limitations,” says emcee and songwriter Kapok who, along with filmmaker Rana Sowdaey, received $10,000 to film a music video for Kapok’s track There You Go Again. “Through the Vancouver Music Fund, I will be able to see what happens when these limitations are dissolved, and I am free to be creative well outside of my bounds.”
The Vancouver Music Fund will be distributed through three programs:
The Burrard Arts Foundation (“BAF”) has announced Together Again, an exhibition and auction in support of BAF alumni artists who have participated in BAF’s programming since its inception in 2013. The art, which is currently on display at BAF, will be auctioned between August 10-24, 2021 in partnership with Heffel Fine Art Auction House.
Burrard Arts Foundation Together Again Art Auction
When: Exhibition (July 15 to August 24, 2021); Auction (August 10 to 24, 2021)
Where: Burrard Arts Foundation (#2 – 258 East 1st Ave, Vancouver) & online
While it’s common for arts organizations to host fundraising auctions for their own benefit, the primary purpose of Together Again is to support the participating artists themselves.
This means that the vast majority of the hammer price will be returned to the artist – a unique and valuable opportunity in a city where the space, time, and financial resources needed to create art can be scarce. Artists need all the support possible, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Aptly named, Together Again evokes the sensation of revisiting community and connection after a long and trying period of separation,” said Christian Chan, Founder and Director of the Burrard Arts Foundation, “Not only does the exhibition bring together our talented alumni, but it has also allowed us to partner with another arts organization to give back to our community.”
The exhibition features 37 artworks by 24 of the many exceptional artists who have been part of BAF’s exhibitions and programming over the past seven years.
Kim Kennedy Austin
Bracken Hanuse Corlett
Renée Van Halm
The Burrard Arts Foundation has a COVID-19 safety plan in place to ensure gallery visitors are safe. The safety plan is inclusive of the following considerations: Quantified and monitored visitor capacity, provincial health standards in accordance with Workplace BC, and onsite BAF staff available for communication.
Summer is in full swing and the city is coming alive once more with events and activities, slowly moving from online to on-site. From flower festivals to pride, theatrical performances, community arts and more! This month Miss604 is proud to continue sponsorship of the Queer Arts Festival, Burnaby Village Museum, and the Coquitlam Summer Concert Series. You can find these and more August event in Metro Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley, listed below: