Our pal John Biehler has great ideas for photowalks, which are meetups where everyone bring a camera and takes photos of what they see along the way. He’s had the brilliant idea of getting away from the downtown core for these events and recently ventured out to Minnekhada Park a few times. After seeing his amazing shots I figured it would be the perfect fit for the next entry in my Park Series.
Metrics: 175 hectares in North East Port Coquitlam
How to Get There: From Vancouver, head out to Port Coquitlam (Lougheed Hwy – East) then turn left on to Coast Meridian Road and follow it north, until Appel Drive. Take Appel Drive, until it turns to Victoria Drive. Follow Victoria Drive to Minnekhada Regional Park.
Features: Picnic facilities, birds and other wildlife, Pitt-Addington Marsh, Widgeon Creek Estuary, Minnekhada Farm, and Minnekhada Lodge. There are a variety of trails that range from 20 – 30 minutes (Lodge Trail) to the High Knoll which is an hour to 90 minutes each way. [Read more on ClubTread]. The peaks of Golden Ears Provincial Park also lend a fantastic view.
History: “The estate [Minnekhada Lodge] has hosted royalty and boasts a royal suite, and Governor-General Lord Tweedsmuir and his sons played polo here. The area around the house commands fine views of the Pitt River and retains a Japanese garden. Minnekhada is now the people’s palace, situated within a regional park that boasts good trails and birdwatching opportunities.â€ [From VancouverHistory] In 1981, Minnekhada Farms was made a regional park.
Notes: The word is a Sioux Indian name meaning â€œwater rattling byâ€. You can check out more of John’s photos on his Flickr account or on his website. We’re really hoping to get out there and join him for his next photowalk, whether it be at Minnekhada or another equally-stunning location.