Climb the Coquitlam Crunch and Other Fun Ways to Get Fit Outdoors

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Have you done the Crunch? No, not the ab exercise, but the fitness trail in Coquitlam that involves climbing 473 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres. It’s a physical challenge that you just might want to add to your September bucket list!

Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

While the Coquitlam Crunch is sometimes referred to as a smaller, urban version of the Grouse Grind, this trail is not as long or as pain-inducing, unless you opt to do stair repeats (it’s a thing).

The route follows the power lines up the hill to Westwood Plateau, with the entire loop back down to the base taking 1-1.5 hours to complete. You’ll see everyone from gym buffs to preschoolers en route, with even some speedsters racing up the stairs. You’ll work up a sweat and be rewarded with pretty great views from the top.

Unlike the Grind’s forested setting, the Crunch cuts through largely open terrain that’s surrounded by residential homes. The trail is easily accessed by road (free parking on Lansdowne Drive) or transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station).

This is just one of the many options to take your workout outdoors this month. From hiking challenges to a colour run, September is all about fun activities we can do in the fresh air. Here are a few to try:

Coquitlam Events in September

Coquitlam Crunch ChallengeCoquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge
Saturday, September 9, 2017
This annual event offers three categories for varying fitness levels. The recreational group is geared toward all ages and involves completing the loop at least once. Other options include the ‘Stair Master,’ which involves racing up the 437 stairs, or the ‘Make It or Break It’ challenge to see how many times you can complete the entire Crunch loop within four hours (current record is eight times).

Terry Fox Run
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Join in this annual run in celebration of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. This family event is non-competitive, so you can go at your own pace. Coquitlam’s event takes place at Mundy Park.

Color Vibe 5K
Saturday, September 23, 2017
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be painted from head to toe in coloured powder, here’s your chance. This 5 km walk/run is geared toward all ages – yes, kids too! – and will coat Town Centre Park with rainbow colours. Note this powder – made from cornstarch and baking soda – is non-toxic and environmentally safe. It all ends with a dance party complete with a DJ and colour throw countdowns.

Color Vibe 5K

Free and Fun

Table Tennis
Sure, it can work up a sweat! Pack your paddles and ball for a free game on the outdoor tables next to Percy Perry Stadium at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park (a short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station).

Disc Golf
Disc Golf is played much like traditional golf, although instead of a ball and clubs, you throw a disc. The object is to complete each hole in the fewest throws. Coquitlam’s Mundy Park hosts a free nine-hole disc golf course (located near Spani Pool, 655 Hillcrest St.) with nets on site as permanent targets.

Mountain Biking
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. Please bike responsibly, respect the natural habitat and stick to the trails.

Explore Coquitlam

Shop : Looking for some retail therapy? How about shoes, a new Lululemon bag or electronics from the Apple Store? Whatever it is, Coquitlam is a shopping destination. Pop in to Coquitlam Centre to peruse the nearly 200 stores or stop by the Farmers Market on Sundays at Dogwood Pavilion (Poirier and Winslow). Furniture? Don’t miss the stores around United Boulevard. For more shopping areas and suggestions, see pg. 11 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide »

Eat/Drink: After all that activity, you have likely worked up a thirst. For restaurant recommendations, turn to pages 37-38 in Coquitlam’s Travel and Experience Guide »

Enter to Win

I have a prize package to offer up so that you can #ExploreCoquitlam this month! The winner will get 2 tickets to the Color Vibe 5K, a $50 gift card from Coquitlam’s own Mariner Brewing, and vouchers for two pizzas at La Ruota Pizzeria.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Must be 19+.

For more information about these free events and outdoor adventures, Explore Coquitlam online.

Update The winner is Sara Cubs!

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  1. Marisa. PThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:40pm PDT

    Liked and commented and shared and tweeted!

  2. MichelleThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:48pm PDT

    Looks like a fun prize! I would take my bestie Jess with me.

  3. Theodora pappasThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:50pm PDT

    Never done this! Would be cool

  4. Trish LThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:54pm PDT

    This is an awesome prize! Fingers crossed to win!!!?

  5. brandon ForsythThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:56pm PDT

    Fantastic prize

  6. SheilaThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 6:18pm PDT

    Great prize – as always 🙂

  7. marissaThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 6:22pm PDT

    Awesome 🙂

  8. ValThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 6:43pm PDT

    I’ve always wanted to check out Coquitlam!

  9. MARYThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 7:39pm PDT

    My husband and I are celebrating our first wedding anniversary on Sunday September 24! We got engaged at a run. It would be SO perfect if we won and got the chance to do a run together and have a fun date night in coquitlam afterwards 🙂

  10. TaniaThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 8:16pm PDT

    That sounds great!

  11. rinoThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 8:16pm PDT

    Love Coquitlam!!

  12. Mike GismondiThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 8:55pm PDT

    I’d love to do this!

  13. Sunshine HThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 9:19pm PDT

    that looks like a great prize pack – thank you for the chance!

  14. RitaThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 9:22pm PDT

    What a great prize!

  15. Rebecca FThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 9:47pm PDT

    This would be fun

  16. RobinThursday, September 7th, 2017 — 11:34pm PDT

    The Crunch is a lot of fun. The stairs are a workout, but the trail at the top is beautiful on a sunny day, plus there are Geocaches all the way up.

    I think the Colour Vibe would be fun to do with my Grandson.

  17. PJFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:00am PDT

    So many wonderful events and places to go locally. Thanks for posting.

  18. KellyFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:10am PDT

    Looks like a fun prize!

  19. RoderickFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:12am PDT

    I haven’t explored Coquitlam much. Should do.

  20. Amber KeitaFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:39am PDT

    Fun times!

  21. deniseFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 1:03am PDT

    I love the coquitlam crunch!

  22. MelissaFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 1:39am PDT

    Would like to check out some of these places !

  23. HollyFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 1:43am PDT

    Love exploring aCoquitlam.

  24. Shelley ButcherFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 2:52am PDT

    I’ve never heard of the coquitlam crunch before. Sounds like fun!

  25. Alicia BoisvertFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 3:42am PDT

    This is so wonderful since I got sick I’ve wanted to try this and do the run/walk what a cool giveaway thank you

  26. Tabby72Friday, September 8th, 2017 — 6:13am PDT

    I’d love to explore Coquitlam, and do the 5K run! Thanks!

  27. KristyFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 7:37am PDT

    Yeah Coquitlam!

  28. jennyFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 8:38am PDT

    liked post on FB

  29. NarceliFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 9:17am PDT

    Awesome! Thank you!

  30. janFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 9:56am PDT

    Oh, yes please.

  31. KarenFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:14pm PDT

    That would be awesome!

  32. MikeFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:29pm PDT

    Great prize!

  33. SueFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:44pm PDT

    Sounds good

  34. SueFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:44pm PDT


  35. SueFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:45pm PDT


  36. Stella PanagiotidisFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 12:54pm PDT

    This looks like a fabulous time!

  37. StephanieFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 1:14pm PDT

    I’d love to try this!

  38. Michelle IFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 1:56pm PDT

    This would be amazing. Thanks for the chance to win. ??

  39. ValerieFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 1:58pm PDT

    Coquitlam is highly overlooked! And again, birthday is 9/11, just sayin’..

  40. MichelleFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 2:17pm PDT

    Great way to explore the hometown! I grew up in Coquitlam yet have never properly explored it!

  41. GitiFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 7:40pm PDT

    Great way to explor beautiful Coquitlam!16 years ago moved to beautiful Coquitlam

  42. KristinaFriday, September 8th, 2017 — 8:06pm PDT

    All 3 done and fingers crossed 🙂
    Thanks so much for the chance to win such a great prize

  43. GlenSaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 5:38am PDT

    Awesome prizes! Would love to check out Mariner Brewing!

  44. TheaSaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 7:32am PDT

    Great prize – exploring locally is always fun.

  45. Jenn SprySaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 7:35am PDT

    Done all required. would love to explore Coquitlam

  46. TiffSaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 9:56am PDT

    I could definitely just some motivation to get more fit!

  47. JennySaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 1:39pm PDT

    Sounds fun!

  48. AliciaSaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 3:42pm PDT

    Great prize

  49. RandySaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 3:42pm PDT

    Sounds great

  50. Mei Ling LiuSaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 6:08pm PDT

    great prize thanks , i like to win

  51. Kim ReesSaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 9:17pm PDT

    Coquitlam is my home and this would be an awesome time!

  52. JazzySaturday, September 9th, 2017 — 11:06pm PDT

    Haven’t been to Coquitlam in a long time!

  53. Paige StrandSunday, September 10th, 2017 — 12:05pm PDT

    Liked and commented, what a great experience! I tried Coquitlam crunch when I was much younger and was so tired after, sounds like a challenge! 🙂

  54. Jason BamfordMonday, September 11th, 2017 — 10:23am PDT

    Never tried it…would be great to give it a go.

  55. AlexMonday, September 11th, 2017 — 10:23am PDT

    Great prize – would like to check out Coquitlam.

  56. HadleyTuesday, September 12th, 2017 — 3:23am PDT

    I’m willing to go east of Burnaby for this.

  57. JenniferTuesday, September 12th, 2017 — 10:09am PDT

    I would love all of those things!! Especially excited to check out Mariner Brewing.

  58. SarahTuesday, September 12th, 2017 — 3:32pm PDT

    I really need to run a 5k! This would be great!

  59. Vivian TWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 8:14am PDT

    Love to win!

  60. Shawna ComeyWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 8:29am PDT

    Would love to do the Color run with my toddler! Awesome prize.

  61. Michelle LWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 8:41am PDT

    Thank you so much

  62. Cheuk LauWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 9:44am PDT

    great prize as always

  63. deniseWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 10:16am PDT

    thanks for the chance!!

  64. Amanda GailWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 11:24am PDT

    I had no idea there was this much awesomeness in Coquitlam!!!

  65. ColinWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 11:25am PDT

    Linked and loved!

  66. StephanieWednesday, September 13th, 2017 — 10:32pm PDT

    Sounds very cool!!

  67. KenThursday, September 14th, 2017 — 6:50am PDT

    Crunch is part of my daily workout.

  68. FrancineFriday, September 15th, 2017 — 9:29pm PDT

    Would love to explore Coquitlam……liked and shared

  69. StephanieSaturday, September 16th, 2017 — 7:22pm PDT

    What great prizes!!

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