5 Ways to Get Inspired by Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel Guide

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Interested in pristine hiking trails, world-class running trails and free outdoor festivals – all within easy access in Coquitlam? The city is gaining a reputation as a mighty fun place to visit, and anyone who rocked out to Bif Naked as the sun went down at Kaleidoscope Arts Festival last August can attest the community’s electric energy.

From free concerts at the amphitheatre stage to the annual lights display at Lafarge Lake, if you haven’t already jumped on the SkyTrain to Coquitlam, you can bet you’ll be doing it this year.

The city has just released their 2018 Travel & Experience Guide, which you can pick up for free in Coquitlam or read online. Start planning your Coquitlam activities this year and if you need any more inspiration, here are 5 Ways to Get Inspired by Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel Guide:

Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel Guide

Top Parks and Trails in Coquitlam

Ask Olympian Leah Pells, considered one of the best female distance runners in Canadian history, for run route suggestions, and you might be surprised by her response. “Mundy Park is not only my favourite running spot in Coquitlam, but in the world. I love the trails. It is my healing place,” she raves.

In fact, Mundy Park is rated by TripAdvisor.ca reviewers as one of the top things to do in the city, second only to Town Centre Park, which in 2017 was named the greatest public space in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Mundy’s 400-acre coastal rainforest features two lakes and a forested trail system totalling 16 km.

Whether you’re interested in exploring new trails, hiking to new peaks, or mountain biking the trails less travelled, Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel and Experience Guide has all the information you need on how to get started.

Insider Tips for Coquitlam

Quiz five-year-old Amalie about what she thinks is the best playground in Coquitlam, and she breaks into an excited grin. “Queenston Park,” she squeals. “I like the big slide ’cause it’s really fast.”

This kindergartner is one of many kids who weighed in with their “expert” opinions on the city’s best parks. Check out which top five made the list »

Coquitlam’s travel guide also includes tips from locals spilling the beans on the best things to see and do – from hiking, biking, shopping and even craft beer.

Free & Affordable Festivals in Coquitlam

Picture the outdoor festival experience in a park setting: live music on stage, kids dancing on the grass, people sipping craft beer and purchasing treats from food trucks. Mark your calendars for upcoming highlights including Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day (which attracts 80,000 people), Kaleidoscope Arts Festival and the Summer Concert Series.

Other signature events include Festival du Bois, the Teddy Bear Picnic and Grand Parade, BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Stay tuned to visitcoquitlam.ca for festival updates.

Drink, Eat, Shop

Check out the guide’s list of patios and places to sample craft beer. You’ll also glean insider recommendations on ethnic restaurants to try, plus shopping destinations where you can hunt for your next treasure.

Family-Friendly Activities

From parks, outdoor pools and spray parks to fun indoor activities and outdoor adventures that won’t cost a cent, get the scoop on a variety of ways to wear out the kids – no matter the weather. Dig out your hiking boots, walking shoes, mountain bikes or fishing gear and get ready to explore.

Read Coquitlam’s 2018 Travel and Experience Guide online. Printed versions are also available to pick up free at Coquitlam City Hall, recreation centres and city libraries.

Enter to Win

I have loved partnering with the City of Coquitlam for the past year because there are so many community events and activities, including the festivals mentioned here (and in the Travel Guide) including the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival, which is offering up 4 tickets to a lucky Miss604 reader!

This festival takes place March 9-10, 2018 at the stunning Westwood Plateau Golf Club in Coquitlam. Sample beer from more than 40 craft breweries plus food from eight restaurants and caterers. New this year, check out Cask Corner, featuring 6-8 unique cask brews.

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The winner will receive 4 tickets to the Saturday, March 10, 2018 matinee (from 12:00pm to 2:30pm). Must be age 19 or over to win. Please enjoy responsibly. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Update The winner is Kara!

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  1. Kim CSaturday, February 17th, 2018 — 9:28pm PST

    Fun event! Would love to go.

  2. LorenaSaturday, February 17th, 2018 — 9:40pm PST

    I am German. I love all the wonderful Craft beers. I also love all the beautiful nature and trails of Coquitlam.

  3. Sonya MannSaturday, February 17th, 2018 — 9:41pm PST

    I would love to win this for a date night with my hubby. We went to the Coquitlam beer festival last year and had so much fun. We love trying different beers and we always enjoy the silent auctions!!

  4. Shelley ButcherSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 1:56am PST

    I would love to win this for my daughter and son-in-law! ?

  5. Melissa HoffmannSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 2:14am PST

    Fun event to enjoy win friends! Fingers crossed.

  6. Kristine Ashton-MagnusonSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 2:15am PST

    I had never heard of Coquitlam before, but it sounds like an amazing place to visit! Scenic hiking trails, wildlife viewing and craft beer festivals make it sound like the perfect location!

  7. StotesSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 9:04am PST

    This would be great!

  8. janSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 3:44pm PST

    would love to attend

  9. KristySunday, February 18th, 2018 — 7:13pm PST

    Date night! Yes please.

  10. Sandra NivenSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 8:08pm PST

    I would love to win this!

  11. KaraSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 8:09pm PST

    I’d love to take our friends who live in Coquitlam for a fun night out! Love craft beer. Thanks for the chance.

  12. EileenSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 8:19pm PST

    YUM! I love beer festivals!

  13. JeffSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 9:13pm PST

    Love beer!

  14. Karm DialSunday, February 18th, 2018 — 11:44pm PST

    Would love to go

  15. Hanson DoMonday, February 19th, 2018 — 1:03am PST

    What a great way for me to get exercising on my St Patty’s Day liver!

  16. Jason BMonday, February 19th, 2018 — 11:20am PST

    Beerfest in Coquitlam…sign me up!

  17. KimMonday, February 19th, 2018 — 11:51am PST

    Coquitlam Beer Fest. Yes please!

  18. TaniaMonday, February 19th, 2018 — 12:34pm PST

    So much fun

  19. DianeMonday, February 19th, 2018 — 12:47pm PST

    What a great event to bring to Coquitlam! Hoping to win those tickets!

  20. RichMonday, February 19th, 2018 — 7:34pm PST

    Love Mundy Park. Don’t forget to get a good round of disc golf in!

  21. ShannonTuesday, February 20th, 2018 — 9:48am PST

    So Fun!

  22. SciottTuesday, February 20th, 2018 — 9:48am PST

    Great Event. Hope I can make it!

  23. Jessica PTuesday, February 20th, 2018 — 10:32am PST

    Would love to go!

  24. Steven HTuesday, February 20th, 2018 — 2:50pm PST

    Date night! yes please! 🙂

  25. Cheuk LauTuesday, February 20th, 2018 — 7:42pm PST

    A nice way to celebrate spring time. Thank you.

  26. OliviaWednesday, February 21st, 2018 — 1:57pm PST

    I’d love to attend this!

  27. Jeff GriersonWednesday, February 21st, 2018 — 8:51pm PST

    This is my kind of prize

  28. Ashley JenniferThursday, February 22nd, 2018 — 2:55pm PST

    This sounds amazing!

  29. LindsayThursday, February 22nd, 2018 — 8:41pm PST

    Mmmm beer

  30. AlanThursday, February 22nd, 2018 — 9:44pm PST

    Would love to win this!

  31. behzadThursday, February 22nd, 2018 — 10:17pm PST


  32. LaurenFriday, February 23rd, 2018 — 6:37pm PST

    I would love to win tickets to this event 🙂

  33. Emily TMonday, February 26th, 2018 — 11:12am PST

    I love Coquitlam’s nature! I hope to win this 🙂

  34. JeanneMonday, February 26th, 2018 — 11:13am PST

    Would love to win tickets to this event

  35. mARGARETMonday, February 26th, 2018 — 4:10pm PST


  36. LisaFriday, September 7th, 2018 — 2:10am PDT

    Thank you for such amazing article!

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