Best Places to Eat, Drink, Shop and Play in Coquitlam 2020

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Are you in search of your next adventure? Maybe it’s something to do this weekend, new trails to hike or bike, or bars and restaurants to explore with friends and family? If so, you’ll want to bookmark Coquitlam’s 2020 Travel & Experience Guide

Best Places to Eat, Drink, Shop & Play in Coquitlam 2020

Their newly released issue reveals some of the best places to eat, drink, shop and play in Coquitlam this year. Think free festivals in the park, outdoor concerts, family-friendly events and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors – all easily accessible by transit.

You can read the guide on Coquitlam’s Tourism website – or pick up your printed copy of the magazine at any Coquitlam facility (libraries, recreation centres, City Hall) or email [email protected] and they will mail you one. Here are 10 reasons to check it out! 

Coquitlam Matinee Kaleidoscope
The Matinee Perform at the Kaleidoscope Festival

Free Festivals and Concerts

Who doesn’t love a free festival in the park? And Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park has all the best elements for the idyllic summer festival. Picture live bands on the outdoor stage, views over Lafarge Lake, food trucks and craft beer, roving entertainers… 

You won’t want to miss Kaleidoscope Arts Festival this summer, not to mention the free Summer Concert Series, wine and beer festivals, ScotFestBC The Highland Games and so much more. Got kids? Find out about the Teddy Bear Family Concert & Parade, fishing derbies and other fun events.

Coquitlam Crunch
Do the Coquitlam Crunch

Hike (and Crunch) the Trails

Trek rugged trails to stunning vistas. Stroll riverside paths with toddlers and strollers. If you want to explore wilderness, add Minnekhada Regional Park to your hiking bucket list. For an urban fitness challenge, don’t miss the Coquitlam Crunch, featuring more than 400 stairs and an incline trail that gains 250 metres in 2.2 km (equivalent of 81 storeys). Read the Guide for the lowdown

Mountain Biking Coquitlam
Burke Mountain Biking

The Scoop on Biking

If you’re into mountain biking, scope out the trails on Coquitlam’s Burke and Eagle Mountain. For information about bike routes and easy rider paths for leisurely weekend bike rides, the guide dishes out tips for those spots too. 

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam
Hard Rock Casino Vancouver in Coquitlam

Listen to Live Music

When was the last time you saw a live band? Scope out the best spots in Coquitlam to check out a show. 

Austin Heights
Shop Austin Heights

Shop ‘til You Drop

If you haven’t paid a visit to Coquitlam Centre lately, well, it has nearly 200 stores! And while you’re at it, check out all the other great shopping spots in Coquitlam, from the home furnishings enclave of United Boulevard to the independent retailers of Austin Heights. 

The Patio at Pasta Polo in Coquitlam
The Patio at Pasta Polo in Coquitlam

Find the Perfect Patio 

Perhaps you’re on the lookout for the perfect sunny spot for people watching? Or maybe it’s a buzzy restaurant to get social with friends? Or a kid-friendly refuge with large sun umbrellas? Whatever your vibe, don’t miss Coquitlam’s Best Patios list.  

Climb Base5
Coquitlam’s Climb Base5

Adventures in the Great Indoors 

If you have kids, this is a biggie. Let’s say the weather isn’t so sunny outside (well, this is the West Coast after all), you’ll definitely need ideas to entertain indoors so look here for some fun and affordable options for all

Hwaro Korean Steakhouse and Raw Bar
Hwaro Korean Steakhouse and Raw Bar

Explore New Culinary Options 

When a region boasts a richly diverse ethnic population, it only stands to reason that delicious food follows. In fact, Coquitlam happens to be home to one of the largest Korean communities in Canada. 

That’s the recipe that has made Coquitlam – where 40 per cent of the population speaks a language other than English – an outstanding place to experience cuisines spanning the globe. And you’ll have more than 400 to choose from.

The Playground at Coquitlam's Rochester Park
The Playground at Coquitlam’s Rochester Park

Best Playgrounds, Spray Parks and Pools 

Coquitlam is home to some of the best playgrounds in Metro Vancouver. Cue squeals of delight! See which kid-approved play spots will keep your little ones entertained for hours.

Film Shoot of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (at Eagleridge Pool)
Film Shoot of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (at Eagleridge Pool)

Wow Your Friends with Fun Facts

Did you know that Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, was partly filmed in Coquitlam? Are you wondering what the giant concrete frog sculpture outside Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station signifies? Or maybe you’d like to see how people lived in the early 1900s? 

Step back in time, explore Coquitlam’s heritage and culture, and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge (if you so desire). 

Find Out More

Well, what are you waiting for? Let’s start your next adventure!

Read the Coquitlam Tourism & Experience Guide at Also, tag #explorecoquitlam and @visitcoquitlam on social to share your images with us. 

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