4 Great Things About Living in Coquitlam

4 Great Things About Living in Coquitlam

So Let’s Talk About What I Love In The Area.

Coquitlam is by far the largest city in the Tri-Cities and really this list could have 10-20 things on it. So for now in this first part I want to outline the things I love about Coquitlam. I hope you enjoy!

1. Town Centre Park & Lafarge Lake: Town Centre Park and Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam, British Columbia, form a delightful oasis that caters to families and serves as an ideal venue for events and festivals. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, Town Centre Park offers a host of amenities, including playgrounds, sports fields, picnic areas, and a stunning outdoor amphitheater. Families can relish quality time together, engaging in various recreational activities like biking, walking, and rollerblading along the serene trails. Lafarge Lake, a picturesque man-made lake within the park, further enhances its charm, providing opportunities for fishing, pedal boating, and scenic walks around its tranquil shores. Moreover, Town Centre Park is a hub for events and festivals throughout the year, attracting both locals and visitors alike. Its spacious open areas and versatile facilities make it an exceptional venue for concerts, cultural celebrations, and community gatherings. With its family-friendly atmosphere, breathtaking beauty, and vibrant event calendar, Town Centre Park and Lafarge Lake are truly an extraordinary destination for both relaxation and excitement.

‘Tis the season to mark down this event in your calendar. The Lafarge Lake Lights is a free attraction with community engagement, family fun, and plenty of photo opportunities! Follow the path around the lake and you’ll go through themed light zones.

2. The Trails: We’ve lived in the Tri-Cities for the last 7 years and still love the trails in and around the surrounding area. We have a dog, Sadie @sadiethevizsla (Instagram handle) and we need us some great trails. She has a lot of energy and we need to venture to areas that we can have her off leash and ripping around. We’ve found some great ones so far and there’s even more to find. But to name a few that I recommend I would start with;

Be sure to click on these links to learn more about each of them. 

  • Woodlands Trail is a great hike for you and your dog. This is up Burke Mountain right near the Port Coquitlam and District Hunting and Fishing Club. You will hear the gun shots in the background for the first part of the hike. But as you make your way up the mountain and trail, those sounds will disappear and you will be in the nature that you want. As you go along the trial, there are a couple different water falls to go and check out. Great in the summer time to get into and cool down. Also a great watering hole for you pooch, it’s always great to keep in mind the water access for them. There are two portions to this trail, so when you get to the first top and it opens up at the power lines, be sure to keep going as the trails continue after the opening and back into the forest you go. This is a popular spot for mountain biking so be sure to keep an eye out for them.
  • Mundy Park trail is a great off leash trail system. A small portion of it technically is only off leash but for the most part you can get lost in the trails for a couple of hours if you want and have your dog off leash the whole way. Be sure to abide by the bylaws as dogs are really only allowed off leash up until 10am. But this is a great spot to go for an early morning walk or run with your dog.
  • Coquitlam Crunch is a good workout for those looking for one. I wouldn’t recommend it for your dog but they are allowed when on leash. Think of it as a little Grouse Grind and many times you’ll see water bottles and sweaters left at the bottom. A lot of people will use this as their daily workout routine as they go up and down the crunch. My wife, the ultra trail runner that she is likes to use this as her warm up to get elevation in onwards to climbing up through Eagle Mountain and beyond.

3. Mariner BreweryEveryone know about Brewers Row in Port Moody. If you don’t, then be sure to check that out if you can as well. Click Here to read my previous blog on Port Moody and Brewers Row. What’s great about all this is that the craft beer industry has made its way to Coquitlam. What’s great about this place right now is that it’s sometimes a hidden little gem. Great and simple menu, perfect for the little ones to snack on and also a perfect spot for a pint with friends. Probably not what the owners want but right now this place has a great feeling and is not always jam-packed. It still has that great small craft brewery feeling that others have lost along the way. As their modo goes here and true to life – Set No Path, Never Be Lost.

4. Lafarge Lake-Douglas Skytrain Station: It been here for a few years now and it already has made a big impact. It has helped raise the prices of Real Estate and also made it an option for some to relocate. The suburbs have always been the suburbs but now this area of Coquitlam and Port Moody are within only 40 minutes from downtown. This has made these suburbs a now sought after place to live.

I hope that you find some value in this write-up. Be sure to keep checking back as I’m sure there will be a Part 2 one day soon.

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