Take A Hike! Go Wild In Coquitlam This Summer

Whether you’re a hiking newbie or a weekend warrior, Coquitlam’s trails will take you on some wild adventures.  

Interested in trekking some of the trails less travelled? Or are you new to hiking and would like to start slow? From the flat trails of City Centre to the thigh-burning peaks of Burke Mountain, you won’t believe the variety of terrain right here on our doorstep.

Fun fact: Coquitlam is home to more than 115km of well-groomed trails and pathways, all within the city – and that doesn’t even include the trails at Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, Minnekhada Regional Park and Colony Farm Regional Park.

So, where do you start?

Join a Group

If you’re new to hiking or to the Coquitlam area, joining a group is a great way to meet new people and explore the wilderness, whether you’re a beginner interested in short walks, or an adventurer seeking new challenges.

Hiking Ridge Trail | Photo: City of Coquitlam Flickr

Hiking Ridge Trail | Photo: City of Coquitlam Flickr

The City of Coquitlam’s outdoor recreation programs include guided hikes led by experienced leaders. You’ll explore new sights while getting outdoors in safe, organized groups.

For more information on the City of Coquitlam’s group hike programs, visit this link.

Trails to Try

Hoy Creek Trail

Just a short walk from the bustling Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, duck into this peaceful 2.8km gravel trail for a nature reprieve. Keep an eye out for blue heron and listen for the sounds of chickadees and woodpeckers. In the fall, you can spot salmon spawning in the creek. More Info

Minnekhada Regional Park

This 200-hectare park is home to 150 species of birds as well as beavers, black bears and singing bullfrogs. Hiking trails range from a flat path leading throughout the marsh (perfect for younger children) to an uphill climb through old-growth forest to the High Knoll, offering a mind-blowing wilderness view. More Info

Mundy Park

Rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in Coquitlam, this park has 16km of trails with varying terrain, ideal for all ages. Mundy is home to the Phoenix Running Club and an annual MEC race, so it’s also a favourite among runners. More Info

Coquitlam Hiking Mundy Park

Hiking in Mundy Park | Photo: City of Coquitlam Flickr

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park

This beautiful wilderness area offers rugged hiking adventures for experienced hikers, with great views from higher elevations. Due to its remote trails, hikers are advised to trek in groups with knowledgeable leaders. More Info

Westwood Plateau Trails

Approximately 23km of trails wind their way through city parks, natural areas and greenways on Eagle Mountain. Ridge Park offers a challenging experience for the hiker who enjoys steep terrain in a dense forest setting. These trails are easily accessible by transit. More Info

Be Bear Aware

While enjoying the outdoors, please remember to respect nature and stay on the trails. Also be aware that Coquitlam is home to bears as well as other urban wildlife. Be alert, listen and watch for bears.

Black Bear | Photo: City of Coquitlam Flickr

Black Bear | Photo: City of Coquitlam Flickr

If you encounter a bear:

  • Stop and remain calm.
  • Do not scream or run.
  • Make yourself look big.
  • Talk in a low and calm voice while backing away slowly.

For more on bear safety, visit this link.

This blog post was shared with us by the City of Coquitlam. For more on Coquitlam’s upcoming festivals, events, and summer activities, visit the City of Coquitlam Explore Coquitlam page.

Release your kids into Coquitlam’s great outdoors

Children are naturally drawn to nature, mesmerized by hopping frogs, slow-moving insects and odd-shaped sticks. The forest is a source of wonder and amazement. If you’re looking for new parks to explore, pay a visit to Coquitlam, which is riddled with trails of varying terrain and offers a reprieve from the city hustle.

One must-visit is Minnekhada Regional Park, a 200-hectare park located just minutes from Coquitlam’s City Centre. Surrounded by old-growth forest and endless views of nature, it feels like you are miles away from civilization. The park is home to 150 species of birds as well as beaver, black bears and singing bullfrogs.

Hiking trails range from a flat path leading throughout the marsh (perfect for younger children) to an uphill climb to the Low or High Knolls, with mind-blowing views looking over the wilderness.

Another place to take a walk in the woods is the urban forest of Mundy Park, rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 thing to do in Coquitlam. Round up the kids for some geocaching (a real-world outdoor hunt using a GPS device in which you search for a hidden container), or play a game of Disc Golf on the free permanent course, or try out the bike skills park.

Looking for someplace to explore that’s just steps from the SkyTrain? A short walk from Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station, you can duck into the Hoy Creek Trail for a peaceful 2.8-kilometre gravel trail (you’ll spot salmon in the creek during fall).

If you’d prefer a flat, paved experience, take a walk around Lafarge Lake, also next to the SkyTrain station, which has a 1.2-kilometre loop – the perfect length for little legs.

Many of these trails and parks are easily accessed by public transit and also offer free parking. Share cars are also available in Coquitlam’s City Centre area. coquitlam.ca/driving

Kids Score a “D” in Physical Activity Levels

Summertime can be full of active, outdoor activities for children—camping, swimming, biking and much more. However, many children also find themselves at home sitting around without a lot to do. The 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada report card on physical activity for children and youth indicates that kids ages 5-11 spend 7.6 hours a day being sedentary—that’s like a full-time job! How is this possible when 95% of parents report local availability of parks, outdoor spaces and public facilities or programs that offer the environment to get kids moving? Kids are engaging in all types of routine behaviours that feed this statistic, including things like more screen time and no longer walking to school.

With summer approaching, consider what you and your kids can do to improve on this failing grade. Warm weather is a great reason to get outside and get moving. Check out local parks and amenities that will help keep kids off the couch this summer. “Summer camps are the perfect opportunity to help get kids active and outdoors, and away from TVs, tablets and computers,” says Cathy Poole, General Manager of Healthy Child Development for the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. “At Y camps, kids receive an absolute minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity each day—sports, games, swimming, whatever it is, we get kids moving and having a whole lot of fun at the same time,” comments Poole.

Organizations like the Y are committed to helping families and kids live healthier lives, and summer camp programs like the ones they offer help do just that. How will your family stay active this summer?

For more information about YMCA summer camps, please visit vanymca.org/camps or contact 604-939-9622.