Top 10 Photo Ops
From urban forests rich with wildlife to mountainous hikes with stellar views, these outdoor locations provide some pretty spectacular sites to snap a picture.
- Town Centre Park — Rated the best public space in Canada in 2017 by the Canadian Institute of Planners — and it’s easy to see why. At its heart is TD Community Plaza, a stunning outdoor amphitheatre that plays host to concerts and festivals. The park is also home to the Lights at Lafarge Winter Lights Display.
- Mundy Park — Rated by residents and visitors as one of the top places to visit in Coquitlam, this urban forest is a popular spot for walkers, runners and our furry four-legged friends. Take a walk through the forested trails to discover the serene beauty of Mundy and Lost Lakes.
- Minnekhada Regional Park — Interested in spectacular views, old-growth forest and incredible wildlife? This 200-hectare park is just minutes away from City Centre and yet perched on the edge of vast wilderness. Hike to the High Knoll for an impressive view.
- Colony Farm Regional Park — Bird watchers flock to this 400-hectare-plus park to spot rare birdlife including great blue herons, purple martins and the elusive lazuli bunting. The park is crisscrossed by flat, wide trails, ideal for riding bikes, running or simply strolling through nature.
- Coquitlam Crunch — Add this one to your bucket list! The Crunch is a challenging hike from the base of Eagle Mountain to the summit on Eagle Ridge Dr. You start by climbing more than 400 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres.
- Hoy Creek Linear Park & Hatchery — This peaceful, forested trail is pleasantly shaded in summer, offering a quiet reprieve from City Centre. In fall, paths around the Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery offer prime viewing spots to see spawning salmon.
- Pinecone Burke Provincial Park — Not only is this forest an up-and-coming hub for mountain biking, but it’s also home to some stunning hiking trails and views, minus the crowds.
- Como Lake Park — Take a walk around the one-kilometre lakeside trail and watch people of all ages casting their lines into the water. This pretty lake, which is the headwater of the Como Creek Watershed, is regularly stocked with rainbow trout and is the site of an annual fishing derby.
- Inspiration Garden — This spectacular garden at Town Centre Park is free to explore and hosts numerous teaching events from spring through fall that will inspire you in the world of gardening.
- Centennial Rose Garden — Take a moment to smell the (900-plus) roses in this formal garden and neighbouring Canadian Heritage Rose Garden! Not only is this formal garden one of the last of its kind in Western Canada, but it’s free to view, in all its colourful and scented glory.
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