Both a bustling urban centre and a city on nature’s doorstep, follow the locals into uncharted territory. Catch emerging performers from Canada and around the world, hit the trails, or grab a drink in a VIP movie lounge for some downtime – you’ll find plenty to do in Coquitlam.
Coquitlam is home to a community of music lovers with a thriving summer concert scene. From the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival to the Summer Concert Series and Canada Day celebration, outdoor music illuminates the summer. When the weather is cooler, head inside to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver or arts hub Evergreen Cultural Centre. Follow the locals to the John B. Neighbourhood Pub and don’t forget to check out the piano bar at The Wild Fig. Mariner Brewing has live music at its brewery on select Thursdays, and new to the local scene is The Taphouse Coquitlam featuring live music and DJs.
Home to the only Hard Rock Casino in Canada, you can up your side hustle playing the slots or placing bets at a Blackjack table or blend into the crowd for a live performance. Where adults come to play, Hard Rock is full of fun memorabilia, live shows and a wide selection of restaurants on site. Local bands take the stage each weekend, filling the dance floor in the Asylum Lounge, and big-name acts at the Molson Canadian Theatre draw crowds from all over British Columbia. For a more chilled out vibe with handcrafted cocktails, park yourself at the Unlisted Lounge and check out.
Conquer Metro Vancouver’s largest climbing gym. ClimbBase5 offers 16,000 square feet of climbing space, a 1,000 square-foot ‘Tsunami Wall’ for bouldering and custom programs for kids, groups and adults. With beginner and advanced lessons and new climbing routes added each week, head here for a unique climbing experience.
With polished lanes as far as the eye can see, Zone Bowling is a large, modern facility offering five- and 10-pin bowling. Black lights and glow-in-the-dark balls take bowling to a whole new level during Cosmic Bowling nights. Order food from any of the restaurants in the concourse to make it an easy night out. Strike!
If you’re looking to go VIP, try Cineplex Cinemas Coquitlam & VIP, which offers deluxe movie viewing for ages 19 and over. Kick back in comfy seats and enjoy a licensed lounge and in-seat dining. Parents and tots will be interested in the Stars and Strollers showings, which offer a baby-friendly environment. Also try the Family Favourites series on Saturdays for discount tickets.
You have become trapped in a burning hotel. Only minutes remain before the building is engulfed in flames. Do you have what it takes to escape? Gather up some friends to beat the clock and make your way out to safety. You’ll find two to try in Coquitlam: Countdown Escape Rooms and Trapped Real Life Room Escape. New to Coquitlam and the only one of its kind in Canada, Ninja Tag is the latest gamified experience to reach Metro Vancouver. Check out this multi level indoor arena with friends and family.
Pop into Coquitlam Centre, just steps from Lincoln SkyTrain station, to stroll through its nearly 200 stores or hit up the Farmers Market for fresh local produce, handcrafted goods, and mouth-watering food trucks. From Koreatown’s North Road to Place des Arts’ artisan shop, travelers on the hunt for the best shopping won’t need to go very far.
Stunning vistas, forest-fringed trails, inner-city oases. A hot spot for mountain bikers, hikers, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, explore the breathtaking magic of British Columbia’s untamed wild with all the amenities a city on the edge of nature has to offer.