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Coquitlam in Bloom Tour – the transformative power of community partnership


Come experience for yourself the parks, staff and community volunteers that earned the 2021 Communities in Bloom Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Involvement at the international Communities in Bloom competitionThis is your chance to step into the shoes of an elite judge and see for yourself the magic that happens when every facet of a community works together to foster civic pride. Tour stops include Town Centre and Mundy Park with surprises in store for you like Coquitlam’s famed tractor dance, urban forestry acrobats and more.


Coquitlam City Centre Area Tour - Explore Coquitlam City Centre


From shopping to great dining, sporting events and live performances, Coquitlam’s City Centre is a hub of activity for residents, visitors and businesses. Coquitlam’s City Centre is one of eight designated Regional Town Centres in Metro Vancouver’s Regional Growth Strategy. The City Centre is the downtown and ‘heart’ of Coquitlam and the northeast region, offering a range of housing, educational institutions, retail, office, and recreation and cultural amenities.

Be sure to wear your walking shoes for this tour of Coquitlam City Centre that will include: 

  • Lincoln and Lafarge Lake SkyTrain Stations:
  • Glen Drive: City Centre’s hub of diverse eateries and shops and a reflection of Coquitlam’s growing reputation as a foodie enclave.  
  • Buchanan Square at Coquitlam City Hall:
    • Located on Burlington Drive next to Coquitlam City Hall, Buchanan Square is a large public open space consisting of an upper and lower-level outdoor plaza.
  • Town Centre Park:
    • Town Centre Park, which in 2017 was voted the best public space in Canada by the Canadian Institute of Planners, is in the heart of Coquitlam City Cent
  • The Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre: Visit the Art Gallery at Evergreen Cultural Centre. The AGE focuses on contemporary art and ideas explored by professional artists working in all mediums. 
  • Douglas College Coquitlam, Welcome Figure: Founded in 1970, Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in British Columbia, educating close to 25,000 students per year. The welcome figure at the Douglas College Coquitlam Campus, titled “Salmon Woman Welcomes Salmon Home,” was designed and carved by Coast Salish carver Gerry Sheena.
  • City Centre Aquatic Centre: City Centre Aquatic Complex, a family-fun stop featuring an 8-lane, 50-metre Olympic length swimming pool, wave pool, waterslide, whirlpool and recently renovated (and expanded) fitness centre, lobby and activity rooms.
  • Hoy Scott Creek Fish Hatchery:
    • The Hoy Creek Fish Hatchery is located in Hoy Creek Linear Park, steps from the City Centre Aquatic Complex and north of Coquitlam City Centre. Hoy - Scott Watershed Society, (HSWS) is a not-for-profit, volunteer run environmental stewardship group, which conducts a salmon enhancement program in partnership with the City of Coquitlam, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Tri-Cities Breweries Tour


The Tri-Cities has quickly garnered a reputation for being home to some of the best craft breweries in BC. Currently 13 breweries call the Tri-Cities home and offer a wide range of brews sure to tickle the taste buds of all visitors. Those thirsting for adventure will enjoy this craft crawl, which will include three stops on the North Ale Trail, two in Port Coquitlam and one in Coquitlam, as well a stop at the always popular, Brewers Row, in Port Moody. Participants will have a chance to sip and savour some of BC’s finest craft beers, while learning more about the Tri-Cities along the way.


The Austin Heights Tour


Since 2008, the AHBIA has made its home in the thriving commercial district of Austin Heights. The oldest walkable business neighbourhood in Coquitlam includes mor­e than 270 businesses, and 70 property owners, and is ideally located within a diverse residential area which features a number of recreational facilities and green spaces. As Coquitlam’s longest established business area, the Austin Heights BIA is the first, and only, BIA in Coquitlam.  This community-minded BIA has established a number of strong partnerships with residents, local not-for-profits, and the City of Coquitlam. Join us in Austin Heights and learn about its history, and some of the unique partnerships and programs, including: the Coquitlam Munch, Cigarette Butt Recycling and Bike to Shop – just to name a few. Also learn about Austin Heights’ 20-year neighbourhood plan, and experience one of the best views of the Lower Mainland on top of Beedie Living’s new Safeway development

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