RiverFest 2019 returns for its 17th year! Presented by the Port of Vancouver, RiverFest is a week long FREE family-friendly festival, and a great way to enjoy fall along the mighty Fraser River. This year, we will continue to build on past festivals to ensure informative and enjoyable family entertainment, including vendors whose products embody the Fraser, a diverse assortment of exhibitors, children’s activities, and live music. The schedule for this year’s event includes:
Wednesday, September 18th (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) – a special RiverFest edition of FRDC’s curriculum-based RiverSchool! Three lucky elementary schools have been chosen to take part again this year.
Thursday September 19th (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) – New Westminster Arts Council’s Pop-up Art exhibition, with this year’s theme being “The Working River and its Natural Environment.”
Friday, September 20th (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) – *click* photos of the fraser exhibit unveiling. This year’s theme is “Life on the Fraser.”
Saturday, September 21st (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) – RiverFest 2019 concludes with a full day of fun for the whole family, including the Family Fun Zone inside the FRDC (sponsored by Bosa), live music featuring Juno award winning artists Bobs and Lolo, Artisans on the River (with New West Craft) and the Lucille Johnstone Workboat Parade (sponsored by Ledcor).
Bear Day will feature a FREE family friendly daytime events from 11am – 4pm including activities, presentations, music, art, photography and stalls from our community partners. This will be followed by an evening event featuring the Takaya Dancers and a presentation by Doug Neasloss, bear guide, cultural interpreter and stewardship director (Kitasoo/xai’xais First Nation), which will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets for the evening event are available at from Eventbrite for $1.
Celebrate Port Coquitlam’s rivers and trails and enjoy a day of music, art and culture on September 22.
This year’s festival will take place in Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) and will offer unique activities focused on celebrating and protecting the community’s rivers, trails and natural environment. The festivities will kick off at 11 am with an Opening Ceremony and end at 3 pm.
Visual artist Aurelia Bizouard will paint the mural on-site using a Live Light Painting method, which involves drawing a design on a glass panel and projecting it onto the wall. The public will then be invited to add their own designs to the projected image.
The mural will celebrate Port Coquitlam’s rivers, trails and natural environment while connecting people to their community, nature and creative side.
Check the City of PoCo’s website for the updated Entertainment Schedule.
This strenuous loop hike takes in part of the Skywalk North Trail on the west side of Whistler. Beautiful Screaming Cat Lake will be our main objective, but a side trip to the Valley Lookout offers views of Blackcomb Peak, Whistler Mountain, Cougar Mountain, Soo River, and Rainbow Mountain. Roundtrip distance is 15 km with an elevation gain of 1000 m. Meet in Coquitlam at 6:00 am. Return at 7:00 pm. This hike will go ahead only if the weather is favourable. Please contact Ian (604. 939. 4039) for more info. and/or to register your interest.
Mt. Collins is the third-highest mountain on Bowen Island. Unlike the much higher Mt. Gardner, Collins lacks summit views (although, halfway up, there are a couple of rocky outcroppings offering partial views). Nevertheless, the Glorious Mountains guidebook gives the hike a “bang for buck” rating of 3/5, saying that the trail to the top “is a relatively undiscovered gem for runners, hikers, and peakbaggers.” The book goes on to whet the appetite with this further description: “En route you will see mature trees dappled with sunlight, many arbutus clinging to sunny bluffs, and small clearings carpeted in moss. The noises of civilization are masked by birdsong.” What more could naturalist hikers want? The out-and-back route on both road and trail is 9.6 km with an elevation gain of 350 m. After this jaunt, should we find ourselves with time on our hands, we will circle beautiful Killarney Lake, which lies between Gardner and Collins. This will add about 6 km to our distance and several tens of metres to our elevation gain. We will begin and end the day with a short ferry ride between Horseshoe Bay and Snug Cove. Please contact Mark (604. 552. 0727) for more info. and/or to register your interest.
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (653157) and signed waiver form is required.
This hike will be in Minnekhada Regional Park in north eastern Coquitlam. This park has an abundance of wildlife and the hike will cover most of the trails. The highlight of the day will be a short but steep walk to the High Knoll where the group will be rewarded with great views of the Pitt River Valley, the TriCities, and mountains beyond. Roundtrip distance is 8 km with an elevation gain of 185 m. Meet at 1:30 pm. Return 5:00 pm.
This is a hike sponsored by the City of Coquitlam. Registration (653162) and signed waiver form is required.
This hike will circle Buntzen Lake on the least difficult trail, but will still be challenging for some. It features a beautiful, lush forest, interesting outcroppings, and views. Roundtrip distance of 10 km and a cumulative elevation gain of 400 m. Meet at 9:00 am. Return 2:00 pm