Coquitlam : Town Center Park & Hoy Creek Trail

Following the Coquitlam Crunch, we walked to our next destination – Lafarge Lake.  My friend cut through some roads, which included going through the Hoy Creek Trail.

Entrance to Hoy Creek
Entrance to Hoy Creek

I think we were walking on a busy road and then we turned into a forested area and that was part of Hoy Creek Trail.  It was odd cause one side was the forest and the other were apartments.

trail
trail
Hoy Creek
Hoy Creek

The heart of Hoy Creek Trail is a small Hoy Creek hatchery, where salmon are raised and then released into the creek when they come of age.  When we went, we only saw the rearing pond and little small black salmon were clustered and swimming together.

Hoy Creek Hatchery
Hoy Creek Rearing pond

Then we continued walking … my friend who lives around here said she would walk through these trails as a shortcut to her house, but only during day time.  I can’t say it is too well lit and black bears have been spotted here.

path
path

It felt like I am in forest but really I was only a short walk away from Douglas College and Pinetree High school.

tall trees
tall trees
treessss
treessss
Hoy Creek Trail
Hoy Creek Trail
Forested Tree
Tree
hollow tree!
hollow tree!

Strong winds hit the town just a couple of weeks before I went on this trail so some of the younger trees had fallen but the town was quick to remove them or clear them to the sides.

hollow tree
hollow tree

We left the Hoy Creek Trail and moved towards the Town Center Park.  I came here a few years ago and it was just a lake.  However, there is a nice water fountain now and I heard it is absolutely gorgeous during Christmas.

Lafarge Lake
Lafarge Lake

We sat on a bench near the edge of the late, facing a group of ducks….

Birds
Birds

The bird will sometimes come up to us … giving us those faces that goes “Do you have food for me?”

Hi
Duck: “Hi, do you have food for me?”

.. then another duck came.  There is actually a sign telling people not to feed the ducks because food attracts vermin.

leaves
another duck

… then.. a couple comes over to the next bench and brought a whole bunch food .. and the ducks all came up from the waters.

.. ORZ
.. ORZ!

Avoiding the ducks that are coming in strides, we went walking around the pond…

A walk around the pond
A walk around the pond
pond
pond

The area has really grown since 3-4 years ago…

map
map
from the other side
from the other side
otherside
other side
cool cloud!
cool cloud!

Recently, skate park area, children park area , and tracks and fields were built …

gym
gym
Town Center Park
Town Center Park
Town Center Park
Town Center Park
fields
fields

There is also an overhead bridge that connects the Town Center Park to the community center.  The courses at the community center is much cheaper than the ones in Vancouver.

overhead bridge
overhead bridge

Final stop was Coquitlam Center.  I shopped for a bit and had a tea before taking the 160 back home.

David and Tea ..
David and Tea ..

.. and that concludes my Coquitlam mini trip.

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