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.
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.
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.
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.
It felt like I am in forest but really I was only a short walk away from Douglas College and Pinetree High school.
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.
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.
We sat on a bench near the edge of the late, facing a group of ducks….
The bird will sometimes come up to us … giving us those faces that goes “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.
… then.. a couple comes over to the next bench and brought a whole bunch food .. and the ducks all came up from the waters.
Avoiding the ducks that are coming in strides, we went walking around the pond…
The area has really grown since 3-4 years ago…
Recently, skate park area, children park area , and tracks and fields were built …
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.
Final stop was Coquitlam Center. I shopped for a bit and had a tea before taking the 160 back home.
.. and that concludes my Coquitlam mini trip.