Minnekhada Madness


If you’ve never visited Minnekhada Park in the Northeast corner of Coquitlam, it’s definitely worth a visit [map]. The park got its start in the 1930s as a hunting retreat for Lieutenant Governor Eric Hamber. Eventually the province sold it to the GVRD and it became a regional park. The lodge remains, and features a lake and some excellent hiking trails, as well as distinct geographical features called ‘knobby knolls’. This weekend the park is playing host to several events.

First up, on Friday August 21, we have Bat Watch at Minnekhada Park. From 7:15 to 9:15pm, you can watch the bats swoop and glide over fields as they leave their roosts and feed on insects. You will have a chance to learn about bats, what they eat, and how they live. For more information call Metro Vancouver at 604.432.6359.

If your tastes are a little more cultured, you will enjoy the First Annual Art in the Park event on Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 at Minnekhada Lodge. The event runs from 11am to 4pm both days, and admission is free. The roster is packed, featuring live music and entertainment, an outdoor cafe and barbecue, guided nature walks, artist demonstrations, and of course art on display. Take the free scenic shuttle from the Quarry Road parking lot to the lodge. For more info email artinthepark@metrovancouver.org.

Minnekhada isn’t the only place that’s hopping this weekend. The gorgeous outdoor amphitheatre outside city hall in Port Moody will play host to Insieme LIVE! on Friday, August 21 at 7:30pm [map]. Insieme is a local pop opera act, and they are amazing. All proceeds from the event go towards the BC Centre for Ability, benefiting children, youth and adults with neurological, physical and developmental disabilities. Tickets are only $22, and can be purchased by calling the box office at 604.931.2008.

On Saturday, August 22 from 2-4pm there will be a celebration to kick off the BC-Jeongju Hanji Cultural Arts Festival at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam [map]. The event celebrates the Korean art of Hanji, a centuries old tradition of making paper with the bark of the mulberry tree. There will be a fashion show displaying unique paper garments along with traditional and contemporary hanji artwork created by over 30 local and Korean artists. You can hear Korean drumming and see dancers from the Vancouver Korean Dance Society. Following the event an exhibit will be on display in the Leigh Square Arts Community until September 13. The event is free, and everyone is welcome. If your kids are really excited by what they see, you might want to consider enrolling them in the “Life of Paper” art camp for children, running August 24-28 in Port Coquitlam. To register, or for more information, visit ExperienceIt.ca

So if you’re not up for the PNE, you can stick close to home and still have some fun right here in the V3H this weekend. It’s enough to drive you batty! 😉 (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

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