Minnekhada Art in the Park

Minnekhada Art in the Park in the Tri-Cities

Minnekhada Lodge was built in 1934 in Northeastern Coquitlam as a country retreat and hunting lodge by lumber magnate Eric W. Hamber, who later became Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia. In addition to Hamber, Minnekhada was home to another Lietuenant-Governor, shipbuilder Colonel Clarence Wallace. The lodge has hosted royalty, and Governor-General Lord Tweedsmuir and his sons played polo here. In 1984, the province donated the estate to the GVRD, and it became a regional park.

Minnekhada Park covers 200 hectares, and features ten kilometres of hiking trails. Historic Minnekhada Lodge remains, and in fact, you can even book it for your wedding.

On August 6 and 7, from 11:00am-4:00pm, Minnekhada plays host to the Art in the Park Festival. Jointly hosted by the Minnekhada Park Association and Metro Vancouver, the Art in the Park event offers visual arts, live music, roving performers, arts and crafts workshops, a children’s area and the Creative Café. It provides an opportunity for artists of different origins and disciplines to meet and share their passion in a beautiful, natural setting. There is a space for each artist in the historic Minnekhada lodge or outside in the driveway surrounded by the garden. And this year, there will be credit card payment processing stations on site, so if you don’t remember to stop by the bank first you can still pick up a beautiful piece of art.

You can see a video from 2011’s Art in the Park event here:

The event aims to marry visual arts with natural beauty. It’s a great way to meet with local artists, and discover more about the region’s heritage. It’s also a way to explore a fabulous park, whether for the first time or the 50th.

If you have any questions, or need more information, contact Trina Sakata at 604.520.6442 or artinthepark@metrovancouver.org. For directions to Minnekhada Park, or to download a map, go here.

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