Summer 2014 Bucket List for the Tri-Cities

Summer Bucket List Tri-Cities

We celebrated the summer solstice last weekend and now we’re barreling headlong towards July. Summer is well and truly here. Make 2014 your best summer yet with our “summer in the Tri-Cities” bucket list.

Summer 2014 Bucket List

  1. Celebrate Canada Day – It’s less than a week away, and we know how to celebrate in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Even if you don’t drop by Golden Spike Days on Canada Day it’s worth adding to your bucket list, and it runs from June 28-July 1 for 2014, so there’s lots of time to check it out.
  2. Attend the Midsummer Fête – Celebrate the start of the season at Coquitlam’s Colony Farm Regional Park with a whimsical tea party. We’ve filled you in on all the details here.
  3. Enjoy a cool treat at Rocky Point Ice Cream – The local scoop shop is a local hotspot, and for good reason. Stop by for ice cream, dairy-free options, coffee and soda shop favourites.
  4. Take a Hike – Of course it’s a great idea to get outside and get active at any time of year, but it really is more fun when the weather is good. Need some ideas to help you get started? Check out our hikes.
  5. Enjoy an outdoor concertSummer Sundays in Port Moody, and Village Vibe and Music in the Park in Port Coquitlam offer free outdoor concerts all summer long. Suter Brook usually holds outdoor concerts on Friday evenings as well, although you generally have to drop by to get information. If you know anything, please fill us in!
  6. Play in a Spray Park – If you have little ones you know just how much fun a spray park can be. Check out our directory, and add a new one to your summer 2014 bucket list.
  7. Paddle a kayak – Head to Rocky Point Kayak, or drop by Takaya Tours when you’re taking the trip to Belcarra Park. Whether you’re just looking to rent a kayak, you want a guided tour, or you’re a complete novice and you’re looking for lessons, they’ll help you out. We’re fortunate to have this beautiful ocean right at our doorstep – get out on it this summer!
  8. Swim in a lake – With Buntzen Lake and White Pine Beach right here in the Tri-Cities, we have two great options if we want to go jump in a lake. Both spots get very busy on sunny weekends, but weekdays and evenings are a little quieter if you want a quick cool-off. The ocean is beautiful, but there’s something about swimming in a lake that just screams summer, and as the season wears on the water only gets warmer. Take advantage of it while the good weather holds!
  9. Take in Music on the Grill – Great food and great music are a magical combination, which is why we love Music on the Grill at Evergreen Cultural Centre. Here’s the scoop on the 2014 series.
  10. Eat fish and chips – With two Tri-Cities locations at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody and Gates Park in Port Coquitlam, Pajo’s is a long-time local favourite for good reason. We don’t know about you, but nothing says ‘summer’ to us quite like laying into a meal of fish and chips. Give yourself a break on a weeknight and head to the park for a meal outdoors in a beautiful setting. Then take a walk along a local walking trail to work off all that greasy deliciousness.
  11. Watch a movie under the stars – Port Coquitlam will be showing four movies in 2014 Cinema Under the Stars series. Over in Port Moody, the Port Moody Film Society is running their summer Inside and Outside Double Feature at Port Moody City Hall on August 9, 2014. For more information on that, head to
  12. Visit a Farmers’ Market – Summer is the high season of local food. The Coquitlam Farmers’ Market and the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market are both running all summer long.

What about you – what would you add to your summer 2014 bucket list here in the Tri-Cities?

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