Four Ways to Enjoy BC Day in the Tri-Cities

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Are you staying close to home for BC Day this weekend? If you are and you’re wondering what to do for a little bit of fun, look no further. We have four suggestions right here in the Tri-Cities.

Swim … For Free

The BC Day weekend is the height of summer, and one great way to celebrate is by taking a dip. And you know what makes swimming even better? When it’s free. There are two free swims happening on Sunday, August 2, 2015 courtesy of Westminster Savings. From 1:00 to 3:00pm the fun is happening at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre in Port Coquitlam. And then from 7:00 to 9:00pm go for a free dip at Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

Of course, you can swim for free anytime at two local lakes. White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake in Belcarra Regional Park is very popular, with warm water and a sandy beach area. Buntzen Lake is just as popular, with deeper, cooler water to enjoy. With both of these lakes, if you’re visiting on a busy long weekend plan to arrive early if you want parking. Also, check and observe fire regulations.

Take a Hike

There are lots of fabulous hiking and walking trails in the Tri-Cities. In fact, if you fancy a walk with your swim Buntzen Lake and Sasamat Lake are both home to great trails. Other great options include the Traboulay PoCo Trail, with more than 25 kilometers to explore. Minnekhada Regional Park has 10 kilometers of trails through a diverse landscape of forest, marsh and rocky knolls.

If you’d like to walk in our literal footsteps the fabulous Amanda Maxwell wrote about a local hike that is worth checking out. Port Moody’s Shoreline Trail is a relatively easy and jaw-droppingly gorgeous walk.

Enjoy an Outdoor Concert

What better way to enjoy music than outdoors, sitting in a lawn chair, enjoying a picnic? There are outdoor concerts happening in the Tri-Cities all summer long, including this long weekend. On Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00pm Village Vibe takes to the stage at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam with sister act Robyn & Ryleigh and pop-folk duo Bridgeworks.

On Sunday, August 2, 2015 Music in the Park moves back to Lions Park where the Tambura Rasa Trio takes to the stage from 2:00 to 4:00pm. Meanwhile, in Rocky Point Park Summer Sundays continues to go strong when Coco Jafro starts their performance at 2:00pm.

Visit the Farmers’ Market

The Coquitlam Farmers Market has been active in our community for almost 20 years. Since 1996 the market has been a great place for locally-grown produce, as well as meat, eggs, baked goods, handcrafts and more. The market runs every Sunday from 9:00am to 1:00pm in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (at the corner of Poirier and Winslow) in Coquitlam. There are special events many weeks at the market. This week is the Kids Market, where children will be selling their products that they have made, baked or grown alongside all the other vendors.

There is also a Bat House Workshop for $10, where you can make your own house for these helpful creatures who control the local insect population. There are two workshop times to choose from this Sunday, August 2, 2015, one at 10:00am and one at 11:30am. Plus, if you attend, you get a $10 market token at the end of the session to spend at the market, so it’s basically free!

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