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Burquitlam offers the unique opportunity to conveniently access modern amenities just moments from incredible outdoor destinations. From here, you can have the best of both worlds.
With numerous provincial, regional and river parks just a short drive from Gardena, wilderness is on your doorstep. These three world-class locations are only a 30-minute drive from your neighbourhood, yet you’ll feel a world away in the tranquility of these surroundings. Here are three local hikes to put on your outdoor bucket list.

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park

This destination offers dozens of trails that accommodate everyone from young families to experienced hikers. Covering 38,000 hectares of parkland, Pinecone Burke Provincial Park is over 90 times the size of Vancouver’s renowned Stanley Park. This park offers it all – vast, expansive spaces, yet with close proximity to urban areas.
Pinecone Burke Provincial Park is home to one of the largest freshwater tidal lakes in North America. It’s also home to Widgeon Slough, one of the largest hanging lakes in the North Shore mountains. Depending on the difficulty, length and level of adventure you’re after, this park has it all. Enjoy the picnic and camping areas, take the kayak out on the water, or traverse the Coquitlam Lake View Trail and Woodland Walk. More adventurous hikers can seek out Dennett Lake which is over 10 kilometers round trip hike with a 941m elevation gain.

Minnekhada Regional Park

Minnekhada Regional Park is a tranquil park near the Pitt – Addington Marsh Wildlife Management Area – home to over 200 bird and 29 mammal species. This scenic sanctuary offers an easy 10 kilometre loop hike and shorter walks suited for families or beginner hikers. From the many viewing platforms and rest spots, look for wood ducks, beavers, birds and other wildlife.

Coquitlam River Park

Coquitlam River Park offers a variety of walking and hiking trails covering 9.8 kilometres throughout 67 hectares of municipal parkland. At various times of the year you can watch the salmon swim as the river levels rise and fall with the seasons. As well, the popular TV series “Once Upon A Time” used Coquitlam River Park as the setting for many of their outdoor scenes.

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Coquitlam River Park offers a variety of walking and hiking trails covering 9.8 kilometres throughout 67 hectares of municipal parkland. At various times of the year you can watch the salmon swim as the river levels rise and fall with the seasons. As well, the popular TV series “Once Upon A Time” used Coquitlam River Park as the setting for many of their outdoor scenes.

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