Posted on April 13, 2015

Top 10 Family Activities in the Tri-Cities

Photo Credit: Golden Spike Festival
According to a recent article in the Globe and Mail, more and more families are moving out of Vancouver’s West Side. The trend appears to be that people are migrating eastward to Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody for an amenity-rich lifestyle. Transit infrastructure – like the West Coast Express and upcoming Evergreen Line – along with the recent announcement of a new YMCA recreation hub, makes the Tri-Cities an attractive option.

Recently, the popular real estate site, BuzzBuzzHome, featured Crown as a condo development that offers great onsite amenities.

In a nutshell, there’s a lot to do close to home in the Tri-Cities. Here’s a Top 10 list of family activities:

Go hiking! Minnekhada Regional Park has a network of trails suitable for all skill levels. It’s a great opportunity to get exercise and fresh air while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Swim at the City Centre Aquatic Complex, which has a wave pool for the young (and the young at heart). Children who are 16 years and older can participate in underwater hockey games.

Visit Farmers’ Markets. Pick up fresh produce and browse artisan products at one of the area’s many farmers’ markets. The one in Port Coquitlam includes a children’s corner.

Festival Season. At the end of June, you’ll want to be at Golden Spike Days, a festival commemorating the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the Port Moody Station in the late 1880s. There’s a miniature train, bouncy castles, face painting, petting zoo and delicious fair food.

Indoor Playground. Known as the place for birthday parties, Koko’s Activity Centre also offers drop-in rates for a half or full day. The centre has a huge indoor play structure where children can blow off steam or spend a rainy day.

Hit the Beach! Yes, there are beaches in the Tri-Cities! Buntzen Lake, Belcarra Park and White Pine Beach are some of the best spots to soak up the summer sun.

Play at the Kinder Cafe. This playground is geared towards kids under the age of six, but there’s a cafe for the adults.

Hit the Water. Rent a kayak or take standup paddleboard lessons at Rocky Point Kayak and enjoy the mountain views from the water.

Arts and Culture. Take in some art or create some yourself at the Port Moody Arts Centre. The space also hosts plays and performances.

Family Fairs. Watch the highland dancers and listen to the pipers at the BC Highland Games Festival. There are plenty of children’s activities and a vintage car show.