Keswick Park in Burnaby

Location: 9452 Cardston Ct, Burnaby, BC V3N 4R6

Parking available: there is parking available on the street

I know, I said Tricities, and yet I crossed the border and ended up in Burnaby. Just kidding. Close to Lougheed mall, where we go often, as it is close to our place in Coquitlam, you can find Keswick Park, a spray park and outdoor playground, with a lot to offer for kids of different age groups.

Several slides that appeal to kids of different ages, tunnels, climbing structures, lots of room to run around, swings, all there for your little one to enjoy. The place is great overall, worth stopping by for sure, if you’re in the area. There is a sand pit and wood chips available, as you’ve noticed, my daughter simply loves playing with the wood chips, even when it’s wet.

The playground is next to a tiny hiking zone, if interested, I remember one time i actually took the stroller on those paths, which turned out quite a workout. I only had one baby back then, but still, not a very wise decision.

If you enjoy basketball, there is a court available too. With decent amount of seating area, washrooms, green space and a generous playground, a picnic is a good option too. It is very close to the main road and the Lougheed Skytrain, which makes it pretty noisy, but still a nice urban park to consider taking your little one.

I hope you enjoyed this post and like always, happy playing!

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Simply loving the wood chips

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Blue Mountain Park Coquitlam

Location: 975 King Albert Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3J

Parking available: yes

Lovely park! This one is set in an actual forest and it looks great. We go there every now and then, I used to go with my daughter when she was very very little and draw some sketches while she would take naps and now that she is able to walk (finally!!!) we go to the playground they have in the park. Plenty of parking and washrooms available.

Again one of those great areas to play, renovated with rubberized safety surface, swings, slides, both roller-slide and normal one, music chimes, climbing structures and different built-in entertainment options for the little ones.

There is also a spray/ water park, decent size, with a lot of options, for different age groups, although at some point it doesn’t matter, everyone gets wet anyway. Last time we went, my husband along other dads too, got socked wet running around, trying to keep up with Astrid, who was enjoying the water as much as she could. You can enjoy the pool too.

Let’s not forget about the picnic shelter, there is one that can be rented, on a first come, first serve basis. Other than that, there are some tennis courts, if you enjoy that kind of workout. Again, just lovely, on hot summer days, it is definitely the place to go, especially this last summer, which was very very hot.

An interesting feature of the part are the two huge horses, that are somewhere near the swings, you can’t miss them for sure. I was reading somewhere that they are pretty old and they used to be in that place since a long time ago, not sure since when, but they are a true attraction for big and small.

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For more information on the park, click here.

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Eagle Run in Squamish BC

Location: Squamish BC

So this post was supposed to come out some time ago, but for some reason got stuck in draft. It will look weird with all the snow that you see in the pictures, but here it is. It’s October and we have no snow – yet. It was simply a beautiful cold day and we came back home with beautiful memories.

And because taking walks is good for when you’re pregnant, we drove 1h up to Eagle Run in Squamish on Saturday to see the eagles. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any, but we surely enjoyed a nice walk in the sun.

A long white road in front of us, feeling the snow underneath our feet- just lovely. We haven’t felt that since we moved from Quebec. Strange thing how one misses the thing he most hated in the past, not the snow in particular, but the cold that came with it.

Although we went to check the 3800 eagles announced, we ended up seeing none. The sun and lovely weather weren’t strong reasons enough to make them come out, nor the volunteers that were prepared with high-resolution camera to catch the moment and share it with the curious.

But nonetheless, great area, great outdoor location to spend time and just think of nothing.

Astrid, the walk was lovely, the warmth of the sun was very present- you probably felt it too <3. They say during pregnancy the future moms have a higher body temperature, which is true in my case. There were -7 degrees outside and usually I would be freezing, but that day I didn’t feel any of it. Of course I get my share of critics that I should put more layers and make sure I am warm, but this winter everything is different, everything is special. I am warm and I am enjoying it.

Next we went to another place in Squamish, not sure how the area was called, a bit wild and industrial, close to the downtown, Squamish downtown, which is small, but neat and cute. It was a nice and quiet area to walk your dog or walk on the string like some old man was doing.

By 3pm, we ate and head home. Back home, when I craved milk and Nesquik, I realized that all I ate that day was in the form of a breakfast. In the morning, before leaving the house, then lunch in Squamish where I chose an omelette, and milk and cereal in the evening, so the whole day I ate breakfast.

I am morning person, what can I say!

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am simple looking forward to go there again, this time with both my children, Astrid and Jamie.

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Mackin Park in Coquitlam

Location: 1046 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam, BC V3K 1E7

Parking available: yes

New location, new park, this time we checked out Park Mackin in Mallardville, for the first time. Situated in Lower Coquitlam and next to Place des Arts, this little park offers a range of amenities, including a water play area, children’s playground, tennis courts, youth skate/social area, field house, two grass play fields, four ball diamonds, and the City’s only cricket pitch and cage.

The children’ playground has swings, slides, climbing structures, that appeal to different age groups. You can play or walk around, there is definitely something to do. Situated in the heart of a French area in Coquitlam, this is where you can go to the Festival du Bois, which happens every year, this year being 28th Edition. I am not sure if the location is the same every year, the last 3 years this was the one.

 

Also, while in the area, you can check Place des Arts and Mackin House. Place des Arts offers lots of activities, for all age groups, while Mackin House is actually a museum, part of the Coquitlam Heritage, both interesting and worth checking.

This last weekend it was actually a celebration of the francophone community, 105 years more precisely- FÊTE DE MAILLARDVILLE. Unfortunately, I missed it but for sure I will give it a try next time. It made me remember the time when we used to live in Montreal, Quebec. Allow some nostalgia from time to time, right?

 

For more information on the park, click here.

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Como Lake Park in Coquitlam

Location: 700 Gatensbury street Coquitlam, BC

Parking available: yes

Cute and toddler approved, definitely one of the most popular parks in Coquitlam! This park is recently renovated as well, and it’s part of the many nice and well-designed parks in Coquitlam and Tricities area. All brand new, kids up to 12 years can play on the rubberized surface and enjoy the diversity of options in this easy to access park on Gatensbury street.

Moreover, the park is next to Como Lake, you can enjoy a stroll in the park once your little one is done playing in the playground. You can enjoy walking, fishing all thru summer and the rest of the year as well. Lots of seating and picnic areas too. For sure a good option to consider!

Last winter the lake was actually opened for skating, no wonder given all the snow and low temperatures. Unfortunately and fortunately, due to the fact that I was pregnant with my son, I wasn’t able to skate, for obvious reasons.

Washrooms and parking available.

We visited the park on a rainy day and got to check the playground when everything was wet. Because my daughter is born in March, she is not all used to the rain, she was too young to realize what rain was before, so this summer is the first time she’s actually starting going to playgrounds, walking and exploring everything and this time was the first time she’d seen the park and playground wet. A lot of first times to enjoy, right?

A bit slippery, but it didn’t stop her from trying them out. With the right clothing, your toddler will have a great time.

For more on the park, click here.

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Alouette Park in Coquitlam

Location: 485 Alouette Dr, Coquitlam, BC V3C 4Y7

Parking available: there is parking available on the street

This outdoor playground in Coquitlam is the tiniest I found so far. So tiny, and recently  renovated playground, with a new brand new facelift and the most recent entertainment options available, just like in the other parks.

With a familiar colour theme and wood chips, this little park has a slide, rocking toys, some musical instruments, climbing structures and swings, appealing to different age groups.

Its location is not very visible from an open road, you can find it on Cariboo Street, close to Canin, or you can access the Alouette Dr if you are on Riverview, but it’s worth stopping by if you’re in the area. You can also enjoy the view; Mount Baker, Fraser Valley and Coquitlam.As for your little one, I am sure he/she will approve this private location. It’ll be like a personal playground, hardly anyone there every time we go there.

For us it is walking distance and we do go there a lot. One Saturday, when I was 40 weeks pregnant with my son, we were at the park, Astrid, my husband and I and there were in the swing, while I was chilling on the bench, waiting for my son to come, when a bear showed up, looking for food. It was the first time I’ve seen one so close, it was right across the street from where the bench was.

So you are probably aware, there’s this rule that you shouldn’t run, but face him and step back slowly; what happened for me was I told my husband that was a few metres away from me to take our daughter and walk away, I hurried up towards them and put some distance between us and the bear. After all, the poor animal was only after food, it paid no attention to us. Nothing happened and the bear continued looking for food.

For more on the park, click here.

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Dawes Hill Park in Coquitlam

Location: 2215 Dawes Hill Rd, Coquitlam, BC V3K 6H6

Parking available: yes limited

One of the tiniest parks in Coquitlam, Dawes Hill park has been recently renovated and it looks awesome. The City of Coquitlam is really doing an awesome job renovating these playgrounds and giving them a new look and a brand new equipment.

I remember driving in the area and seeing this park, all dull up on the hill, and thinking how much potential it may have if only renovated and there it was. A few months later I saw the new stuff being brought in and the park getting a new facelift.

Very colourful, surrounded by forest, the park appeals to different age groups. You can find the same type of roller slide, or mini slide, or regular slide and swings like in other parks, but different colour theme. It appears as if every park has a colour theme. This one though, doesn’t have a rubberized surface, like others, if that is something you like, but it has wood chips. My daughter is simply in love with them, she plays with them a lot.   It really makes you wonder what makes kids happy.

There is also a swing area and that is all. Like I said, it is tiny indeed. No washrooms, or at least I didn’t see any.

There could be more coming, whoever is designing these playgrounds is definitely very creative and kid-centric. It looks like there’s still space left to add one or two play stations.

The park also offers a few seating areas and two picnic tables and…… a nice viewpoint to the Port Mann bridge, Mount Baker and Fraser Valley!!!!

Enjoy and happy sliding!

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Rochester Park in Coquitlam

Location: 300 Rochester Avenue Coquitlam

Cost: free

Parking available: yes

Awesome park, the most recently opened in Coquitlam I believe and quite impressive. It is located next to the Maillard Middle School, easy access from Austin street.

We went to check it out today for the first time and it’s been opened for just 2 days, officially. At a first glance, it seems to appeal to different age groups: a roller slide and sand pit for toddlers, a lot of climbing structures for older kids, a tunnel slide and a zipline, and a spray / water park for the hot season. There is also a skateboard area. But bottom line,  I would say it is more for older kids than toddlers, or at least the older kids have more options.

With that in mind, my 18-month old daughter, didn’t really have a lot of choices, except the roller slide and some playing in the sand, but that didn’t make her sad of course, she actually quite seemed to enjoy her time there.

The whole design of the park is interesting; it is divided into three areas, all of which encourage active play and adventure; the various climbing areas appeal to the children’ imagination and strength, and of course, there is a thick layer of wood chips underneath to ensure a soft landing, just in case. It does make a child come out of his/her comfort zone.

Also, good workout going from one area to another I should say. I walked with my daughter from one level to another and back, which includes 2 sets of stairs that you can see in my pictures, good exercise for both me and Astrid. Of course, halfway I did have to carry her. Or we could have taken the slide tunnel on our way back.

There is though more to it actually. You can find more information here. It sees that the idea is to have some trails connecting all levels, connect the park playground areas with the actual forest that’s next to the park, so if you’re a fan, take a hike as well.

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Parking is available on two levels of the park, next to the water /spray park and picnic area and another one right at the entrance on Rochester street. Not a lot of spots available though- going there on a ‘rush hour’ might leave you without parking.

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Washrooms are available too on the lower level. That is where you find the picnic area too. The park is not very generous in terms of sitting areas for parents, there are some benches here and there, not a lot. It was pretty empty when i went, not sure about crowded times.

Overall, a very nice park, I have to admit that what struck me at first is the scenery. It is a great place for everyone, no matter the age, to come and enjoy time in nature and a splendid view for sure! This park really has a lot of potential.

Happy climbing!

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