River Market in New Westminster

This time we decided to check the River Market in New Westminster. We’ve been there before, but as you probably know, every place you visit is different when you visit with kids. So having no other plan for that morning, I put the kids in the car and we headed to New West. Pretty close for us, a 20 minute drive the most, if the traffic is good.

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Paid parking is available, in the downtown parkade. We usually park near 4th street, but you can enter it at 6th street as well. We choose to park closer to the exit, for some reason it makes it easier when we go home and the children are tired and not as cooperative as when we arrived. This one is closer to the elevator which takes you down to the quay. It was very sunny that day, beautiful weather, perfect to go out and play. Astrid loves elevators, going up and down, checking all  those buttons, she is fascinated by them. Just as you climb down, there is an ice-cream store/ convenience store, it was closed this time, but on busier days it is open.

And the walk starts here. I remember this place from 3 years ago, this area wasn’t finished. 2 years ago though, when I came with Astrid as a baby, to stroll around it was still not 100% finished but now it is and it looks great. Great place to walk, waterfront view, seating area, lounges.

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As we head towards the market, there are two playgrounds.  I couldn’t really tell what age are they for, but my 2 year old did just fine in both. I guess 0-12 could play, there are different types of slides, swings, sand pit, climbing structures, wood chips. It wasn’t very crowded for the time of the day, a few mothers with children, some grandparents with their grandchildren. After a while, I manage to convince Astrid to go check what else is there. As it happens I forgot my baby carrier in the car, which made things complicated when having to run around after one toddler, with one infant in the stroller. Jamie was napping on and off, and as most babies, he loves to be held so he can see the surroundings.

Once you pass the playground, there is another lovely viewpoint and seating area, not suitable for young kids, but still a nice spot.

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Next on our list was the boat. All those buttons and control panels, can definitely hold a toddler focused for a while. We made friends and Astrid started running around with another toddler. The boat offers enough space to go with the stroller as well, so there you go, it fits everyone’s needs. It took some time to convince her to leave but in the end, we headed to the food court, inside the actual market and we snacked, we made another friend, check the washroom and slowly headed home.

Time flies with toddlers, we just got there and next thing you know, it is time to go home. Listened to some whining, but exhaustion took over and it was a quiet trip back home.

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Panorama Park in Deep Cove

Location: Panorama Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1L2

Parking available: yes limited; the area is full of tourists, and parking is not easy to find. Street parking available as well.

The first time we went to Deep Cove was to have the doughnuts, the famous doughnuts, I didn’t really imagine the potential there is, but the area is gorgeous and it is worth visiting, with or without doughnuts.

Walking around, after having the doughnuts, we run into this little playground, full of kids. It was amazing, the children were amazing, playing around, so Astrid jumped in and gave it a try. A slide, some climbing structures, actually quite a few and wood chips everywhere. A bit rusty here and there, but it did the job. The kid was happy, well entertained, so objective achieved.

The area is famous for beautiful hiking trails, so you can do that if you want.  We did that the first time we went there, we didn’t have any children back then, now with the little ones, it is a bit of a challenge but we will do it again when they’re older. The view was gorgeous. Even if you don’t hike, the whole area is nice. Also, you can choose to rent a kayak, lots of people were doing that when we went last time, and the weather was nice and it was worth it.

Washrooms are available close-by and like I mentioned parking can be a pain, yet don’t get discouraged.

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Rocky Point Park in Port Moody

Location: 2800 Murray St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1X2

Parking available: yes, limited and it can be a pain sometimes to find a spot

This is actually the first park I’ve been to when we moved to the Tricities area. I had just had my daughter and we were off from a breastfeeding discussion when we stopped at the park. It was April and it was raining and the park was empty and beautiful. And I said to myself, if this park looks gorgeous when it’s raining and cold, imagine when it’s sunny. We continued going there and we love it. It is one of the most popular parks in the area and it’s definitely worth going there.

Huge playground, for different age groups, generous trails if you want to hike and simply stroll, forest all around, gorgeous scenery, picnic areas, this park has a lot to offer. I tried to capture as much as I could in my pictures, there is so much you can do. In the summer we used to stroll all the way from Port Moody library, which is next to the same forest connecting Rocky Point Park. The walk is beautiful, not too long but not too short either.

Except of course for when the bear season is on.

Washrooms are available, there is also the famous Rocky Point ice cream and if you like, you can rent a kayak, when the season is open. Don’t worry about the ice cream, that one is open all-year long.

Go there, it’s worth it!

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Lions Park in Port Coquitlam

Location: 2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam, BC

Parking available: yes

Another park worth checking out is Lions park in Port Coquitlam. No matter the age of your toddler, there is something to do for sure. The play structures offer a variety of options designed for children of all ages, interests and abilities. From swings to climbing structures, slides, water park and a generous sand pit, this park has it all. There is a rubberized surface too and a colourful theme that kids enjoy. They can try zip line and run around the generous playground area.

Located next to the Coquitlam River, you and your baby/ toddler can enjoy  a walk in the park along the river, go up to Dairy Queen on Shaughnessy Street for an ice cream and head back to the park, at least that is what we do most of the time. There is a lot forested space, if you enjoy that and you can even sun tan in the summer.

Washroom available and a covered picnic shelter that you can rent. I find that it has an easy access, there are a lot of shops around if you want to do your groceries.

It also features a section of the Traboulay Poco Trail, which you can enjoy from Gates Park.

We are heading there this afternoon! See you there!

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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.

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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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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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Time for Gym at Hyde Creek Rec Centre Port Coquitlam

Program: Time for Gym

Location: Hyde Creek Rec Centre

Cost: $3/each drop in fee , $5/2 children

When: Friday 9:30-11:30 am

Parking available: yes

Tricities area is full of drop-ins, this time at Hyde Creek Rec Centre in Port Coquitlam. Very similar to the Wilson Centre programs, this one is focused on movement and running around as well. They have a huge gym, specially adjusted to satisfy a toddler’s needs for running around and get those red cheeks out. The program is for children with ages between 0 and 6 years old. For more info, please click here.

Your little one will be able to choose from a number of stations, including, soccer, floor hockey, bowling and other active stations, a small ball pit, and fun ride on toys. They can check the climbing structures and slides available too.

It is a drop-in program, $3 per child, $5 if you have two, which you pay at the reception.

The location is easy to access and there is plenty of space for your stroller inside if you need to bring one, in my case Astrid walked and I brought Jamie in his car seat, he is still spending lots of time sleeping. We will use a baby carrier as of next time, but while my mom is with us, we can split tasks, one is watching Astrid, the other one Jamie. Good to have someone around, right?

There is seating area available on the side as well. You can catch your breath a while your little one keeps playing, or you and him/her can enjoy a snack.

Everything and everyone is on the move, kids are running around, a lot of action going on, so watch out for your little one, other kids may run into him/her very easily. It’s been a fun place to check out and for sure we will go there again.

That is all from here for now. Hope you enjoyed this post!

Happy playing around!

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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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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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