What: A 20-minute long mission with only one rule—kill or be killed. With glow in the dark gear and fun sounding, laser emitting guns, this is the perfect location for a first date or any chill session with your squad.
What: The place to go if you’re looking for some killer Pad Thai. Koh Thai is tropics-themed in more ways than just the food, the fun atmosphere is a major part of what makes this place great. One of the hidden gems of New West.
What: A course for golfers who want to be in and out in a few hours. Offers a nine hole course, chipping green, covered range, mini golf and bar and grill making this an ideal setup for an evening out.
Where: 1001 United Blvd, Coquitlam
When: Daily 7:30 am – 10 pm
How much: $18 for unlimited golf, or $9 for a round of mini golf
What: One of New Westminster’s best picnic spots and a great day trip for the whole family. Hume Park boasts an outdoor swimming pool, spray park, playground and large fields perfect for summer soccer games.
What: The French historic Centre of the lower mainland. Full of heritage homes, cute streets and plenty of French-speaking city dwellers you can experience a bit of Francophone culture without straying too far from home.
What: A quirky date idea for fun loving folks who aren’t afraid to think a little outside of the box. Highlights include buying at least one cactus, picking out your dream kitchen, and eating delicious (not to mention cheap) Ikea food. Walk a few minutes down the road to Silvercity for a even fuller evening.
Where: 1000 Lougheed Hwy, Coquitlam
When: Weekdays 10 am – 9 pm, Saturdays 10 am – 8 pm and Sundays 10 am – 7 pm
How much: $5 – $20 / person depending on your meal
What: Pub food at its finest. You can catch a quick bus from Braid and be sipping Mohitos and Sangria in no time without needing to call a cab home. Swing by anytime because their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus all boast some pretty stellar eats.
Where: 925 Brunette Avenue, Coquitlam
When: Monday to Thursday 11 am – midnight, Friday 11 am – 2 am, Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm, and Sundays 10 am – midnight
How much: All meals are $20 or under
Hiker, runner, and amateur climber following the call to the great outdoors. You can follow Samantha’s adventures on Instagram @outdorphins.