Tri-Cities is full of exciting events in June, from Teddy Bear Picnic to BC Highland Games and everything in between. To get you started, here are 10 things to do around Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody this month.
What: Inspired by, and created in collaboration with the Haney Farmers’ Market Society; the Port Coquitlam Farmers’ Market is part of a larger plan to strengthen Port Coquitlam’s downtown centre through arts, cultural and heritage programming.
What: Bring your teddy bears to watch as the parade marches up to the Teddy Bear Picnic at Town Centre Park. Then join in the teddy bear picnic, featuring storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics and more. Fun for all young children.
Where: Town Centre, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
When: June 11 from 9:45 am to 4 pm
Cost: Free for the Parade, $3 for the Picnic. Children 3 and under are free.
What: A traveling Canada 150 exhibition that provides an opportunity for connection with the natural and cultural history of Glacier National Park. Featuring Pure Colour by Roberta Coombs and Ancestral Drift by Tiki Mulvihill.
Where: Port Moody Arts Centre – 2425 St. Johns Street, Port Moody
Image: BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival / Facebook
What: Join the festival bands, dancers, entertainers, whisky tastings and even a haggis hunt for the kids. There will be British cars and British food, sheep dog demos, Quidditch, an expanded beer garden with entertainment, and of course the grand finale celebrating 150 years of Scots in Canada. Celebrate culture with the Royal Academy of Bhangra Dancing with Scottish highland dancers. Top off the day with the tremendous sound of the massed pipes and drums which launches a ceilidh (party) in the beer garden.
Where: Percy Perry Stadium – 331 Leroy Street, Coquitlam
When: June 16 to 17
Tickets:Online, $5-$35. Children under six are free.
What: A free family-friendly day of fishy fun and prizes during BC’s free fishing weekend – when anglers can fish BC’s waters without a licence. The Lake is stocked for the day and volunteers are available to teach fishing techniques.
What: The Harry Jerome International Track Classic is Canada’s longest running track and field event. Canadian track star Andre de Grasse has confirmed he will race in this year’s event. A winner of three sprinting medals at the Olympics in Rio, de Grasse won both the 100 and 200-m races at the Harry Jerome Classic at Swangard Stadium last year.
What: Three comedic historians – played by one First Nations, one female and one Francophone actor – try to jam 15,000 years of Canadian history into just one hour! Featuring Justin Beaver, the comedy team Cabot and Costello, Jacques Cartier Puppets and every Canadian Prime Minister in 1 minute, the show takes you from the Bering Strait to Justin Trudeau in 60 laugh packed minutes.
Where: Evergreen Cultural Centre – 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
What: The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival attracts upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events and activities for all ages. The event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the last spike was driven.
Where: Rocky Point Park – 2800 Murray St, Port Moody
When: June 30 to July 3
Cost: Entrance by donation, all proceeds go to the Golden Spike Days Society.
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.