TORCA: Burke Mountain Trail Day

TORCA (Tri-Cities Off Road Cycling Association) recently held a Trail Day on one of the Burke Mountain trails called Frank’s.

The first ever trail day on Burke Mountain was an enormous success! Over 60 volunteers donated their time on a sunny Sunday to help out. It is amazing how many people love Burke Mountain and are invested the mountain bike trails. TORCA and the volunteers accomplished an incredible amount of work, fixing drainage issues and rebuilding the trail for a distance of approximately 1km. They remedied the drainage issues, removed the organic, water holding soil and replaced with large rock and covered with a mineral soil, which will ensure a strong, sustainable trail surface that will shed water. They then worked to re-naturalize the area (example: replanting ferns). There are more pictures of the trail work and our volunteers at work on TORCA’s website via this link:

You can also connect with TORCA on their Facebook Page.

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival 2014

Join Wesbild and the Hyde Creek Watershed Society at the 2014 Hyde Creek Salmon Festival!

WHEN     Sunday, November 16  |  11am – 3pm
WHERE   Hyde Creek Recreation Centre  |  1379 Laurier Ave.
             Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery  3636 Coast Meridian Rd.

Play games, do crafts, and enjoy the popular Salmon BBQ lunch, hosted by the Lions Club. There will be a raffle, and many hands on activities. Don’t forget to visit Wesbild’s booth to decorate the always popular gingerbread cookies!

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Tour the hatchery and see it in action, or go on a guided nature walk. This is a free family event, and free parking is available at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.

For more information, visit

Invasive Plant Removal

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The Hyde Creek Watershed Society is holding a clean-up morning. Come out and help identify and remove invasive plants around the Hyde Creek Trail.

WHEN    Saturday, September 6  |  10:00am

WHERE   Hyde Creek Hatchery  |  3636 Coast Meridian Road

Wear long pants and long sleeved shirt. If you have your own pruners or small clippers, please bring those with you.  

Find more information about the Hyde Creek Watershed Society and more opportunities to volunteer at

Neighbourhood Night at Galloway Park

The City of Coquitlam is hosting Neighbourhood Nights in different areas of the city over the summer. Come out and get to know your neighbours!

Build relationships, promote neighbourhood safety, create a sense of community and – most importantly – have a great time! Enjoy games, activities and light refreshments.

WHEN     Thursday, July 31, 2014   |   6pm – 8pm
WHERE   Galloway Neighbourhood Park

Read more about Neighbourhood Night and other events happening at Galloway Park here.

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Cool Down in Coquitlam This Summer

Galloway Neighbourhood Park in Burke Mountain, Coquitlam

Coquitlam has some great spray parks and outdoor pools to keep you cool all summer long!

Here’s a list of some of the spray parks closest to The Foothills, and all of the outdoor pools in Coquitlam. If you are interested in purchasing a season pass for Coquitlam’s outdoor pools, you can come and go as you please for just $34.76 (+ tax). You can learn more about the outdoor pool pass here.

Spray Parks

  • Galloway Spray Park | 3404 Galloway Avenue
  • Norm Staff Spray Park | 3320 David Avenue
  • Town Centre Spray Park | 1299 Pinetree Way
  • Panorama Spray Park | 1455 Johnson Street

Outdoor Pools

  • Eagle Ridge Pool | 1200 Lansdowne Drive
  • Spani Outdoor Pool | 655 Hillcrest Street (in Mundy Park)
  • Blue Mountain Wading Pool | 975 King Albert Street (Free!)

Help Rid Marguerite Park of Invasive Plants

On Tuesday, April 8, help the City of Coquitlam rid Marguerite Park of Himalayan blackberry and English holly.

Invasive plants are non-native plants that were introduced to our environment through seeds, cuttings, garden plants, etc. They spread aggressively and take over the natural environment. They push out native plants, including endangered species, and destroy habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. They can also cause erosion and silt problems in creeks and impact aquatic creatures. Invasive plants are expensive to control and eradicate. Some, like Giant Hogweed, are even dangerous to human health. Quite simply, they are Bad Seeds.

English+IvyThe team will be at Marguerite Park on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 9:15am – 12pm. They’ll even provide the hand tools, shovels and gloves! Become a “Bad Seed” volunteer by signing up here or just show up along the path between 3352 and 3356 Devonshire Avenue at 9:15am.

Read more about invasive plants in Coquitlam here.


Free Home Organization Workshop at Secret Ridge!

Mission Group, the builder behind Secret Ridge – Burke Mountain’s newest paired home community with master bedroom on the main level – is proud to sponsor an upcoming free workshop to help you get organized!

You’re invited to join us at the Secret Ridge Presentation Centre on Saturday, May 11th for The Upside of Downsizing, a presentation with simple and effective solutions to organize and de-clutter your home this spring.home-pics

Local professional organizers, Susan Borax and Heather Knittel of Good Riddance Professional Organizing Solutions, will share their tips and tricks on getting organized at any stage of life. They specialize in working with downsizers, families, seniors and self-employed professionals, giving them the freedom and happiness associated with feeling clutter-free. All attendees of the workshop will also receive a complimentary copy of Susan and Heather’s book called Good Riddance: Showing Clutter the Door.

WHEN Saturday, May 11 – 11am – 12pm

WHERE Secret Ridge Presentation Centre – 107 – 3458 Burke Village Promenade
(off Soball Street, just south of David Ave)

RSVP Please RSVP by calling 604-916-8805 or by email at

After the presentation, feel free to tour Secret Ridge’s two professionally furnished display homes for more beautiful design and organization ideas. Whether you’re looking for a new home or not, we know you’ll appreciate this opportunity to learn how to live lighter and better.

The Secret Ridge Presentation Centre is open daily (except Fridays) from 12 – 5pm at 107 – 3458 Burke Village Promenade (just south of David, off Soball Street)

Ruben’s Shoes at the Easter Egg Hunt

Ruben’s Shoes collects new and gently-used shoes for kids and adults in less developed countries.ruben's shoes

Ruben’s Shoes will be collecting shoes at the 3rd Annual Burke Mountain Community Easter Egg Hunt! Their goal is to fill up the back of a pick-up truck with new and gently-used shoes to send to developing countries – can you help them achieve their goal?

Shoes needed (in any size):
Rugged Sandals (see below)
Running shoes

For more information, click HERE.

Kelly Strongitharm, co-founder of Three Sixty Financial Group, had the honour and privilege of meeting Ruben, the boy she had been sponsoring through World Vision for 7yrs, in December 2012.

Upon meeting Ruben and his family, Kelly felt an immediate connection, and although they had to communicate through a translator, the language of love is universal and was felt by all.

Seeing how radically different life in the Dominican is, Kelly felt compelled to do something to give back to the community that affected her life so profoundly and thus Ruben’s Shoes was born.

Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Join Wesbild and the Hyde Creek Watershed Society for the 13th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival this weekend!

Tour the Hyde Creek Education Centre and Hatchery, participate in fun activities, and learn more about the salmon living in the creeks at Burke Mountain at this free, family friendly event. Make sure you stop by the Wesbild table in the gymnasium to say hi to Laura and decorate a salmon or tree cookie!

WHEN       Sunday, November 18 – 11am – 3pm

WHERE    Hyde Creek Recreation Centre – 1379 Laurier Ave, Port Coquitlam

There will also be a Raffle and Silent Auction benefiting the Watershed, as well as a Salmon BBQ! For more information, including a schedule of the day’s events, visit the Hyde Creek Salmon Festival’s website.