This trail circumnavigates the city of Port Coquitlam and follows next to the Fraser, Pitt, and Coquitlam River and Hyde Creek over about 80% of its range. Most of the route is away from cars and picturesque. I typically ride my bike, but walkers, joggers, and horses are also welcome most of the way.
The terrain is gentle and the hills gradual. If you are cycling, make sure you are outfitted with a bell and lights for safety as you are sharing this path. It can be particularly busy on a fair weather weekend in parts. The trail is usable year round, but can be challenging on those few days when there is snow on the ground.
You pass through several large parks along the way and there is lots of opportunity for watching wildlife. You may spot a sunbathing otter or a shy beaver in Colony Farm Regional Park. Birds are plentiful there and the recent man-made marsh next to Fremont Village. Watch out for bears during berry or salmon season along Hyde Creek. They mostly keep to themselves, but you do not want to surprise one. Along with the coyotes, there are at least two good reasons to keep your dogs on a leash.
Feeling a little parched? The trail goes right past the Gillnetter Pub and not far from Pajo Fish and Chips in Gates Park where you can catch a little soccer or baseball. You can stop at the new kids play area in Lions Park for the mini zip line, water fun, and other play structures.
The trail connects with the dike trail through the Kwikwetlem First Nation reserve and is currently open for the public. Pay attention to the signs and the requests to stay on the trail. The sheep paddocks trail has been closed for some time west of the reserve, but the Metro Region is working on a three year project to restore permanent access.
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