Summer in the City
Summer in the City will be different this year due to Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, but we are looking forward to all that we can do to enjoy summer locally!
If you’re looking for some water fun, bring the kids to one of our local Spray Parks:
- Castle Park
- Sun Valley Park
- Lions Park
Or come cool off at one of our outdoor pools, see the public swim schedule for Centennial and Robert Hope Outdoor Pools at portcoquitlam.ca/outdoorpools. Kids will also enjoy participating in our summer camps being offered outdoors for all ages. More details below.
Celebrate Pride in Port Coquitlam
Join us July 24!
Pride in PoCo
Join us Saturday July at both the Shaughnessy Pop-up Park (11am – 2pm) and Leigh Square (4-6pm) to celebrate the LGBT2SQ+ communities with live music, food and displays.
Activities at the Shaughnessy Pop-up Park (2600-block of Shaughnessy Street) 11 am- 2 pm:
- Pride pancakes by the Lions Club
- Music by Amanda Sum along with Patrick Masse
The Pride in PoCo Event at Leigh Square from 4 – 6 pm:
- City info booth
- 4 pm – Emcee Ate Dee-Dee
- 4:05 pm – Tanesha Chakraborti
- 4:15 pm – Shauna Singer
- 4:45 pm – Poerty by Dom
- 5 pm – Emcee Ate Dee-Dee
- 5:30 pm – Drag performances
- 6 pm – Final performance – Emcee Ate Dee-Dee
PoCo Heritage are partnering with the City, and will also host Poetry Night on July 22 from 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom. Details can be found at pocoheritage.org.
Port Coquitlam Farmer’s Market
The Port Coquitlam Farmers Market is back up and running outside in Leigh Square (Parking Lot) on Thursdays from 3-7 pm until October 7. Come out to enjoy fresh food and other products while supporting our local farmers and businesses. COVID-19 health guidelines will be in effect. Virtual shopping with curbside pick-up is also available. Place your online orders by 11:45am Wednesday to be ready for pick-up Thursday the same week.
Visit farmersandmore.org to browse and shop for fresh food and produce.
Shaughnessy Pop-Up Park
Bigger, Better Pop-Up Park
Take a break or enjoy your lunch in the bigger, better Shaughnessy Pop-up Park, a downtown oasis.
The upgraded space will host a food truck and live entertainment every Saturday from 11 am- 2 pm until July 31, with a possible expansion into August. A food truck will also be available during the week. Up to date information on the food truck and schedules can be viewed at portcoquitlam.ca/popup.
Outdoor Summer Camps
Children and Youth will enjoy great outdoor adventures! All camps include a unique mix of age appropriate movement & activities, arts & exploration, connection to nature, play and opportunities to socialize safely! All camp programs are designed to challenge your child while having fun and exploring outdoor environments.
For health and safety reasons, all camps will be outdoors. Participants will need to be prepared for all weather with appropriate clothing, sunscreen, hats and/or raingear as camps will be running rain or shine.
- Tons of Fun Preschool Camp (ages 3 to 5) – preschoolers will enjoy games, crafts and creative silly play. Come for a laugh and a whole ton of fun. Camp runs 10 am-12 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.
- Trekkers Camp (ages 5 to 7) – teaches outdoor exploration. Children will explore trails, make friends and play games. Camp runs 9 am to 3:30 pm at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre. Come for the fun, Stay for the friends. Note: 5-year olds must have completed or be enrolled in kindergarten to participate.
- Outdoor Arts Camp (ages 6 to 10) – for children who love making art and creative play. Runs 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Outlet in Leigh Square.
- One-day Explorers Camp (ages 7 to 9) – a one-day adventure camp for children to explore a variety of parks and places while having fun and being active. Runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3 pm at a different location each day.
- Explorers Camp (ages 8 to 10) – enjoy making friends in this variety camp while exploring trails and swimming each day. Camp runs Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3:30 pm at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre.
- Trail Blazers Camps (ages 6 to 8 and 8 to 11) – learn bike, street and trail safety while exploring Port Coquitlam’s trails. Camps for ages 6 to 8 year olds run 12:15 pm to 4:15 pm Camps for 8 to 11 year olds run Mon. to Fri., 9 am to 4:30 pm and include swimming at Centennial pool. Both camps run at Gates Park.
- Skate, Bike, Swim Camp (ages 8 to 11) – strengthen existing skate skills and try ice sport activities at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre Arena, then ride to Gates Park and swim at Centennial Pool. Camp runs week of August 23, 9 am to 4:30 pm.
- Half Day Skate Camp (ages 6 to 10) – gain confidence and strengthen skating skills, try ice sports and enjoy creative activities at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre. Skates and helmet rentals included in program fee. Run the weeks of August 16 and 23, 9 am. to 12 pm.
- Half Day Learn to Play Hockey Camp (ages 6 to 8) – strengthen existing skating skills and learn the fundamentals of hockey throught strategic skills and drills at the Port Coquitlam Community Centre. Skates, helmet and stick rentals included in program fee. Runs the week of Aug 16 from 9 am. to 12 pm.
- Base Camp (ages 11 to14) – youth can engage in fun, outdoor activities with their peers. Campers work together on team building and personal leadership activities. Camp runs outdoors at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, 9:15 am – 3:30 pm and includes swimming.
- Swimming Lessons – a variety of swim lessons will be available for different swim levels, including preschool and Swim Kids. Swim lessons will take place at Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, Robert Hope and Centennial Pools.For details and schedule visit portcoquitlam.ca/swimming.
Both full and half day camp options available, visit portcoquitlam.ca/register to register TODAY!
Lions Park Artists-in-Residence: The Social Connection
This summer, Port Coquitlam’s Artists-in-Residence, Elvira Monteforte and Dolores Altin, will be bringing Lions Park to life with a unique new art installation called The Social Connection.
Over the coming months, Lions Park will become an enchanted forest where the trees reveal their secret social society to us by drawing attention to themselves. Their new costumes bring to life their individual personalities, making us even more aware of their majestic beauty and unique structures.
Join the artists for a free workshop in the park to make colourful costumes for the trees. The costumes are designed to hang lightly and securely without puncturing or harming the trees. The 3-hour workshops are appropriate for ages 12+; all materials and instruction provided. Registration is required at portcoquitlam.ca/register.
For more information about the artists and their project, visit portcoquitlam.ca/air.
Art Exhibitions in Leigh Square
Starting July 17, the Michael Wright Art Gallery and The Outlet Gallery in Leigh Square will be open to the public on Saturdays from 1 – 4 pm. The art gallery at City Hall is open during regular business hours. For more details, see portcoquitlam.ca/exhibitions
Support Structures / Jen Candela and Lyndsay McKay
The Michael Wright Art Gallery in the Gathering Place presents Support Structures by Jen Candela and Lyndsay McKay. Through this series of sculptural and two-dimensional works, Candela and McKay present their artistic explorations in materials ranging from bioplastics and cardboard to fungal cultures that speak to the constantly evolving dependencies that exist between objects, bodies, and environments.
Our Terrestrial Spirit / Christina Norberg and Arleigh Wood
The Outlet Gallery presents Our Terrestrial Spirit by Christina Norberg and Arleigh Wood. In this collection of works, Norberg and Wood explore our connection to the natural world from the perspective of being inseparable from it, rather than dominators of it. Through their multi-layered artwork, these artists investigate the importance of connection to the land in both the physical and spiritual realm.
Treasures from the Recycle Bin/ Elvira Monteforte
The City Hall Gallery presents Treasures from the Recycle Bin by Elvira Monteforte. Elvira is a ‘Canexican’ artist who was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Canada in 2006. Elvira feels deeply connected with our culture of recycling and discovered the beauty within it. All the packages used for this exhibition come from everyday household consumption. Instead of polluting the environment, Elvira developed a creative challenge to divert urban waste into artistic pieces and imagined them as rare cultural artifacts, unearthed in the future from the landfills of a past civilization.