Minnekhada Regional Park

Author Russ S.

View of Marsh Land

Quick Stats

Name: Minnekhada Regional Park
Distance: Trail Dependant
Elevation Gain: 0 - 150m

There are several trails in the park to chose from to give you a choice of wildlife viewing at the marsh or a beautiful view of marsh, Pitt River and the surrounding area.

Lodge Trail: 20 - 30 minutes
Fern Trail to Addington Lookout: 30 - 45 minutes
Minnekhada Perimeter Trail: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
Low Knoll: 40 – 50 minutes (one way)
High Knoll: 1 – 1.5 hours (one way)

View of Marsh Land
To get there: Take the Lougheed Highway east out through Coquitlam, then Port Coquitlam. At Port Coquitlam, turn left on to Coast Meridian Road and follow it north, until Appel Drive. Take Appel Drive, until it turns to Victoria Drive. Follow Victoria Drive to Minnekhada Regional Park.

This 175 hectare park located in the northeast corner of Coquitlam features trails, picnic facilities, rock knolls, lots of cedar and fir trees, birds and other wildlife, Pitt-Addington Marsh, Minnekhada Farm, and Minnekhada Lodge. Minnekhada Lodge was built as a country retreat for hunting in 1934 by Lieutenant Governor Eric Hamber (and apparently Queen Elizabeth stayed there at one time). The lodge is open for viewing from 1 pm to 4 pm the first Sunday of the each month (except January).

Lower Knoll

I have lived in the area for a couple of years and this was my first time here. I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem tucked away in a quite corner of Port Coquitlam.I understand that they have had problems in the past with break-ins to cars so leave any valuables out of sight in your trunk. I parked at the Quarry Road entrance on a weekday and found a dozen cars already in the lot. The trails are well marked and should be a joy to those with young kids who want to go exploring.

I decided to make for the Low Knoll and then further on to the High Knoll to take on the views incase the weather turned bad and the clouds moved in. Going down the Meadow Trail I was impressed with the beauty and silence of the trail. Pine needles underfoot, leaves turning gold , the warm sun breaking through the trees. As I neared the start of the marsh I thought about the sign at the trail head “Bears sighted in Area”.

High Knoll
I was just about to dig out my bells when I heard a number of high pitched voices from the woods. Fourteen little munchkins from a grade four class popped out of the bush in front of me, all giggling and with very big smiles. They stopped to warn me about the big blue heron and the giant frog they had seen at the marsh. I was tempted to tell them about the "Dragon" that lives in the woods but thought better of it! I was now sure that any self respecting bear was long gone after all that commotion. God bless teachers ! Along the way there are a few old growth trees to remind you of what the area must have been like before the logging of the 30’s and 40’s . The trail itself is a gentle one with only a short 5 minute moderate climb to the Low Knoll. The view here is nice and would make for a good destination for the very young or the older folks. The High Knoll provides you with the best view in the park. From here you can see the surrounding farmlands , Pitt River & Addington Marsh , and Minnekhada Lodge.

The park map lists this trail as moderate ,but the only really steep section if you can call it that was the last 25 minutes of the trail . There are a few switchbacks but they should be easy to accomplish with the older kids. Once up on top there are a number of large flat rocks to have lunch and enjoy the views.

Rating: 1.5
View : 1.5 - 2

Russ' Rating Scale:
Rating : 1 = easy 2 = moderate 3 = hope your in shape !
View : 1 = not much 2 = worth taking a camera 3 = outstanding !