Favourite Local Hot Spots in the Tri-Cities

Favourite Local Hot Spots in the Tri-Cities

by Jamie August 30, 2016

As summer begins to wind down, we’re finding ourselves spending as much time as possible enjoying the beautiful warm weather – and we know we’re not the only ones! With temperatures expected to rise in the coming weeks, the Happy Stan’s Recycling team will be looking to our favourite local hot spots in the Tri-Cities to keep cool while enjoying all that nature has to offer.


Image: Pajo’s


Rocky Point Park: Located in Port Moody, Rocky Point is regarded as the city’s best known park, and it’s easy to see why. With a recreational pier, outdoor pool, numerous hiking and bike trails, as well as a boat launch, it has virtually something for everyone. The perfect spot for a family outing, it also features a spray ground for kids (activated by a push button that turns the water on/off), and of course, Pajo’s delicious Fish & Chips.


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Photo: Dave Worden Photography


Crystal Falls: Walk, run, or bike the 6km picturesque trail alongside the Upper Coquitlam River to reach the equally stunning Crystal Falls. A popular destination year round, we particularly love frequenting this spot during the hot summer months, always taking advantage of the cool river and canyon pools. Due to the trails low elevation, it’s an easy trek that’s both children and dog friendly, so bring your furry friend along and make it a family affair!

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Alouette Lake/Golden Ears Park: Double the fun, Golden Ears Park is one of BC’s largest parks, whereas Alouette Lake is a summer paradise. Located in Maple Ridge, the breathtaking scenery that includes mountains and lakes is well worth the trip alone. If that isn’t enough, it also boasts enough outdoor activities to keep you busy all weekend long. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent, and many enjoy swimming, windsurfing, and waterskiing. Out of the water, there are great hiking trails, as well as three large campsites that will likely convince you to stay the weekend.

We love these local parks and lakes, and want to help preserve them for years to come. Here are some great tips on how to do just that:

  • Bring water and food in reusable containers.
  • Hang onto garbage and dispose of it either in a park garbage can or at home.
  • While camping, opt to ‘unplug’. Water is used in all forms of energy generation. Did you know it can take over 4 gallons of water to keep a 60-watt light bulb lit for 12 hours?
  • “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.” Ideally, you should be leaving any park or lake just the way you found it.

Which is your favourite spot? Tweet us at @happystans and let us know!

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