Lower Coquitlam River

Lower Coquitlam River
Jan 3, 2016
By Dave WesteII

Dave, Mike and Jim paddled the Lower Coquitlam on this day. We put in just by the walking bridge at Patricia Avenue.

Just below, we managed a rapid just big enough to splash into our boats and insure we were sitting in water the rest of the trip. It was cold. If the creek were not brackish, it would have been frozen. Jim noted the foggy, frosty scenery, “like being inside a Christmas card,” he said.

We took out at Maquabeak Park. A security guard from the adjacent construction site seemed impressed with our trip. Maybe we’ll see her for basic paddlers. It’s nice to leave your boats next to a security guard when you need to do the shuttle.

We ended up at Tim Hortons where we ran into Don and Donna on their quest for a La-zed-boy recliner. What a fun day.


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