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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- Hi Jeff, KJ. Absolutely beautiful trip. Very informative description and many thanks for that. I am amazed at the distances you paddled on some days….
- and thanks so much for sharing your story! it is surprisingly hard to find information on overnight paddle trips on the Columbia River :)
- can I ask which topo maps you used? thanks!
- I’m getting a bit worried–Pam is hearing herself talk to April in her sleep?!
- Great write-up on Alouette Lake, Pam! Glad I was there to enjoy the flat-water paddling, the warm fall sunshine and the good company of fellow…
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