Little Free Libraries Re-Installed

Wesbild is happy to announce the re-installment of Burke Mountain’s two Little Free Libraries.

Little Free Libraries are community book exchanges that allow people to freely exchange or donate books “in the spirit of community sharing.” The non-profit organization has set up exchanges in 91 countries around the world. With a “Take a book, Leave a Book” attitude, the Little Free Libraries at Burke Mountain are a great way to share books you’re finished reading with your neighbours, and pick up something new! 

The libraries were taken down in protective measure after 11 little lending libraries throughout Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam were vandalized or destroyed. However, the vandals have been caught and the community will once again be able to enjoy the Millard Orchard Park and Galloway Park libraries.

The libraries will continue to be stocked with a wide array of books that everyone can enjoy.

If you have any questions or concerns about the libraries, please contact Laura Broomfield at 604.484.3898.

Smiling Creek Activity Centre

Did you know Smiling Creek Activity Centre on Burke Mountain has drop-in sports and fitness classes 6 days/week? Pickleball, yoga, soccer and more.

The Smiling Creek Activity Centre is located in the Smiling Creek Elementary School located at 3456 Princeton Avenue.  This brand new centre is set to host a variety of drop in sports, fitness programs and family programming.

Whether it be arts and crafts for your little ones, drop in volleyball for the teenagers or the 19 plus drop in basketball the City of Coquitlam is providing a wide range of fun activities right here on Burke Mountain.   All of the currently planned activities can be found in the City of Coquitlam guide below.

New Programming Options at Smiling Creek Activity Centre

Smiling Creek Elementary School is not only open for the 2018/2019 school year, but the Smiling Creek Activity Centre (located within the school) has many recreation programs available through the City of Coquitlam!

The activity centre will provide recreation programming during the evenings and weekends in the school’s gymnasium, multi-purpose room, sport courts, playgrounds and other facilities.

See a full list of available programs in the City of Coquitlam’s special edition Smiling Creek Guide.

Registration for programs at Smiling Creek starts Sept. 5, 2018 at 12AM for online registration, and 8:30AM for phone and in person registration.

There is also a free Family Nights on Burke program – through the City of Coquitlam and the Coquitlam Public Library – that offers crafts, games and active play in the gym, and a bedtime story.

 Thursdays, Oct. 11 – Dec. 13
6 – 8PM

New Little Free Libraries

This week, Wesbild revamped Burke Mountain’s two Little Free Libraries with a new larger design and refreshed book supply! Burke Mountain has been home to the two libraries since 2015, with one located in Millard Orchard Park, and the other in Galloway Park.

With the new book supply, whether you’re looking for a thriller, a romantic novel, or even a children’s book, the libraries will have what you’re looking for. And the best part of all, its free! Just be sure to “Take a Book, Leave a Book”, as your contributions are much appreciated!

If you have any questions or concerns about the libraries, please contact Laura Broomfield at 604.484.3898.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park – Now Open!

Wesbild is excited to announce that Burke Mountain Pioneer Park is now officially open! This park was built through a partnership between the City of Coquitlam and Wesbild.

The newest park in the neighbourhood, Burke Mountain Pioneer Park features an art play climbing element (the horse statue), grass sports field, full-sized sport court, table games, a community garden and open lawn area for picnics and relaxing. The Park also features over 25 shade trees that will grow with the park, and connections to the existing trail system across Burke Mountain.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park was developed on the property originally owned by the Hoigaard family, and was commonly referred to as “Burke Mountain Ranch”.

Burke Mountain Pioneer Park is located at 1428 Collins Road, Coquitlam.



18th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival

Join Wesbild at the 18th Annual Hyde Creek Annual Salmon Festival!

The Chum and Coho Salmon are returning to their spawning grounds at Hyde Creek. Come out to this Free Family Event.

When – Sunday, November 19th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where – Hyde Creek Recreation Centre (1379 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam)

Wesbild will have our cookie decorating activity where you can deck out gingerbread cookies with all of the fixings.  This year we are excited to have partnered with Gabi & Jules to order our cookies!  Gabi & Jules is a great local business who have a mission to passionately create exceptional pies and baked goodness in a collaborative environment inclusive of individuals of all abilities.  They also give a portion of their proceeds to local autism related charities: Medicare for Autism Now! & the Autism Support Network.

Come on out and make a Gabi & Jules cookie with us.  Then enjoy other Salmon Festival Activities including:

See the salmon close up with in-stream salmon demonstrations and salmon dissections
Many informative and interactive environmental displays and exhibits
A live Eagle presentation along with amazing animal artifacts
Guided nature walks along Hyde Creek
Salmon Hatchery tours
Crafts, face painting, Home Depot build project
Learn about our local walking & running trails
Fundraising BBQ by the Culinary Students of SD 43
Nylon Zoo with the giant inflatable fish & costumes has 4 children’s shows
Fundraising Raffle has many incredible prizes

Learn More about this great family event here

Princeton Park Grand Opening

The City of Coquitlam invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of Burke Mountain’s newest neighbourhod park – Princeton Park.

When: Tuesday, June 20, 2017  3:30-5pm
Where: Princeton park, 1399 Margeurite Street

Official opening ceremony at 3:45pm.

The new park includes a very unique playground, grassy play areas and a small plaza.

Victoria Park Grand Opening on June 13

The City of Coquitlam invites you to celebrate the completion of major renovations at Victoria Park on Burke Mountain on June 13.

When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017  2-4pm
Where: Victoria Park, 3435 Victoria Drive

The event will include opening speeches and a ribbon cutting, staff-led games and light refreshments. About 100 to 150 people from the neighbourhood are expected to attend.

The improved Victoria Park includes:

  • Fenced grass field for super 8 soccer and other field activities
  • Full-sized fenced sport court for basketball, street hockey etc.
  • Youth area with skate spot (beginner and intermediate)
  • Enhanced playground integrated into the topography
  • Benches, picnic tables and landscaping
  • Enhanced park entries at Victoria, Holtby and Wilkie


Northwest Burke Vision Drop In Sessions

The City of Coquitlam is taking the first steps in developing a vision to guide urban growth on portions of Burke Mountain outside existing neighbourhood plan areas and some of the quarry lands along Pipeline Road. This region is being referred to as the “Northwest Burke Vision” area. When the Vision is complete it will guide the planning for future housing, schools, roads and the preservation of natural areas over the next 30 years.

The City of Coquitlam inviting you to drop in to a Community Information Session to share your thoughts and ideas on the Vision.

  • Meeting 1 – Thursday, June 1, 2017 | 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Meeting 2 – Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location – Victoria Hall, 3435 Victoria Drive

Learn more about the Northwest Burke Vision

Hyde Creek Salmon Release

The Hyde Creek Watershed Society are hosting their 11th Annual Hyde Creek Spring Open House & Salmon Release this weekend!

Release salmon into Hyde Creek and send the fry on their journey to the ocean.  The Education Centre & Hatchery will be busy with tours, exhibits,  crafts and Dr. Fish as part of the day.  A fund raising hot dog BBQ courtesy of Save On Foods and coffee from Starbucks will be part of the event.

When – Saturday, April 22, 2017 10am – 3pm
Where – Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery (3636 Coast Meridian)

Learn more about the Hyde Creek Watershed Society here.