Another beautiful summer is coming to a close and as you get your last few sunny adventures in this season, you may be finding that some of your favourite spots along BC Route 7 are too busy for your liking! If you want to avoid the crowds this season and in the fall, here are a few spots that may be new to you! And better yet, we’d recommend that you visit these spots during the week to enjoy them when they’re less busy!
Coquitlam – Minnekhada Park
Forest, marshes, and rocky outcrops make this a wonderful spot to explore all year round! And if wildlife is what you’re looking for, you’re likely to have some luck here! Visiting this 200-hectare park will take you on wondrous walks along unique natural walkways and to a handful of gorgeous viewpoints such as the High Knoll Viewpoint and the Addington Lookout.
Maple Ridge – Kanaka Creek Regional Park
Kanaka Creek Regional Park is a great place to go if you are an outdoor adventurer, learner, or both! If scenery is what you’re looking for, head to the Kanaka Creek Falls area where you’ll find a network of winding trails that will take you to wondrous waterfalls. And close by, you’ll find the Kanaka Creek Watershed and Bell-Irving Hatchery which is a fun and not too busy spot in the park. Here, you can learn all about the salmon raised there and explore the educational outdoor habitat!
Mission – Sasquatch Mountain Frisbee Golf
A new experience in our area is the frisbee golf course that takes you winding through what is an exciting ski resort in the winter! With 9 holes, playing a round on this course is a great way to get active this summer and fall! And after you’ve had a fun game on the course, you can kick back and recount your favourite moments over a cold drink and delicious meal at Molly’s Bar & Grill (open on weekends)!
Agassiz & Kent – Deer Lake
Take in the lush forest, beautiful lake, and mountain view at Deer Lake! Here you can spend a day walking on the beginner level 3km interpretive trail and relaxing on the beach or stay a while in the Lakeside Campground! If you want to cool off on a warm day, jump in the lake for a swim! Or stay on the surface and do a little bit of fishing!
Harrison Hot Springs – Sasquatch Museum
Explore the Sasquatch Museum and tour through compelling artifacts, history, witness accounts, science, lore, and myths surrounding the Sasquatch! The Sasquatch is a staple of the Harrison culture, do you believe in its existence? You just might after you check out this fascinating museum!
Hope – Thacker Regional Park
A quiet spot in Hope that is just as scenic and calm as the rest of the town is Thacker Regional Park! Here you can take a leisurely walk along the trail that runs alongside Kawkawa Creek, or you can take a quick hike up the relaxing Thacker Mountain trail to admire the beautiful view of Hope and the surrounding mountains! And as our seasons change, it’s a great place to admire the lush greenery transform into a mosaic of fall colours!
We hope that you enjoy these spots and that you have found a couple of new trips for your next outing! And in case you’re looking for even more travel inspiration, check out our website to learn all about what else there is to discover along BC Route 7! And don’t forget to tag us in your adventures at @BCRoute7 and use our hashtag “#BCRoute7”!