Minnekhada Park in Coquitlam is a hidden gem here in the Tri-Cities. Minnekhada Lodge was built on the site in 1934 to serve as a country retreat and hunting lodge for Eric W. Hamber. Hamber later became Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, and after him Lietuenant-Governor Colonel Clarence Wallace called the lodge home. The estate has hosted royalty and officials, but since the province donated the site to the region in 1984, it has been part of the Metro Vancouver park system. Minnekhada Park covers 200 hectares in Northeastern Coquitlam, and features some really great, family-friendly hiking trails, and of course the historic lodge.
Each year artists take over the park for the annual Art in the Park Festival. This year’s event runs on August 11 and 12, 2012, from 11:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday. Jointly hosted by the Minnekhada Park Association and Metro Vancouver, Art in the Park offers visual arts, live music, roving performers, arts and crafts workshops, a children’s area and the Creative Cafe. Artists of different origins and disciplines will have a chance to get together and share their passion in a beautiful park. You will be able to see the artists inside Minnekhada Lodge, and in tents, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a piece to take home.
If your curiosity is piqued, but you’d like more of a taste of what to expect, check out video from 2010′s Art in the Park event here:
The event aims to marry visual arts with natural beauty. It’s a great way to meet with local artists, and discover more about our region’s rich heritage. It’s also a great excuse explore Minnekhada Park with your friends and family, whether for the first time or the 50th.