Have you ever visited our gorgeous Colony Farm Regional Park located in Coquitlam?
If you haven’t yet, you definitely should consider fitting this Metro Vancouver Regional Park into your plans!
What is the History of Colony Farm?
In the height of its production, in the early 1900’s, Colony Farm yielded 700 tons of crops and 20,000 gallons of milk every year for the community (that’s a lot!) to patients residing in nearby institutions. The patients provided labour, generating their own healing from the simple act of working the land. While farming operations were shut down in 1983, there is still plenty to learn about the history of the Colony Farm community garden!
What’s There to Do?
Colony Farm Regional Park is a local hub for people who love outdoor activities or who are just looking to spend time outside. From walkers to cyclists, bird watchers to gardeners, you’ll find it all at Colony Farm. With close to 250 gardeners who use the land to grow organic healthy produce and flowers in about 560 plots, it’s worth a stroll for the sheer charm.
Just a tip – you’ll find picnic tables near these community gardens! Perfect for enjoying lunch or an afternoon snack while admiring the scenery.
You’ll also spot some of our famous park critters! Colony Farm is a an ideal location to catch a glimpse of stunning birds like hawks, herons and owls; in fact the open fields, hedgerows, and wetlands offer habitat for more than 200 species of birds! You can also head down to the banks of the river to observe river otters.
When Can I Explore?
Well, technically you can visit Colony Farm Regional Park anytime during park hours. However, if you want to make your first experience really special, we suggest getting to know the park up-close and personal at a really important event during EcoBlitz 2016 (fast approaching October 15th –23rd)!
The Colony Farm Park Association is inviting you to join them for a native species planting event on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm! Planting native species in this area helps to prevent soil erosion and creates shade for park amphibians and fish habitats!
Do you need to do anything particular to join this event? Not really. All you need to do if head over to the Meetup event page: EcoBlitz – Riparian Planting at Colony Farm Regional Park, and RSVP!
Everyone is welcome! Just don’t forget some sturdy shoes for getting down and dirty while you explore this great Regional Park and encounter new fronds along the way!