Lights at Lafarge: A Bit of Magic to Brighten December Skies

There’s a reason we have an abundance of greenery in Metro Vancouver. While there are hints of snow in next week’s forecast, it’s our rain that’s been on a lot of minds lately. As of three days ago, the official count was that it had rained here for all but five days during the months of October and November.


That’s why it’s an extra special treat, at this time of year, to enjoy seasonal displays of light.


Yesterday, I was in Coquitlam for an  afternoon event. As the function wound down, we emerged from the building to dark skies … and a gorgeous spectacle of colour all around Lafarge Lake.


My initial reaction was to pull over and enjoy a quick glimpse, but that was before realising this display had elements of Alice in Wonderland on steroids. We decided to forgo plans to head directly home, and instead enjoyed a leisurely walk around the City’s annual December extravaganza.


We were in good company, too. There was an impressive assortment of people and pooches enjoying the sights, but there’s enough space that you could enjoy the visual treats without feeling crowded or rushed to press forward.


This is an annual event, but yesterday was my first visit to the impressive display. I didn’t have my SLR camera with me, but think these shots will give you a sense of the memories to be made with a walk around the lake. Families in particular will appreciate that this is one holiday light celebration that comes without an admission fee! Kudos to the City of Coquitlam.


Lights at Lafarge extends into January 2017, and you can learn more about special events over the next few weeks by clicking here. You’ll find traditional Christmas displays, as well as a fantasy forest and different themes around practically every bend of the lake.

There’s something for everyone, from the fishing elf above, to displays of Canadiana. Walk on the Wild Side will appeal to any gardener … and any lover of Lewis Carroll’s works. Now, just imagine how amped up the magic of these displays will be if we get any snow that lasts!



Planning To Go: The Lowdown

Getting there:  Lafarge Lake is just a couple of minutes’ drive from Coquitlam Centre, at the intersection of Pinetree Way and Guildford.The new Evergreen Line opens December 2nd, and stepping off at the Lafarge Lake – Douglas Station will deposit you lakeside.

When to go: The lights will be on display until January 22, but have a look at the Lights at Lafarge website to check out special events in early December.

Burning off those festive treats: This year marks the first time the display wraps entirely around the lake, covering 1.2 kilometre.

Don’t miss … walking through the caterpillar, or the Alice in Wonderland effect throughout the Walk on the Wild Side section of lights. Little ones will enjoy discovering creatures in the treehouse, and the gnome who lives near its base. The 30′ tall Christmas tree is especially impressive, with more than 2,500 lights.


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