Father's Day weekend includes Highland Games, tree tour and free fishing

Weekend guide for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Friday, June 14

Celebrate the opening of the annual BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival at Coquitlam Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way) as organizers launch the open piobaireachd (piping competition) at 5 p.m. at the TD Community Plaza; the 5- and 10-km Tartan Run/Walk is fro the main entrance on Trevor Wingrove Way at 6:30 p.m. while the Paperboys entertain on the Ceilidh Stage from 7 to 9:30 p.m (bring a lawn chair). All events are on the east side of Lafarge Lake. Visit bchighlandgames.com for the lineup and to register for the run.

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The Insult, a crime thriller from Lebanon, rolls at the Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Dr., Port Moody) at 7:30 p.m., courtesy of the Port Moody Film Society. Tickets are $5 plus a $5 society membership for the year. Visit pmfilm.ca.

The Coquitlam Jr. Adanac players meet the Langley Thunder crew for a home game at 7:30 p.m. at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam). Visit adanacs.bcjall.com.


Saturday, June 15

See the pipers, drummers, dancers and heavy event crew compete for titles in the annual BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival, which moves this year from Percy Perry Stadium to the festival site around the TD Community Plaza in Coquitlam Town Centre Park, on the east side of Lafarge Lake. Gates open at 8 a.m. with the welcoming ceremony at noon. And don’t miss the British car display, the cultural talks and, at 12:15 p.m., the 78th Fraser Highlanders canon blast. The Paperboys return to the Ceilidh Stage at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The massed pipe bands and awards are at 5:30 p.m. followed by the wrap-up beer garden ceilidh from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is sponsored in part by The Tri-City News. Visit bchighlandgames.com.

Explore the trails on Eagle Ridge in Coquitlam with the Burke Mountain Naturalists; the half-day roundtrip starts at 8 a.m. and is 12-km long, with an elevation gain of 610 m. Call 604-942-1626 to sign up.

Help to rid DeBoville Slough of Japanese knotweed at a volunteer event hosted by the city of Coquitlam and the Friends of DeBoville Slough. Meet at the slough, by the kiosk at Cedar and Victoria drives in PoCo, at 9 a.m. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water. Visit fodbs.org.

It’s Founders Day for the Coquitlam Little League, with closing ceremonies for the hundreds of young players and coaches starting at 11 a.m. at Mackin Yard (1046 Brunette Ave., Coquitlam). The championship games for Major A and B teams follow; a year-end coaches game is at Blue Mountain Park at 6 p.m. Visit coquitlamlittleleague.ca.

Port Moody residents are invited to learn more about the city, its services and volunteer programs at the 2nd annual Community Fair, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at city hall (100 Newport Dr.). They’ll be family activities and entertainment and chance to win prizes. Visit portmoody.ca.


Rock School students from Terry Fox secondary perform at the Long & McQuade Customer Appreciation Day at the Port Coquitlam store (1360 Dominion Ave.); the event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes music from the Steve Sainas Trio and Antoinette and the Latest, featuring Fox grad Brayson Wong. Call 604-464-1011.

Meet retired CKNW reporter George Garrett at the Burquitlam Safeway (580 Clarke Rd., Coquitlam) from noon to 3 p.m. as he promotes and raises funds for the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society. Visit volunteercancerdrivers.ca.


Staff at the city of Coquitlam’s Inspiration Garden (Guildford Way and Pipeline Road) get your started on your summer planting, with a pruning workshop at 2 p.m. Call 604-927-4386 or register via coquitlam.ca.

Join the board of the Port Moody Heritage Society as it marks its silver anniversary with a potluck and cake, at 5 p.m. in the Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray St.). RSVP by calling 604-939-1648) or emailing info@portmoodymuseum.org.

Rusty Creek entertains with its bluegrass, country blues, western swing and cajun sounds at the Gallery Bistro (2411 Clarke St., Port Moody) at 8 p.m.; a meal will be served prior. Guests will be given a copy of the band’s new CD. Call 604-937-0998 or visit gallerybistroportmoody.com.

The senior Langley Thunder team takes on the Coquitlam Sr. Adanacs for a game at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex (633 Poirier St., Coquitlam) at 7 p.m. Visit adanaclacrosse.com.


Sunday, June 16

The Coquitlam Farmers Market celebrates dads on Father’s Day. Tour the vendors kiosks to pick up some fresh produce and baked goods, in the parking lot of the Dogwood Pavilion (1655 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit makebakegrow.com.

Anglers of all ages can take part in Festival Coquitlam’s Lafarge Lake annual free fishing day, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coquitlam Town Centre Park (1299 Pinetree Way). The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will stock the lake with rainbow trout in the morning. Visit festivalcoquitlam.ca.


Admire the world-class arboretum at Riverview Hospital as volunteer lead a monthly tree tour of the Coquitlam grounds at 1 p.m. Meet at the Henry Esson Young building, near the front. Visit rhcs.org.

See the dance and musical theatre students at Place des Arts showcase their skills in a year-end performance at the Terry Fox Theatre (1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam). The ballet and contemporary dance students of Lucienne Anczykowski and Lauren Taylor are on stage at 1:30 p.m. while the ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap and musical theatre students of Kelsey de Zwaan, Ashley Binette, Megan Alandi, Bryn Kinders and Shelby Simmons are on at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at $20/$15 are via Place des Arts by calling 604-664-1636.

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