A pathway in downtown Port Coquitlam has a new tale to tell about the city's marine industry.
As part of Culture Days, an annual celebration of the arts that runs across Canada from Sept. 21 to Oct. 15, the municipality put up a story that won the 2023 May Days Flash Fiction contest.
Laura Collini's A Little Tug in the Right Direction can be read along the Donald Pathway, on eight panels between Elks Park and Wilson Avenue.
It is the third story for the walkway and is sponsored by the Terry Fox Library.
The tale, which is illustrated by Port Coquitlam author and graphic artist Kristin Hepburn of Jaracanda Marketing + Design, follows Little Tug on her journey on the waters around Port Coquitlam.
It was inspired by one of Collini's favourite walks: along the Fraser River at Citadel Landing, where she sees the watercrafts by Douglas Island.
Collini, a PoCo resident who is a film script supervisor, penned most of her story about Little Tug at the Terry Fox Library.
“I believe that everyone has an interesting story to tell and the hardest part is actually writing it down. It’s contests like these that are a great way to get you started,” Collini said in a city news release.
Mayor Brad West stated that the storywalk is one of his favourite projects for the city.
“I encourage everyone to check out the latest Donald Storywalk when you’re out in the community this fall,” he said in the news release.
“People of all ages can appreciate this endearing story set in Port Coquitlam, and the vivid artwork that brings the scenery and characters to life.”
To hear an audio recording of the story, you can visit the city’s website.