Colony Farm

Coquitlam, British Columbia

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Once a productive farm operated by the patients of Riverview Hospital, Colony Farm lands extend along both sides of the Coquitlam River between its confluence with the Fraser and Indian Reserve No. 2 at Pitt River Road. Since the closure of the farm by the government in 1985, the lands have been threatened repeatedly by development, saved only by community opposition and the efforts of organizations such as the Burke Mountain Naturalists Society. The area is a prime bird-watching site year round, and the walker on the dykes will soon forget the sound of traffic from nearby roads and railway. Each season brings its own colour to the dykes and fields. The purple lupins of spring are followed by fields of yellow buttercups. Oxeye daisies, fireweed and orange and yellow hawkweed take over, and by August brilliant blue chicory flowers catch the eye, waving on their tall stems above tansy and Douglas asters. As the pink and purple thistle flowers fade, flocks of bright yellow and black goldfinches swoop down to feast upon the seeds. Highlights: River and old farmlands; waterfowl, herons, hawks, songbirds; beaver workings; coyotes. Terrain: Flat. Dyke-top and footpath.

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"Once a productive farm operated by the patients of Riverview Hospital, Colony Farm lands extend along both sides of the Coquitlam River between its confluence with the Fraser and Indian Reserve No. 2 at Pitt River Road. Since the closure of the farm by the government in 1985, the lands have been threatened repeatedly by development, saved only by community opposition and the efforts of organizations such as the Burke Mountain Naturalists Society.

The area is a prime bird-watching site year round, and the walker on the dykes will soon forget the sound of traffic from nearby roads and railway. Each season brings its own colour to the dykes and fields. The purple lupins of spring are followed by fields of yellow buttercups. Oxeye daisies, fireweed and orange and yellow hawkweed take over, and by August brilliant blue chicory flowers catch the eye, waving on their tall stems above tansy and Douglas asters. As the pink and purple thistle flowers fade, flocks of bright yellow and black goldfinches swoop down to feast upon the seeds. Highlights: River and old farmlands; waterfowl, herons, hawks, songbirds; beaver workings; coyotes. Terrain: Flat. Dyke-top and footpath."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Coquitlam
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Several options
Season: All year
Driving Directions: Directions to Colony Farm

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May 2018