Take a Hike: High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park

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Lower Marsh from High Knoll. Photo: Stephen Hui.
Lower Marsh from High Knoll. Photo: Stephen Hui.

It’s easy to dismiss Minnekhada Regional Park as that place with a marsh surrounded by easy trails for dog-walkers. If you hike to High Knoll, however, this Metro Vancouver park in Coquitlam will make you work up a sweat.

Pitt River
Pitt River from High Knoll. Photo: Stephen Hui.

A great three-hour, seven-kilometre loop follows the Fern Trail, Quarry Trail, Log Walk, and Lodge Trail, with side trips to Addington Lookout, Low Knoll, and High Knoll. The latter hilltop rewards you with a pretty spectacular perch, with views of the Pitt River and Lower Marsh.

Lodge Trail
Lodge Trail. Photo: Stephen Hui.

Opened in 1981, Minnekhada Regional Park lies in the territory of the Katzie First Nation.

Dogs are permitted in the park, but they must be on-leash. During the summer, the park’s hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The dedicated members of the Minnekhada Park Association work to preserve the park’s environment and historical aspects.

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Stephen Hui is the author of 105 Hikes In and Around Southwestern British Columbia (Greystone Books, May 2018). His outdoor writing and photography have appeared in the Georgia Straight, where he was the web editor and technology editor, as well as the Toronto Sun, Le Journal de Montréal, Vancouver Is Awesome, and Wild Coast magazine.