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There's less than a month left to see Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam

The free winter outdoor lights show ends at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park on Tuesday, Feb. 21 — the day after B.C.'s Family Day.
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One of two tunnels at Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit Lights at Lafarge, you’ve got less than a month to see the display.

The City of Coquitlam is ending its free outdoor light show on Tuesday, Feb. 21 — the day after Family Day in B.C. — at Town Centre Park.

Sara Yastremski, Coquitlam’s park services manager, said the winter installation has drawn more than 300,000 people since it opened in late November “and we estimate around 400,000 for the duration of the Lights, but obviously this is weather dependent.”

She said the attraction is bringing in visitors to the city from across the Lower Mainland.

The lights are on from dusk to 11 p.m.

Presented by Coquitlam Centre mall, the 1.2-kilometre circuit has nearly a million colourful lights, as well as hand-crafted elements such as a sleigh, a dragon over a castle, flowers and animals.

On the eastern side, by the Town Centre concession, there’s also a giant heart feature — designed, welded, painted and lit by students at Centennial Secondary School — that’s ideal for photos on Valentine’s Day, she said.

And, from Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the city’s Park Spark team is at the TD Community Plaza to host family-friendly activities. Visit parkspark/coquitlam.ca to see what’s going on each night.

Meanwhile, Yastremski said the Park Spark crew is calling for more volunteers to be part of the light brigade to dismantle Lights at Lafarge next month. To help, email parkspark@coquitlam.ca.

As for the winter lights at Mackin Park in Maillardville, the display in the main plaza area, at the northern end of the park, will be up through Festival du Bois.

That 34th annual French–Canadian fete is at Mackin Park from March 24 to 26; this year marks the 40th anniversary of its organizer, Societe francophone de Maillardville.

To get to Lights at Lafarge, take SkyTrain to the Lafarge Lake–Douglas station as parking is limited. And be sure to tag #lightsatlafarge or #explorecoquitlam in your social media photos.

 

LAFARGE FOOD VENDORS

  • Daily: FIFO Falafel, Gordo Mini Doughnuts, Rocky Point Ice Cream
  • Thursday to Sunday: Mom’s Grilled Cheese, The Praguary

 

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