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Take a Hike: High Knoll in Minnekhada Regional Park

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.
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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 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. 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.

Mark's High Tech

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