6 Things To Do Now That The Evergreen Line Extension Is Finally Open

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Twelve years after the initial proposal was submitted, the highly anticipated $1.4-billion Evergreen Line officially opened to the public on December 2nd. With the new extension operating from VCC-Clark Station in Vancouver all the way to Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station in Coquitlam (no transfer required), it’s no secret that Metro Vancouver’s accessibility just got a serious upgrade.

Transit Map including the Evergreen Line

So whether you’re looking to entertain friends and family or are a self-proclaimed weekend warrior, take full advantage of your Compass Card this month and jump on the new Evergreen Line to check out these awesome activities and destinations!

How to get around Vancouver with a Compass Card

Consider this your Evergreen Line bucket list –  we’ve included something for everyone.

  1. Port Moody Brewery Row

WHAT: The craft beer scene has exploded in B.C. in the past couple of years, and with the recent addition of Parkside Brewing, Port Moody now has four breweries that are all within a three block radius on Murray Street. Most of the tasting rooms are open daily, so grab a friend or two and check out these awesome breweries and their unique craft brews! Hungry? They all also offer local fare options.

Our recommended plan of attack: Start with Moody Ales and then head East stopping at Parkside Brewing, Yellow Dog Brewing, and finally Twin Sails Brewing. I call it the Port Moody Ale Trail.

Port Moody Brew Tour

EVERGREEN LINE STOP: Moody Centre Station

WHEN: Year-round

2.     Fishing at Lafarge

WHAT: Situated just north of Coquitlam Centre in the heart of Coquitlam, Lafarge Lake is a year-round urban destination that provides convenient access and easy fishing for entry-level anglers. The lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout between March and November, meaning that catch-rates are high and therefore, disappointment levels are low.

Fishing Photo from TripAdvisor

*Please note that while fishing here is free, you must have a valid British Columbia freshwater fishing license.

EVERGREEN LINE STOP: Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station

WHEN: Year-round

3.     Crystal Falls Trail

WHAT: Located in the City of Coquitlam, Crystal Falls is a scenic waterfall that drains into the Coquitlam River and is along a short, easy hiking trail. 6.1 kilometers and just under two hours in total, this highly-populated trail is great for the whole family – pack a snack and make a morning or afternoon of it!

Crystal Falls - Photo from Vancouver Trails

EVERGREEN LINE STOP: Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station and then take bus C38 to David Avenue

WHEN: Year-round

4.     Shopping Spree at Coquitlam Centre

WHAT: Located directly beside the new Lincoln Station stop, Coquitlam Centre is the largest shopping centre in the Tri-City area. With retailers including Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Walmart, Sears, Best Buy, Sport Chek, H&M, Aritzia, Sephora and Lululemon, there’s really something for everyone.

Coquitlam Centre

Family-friendly and full of holiday spirit, don’t miss out on Santaland and Elf School, where kids can become an honourary Elf! Find hours and store directory here.

EVERGREEN LINE STOP: Lincoln Station

WHEN: Year-round

5.     Must-Try Eats

WHAT: After a day of shopping or hitting the trails, heading to one of the Coquitlam area’s popular restaurants to refuel is a must. Some of our favourites include Chada Thai, Delicious Pho, and Nagano Sushi for authentic and delicious cuisines.

Nagano - Photo from Nagano Sushi

Bonus: They are all within a 10 minutes walking distance from the Lincoln Station stop!

EVERGREEN LINE STOP: Lincoln Station

WHEN: Year-round

6.     Bridget Ryan’s Under the Influence at the Evergreen Cultural Centre

WHAT: Prepare for an unforgettable and hilarious night as Bridget Ryan (actor, singer, playwright, director, and TV host) and her bandmates take you on a musical journey that chronicles a correlation of foundational moments in life to different genres of music. From Musical Theatre to the 80’s/90’s pop, power rock and tight jazz harmonies – this show exudes music’s undeniable influence on our lives and is guaranteed to get you on your feet! Get tickets here.

bridget - Photo from Evergreen Cultural Centre

EVERGREEN LINE STOP: Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station

WHEN: December 15th – 17th

See full show calendar.

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Marc Smith is a single, 45-year-old, gay urbanite, living in high-rise heaven in Vancouver’s chic Yaletown neighbourhood. After a ten-year career as one of Vancouver’s pre-eminent event planners, he decided it was time for a change and posted on his Facebook page “I am ready for a change. What shall I do with my life?” 30 Day Adventures was born from that status update.

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