Lacrosse: A Truly Canadian Sport @ Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame

April 2019 to October 2019

Next to hockey, there is perhaps no sport that better defines Canada than lacrosse. This official Canadian summer sport traces its roots to many First Nations communities. Like many people across the country, Coquitlam residents were lacrosse hungry. During the 1920s and 1930s, residents provided fields for their own teams, including present day Mackin Park. Today the name Adanac, or Canada spelled backwards, is synonymous with sport in Coquitlam. In 2018, Coquitlam lost one of its greatest lacrosse supporters, Les Wingrove. Join us as we honour his passion for this Canadian sport and explore its influence across Canada, in BC and in Coquitlam.


Resilience: The Internment of Japanese Canadians @ Coquitlam Public Library City Centre

July 2, 2019 - August 1, 2019

Coquitlam and the surrounding area were home to many Japanese families prior to World War II. They worked in the fishing and lumber industries, and as local merchants. Their children attended local schools, and many, especially women, were teachers. They came from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. They were part of the community. 

When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour on December 7, 1941, the lives of the Japanese community in British Columbia, and the rest of Canada, were turned upside down.  Declared ‘enemy aliens’ they were fired, lost their businesses and property, and were sent to internment camps. The exhibit features artifacts and images from the internment camps and is a lead up to our upcoming house exhibit, Home Front: World War II.