Treefest 2015

September, 19th 2015 SATURDAY 11 to 4
22nd Annual TREEFEST

Annual celebration of Trees
The festival site is located on the Riverview Hospital Grounds at 2601 Lougheed Highway and is again at the HENRY ESSON YOUNG Building.
Access the site via Lougheed Highway from either the Orchid Drive entrance or Colony Farm Rd/Holly Drive entrance.
Once you enter the grounds, follow the festival signs and arrows to the Parking areas.
There is plenty of free on-site parking and parking attendants will help you find a spot.
Click for site Map!

RAIN or SHINE A funfilled day for the whole Family FREE EVENT

Bring the entire family to this free annual celebration of trees on the Riverview Hospital Lands.

Be sure to visit the INFO table by the Event Trailer for all information during the event.

Bring the entire family to this annual celebration of trees. Admission and activities are free except for the history bus tour and the purchase of any food or beverages.

Activities include:
Guided tree tours every hour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm    Children's crafts and activities    Children's tree walk    Community and artist displays    Live music    History bus tours    Blackberry Tea    Heritage building tour    Food concessions    SPARC Antique Radio Museum open for tours

Schedule of Events

Time Activity Location
11:00 Tree Tour Flags downhill (east) of HEY
11:00 – 4:00 SPARC Radio Museum En route to Finnie’s Garden
11:00 – 4:00 Finnie’s Garden Self-Guided Tours Finnie’s Garden
11:00 – 4:00 Master Gardeners Q’s & A’s HEY parking lot
11:00 – 4:00 Kid’s Crafts HEY parking lot
11:30 – 12:30 History Bus Tour Buy ticket from Info Booth
12:00 Tree Tour Flags downhill (east) of HEY
12:00 – 1:00 History Bus Tour Buy ticket from Info Booth
12:30 – 1:15 Children’s Tree Walk Meet in Serenity Garden
12:15 – 4:00 Blackberry Tea Serenity Garden
1:00 – 2:00 History Bus Tour Buy ticket from Info Booth
1:00 - 2:00 Tree Tour Flags downhill (east) of HEY
1:00 – 2:00 Heritage Building Walk Meet at Info Booth
1:30 – 2:30 History Bus Tour Buy ticket from Info Booth
2:00 Tree Tour Flags downhill (east) of HEY
2:30 – 3:30 History Bus Tour Buy ticket from Info Booth
3:00 Tree Tour Flags downhill (east) of HEY
3:00 – 4:00 History Bus Tour Buy ticket from Info Booth

Entertainment Schedule

The Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society is hosting a Creative Cafe featuring a pop-up cafe, live music and community art making. You can also enjoy music in the Serenity Garden during the Blackberry Tea.

Time Performer Location
12:30 – 2:00  Stringz Aloud Serenity Garden
2:15 – 3:45 Dragana Hajduk Serenity Garden
11:00 – 4:00 Creative Cafe HEY parking lot

Art Exhibits
Local artists will be on-site exhibiting their work including Chieko’s Art Studio, Art Focus, Arts Connect and Gay Mitchell. 
Vancouver Master Gardeners
Bring all your gardening questions to the Master Gardeners. 
Children’s Activities and Tree Walk
Meet at 12:30 in the Serenity Garden for a guided children’s tree walk with Norma Gillespie. Visit the tents for more children’s crafts and activities.
Enjoy a variety of hot food and beverages served by Metro Catering at the HEY Building or check out the Blackberry Tea in the Serenity Garden. Organic spirit bear coffee is available by donation at the Mobile Art Café. 
Finnie’s Garden
Explore this 2 acre natural garden via a self-guided tour (guide available at the BMN display and Info Booth). This horticultural therapy garden was started in 1951. Today you can still see the fish pond, stone terraces, flower beds, plots for different wards, and lawns shown in the original plans. Access the garden on foot.

Heritage Building Walk
Join heritage consultant and author, Donald Luxton, for a guided outdoor tour to the original hospital buildings. Meet at 1:00 at the Info Booth in the HEY parking lot. 

History Bus Tours
Join the following guides on a bus tour through the Riverview Lands where they will share stories, point out historical features, and speak to the past and future of Riverview.

Dr. John Higenbottam (11:30)-  a clinical psychologist and author of “Into the Future: the Coquitlam Health Campus. A Vision for the Riverview Lands”.Anna Tremere (12:00)- retired psychiatric nurse & founder of the Riverview Hospital Historical Society.
Phyllis Wingrove and Ron Talbot (1:00) - lived in a staff cottage on the grounds until the late 1950s.
Ted Wingrove (1:30) - 
Norma Gillespie (2:30)  – retired psychiatric nurse & founder of the Riverview Hospital Historical Society.
TBA (3:00) -

Tours will be approx. 60 minutes. Purchase tickets for a minimum $2.00 donation at the Info Booth from 11:00 - 3:00. Limited seating, first come, first serve.

Serenity Garden and Blackberry Tea
Listen to live music in the Serenity Garden while enjoying tea and blackberry shortcake. Treats from $1 - $3. 
SPARC Radio Museum
SPARC Radio Museum showcases a large collection of antique consumer, military, marine and amateur radios and broadcast equipment where you can see the progress of electronic technology through the decades.  Exhibits include a replica of the radio room on the Carpathia, the steamship that became famous for rescuing the survivors of the Titanic. The museum is located on Kerria Drive. 

Tree Tours
Guided tours of significant and unusual trees leave each hour. Tours are approximately 60 – 75 minutes and are led by local arborists. Meet outdoors at the flags on the downhill (east) side of the HEY. 
WashroomsPlease use the facilities in the Serenity Garden (please note bathroom is co-ed) or the porta-potties in the HEY parking lot.

Community Displays & Activities
Visit the tents at the HEY Building parking lot for activities and displays presented by: Art Focus, BC National Forest Week Coalition, Burke Mountain Naturalists, Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society, City of Coquitlam, Colony Farm Park Association, Coquitlam Amateur Radio Emergency Services Society, Coquitlam Heritage Society, Coquitlam RiverWatch, Friends of DeBoville Slough, Leadnow, Naturescape BC, PoCo Writer’s Drop-In Group, Port Moody Ecological Society, Renewing Riverview, Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, South Coast Conservation Program and Vancouver Master Gardeners.

The Riverview Horticultural Society Presents Treefest 2015, September 19 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

A Note to Our VisitorsThank you for joining us at Treefest 2015.  Since 1992 the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society has worked to increase public awareness of the Riverview Lands. Our goal is to preserve the site for the historical use of supporting people with mental illness, horticultural education, retention of urban green space and public community uses. Riverview has historically been a sanctuary for the mentally ill and it is hoped that it once again can be a refuge for people living with mental health issues.  We hold public tree tours throughout the year and have organized Treefest for the past 22 years.  Learn more at

Please note that BC Housing has no-photograph and no-smoking policies. For your safety, please stay on trails, roads and guided tours and don’t go under any trees.

Enjoy your visit  

Supported by:

Coquitlam Foundation, Spirit of Coquitlam, BC Housing, RHCS, Treefest, BMN and City of Coquitlam Canadian Sound Therapy Arts Society, Coquitlam Towing and Storage, Lee Valley Tools, Maple Creek Watershed Streamkeepers, Meridian RV, SPARC Radio Museum, Thrifty Foods, WSI


This Event is FREE no registration required. Lots of Free Parking!
If you require more information phone 604-927-3583 or email

Bring the entire family to this free annual celebration of trees on the Riverview Hospital Lands.

The Riverview Horticultural Centre Society, RHCS
"Speaking for the Trees since 1992'

Thank you for visiting. Hope to see you there!!


To our Volunteers & Supporters

Treefest is organized in partnership with:
ArtsConnect Burke Mountain Naturalists City of Coquitlam Shared Services BC SPARC Riverview Horticultural Centre Society

Treefest 2014 was supported by:
Coquitlam Towing & Storage Ikea Lee Valley Tools Maple Creek Watershed Streamkeepers
Meridian RVPrudential Sterling Realty Real Canadian Superstore Westwood Shared Services BC
SPARC Radio Museum Starbucks (Eagle Ridge *& Austin) Thrifty Foods Vancity Pinetree WSI

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