Trout Lake is a small lake at Vancouver’s John Hendry Park that’s also home to the Trout Lake Community Centre and a large farmers’ market in the summer.
OUTDOOR MOVIE AND OTHER EVENTS
See below for information about the community centre’s outdoor movie, Music on the Bow concerts and other special events.
This article contains information about the lake, the community centre and events that take place in the area. For more information about the park and its Saturday summer market, click John Hendry Park or Trout Lake Farmers Market. For information about other events at Trout Lake, see below.
Vancouver’s Trout Lake
Trout Lake is a small urban lake located in John Hendry Park between East 14th and East 19th Avenue. Victoria Drive runs along the western side of the park and South Grandview Highway passes its northeast corner.
At the south end of the lake there are public washrooms, a concession stand and small sandy beach. Barbecues are permitted in the area and in the summer there is a swimming raft in the water. Lifeguards are on duty between late May and the beginning of September.
At 3360 Victoria Drive, the Trout Lake Community Centre is less than a 5-minute walk from the beach and between the community centre and the lake there’s an amazing children’s play area.
At the north end of the lake is another beach, although that one is also in an off-leash area for dogs (so not recommended for swimming unless you have four legs and a tail). All around the lake is a walking path, and at the park there are basketball courts, a soccer field, baseball diamond and tennis courts.
Parking at Trout Lake is free and boats are not permitted in the water (except with special permission).
Trout Lake Community Centre
The Trout Lake Community Centre is located at 3360 Victoria Drive in the southwest corner of John Hendry Park. It’s a pretty typical community centre with a fitness centre and programs for all ages.
At the Trout Lake Community Centre there is a preschool, sports activities in the gym and programming for seniors. There are also fitness, art, dance and other classes for children, teens and adults.
Trout Lake Events
A number of events take place at Trout Lake, both in the park and at the community centre. Major events include National Indigenous People’s Day on June 21st each year. Smaller events include Music on the Bow performances, as well as seasonal events (like on Family Day, at Easter and other holidays and special occasions).
Music on the Bow at Trout Lake
Music on the Bow is a series of free live music performances at the Trout Lake Community Centre. In warmer months they usually take place outside between the building and the children’s play area. Occasionally though they’ll happen indoors (like on days with bad weather).
The concerts are FREE and usually take place in the spring, summer and fall.
Upcoming Music on the Bow performances are listed below. (Note: times and other details are subject to change.)
- Thursday, July 11th, 2019 – Rain City Swing performs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
- Thursday, August 8th, 2019 – Rain City Swing performs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Movie in the Park
On Wednesday, July 12th, a free showing of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was presented outdoors at the park. The movie started at 9:00 pm. The popcorn was also free!
Meet the Puppets in Trout Lake
A family-friendly show that featured appearances by some entertaining puppets took place on Wednesday July 17th, 2019 from 11:00 am until 11:45 am. The event was presented by Vancouver Puppets. It was a free event, but pre-registering was recommended.
Summer Outdoor Concerts
Outdoor concerts are put on every Wednesday from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm. Be sure to bring some change for the popcorn fundraiser and the food trucks that are present. Below is the schedule for the summer outdoor concerts.
- July 3rd, 2019 – Sanctuary All Stars
- July 10th, 2019 – East Van Choir
- July 17th, 2019 – Youth East Van Marimba All Stars
- July 24th, 2019 – Blackthorn Celtic Band
- July 31st, 2019 – Char Hunter and George Faulkner
- August 7th, 2019 – La Riva
- August 14th, 2019 – Norine Braun with Band
- August 21st, 2019 – The Soda Crackers
- August 28th, 2019 – Checo Tohomaso & the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir
Vines Art Festival
An eco-arts festival is held at Trout Lake’s South Beach. It features artists, musicians, dancers and more. The event is on Saturday August 17th, 2019 from 1:00 until 6:00 pm. The event is free and all are welcome.
For more information visit the festival‘s website.
Following the final summer outdoor concert, on August 28th, the lantern procession around Trout Lake begins. Bring your own lanterns or make one at the lantern-making stand from 6:00 until 8:15 pm. Beginning at 8:30, the procession around the lake is a cool sight in the dark with all the lanterns glowing.
For more information about the community centre and its events see the Trout Lake Community Centre website.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- John Hendry Park
- Vancouver Parks and Places in Nature
- Trout Lake Farmers Market
- Lower Mainland Farmers Markets
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Vancouver for Children
- Vancouver’s Best Beaches