Bust out your proverbial hiking boots Metro Vancouver craft beer lovers, there’s a new official Ale Trail to tackle in your neck of the woods. Today’s official launch of North of the Fraser brings British Columbia’s official Ale Trail count to 21. This self-guided itinerary strings together 11 breweries in the riverside communities of New Westminster, Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, along with dining, galleries, shops, hiking and other points of interest. 

BC Craft Brewer's GuildPatina Brewing, Port Coquitlam | BC Craft Brewer's Guild

“We’re really excited to bring these communities together on the BC Ale Trail,” said Monica Frost, BC Ale Trail project lead. “Creating the North of the Fraser Ale Trail was a natural next step...We hope beer lovers spend a day or a weekend exploring the breweries, restaurants and other activities these vibrant cities have to offer.”

North of the Fraser features some of the province’s best-known breweries, including the Belgian-themed Dageraad Brewing in Burnaby, New Westminster’s Steel & Oak Brewing and Steamworks Brewery, an expanded production facility in Burnaby that grew out of the namesake Brewpub in downtown Vancouver. It also features some newer vintages. All six of the breweries in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam have opened in the past four years, with Boardwalk Brewing opening as recently as July. In fact, Coquitlam’s only brewery (so far) is Mariner Brewing, which was named after NASA’s Mariner Space Program, as well as the nearby street of the same name. 

Steamworks William Street Brewery & Taproom | Credit: BC Craft Brewers GuildSteamworks William Street Brewery & Taproom | Credit: BC Craft Brewers Guild

Those traveling the North of the Fraser Ale Trail will be able to visit these 11 breweries:

For more information or to find an Ale Trail near you, visit bcaletrail.ca