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Coquitlam

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Coquitlam [1] is a suburb of Vancouver and the fifth largest city in British Columbia. Mostly residential, it is a fast-growing community with a lot of shopping options. There aren't really any must-see attractions for the traveller, but there are a number of nice parks for walking or relaxing.

Get in[edit]

Coquitlam borders Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and New Westminster. It is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway, Lougheed Highway, Barnett Highway and North Road.

The 97 B-Line bus connects Coquitlam with the Skytrain service from Vancouver and Burnaby at Lougheed Town Centre. Public transit from Vancouver to Coquitlam is $5 on weekdays and $2.50 on weekends and evenings after 6:30PM.

Get around[edit]

The TransLink [2] public transit system services all of Coquitlam with buses, and there are a few areas which are accessible via the "Skytrain" monorail system (however, other than the "Lougheed Town Centre" stop, which allows easy access to the Lougheed Mall (see below) the Coquitlam-based Skytrain stations are not particularly useful for anyone other than residents).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Como Lake Park, Gatensbury St (just south of Como Lake Ave). A small, man-made lake and park located in the center of residential Coquitlam. Exactly one kilometer in circumference, the lake is a popular attraction for morning walks, joggers, schoolchildren and occasionally fishermen - though the latter will frequently go home empty-handed. (49.2604,-122.8583) edit
  • Maillardville is a small community originally inhabited by French migrants sent to work in local industry during the 19th Century. It is recognized as Western Canada's largest French-Canadian community outside of Manitoba, though the French population continues to decline. The area is preserved as something of a heritage site, but other than a few quaint street signs and commemorative archways, Maillardville is mostly just an ordinary suburban neighborhood and is not a particularly interesting attraction for tourists. From Feb 24th through March 4th the community holds the annual Festival du Bois, a Francophone culture festival with a variety of events held in nearby parks and community centers, mostly geared towards children.
  • Minnekhada Regional Park, Quarry Rd, 604 520-6442. Open during daylight hours. Gates close at dusk. 200+ acre park with 10 km of trails through forests and wetlands. Minnekhada Lodge, a heritage building where Queen Elizabeth once stayed, is open the first Sunday of each month from 1PM-4PM (except Jan).  edit
  • Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, at the end of Quarry Rd, [3]. Large park along Pitt Lake and Burke Mountain with hiking, camping, swimming and boating opportunities. Dayuse parking fee of $1/hour to a max of $3.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Coquitlam Aquatic Centre, 1210 Pinetree Way, 604 927-6999. A large public, indoor swimming pool. Appealing to both children and adults alike, it houses two distinct pools, one Olympic-sized, the other smaller and decorated with a jungle theme. The smaller pool also features an elaborate waterslide that twists outside of the building. Adults can make use of a full gym as well. $5.35.  edit
  • Planet Ice, 2300 Rocket Way, 604 941-9911. Public skate: M F Su 1:45PM-3:45PM. A large, state-of-the-art skating arena. It is used mostly for amateur hockey teams, but the arena is open for public skating Monday, Fridays, and Sundays. $3.75-$4.50 plus the cost of skate rentals, if you do not own.  edit
  • Silver City Coquitlam, 170 Schoolhouse St (one block north of Lougheed Highway), 604 523-2911. One of the biggest movie theaters in the greater Vancouver area with over 20 screens. The complex contains a number of fast-food dining options, but as these are quite expensive hungry visitors may be wiser to eat before the show at one of the surrounding restaurants in the area.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Coquitlam is home to a variety of shopping options and features two large shopping malls.

  • Lougheed Mall is located off of North Road, on the border between Coquitlam and Burnaby. Though technically located in Burnaby, it is surrounded by Coquitlam residential neighborhoods and remains a popular attraction for residents of both cities.
The mall is easily accessible from the Lougheed Town Center Skytrain station and is located across the street from a major bus depot. It features over 170 stores including a large drug store (London Drugs), a Bay, Wal-Mart, and Safeway, as well as a large food court.
  • Coquitlam Centre is Coquitlam's main mall. Located off the Barnet Highway it is found in the heart of Coquitlam's commerical district. Recently renovated, it features over 200 stores including a Bay, Zellers, Future Shop, London Drugs, T&T Asian supermarket, and Sears. There is a large food court and several connected sit-down restaurants including East Side Mario's and Montanna's Steakhouse.
  • Surrounding the Coquitlam Centre area are a variety of large chain stores in Pinetree Village and Sunwood Square, including Chapters, Save-On-Foods, Superstore, and Best Buy.
  • Just off the Lougheed Highway shoppers can visit the largest Ikea in North America.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cactus Club Cafe, 110-101 Schoolhouse St, 604 777-0440, [4]. Trendy casual restaurant with a varied menu. Starters: $7-14, mains: $10-32.  edit
  • Joey Tomato's Mediterrean Grill (Joey's Restaurant), 550 Lougheed Highway, 604 939-3077. Starters: $6-13, mains: $11-36.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Whitespot.  edit
  • Wings, 345 North Road, 604 931 5500, [5]. Has a huge menu of different flavours of chicken wings, with a decent drink menu. It is often quite busy during hockey games.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre‎, 319 North Rd, +1 604 931-9011‎ (), [6]. checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 11:00 am. 4 1/2 star Canada select rated hotel that offers guestrooms, executive suites and 2 bedroom suites with full-size kitchens. Amenities and services include two restaurants and a lounge, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, an indoor tropical garden plus complimentary local phone calls, wireless, high-speed Internet access and parking. $139-$269.  edit

Get out[edit]

The other cities in the "Tri-Cities" area -- Port Coquitlam and Port Moody -- are all very accessible. To the west, along Highway 1, is the North Shore with many outdoor recreation options, while to the east, along Highway 1 or Highway 7, is the Fraser Valley, which also offers more outdoor pursuits and some local wineries.


Routes through Coquitlam
VancouverBurnaby  W noframe E  SurreyKamloops
VancouverBurnaby  W noframe E  Port CoquitlamHope


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