Port Coquitlam  is a small city at the junction of the Pitt and Fraser Rivers in Vancouver's eastern suburbs. It is part of the "Tri-Cities" with neighbouring Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Port Coquitlam is situated on the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7), about 30-45 minutes from downtown Vancouver. It is also part of the Translink regional bus system and is serviced by route #159, which connects with Braid Skytrain station in New Westminster, and route #160, which provides a direct connection to downtown Vancouver via Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Lougheed Highway is the main road, roughly running through the middle of the city going east to west. There are a number of community bus routes that connect with the #159 and #160 at Port Coquitlam Centre and the Port Coquitlam West Coast Express station.
- Colony Farm Regional Park, Colony Farm Rd (main entrance and parking is at the end of Colony Farm Rd), ☎ 604 520-6442. Open during the day, closes at dusk. Popular spot with 8.5 km of trails and opportunities for birdwatching. An estimated 150 species of birds are in the park. edit
- Traboulay PoCo Trail. A 25km walking and cycling trail that circles the city. It is mostly flat and has varied scenery: along the river, downtown and residential areas. A guide is available from the city's website. edit
- Pallas Athena, 101-1250 Dominion Ave, ☎ 604 941-4871. Open evenings. Traditional Greek cuisine with some pizza and Italian dishes. The lamb and calamari are local favourites. $15-25 per main. edit
- Wah Wing, 2748 Lougheed Highway #207, ☎ 604 945-3333. Open for lunch and dinner. Popular restaurant that serves a varied menu of traditional Chinese dishes. Lunch: $8-10, Dinner: $10-20 per main. edit
- Gillnetter Pub, 1864 Argue St, ☎ 604 941-5599, . Pub with a patio that looks over the Pitt River or you can catch the game on one of the TVs. Crowd is more of a mellow middle aged group. The food is average but the daily specials are good value. Mains $9-19. edit
- Poco Inn & Suites, 1545 Lougheed Highway, ☎ 1-800-930-2235 (toll-free) or +1 604 941-6216, . 99 guestrooms, including 23 suites and a few rooms with special themes like Romeo & Juliet, Deserted Island and Back to the 50s. Rooms come standard with fridge, microwave and complimentary high-speed internet. $160 and up in high season. edit
As part of the Vancouver region, there are many nearby things to do. Options include:
- Visit the North Shore to take in Grouse Mountain, a suspension bridge or go hiking in one of the many parks.
- Richmond has the historic village of Steveston, one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America and the night market in summer.
- The Fraser Valley, to the east on Highway 7, has Vancouver's zoo, hiking, hot springs and some local wineries.
|Routes through Port Coquitlam
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