Coquitlam 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.
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.
The TransLink 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).
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)
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).
Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, at the end of Quarry Rd, . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cactus Club Cafe, 110-101 Schoolhouse St, ☎ 604 777-0440, . Trendy casual restaurant with a varied menu.Starters: $7-14, mains: $10-32.
Wings, 345 North Road, ☎ 604 931 5500, . Has a huge menu of different flavours of chicken wings, with a decent drink menu. It is often quite busy during hockey games.
Best Western Coquitlam Inn Convention Centre, 319 North Rd, ☎ +1 604 931-9011 (email@example.com), . 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.
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.
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