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City of Coquitlam

Coquitlam [6] is a suburb of Vancouver and the sixth largest city in British Columbia. It's a fast-growing community with a lot of shopping opportunities and nice parks for walking or relaxing. The City of Coquitlam holds lots of free summer festivals and events at Town Centre Park and has recently built a new amphitheatre-style outdoor stage for hosting live music.

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

Skytrain's Evergreen Extension opened in December 2016, offering a rapid transit extension between Coquitlam and the rest of Metro Vancouver. The Westcoast Express is another rapid transit option from Central Coquitlam to downtown Vancouver.

Get around[edit]

TransLink [7] has four SkyTrain stations in Coquitlam: Burquitlam, Coquitlam Central, Lincoln, and Lafarge Lake-Douglas stations. Bus service and car share services (modo and zipcar) are also available in City Centre.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mundy Park, Hillcrest St, [1]. Rated the #1 attraction in Coquitlam on TripAdvisor, this urban park has 16 km of trails for riding, walking or running, a permanent free Disc Golf Course, bike skills trails and off-leash dog areas.  edit
  • 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, [2]. 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.

  • 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 WalMart, Best Buy, The Bay, Zellers, London Drugs, T&T Asian supermarket and Sears. There is a large food court and several connected sit-down restaurants including Montana's BBQ & Bar.
  • 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.

  • Surrounding the Coquitlam Centre area are a variety of large chain stores in Pinetree Village and Sunwood Square, including Chapters, Save-On-Foods and Superstore.
  • Just off the Lougheed Highway shoppers can visit the largest Ikea in North America.
  • United Boulevard is the place to go for furniture shopping.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cactus Club Cafe, 110-101 Schoolhouse St, 604 777-0440, [3]. 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

Coquitlam and the portion of Burnaby that abuts it is home to a sizable Korean community, along with Surrey to the southwest. Authentic Korean food is readily available and an interesting experience, though it tends to be somewhat pricey. Most Korean restaurants will feed you well by providing banchan with every meal -- these appetizers and sidedishes are generally complimentary and can be refilled several times for free. Though selection varies from restaurant to restaurant, these usually include cold vegetables such as stewed potato in a sweet sauce, sesame dressed bean sprouts, and the Korean classic of lightly-fermented, pungently peppered cabbage known as kimchi. Popular dishes included bimbap (rice cooked in a red-hot stone bowl so the bottom becomes crispy, topped with egg, meat and vegetables), japchae (chewy noodles tossed in a sesame dressing with an assortment of vegetables and meats), various stews and soups, and so forth. For a cheap but filling meal, inquire about gimbap (kimbap, kimbop), the Korean equivalent of sushi. Gimbap is bigger, uses sesame as well as vinegar and sugar to season the rice, and has hardier meat and vegetable fillings. You can find dozens of Korean restaurants along North Road, one of the main roads of Coquitlam.

  • Kimbap Cheonguk, Unit A-341 North Road (Tucked away in a strip mall near the H-Mart.), (604) 936-0222. Beloved by local Koreans and especially Korean students. Good and cheap kimbap makes a filling and dirt cheap meal. You may also want to try the naengmyeon, a summer soup of cold noodles, vegetables, egg and meat in a sweet, spicy broth. Staff speaks limited English, but the menu has pictures and transliteration -- and you can always point. 5-25.  edit
  • Insadong, 403 North Road, 604-936-3778. Well-regarded Korean restaurant that also offers Korean barbeque. Service varies wildly and is at worst forgetful and indifferent but usually decent. Japchae, bibimbap and the usual fare are available. The dumplings (mandoo) are also quite nice, either steamed or fried. 10-40.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Whitespot.  edit
  • Wings, 345 North Road, 604 931 5500, [4]. 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 (), [5]. 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
  • A full list of hotels, motels and B&B's is available on the City of Coquitlam's website. url=""

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
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