Founded in 1891, Coquitlam is not your typical suburban city. According to the 2011 cencus, Coquitlam has become the 6th largest city in the province. This community is diverse, not only in terms of its many celebrated cultures but also in that the city offers a large variety of attractions. From food and hospitality, to outdoor recreation and adventure, you'll find everything you need here.
Coquitlam is widely known for their outdoor recreation facilities, like parks and trails. Coquitlam has over 80 municipal parks and natural areas which include many features, from picnic areas, to spray parks and pools, playgounds, sportsfields and skate parks. Many of the city's natural attractions feature waterfalls, alpine lakes, mountain ranges, and serene walking trails.
There is so much to see and many places to shop in Coquitlam as well. Coquitlam has 2 major shopping centers to choose from, Coquitlam Center which is centrally located, or Lougheed Town Center which is located in the South East end of the city. Both shopping centers are serviced by the SkyTrain Evergreen line, and boast hundreds of retailers. You will find a ton of options to choose from if you find yourself getting hungry as well. PineTree village is just one of the many neighbouring business complexes to Lougheed Town Center, and it contains over 10 restaurants and eateries. There are so many restaraunts and eateries in Coquitlam, the hardest part will be deciding what you're hungry for!
In 2016 the Evergreen Extension line was opened, suddenly serving the entireity of the tricities. The line opened 6 new stations spanning from South East Coquitlam all the way to Lafarge Lake in Port Coquitlam, covering Port Moody along the way. Transit users can now plan for a short 15 minute commute between Coquitlam City Centre and Lougheed Town Center. To travel from Lougheed Town Center to downtown Vancouver, commuters can now take the Expo line direct, and arrive at Waterfront station in just over 35 minutes.
Coquitlam is covered by school district 43. For students in kindergarden to grade 5, there are 45 wonderful schools to choose from. Coquitlam offers 14 schools that serve grades 6-8 and 11 highschools that teach grades 9-12. Being as culturally diverse as it is, it comes as no surprise that Coqutlam has one of the highest french immersion rates in the province at 10%. This can also be attributed to Coquitlams language program which is the strongest in the province. There are 2 highly recommended post secondary institutions within Coquitlam city limits. Concordia International College and Coquitlam College can both be found here, shaping some of the most balanced and well educated minds of the future.