The vibrant city features a wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment options in a rich heritage and diverse community. With a population of approximately ,, Coquitlam is the largest City along the Scenic 7 Highway and the largest community of what is known as the Tri-Cities: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Today you will find a community made of diverse cultural heritage backgrounds with significant Anglo and Franco-European, Chinese, Korean, and Persian populations.
Attractions Coquitlam is the geographical centre of Metro Vancouver, easily accessible by vehicles and public transportation such as the new Evergreen line skytrain extension.
Visitors to the area will have easy access to shopping, restaurants, parks, festivals, outdoor recreation, cultural events and sporting activities. Urban amenities are located minutes from parks and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Coquitlam is a place where city life meets wildlife: Mountain Biking Coquitlam is an up-and-coming mountain biking destination with a good mix of established trails and the potential for more. Burke Mountain and Eagle Mountain are home to the West Coast style of riding that the North Shore and Squamish are famous for—a maze of big trees, roots, rocks, flowy singletrack and well-built features.
Coquitlam is home to two bike skills parks where new riders can learn the tricks of the trade. Cyclists can take their bikes on SkyTrain and explore more of the the city by road. For bike route information and maps, visit coquitlam. Hiking Coquitlam is abundant with creekside and forest hiking trails that offering an easy reprieve from daily stresses. Here are a few hikes to try or visit coquitlam.
Westwood Plateau Trails Approximately kilometres of trails wind their way through city parks, natural areas and greenways on Eagle Mountain. Ridge Park offers a challenging experience for the hiker who enjoys steep terrain in a dense forest setting. These trails are easily accessible by public transit.
The park is excellent for hiking, with many mark trails and great views from higher elevations. Group hikes available via the Burke Mountain Naturalists bmn. Flights of fancy — where to bird watch in Coquitlam: DeBoville Slough Eagles may soar overhead and you will spot an array of birds as you walk the flat gravel path at DeBoville Slough located minutes from Coquitlam City Centre.
For more info about DeBoville Slough, including a free birding checklist, visit fodbs. Colony Farm Regional Park A wonderful nature walk for people of all abilities where nearly species of birds have been observed.
The park is home to more than hectares of grasslands, waterways and marshes transversed by flat, wide trails. Search for the large colony of nesting great blue herons, purple martins, the elusive lazuli bunting and dozens of other species of birds and waterfowl. Mundy Park Mundy Park is a heavily forested area where you may spot Pacific wrens, chickadees, kinglets, bushtits, pileated woodpecker and northern flickers.
About species have been observed in the park and the immediate area. For more birding info, visit fodbs. With some basic supplies including a fishing licence you can simply walk down a trail and cast a line. Lafarge Lake can be accessed by shore or float tube. Como Lake also has easy shore access, with a loop trail. Spin casting, bait fishing and fly fishing are all options at both lakes. If you want to hook a salmon for dinner, head to Maquabeak Park 5 Burbridge St. Five species of salmon pass through this spot at varying times of the year, including chum, pink, chinook and coho, as well as bull trout, Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout.
Sturgeon fishing catch and release only is also available on the Fraser, at the mouth of the Pitt River near Douglas Island accessible by boat from Maquabeak Park. Running, Hiking, Walking Coquitlam is home to almost kilometres of trails and routes and is a prime destination for runners or walkers of all skill levels and endurance. Easy Como Lake Park: A flat, gravel trail with tranquil views.
The north entrance to the trail eventually comes to Addington Marsh and Minnekhada Park. Be bear aware, particularly on the north side of the slough! Features acres of coastal rainforest, including 16 kilometres of trails with thick forest cover.
This park has varied terrain, is popular with running groups and is the site of an annual MEC race. Many scenic options here—watch your footing. Colony Farm Regional Park: The path continues upward to a viewpoint at approximately the 2. Running this route is not for the faint of heart. Minnekhada Regional Park and the High Knoll: Some steep inclines and rocky declines for those who enjoy a challenge. The view at the top is worth it.
Gardens Coquitlam takes great pride in its gardens, and in won a national award in the Communities in Bloom civic pride and beautification competition. Flowers, fruit trees and various ornamental climbers are showcased, and the garden is dedicated to growing, supporting and connecting gardeners to the community.
There are over roses in the garden including climbers, shrubs, floribunda, hybrid tea, miniature, old garden and rambling roses. Saturday mornings from mid-May to the end of September are when Rose Society volunteers are on site pruning, deadheading and fertilizing.
Pop by and enjoy. Walking tours available through the summer. Practice your swing at a driving range or tee off against a backdrop of unforgettable mountain and city views. Coquitlam offers 4 beautiful golf locations for all levels: Eaglequest Golf A nine-hole, par 27 course with varied-length holes for golfers of all abilities. A great place to work on your short game year-round. This widely acclaimed course was designed by Michael Hurdzan and is a popular location for weddings.
You can find installations large and small throughout the city and take a self-guided tour—be inspired by our history. Many of the Evergreen skytrain stations house beautifully inspired and diverse pieces from local BC artists.
Check out various pieces around the City: Pioneer Spirit, Mackin Park This kinetic work powers three listening stations where you can hear natural sounds from the immediate area collected by a parabolic microphone, archived recordings of the pioneers of Maillardville and a choral piece. Festivals and Events Coquitlam has more than festivals each year, every season is festival season in Coquitlam—here are some of our biggest and best.
Festival Du Bois March Experience joie de vivre! It showcases French traditions and culture in Canada including food, traditional music, entertainment and activities. The fun begins June 10 with an evening family concert at Town Centre Park, followed by the parade and picnic on June This annual event is always a hit with young children, and features storytelling, puppet shows and live musical performances.
Be sure to bring your teddy bears! Like a country fair, you can vote for the best floral design and the most fragrant rose, go on a guided tour of the rose garden, or attend a free workshop. Visitors can also buy roses and hand-tied bouquets. Grab a coffee and wander through the 60 vendors who have grown, made or baked their products. This list only scratches the surface of all the festivals and events that take place in Coquitlam each year!
Also visit us online at coquitlam. Entertainment Coquitlam is a city of culture — be moved by the power of live performance. Take the opportunity to venture into the Art Gallery to explore thoughtful and engaging exhibitions by esteemed artists. For information on upcoming live performances, exhibitions and public programs coming up, visit evergreenculturalcentre.
The building houses three gallery spaces to exhibit the work of local emerging artists, as well as a variety of unique spaces for rentals and exhibitions. Visitors can attend popular community events and performances throughout the year, ranging from concerts and exhibitions to fun, family-friendly seasonal celebrations.
Catch a rock concert, a local up and coming band or a comedy act. Coquitlam was once a place of old growth forest and rivers teeming with salmon — home to the Coast Salish people wo have lived here for thousands of years.
With the building of the Ross McLaren Sawmills in — an important industrial site in the history of British Columbia — the town grew quickly. While it is undergoing significant transformation, many streets still bear the names of its pioneering families and personalities. It is one of the last remaining homes build for the Fraser River Sawmill Company and was first occupied in It is now a heritage house museum run by the Coquitlam Heritage Society.
The estate is also often used for filming as well, including a number of locally shot TV series such as The Man in the High Castle and Riverdale. It is open to the public for touring on the first Sunday of the month February through December from 1 — 4 p. Town Centre Park alone features a world class track and field venue, Percy Perry stadium and sports field complex, with five lit synthetic turf sports fields and a grass playing field. Disc Golf Round up some friends and try a golf game with a twist.
Disc golf—sometimes referred to as Frisbee golf—has a huge following around the world. Check out our 9 hole course located in Mundy Park. Spray Parks and Pools Need to cool down or get in some laps? Coquitlam is home to two indoor pools one even has a wave pool and waterslide , two outdoor pools and seven spray parks. Drop-in bowling is available throughout the week. Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipino restaurants share the same blocks with hip eateries and Middle Eastern specialties.
From a brewery to Public Houses, Coquitlam can help quench your thirst. This popular two-day event showcases brews from over 30 micro breweries matched with beer-friendly fare provided by 10 local eateries.