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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains > Coquitlam

Coquitlam is located on the north side of the Fraser River approximately 40 minutes driving time east of Vancouver. Coquitlam is a neighbour and is bordered by the municipalities of Anmore, Burnaby, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and New Westminster.

North Road
Coquitlam was initially established with the building of the North Road by the Royal Engineers from New Westminster to the port facility of Port Moody. The North Road passed through a vast area that was later developed with agricultural, forestry and business interests. Eventually Fraser Mills, a modern sawmill at the time, was established and the community of Coquitlam followed housing the workers.

Fraser Mills
Fraser Mills soon developed into one of the largest wood mills on the Fraser River and needed to attract more workers. Large contingents of experienced forestry workers from the province of Quebec were recruited between 1909 and 1910 to come and work for Fraser Mills. The workers banded together and a small settlement in Coquitlam called Maillardville Village was eventually established.

Maillardville Village
Maillardville is named in honour of Father Edmond Maillard who, as an Oblate missionary, built the first parish outside of New Westminster. Father Maillard helped assist and counsel the newcomers arriving from Quebec. In time Maillardville became the largest French Canadian settlement in British Columbia and the largest francophone community west of Manitoba.

Bedroom Community
During the 1960's and 1970's, Coquitlam's housing was a little more affordable and served as a bedroom community for the workers commuting to work throughout Vancouver and other parts of the Lower Mainland. The community experienced a large expansion and required big infrastructure projects being built such as the original Port Mann Bridge in 1964 crossing over the Fraser River to Surrey.

Fraser Mills Station Museum
To view some of this history try visiting the Fraser Mills Station Museum located in Heritage Square in Maillardville. Situated permanently at the Place des Arts, the Fraser Mills Station Museum highlights this proud French Canadian past. Open by appointment only, you can call (604) 466-1555 to arrange a visit.

Mackin House Museum
Another museum that focuses on Coquitlam's mill history is situated at Mackin House located at 1116 Brunette Avenue. Mackin House Museum features a large collection of historic photos by long-time Coquitlam historian Tony Paré.

Westwood Plateau
Today Coquitlam is further developing areas such as the master-planned community called Westwood Plateau. Built on the grounds of the old 2.9 km (1.8-mile) Westwood road-racing track that operated from 1959 and eventually closed in 1990, Westwood Plateau has developed an area of high-end residential homes for up to 25,000 people on 1,400 acres of land.

Westwood Plateau is being developed by Westbild who is headed by the highly successful Iranian entrepreneur, Hassan Khosrowshahi. Hassan Khosrowshahi had previously developed the electronics giant, Future Shop, now part of the Best Buy chain.

'Street of Dreams'
Two highly visible Street of Dreams events were hosted by Westbild and participating builders, in 1992 and 1994. Homes of up to $2 million were built in conjunction with these events. The 'Street of Dreams' concept helped launch the master development plans that include an 18-hole golf course called Westwood Plateau Golf.

Coquitlam Centre
Located near Westwood Plateau is Coquitlam Centre, Coquitlam's largest shopping mall. The mall is situated on 57 acres of land and is located at 2929 Barnet Highway just east of Port Moody. At Coquitlam Centre, you can find a London Drugs, Sears, Sport Chek, Starbucks, The Bay, T&T Supermarket, Zellers, H&M, Coast Mountain Sports, Future Shop and a Golf Town.

Lougheed Hwy 7 and United Boulevard
The two other large shopping districts that have some large warehouse style shopping in Coquitlam are on either side of Trans-Canada Hwy 1 just west of the Port Mann Bridge from Surrey. You can go towards north either to the Lougheed Hwy 7 which has IKEA, automotive-related products or on the south side United Boulevard which has the large warehouse-style furniture and retail stores.

Major Retail Stores
Some major retail stores located nearby include: Home Depot, Ethan Allen, ScanDesigns, Couch Potato The Sofa Co, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Jordans Interiors, Eq3 Furniture, House Of Chippendale, Home Delight, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, M J M Furniture Centre Ltd, Norwalk The Furniture Idea, Rob's Furniture, Roma Furniture and Sandy's Furniture Ltd., Sofa Unlimited, United Furniture Warehouse, and Vancouver Furniture Emporium.

Hard Rock Casino Vancouver
For adult entertainment, Coquitlam is home to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver that, besides gaming, has a main attraction, called The Theatre. Bringing in top acts from all over the world, The Theatre at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is worth the visit especially if you are a fan of photos of famous entertainers.

Crash Crawly's
For entertaining the kids make sure you visit Crash Crawly's an adventure fun centre for kids located by Office Depot. Crash Crawly's offers a great spot for birthday parties featuring laser tag, ball pits and Café Sante Fe.

Maquabeak Park
Also located near the Boulevard Casino is Maquabeak Park where you can get the most amazing view of the Port Mann Bridge crossing to Surrey over the Fraser River. There is ample parking plus access to the Coquitlam River Trail system which offers wildlife and bird watching opportunities.

Kwikwetlem First Nations
The mouth of the Coquitlam River has been the traditional hunting grounds of the Kwikwetlem First Nations. The Kwikwetlem First Nations have two reserves along the Coquitlam River. One in Coquitlam, called I.R. #1, which is near the mouth of Coquitlam River at the Fraser River. Then, on the east side of the Red Bridge across the Coquitlam River in Port Coquitlam, resides I.R. #2.

Mundy Park
Coquitlam has a hidden jewel of a park called Mundy Park. If you can, try not to miss visiting Mundy Park which is set in an area of urban forests with self-guided nature walks that form loops around Mundy Lake. Other trails lead you to the east side of Mundy Park near Lost Lake.

Como Lake Park and Buntzen Lake
Coquitlam has a number of other parks found throughout with a couple of favourites including Como Lake Park and Buntzen Lake in nearby Anmore. Como Lake features outdoor pool, trails Buntzen Lake is the site of a dam owned by the electrical utility BC Hydro featuring trails, beautiful sandy beach area, picnic spot and great canoeing.

Coquitlam belongs to a larger area called the Tri-Cities which include two other communities of Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. With these two other communities, parks the outdoor recreation pursuits are unlimited. Some favourite pursuits include cycling the Traboulay Poco Trail, exploring along the Pitt River and boating in Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm.

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park
For provincial parks near Coquitlam Pinecone Burke Provincial Park is very close. Featuring wilderness trails and campgrounds Pinecone Burke Provincial Park also has great canoeing and kayaking especially into Widgeon Slough and Widgeon Valley from Grant Narrows in Pitt Meadows and Minnekhada Regional Park north of Port Coquitlam.

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