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Port Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam is located in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver on the north side of the Fraser River. Port Coquitlam commonly referred to as 'Poco,' and is adjacent to the communities of Coquitlam in the west and Pitt Meadows to the east, with all three cities situated on Lougheed Hwy 7.

Natural and Man-Made Borders
Port Coquitlam is bordered and defined by both natural and man-made borders. Natural borders include the Pitt River in the east, the Fraser River in the south, Coquitlam River in the west and the Trans-Canada Trail and the DeBoville Slough in the north. For man-made borders, there are the Canadian Pacific Railway with the largest railway yard in British Columbia and Lougheed Hwy 7 which both cut the community diagonally in half.

Shopping Areas
The commercial and business sections of Port Coquitlam are mostly on Shaughnessy Street and McAllister Avenue. There is also a new shopping section on Dominion Avenue close to the Lougheed Hwy 7 called the Dominion Triangle. Here you can find a good selection of coffee shops, restaurants, retailers and a Costco. For other retailers and financial institutes, try the Poco Place Mall located on Lougheed Hwy 7.

May Day Festival
The May Day Festival occurring since 1923 is Port Coquitlam's big event taking place in the beginning of May. The May Day Festival lasts for one week ending on Mothers' Day. During the family event you will be entertained with a parade including marching band, outdoor concerts, kids' carnival including amusement rides, and a May Pole dance.

Leigh Square Community Arts Village
The Leigh Square Community Arts Village highlights arts and serves as a cultural facility for the City of Port Coquitlam. Situated in the central plaza downtown, the Leigh Square Community Arts Village provides a beautiful facility for a wide variety of performers on various stages, an inner courtyard and displays throughout the grounds featuring a Ten Thousand Villages market.

Terry Fox
Port Coquitlam was also home to Terry Fox, who is considered of Canada's biggest heroes of the twentieth century with his cross-country run to help find a cure for cancer. Terry Fox, who was born in Winnipeg and later lived in Port Coquitlam, went to Port Coquitlam High School and later Simon Fraser University. In honour of Terry Fox, Port Coquitlam High School was renamed in 1986 to Terry Fox High School.

Hyde Creek
For relaxation, try visiting Hyde Creek Recreation Centre where there is an indoor pool complete with sauna, hot tub, a kids' water slide and river-run nature trail. The trail leads you into the Hyde Creek Nature Park past the Hyde Creek Hatchery and Education Centre. There is ample parking and the facility is situated along the beautiful Traboulay Poco Trail route.

Traboulay Poco Trail
The Traboulay Poco Trail is a 25 km (16 miles) walking and cycling trail that follows parts of the Coquitlam River through Colony Farm Regional Park eventually encircling the community of Port Coquitlam. The route follows DeBoville Slough, the Pitt and Fraser Rivers through wetlands and agricultural land. The Traboulay Poco Trail has a number of parking spots from which to choose and features a number of excellent wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Kwikwetlem First Nations
Where the Traboulay Poco Trail passes along the Coquitlam River, it goes through the lands of the Kwikwetlem First Nations, a Coast Salish Tribe. Situated just south of the Red Bridge on the Pitt River Road that Port Coquitlam resides on has been the traditional hunting ground of the Kwikwetlem First Nations.

Colony Farm Regional Park
Situated next to the Coquitlam River, Colony Farm Regional Park offers you beautiful nine km (six miles) of walking trails, six km (four miles) of cycling paths, a picnic area and beautiful community gardens. Colony Farm regional park also offers prime wildlife and a bird breeding habitat featuring a chance to view coyotes, owls, hawks and herons living in the nearby meadows and grasslands.

Pitt Lake
Other wilderness areas close to Port Coquitlam include the Pitt River where the fishing is world-famous and there is access into Pitt Lake. Once into Pitt Lake you will be into the largest tidal lake in the world. From here there is untold exploring into an area that is told to contain Slumach's Lost Gold Mine - a fabled vein of gold worth countless wealth.

Coquitlam Parks
For other parks in the nearby area including parts of Coquitlam, try visiting Coquitlam River Park, Pinecone Burke Provincial Park and Minnekhada Regional Park.

Carnoustie Golf Course
You can find some good golf at Carnoustie Golf Course located on the north-east side near the Pitt River at 533 Dominion Avenue. The 18-hole course features beautiful mountain views and plays throughout well-established forested-lined fairways.

Pajo's Fish & Chips
If you love fish and chips try Pajo's Fish & Chips
located at the 2215 Reeve Street. A local favourite Pajo's is one of those friendly, one-owner places that serves great food featuring some of the best fish and chips around.

Be Bear Aware
If you do happen to be walking about, just remember that although Port Coquitlam seems developed, it is only a stone's throw to wild nature. With that in mind you could have possible encounters with curious bears, cougars and wolves. Please follow proper wildlife-aware techniques that include watching your children and pets.

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