CoquitlamCoquitlam, and neighbouring Port Coquitlam, are suburbs of Vancouver. There aren't any must-see attractions for the traveller, but there are a number of nice parks for walking or relaxing.
Coquitlam borders Burnaby, Port Moody and New Westminster. It is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway, Lougheed Highway, Barnett Highway and North Road.
Skytrain's Millennium Line connects Coquitlam directly with Vancouver, Burnaby and Port Moody. Public transit from Vancouver to Coquitlam is on weekdays and on weekends and evenings after 6:30PM.
The TransLink public transit system services all of Coquitlam with buses, Skytrain and the West Coast Express. Car access is easy and parking is free most places, although usually restricted close to Skytrain stations to prevent unauthorized park and ride. Park and Ride lots at the Coquitlam Central and Douglas Lafarge stations offer inexpensive all day parking. Taxis are easy to get locally and walking and cycling are options with several designated bike routes in the city.
Colony Farm Regional Parkphone: +1 604 520-6442address: Colony Farm RdPopular spot with 8.5 km of trails and opportunities for birdwatching. An estimated 150 species of birds are in the park.
Como Lake Parkaddress: Gatensbury StA 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.
- Mundy Park is a large urban forest which provides dog off-leash use until 10 am every morning. The park is often host to swim meets and soccer, baseball and lacrosse tournaments.
- Lafarge Lake park hosts a large tournament site, public ping pong tables, basket ball and tennis courts, and a band stand. It is also home to the Evergreen Cultural Centre which hosts gallery exhibits and live performances.
- Maillardville is a small community originally inhabited by French migrants sent to work in the local forest 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. There is the Place des Arts which hosts exhibitions and performances, and the Makin House Museum
Minnekhada Regional Parkaddress: Quarry Rd200+ 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).
address: at the end of Quarry RdLarge park along Pitt Lake and Burke Mountain with hiking, camping, swimming and boating opportunities.
- The Coquitlam Crunch urban outdoor 'stairmaster' is primarily a fitness challenge.
Coquitlam Aquatic Centreaddress: 1210 Pinetree WayA 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 water slide that twists outside of the building. Adults can make use of a full gym as well.
Planet Iceaddress: 2300 Rocket WayA 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.
Silver City Coquitlamaddress: 170 Schoolhouse StThe largest movie theatre in Western Canada 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.
Traboulay PoCo TrailA 25km walking and cycling trail that circles Port Coquitlam. It is mostly flat and has varied scenery: along the river, downtown and residential areas. A guide is available from the city's website.
Coquitlam is home to a variety of shopping options and features two large shopping malls.
- Lougheed Mall is located off of North Road, on the border between Coquitlam and Burnaby. Though located in Burnaby, it is surrounded by Coquitlam residential neighborhoods and remains a popular attraction for residents of both cities.
- Coquitlam Centre is Coquitlam's main mall. Located off the Barnett Highway, it is found in the heart of Coquitlam's commercial district. It has over 200 stores including a Bay, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, London Drugs, and T&T Asian supermarket. There is a large food court and several connected sit-down restaurants including East Side Mario's and Montana's Steakhouse.
- 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.
address: 110-101 Schoolhouse StTrendy casual restaurant with a varied menu.
Joey Tomato's Mediterrean Grilladdress: 550 Lougheed Highway
Haan Korean BBQphone: +1 604 944-7188address: 3025 Lougheed HighwayA restaurant offering Korean main courses and barbecue
Legend Housephone: +1 604 475-5222address: 140-1169 Pacific StreetA restaurant offering Northern Chinese cuisine
Pallas Athenaphone: +1 604 941-4871address: 101-1250 Dominion AveTraditional Greek cuisine with some pizza and Italian dishes. The lamb and calamari are local favourites.
Wah Wingphone: +1 604 945-3333address: 2748 Lougheed Highway #207Popular restaurant that serves a varied menu of traditional Chinese dishes.
phone: +1 604 941-5599address: 1864 Argue StPub with a patio that looks over the Pitt River or you can catch the game on one of the TVs. Crowd is more of a mellow middle aged group. The food is average but the daily specials are good value.
address: 345 North RdHas a huge menu of different flavours of chicken wings, with a decent drink menu. It is often quite busy during hockey games.
phone: +1 604 931-9011address: 319 North Rd4 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.
phone: +1 604 469-7105address: 2242 Park CrescentOur Coquitlam Bed and Breakfast Inn is the perfect accommodation for a relaxing vacation. After a day of sightseeing and exploring you will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at our B&B with its creek (Suter Brook) and tranquil pond surrounded by old cedar trees. Within minutes from our Coquitlam B&B location you can walk by the ocean, a lake, a river or the coastal mountains. Free wireless, high-speed Internet access and parking.
phone: +1 604 941-6216address: 1545 Lougheed Highway99 guestrooms, including 23 suites and a few rooms with special themes like Romeo & Juliet, Deserted Island and Back to the 50s. Rooms come standard with fridge, microwave and complimentary high-speed internet.
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.