Coquitlam is an attractive urban community in Metro Vancouver with beautiful parks, interesting festivals, shopping centres and nature.
City of Coquitlam
With a population of about 125,000, Coquitlam is the sixth largest municipality in Metro Vancouver and is often referred to as one of the “Tri-Cities”, along with the neighbouring suburbs of Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.
Places of interest in Coquitlam include the Vancouver Hard Rock Casino (for gambling and live entertainment), IKEA (the giant Swedish housewares big-box store), Westwood Plateau (one of the Lower Mainland’s top golf courses) and Mackin House (a historic home built in the early 1900s).
Coquitlam is home to the annual Festival du Bois – BC’s largest francophone festival, which takes place each year in early spring.
In the summer the July 1st Canada Day celebrations in Coquitlam are impressive with family-friendly activities and free concerts. Also, there’s the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival at Town Centre Park in mid-August.
The Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival is a semi-annual event featuring over 40 breweries at the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club in both March and November. It’s run by the same organization that puts on the TriCity International Wine Festival at the same venue in November too.
From late November until mid-January each year the city is also home to Lights at Lafarge which features over 100,000 Christmas lights around Lafarge Lake just a few blocks from Coquitlam City Hall.
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Coquitlam’s Poirier Street Farmers Market takes place on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm from mid-May until late October at 624 Poirier Street and is worth checking out if you’re in the area and looking for some farm fresh produce.
Farmers markets are always interesting and a great way to support local farmers, and the Coquitlam market is one of the Lower Mainland’s larger ones with usually at least 65 or so vendors.
There is some beautiful countryside in the Tri-Cities area, including Belcarra Regional Park near Port Moody, and stunningly beautiful Sasamat Lake and Buntzen Lake. If you’re in the area, these are some of the Lower Mainland’s most beautiful places and well worth a visit on a sunny day almost any time of the year. Also in Coquitlam is Minnekhada Regional Park.
The largest park in Coquitlam is Mundy Park which is about 175 hectares in size. It’s an exceptional forested park with extensive gravel trails that are perfect for cycling and walking around. At the park there is also Mundy Lake, which you can easily walk around, and both dog and dog-free areas.