Port Coquitlam is a city in Metro Vancouver situated between the Pitt River and Coquitlam River. The city is home to beautiful nature and a number of events.
The City of Port Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam is one of the three “Tri-Cities” in Metro Vancouver, alongside Coquitlam and Port Moody. Port Coquitlam is an area in the Lower Mainland located southwest of Coquitlam and north of the Fraser River. The city has a population of over 60,000 people and features some great attractions.
Port Coquitlam’s Best Places
Some of the best places to check out in Port Coquitlam include the following:
- Colony Farm Regional Park – a large park along the western border of Port Coquitlam with views of the Coquitlam River on Colony Farm Road.
- Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre – a unique venue at 2616 Shaughnessy Street where guests eat dinner while enjoying live entertainment. The performances are hilarious, musical, interactive and not so politically correct. (Closed as of February 2023.)
- PoCo Heritage – located at 150 – 2248 McAllister Avenue, PoCo Heritage is the city’s only museum and archives building. It features exhibits and also hosts events from time to time.
- Traboulay PoCo Trail – a 25.3 km trail that winds around most of Port Coquitlam. Good for walking and cycling, the trail passes through a variety of environments including the city’s downtown area and scenic riverbanks.
Events in Port Coquitlam
Port Coquitlam hosts several events in normal years, including the following:
- Canada Day – various celebrations take place in Port Coquitlam on July 1st.
- May Days – an annual festival with art exhibitions, musical performances, a community parade and more throughout the city in May.
- PoCo Grand Prix – cycling races for adults and kids as part of the BC Superweek series.
- PoCo Farmers Market – a weekly market takes place outside the Port Coquitlam Community Centre or at Leigh Square on Thursdays between May and October.
- British Columbia Polish Festival – an event celebrating Polish food and culture in May.
- Remembrance Day – November 11th is commemorated at Veterans Park.
- Rivers and Trails Festival – in celebration of World Rivers Day, an annual community cleanup of the Coquitlam River is held on or around the fourth Sunday in September most years.
- Vancouver Horror Nights – one of the top haunted attractions in Metro Vancouver. Run by the people behind the Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, it features an indoor maze and more.
For more information about the city, visit the official City of Port Coquitlam website.
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