The City of Coquitlam

The City of Coquitlam is known as the City of Choice, with a population 112,890 (2001 Census) it is one of the fastest growing municipalities of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD). Being situated approx 25 kilometres from Downtown Vancouver it can only take about 30 minutes travelling by car. The neighbouring municipalities are Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby and New Westminster.

There are an abundance of

Parks and open space areas in the City. These range from neighbourhood parks to city parks with over 90 kms of trails, picnic areas, lakes for fishing, sports fields, open air pools and many more facilities. The river offers a peaceful setting or you could wander through the forests.

In addition to the many outdoor Swimming Pools and spray parks that are open during the summer months, there is a state of the art facility that includes a free form wave pool, water slides, a 50 metre Olympic length pool and a 3000sq. ft health and fitness centre.

Another great facility is the Chimo pool which has great swimming and fitness facilities. There are plans to replace this pool with a new facility called the Poirier Aquatic Facility. which promises to be another stae of the art complex.

The City of Coquitlam Sports Centre is an all-season recreation complex that offers sports activities all year round.

The Community Centres offer programs and activities for people of all ages and interests.

The City of Coquitlam is served by School District 43, where there are 53 elementary schools (Grades K-5), 13 middle schools (Grade 6-8) and seven secondary schools (Grades 9-12). The Douglas College also has a campus in the city.

The Coquitlam Centre shopping mall has over 910,000 square feet of retail space, making it a popular place to shop. There are also other smaller malls and shopping centres offering a good variety of services and stores. The largest shopping mall & entertainment complex in BC is located in nearby Burnaby.

Health services in the are are provided by the Fraser Health Authority with the nearest hospitals being the Eagle Ridge hospital in neighbouring Port Moody and the Royal Columbian in New Westminster which offers 24/7 emergency care.

The area is very well served by Public Transport; it has a wide variety of bus routes that provide transportation within the city and to neighbouring cities, including Vancouver. There is a commuter rail service, the West Coast Express, which runs through city and the station is located at Coquitlam Central. The nearby cities of Burnaby and New Westminster have Skytrain services.

The neighbourhoods of Coquitlam are divided into four areas, each offering a mix of housing types. Housing prices in the area are in the mid to higher end of the GVRD, the average price for a detached house is $463,749 (June 05).

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