The City of Port Coquitlam

The City of Port Coquitlam is surrounded by the Coquitlam, Fraser and Pitt Rivers as well as the Coast Mountains. It is located approx 30 kms, about 40 minutes drive, from Vancouver. The City is bordered with Port Moody and Coquitlam and the three cities together make up the Tri-Cities area. With a population of around 51,257 (2001 Census) it is a caring community, which is committed to creating a safe and desirable place to raise a family.

The City of Port Coquitlam has over 266 hectares of parkland. There are 67 Parks within the city that have many amenities including playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts, outdoor pools and trails.

A fantastic amenity is the Traboulay PoCo Trail which is 25 kms long and encircles the City of Port Coquitlam. It is very popular with walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters.

The Railside is a 40,000 square feet youth park, the biggest in British Columbia, it includes a sports court, a skate bowl, a fun track and green space, providing a safe outdoor venue for youths.

The Colony Farm Regional Park has excellent trails which are used for hiking, cycling and it is a perfect place for nature study. The Minnekhada Regional Park covers more than two hundred hectares and has hiking trails, picnic facilities and is also home to Minnekhada Lodge a premier heritage building.

Pinecone Burke Provincial Park is a 38,000 hectare park on Burke Mountain, it has hiking trails and excellent mountain biking.

The City of Port Coquitlam has some excellent recreation facilities offering a wide variety of programs. The impressive Hyde Creek Recreation Centre is 55,000 square feet of services and facilities. There is a lap pool, leisure pool, river run and water slide, a gymnasium, weight room and aerobics studio and racquetball and squash courts.

Other great facilities are the Port Coquitlam Recreation Centre which houses two ice arenas and the Wilson Centre, a community centre for people aged 50 or over, which has pool tables, a craft room, meeting rooms and a garden atrium.

Port Coquitlam is served by School District 43 , which has fourteen elementary schools, five middle schools and two senior secondary schools. There is also a Francophone school and three Private schools. Port Coquitlam also boats four Post Secondary institutions located nearby.

The Downtown Core and Northside Centre provide excellent shopping and services. The Coquitlam Centre shopping mall, in the nearby city of Coquitlam, 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 are provided by Fraser Health and the nearest hospital is Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody which has 24/7 emergency care.

In general, the area is very well served by Public Transport; with 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. The nearby cities of Burnaby and New Westminster have Skytrain services.

Housing prices in the area are in the lower to mid range of the GVRD, the average price for a detached house is $397,756 (June 05).

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