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City of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody

The City of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody (often called the "Tri-Cities") grew up alongside Highway 7, the Lougheed Highway. Vancouver's Hastings Street changes to become the Barnett Highway (7A) as it winds on the Burrard Inlet side, passes through Port Moody until it joins the Lougheed Highway.

Port Moody was named for Colonel Moody, the commanding officer of the Royal Engineers, stationed in BC between 1858 and 1863. Port Moody was the Canadian pacific Railway's original western terminus. The first train arrived on July 4, 1886. In 1887, however, the line was extended 20 km to downtown Vancouver.

The City of Coquitlam is named for "the little red fish" or landlocked salmon in the Coast Salish Indian language. The area includes Minnkhada and Burke Mountain regional parks, and has several popular lakes, including Como and Buntzen. City of Coquitlam includes the French-speaking community of Maillardville, where French-Canadians settled in 1909 to work in the Fraser Valley mills.

The City of Port Coquitlam is a small community between the Coquitlam and Pitt Rivers. This is a major industrial area, including CP Rail marshalling yards. The Pitt River flows from Pitt Lake, which at 7,700 hectares is the world's largest freshwater tidal water.

Hike the Port Coquitlam Trail, with its wilderness views. The Burrard Inlet at Port Moody is famous for its bird watching and its fishing. The Minnehhada Regional Park in the north east section has great scenic views of the Pitt River.

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City of Coquitlam is the largest of the "Tri-Cities" communities. These communities are nestled between Burnaby to the west and the Pitt River to the east, and north of the Fraser River. Because of the panoramic setting overlooking Vancouver , with the slope facing the Fraser River, Coquitlam is a desirable community to live in. Commuting to Vancouver using the West Coast Express or by road (along the Barnet Highway) is about 40 minutes. Coquitlam Center is a major shopping destination. Another nearby mall is Lougheed mall.

South Coquitlam, with its proximity to the Fraser River and the Trans-Canada highway, was a pleasant and convenient middle-class families home. It provides reasonable access to Vancouver but gives the feel of a smaller suburban community, though in recent years some of that ambiance is being lost. Mundy Park with its many hiking trails  gave this part of Coquitlam a semi-rural feel.

Schools
The school system is mature and there are lots of elementary and secondary schools in or close to all neighborhoods. The schools offer both French immersion and ESL (English as a Second Language) programs. Post-secondary opportunities are broad with a Douglas College campus in the City Centre, with two year programs and university transfer programs; Simon Fraser University is located in neighboring Burnaby.

Shopping
Coquitlam has a number of larger malls including Coquitlam Center and Westwood in the northeast, with retail strip malls clustered along Lougheed Highway. In the south, there are several malls along Lougheed Highway including Cariboo and Lougheed (actually just inside Burnaby).

Recreation
Coquitlam has a number of parks including Coquitlam River park and the 175 hectare forest in Mundy Park. There are a number of civic facilities for swimming, skating, racquet sports and golf. Wilderness buffs can drive a short distance north to Belcarra Village or up to Buntzen  Reservoir.

Accommodation
Coquitlam offers several bed and breakfast accommodations besides hotels and short term rental houses.


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