Coquitlam Neighbourhood Transportation
Throughout Coquitlam, there are a variety of options when it comes to transit, such as the West Coast Express, the skytrain, and regular busses.
For those working further West in Burnaby or Vancouver, in the recent years Coquitlam has significantly improved their bus routes and transportation to make an effective alternative for commuting in to the city.
The major bus stations in and around Coquitlam and Coquitlam Central Station and Lougheed Town station.
TransLink’s HandyDART provides a door-to-door customer transit service to carry passengers with physical or cognitive disabilities who are unable to use public transit without assistance. Program registration and a small fee are required to ensure that each eligible passenger’s travel needs are considered.
SKYTRAIN RAPID TRANSIT
The Evergreen Skytrain Line runs from Coquitlam Town Centre area by North Coquitlam, through Port Moody, and re-enters Coquitlam on North Road where it joins with the existing SkyTrain system at Lougheed Town Centre.
For Coquitlam residents on the more Southern side (Cape Horn, Maillardville, Coquitlam West), Lougheed skytrain station or Braid station are easy to access and ideal skytrain options.
For Coquitlam residents in the North part of the city, stations like Coquitlam Town Centre, Lafarge Lake-Douglas, and Lincoln are easy to access.
The West Coast Express is an express bus with limited stops. It stops at Coquitlam Central Station and runs West in to downtown Vancouver. Heading East, it goes as far as Mission.
It only operates from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) with five trains per day running to Vancouver in the morning peak hours and returning in the evening peak hours. It is most used by people working 8am-4pm or 9am-5pm jobs.
For those that drive Coquitlam is a very accessible city that provides access to Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge. For access in to Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey and New West, Lougheed Highway is a convenient way to enter the freeway. Barnet Highway runs through Coquitlam and in to Port Moody, then heads west through Burnaby and connects on to Hastings Street. There is also easy access to the Port Mann Bridge and the Golden Ears bridge from Coquitlam’s Lougheed Highway.
Coquitlam Parks and Recreation
Coquitlam has a considerable number of open green spaces, with the total area of over 890 hectares (2,200 acres). There are over 80 municipal parks and natural areas, with Mundy Park located roughly in the centre of the city being the biggest, and Ridge Park located in the highlands near the city’s northern edge. Mundy Park is home to the perimeter trail where many residents of Central Coquitlam, Coquitlam East, Ranch Park, and Chineside go for afternoon strolls or to walk their dog. While the park is mostly trail, it also offers a playground, and baseball tee on the West side of the young and old to enjoy.
Town Centre Park is a large city park located in the central area of the city, it provides city residents with many recreational activities. This is near the Hockaday, Canyon Springs, Scott Creek, Westwood Plateau, River Springs, and North Coquitlam side of the city. There are a number of activities that are held here as it offers a soccer field, football field, playground, basketball court, track, and a man-made lake to name a few.
The Coquitlam Crunch is a popular attraction in the Eagle Ridge area, which features two sets of stairs around 450 steps similar to the Grouse Grind. It is an open attraction that also links up to numerous trails for those that are wanting to go further than just the steps, connecting to hiking and walking trails in Westwood Plateau.
Como Lake Park is also popular with local residents. It resides in Central Coquitlam, and often freezes over in the winter time for ice skating. It is a larger circular pond where many locals walk around and children play.
The city is responsible for the maintenance of numerous sports and recreation fields, including 40 grass/sand/soil sports fields, five Field Turf fields, 35 ball diamonds, several all-weather surfaces, a bowling green, a croquet/bocce court, and a cricket pitch. The city also operates Percy Perry Stadium and the Poirier Sport & Leisure Complex where there are gyms, ice rinks, curling rinks, and swimming pools to enjoy. Privately owned Planet Ice features 4 additional ice rinks, and more rinks are found throughout the Tri-Cities.
The city manages four all-age community centres (Centennial, Pinetree, Poirier, Summit), and two senior community centres (Dogwood Pavilion, Glen Pine Pavilion).
Coquitlam Arts and Entertainment
The Theatre, a 1,074-seat multi-purpose venue, opened as part of a $30 million expansion to Coquitlam’s Hard Rock Casino, while Cineplex Entertainment operates the 4,475-seat SilverCity Coquitlam movie complex with 20 screens.
The Evergreen Cultural Centre is near Town Centre Park and is a venue for arts and culture, in which they host a wide variety of community events. There is a 264 seat black box theatre, rehearsal hall, art studio, and art gallery. There are also a number of choirs and theatre societies that practice at the Evergreen Cultural Centre.
Place des Arts is a non-profit teaching arts centre in Maillardville that offers a variety of programs in the visual arts, music, acting, and dance. It is a fantastic place for young kids and adults to learn and expand their love for the arts, whether it be pottery, yoga, ballet, piano, violin, painting, drawing, or more. Place des Arts offers faculty concerts throughout the year, and participates competitively in some areas as well. The arts centre has been around since 1972 in Coquitlam and is an integral part to the community.
Place Maillardville is a community centre providing leisure activities for all age groups, with programs on French language, culture, as well as physical activities. Heritage Square offers visitors a wealth of historic sites, gardens, a bike path, and an outdoor amphitheatre; it is also home to the Mackin Heritage Home & Toy Museum
Coquitlam Malls and Shopping
Coquitlam Centre shopping mall is the biggest mall in the Tri-Cities and is located in North Coquitlam. It is the hub of City Centre, and a popular spot for a quick bit to eat, grocery shopping, entertainment, or just good old fashioned shopping shopping!
Situated on 57 acres of land in the heart of the Tri-Cities, Coquitlam Centre features over 910,000 square feet of retail on two spacious levels. Coquitlam Centre is the only shopping centre in Metro Vancouver offering Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket, UNIQLO, H&M, Aritzia, Sephora, Lululemon Athletica, Atmosphere, Golf Town, Walmart, and Best Buy, all in one convenient location.
In Coquitlam West area there is also Lougheed Mall. While technically located in North Burnaby, it is on the exact borderline of Coquitlam and Burnaby so it is still a popular area to shop. This particular mall is a part of the Lougheed Town Centre Expansion which will include a revitalized shopping mall, new businesses, a brand new food court, and a number of high-rise residential towers.
Coquitlam also has a number of grocery stores to shop in, ranging from Superstore, Save on Foods, Safeway and smaller local shops, to the nearby Costco in Port Coquitlam.
Coquitlam Nearby Cities
To the west of Coquitlam you will find Burnaby and Port Moody. To the east you will find Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows and going south over the Port Mann Bridge you will reach Surrey and the Fraser Valley. South West you will find New Westminster. The Coquitlam River, Pitt River and the Fraser River set boundaries between some of these cities. Being very similar to Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, some residents will group them together with Coquitlam and call them the Tri-Cities – together they form one of the best locations in the Greater Vancouver with a good mix of city life as well as outdoor beauty.
COQUITLAM SCHOOLING SYSTEM
Coquitlam is served by School District 43 Coquitlam, and has elementary, middle & high schools. The schooling system is set up as follows:
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – Kindergarten to Grade 5
MIDDLE SCHOOL – Grade 6 to Grade 8
SECONDARY SCHOOL (HIGH SCHOOL) – Grade 9 to Grade 12
Coquitlam also has a very strong french-immersion school presence, with many schools offering early french immersion, and Montgomery middle offering late french immersion.
The City of Coquitlam offers four public secondary schools, seven middle schools, and dozens of elementary schools. There are also 2 local colleges (Douglas & Coquitlam College), and a nearby university within a 10-20 minute transit (SFU).
For a complete list of all the elementary, middle, secondary, post-secondary, and french immersion schools in Coquitlam check out our comprehensive guide below!
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COQUITLAM GROWTH & REAL ESTATE
Coquitlam Population Growth
The 2016 Census shows the population of Coquitlam to be 139,284 but BC Stats estimates in their Jan 2019 report that the 2018 population in Coquitlam is around 149,490 growing at a rate of 1.2% per year. In fact, this is just below Metro Vancouver’s growth rate of 1.5% per year.
Population growth is expected to increase with many new high-density projects coming up in Coquitlam City Centre (North Coquitlam) and Burquitlam-Lougheed (Coquitlam West). Estimated population for 2021 is 176,000 and by 2041 the city expects 224,000 people.
The main areas in Coquitlam that are focused on developments at this point in time are:
North East Coquitlam
There are 4 new neighbourhoods currently being planned in 2020 by the City of Coquitlam in Northeast Coquitlam/Burke Mountain area which are:
- Lower Hyde Creek
- Upper Hyde Creek
- Smiling Creek
- Partington Creek
The Northeast Coquitlam Area Plan encourages the orderly development of a community that accommodates a future population of approximately 35,000 persons on Burke Mountain. A major Neighbourhood Centre is proposed for the Partington Creek area to serve Northeast Coquitlam.
North West Burke Village
The Northwest Area Plan set out the land use designations and policies governing development for the area north of David Avenue on Eagle Mountain and Westwood Plateau, spanning up to border the most western part of Burke Mountain.
The City Centre is currently seen as the “downtown” for the Northern and some Central residents of Coquitlam, as it provides a full range of retail, office, recreational, educational, and cultural services. The City plans to expand this even further, with key directions proposed in the draft City Centre Area Plan including:
- Creating a Vibrant Downtown Core
- Establishing a Strong Employment Base
- Building a Family-Friendly Downtown
- Enhanced Recreation and Cultural Services
- Integrating and Connecting the Downtown
South West Coquitlam – Fraser Mills
This area includes a rezone and/or redevelopment of the following areas:
- Austin Heights
- Waterfront Village Centre (Fraser Mills)
Austin Heights currently occupies mostly older low rise buildings with a mix of owner-occupiers, renters, and low-income housing. This redevelopment will focus on a mix of new high-rises, and low-rise residential and commercial revitalization.
Burquitlam plans is an investment in both Burquitlam and Lougheed areas of Coquitlam West, and charts a renewed course for the future of the neighbourhoods near North and Clarke Roads that features a walkable, complete and transit-oriented space with a mix of housing types.
Maillardville is Coquitlam’s oldest and most historic neighbourhood. The Maillardville Neighbourhood Plan (MNP) is the City’s blueprint for growth and reinvestment in Maillardville.
The Waterfront Village Centre is of particular interest because it is the first and only riverfront village setting. It is envisioned as a neighbourhood where people can live, work, shop and play in a residential, commercial, mixed-use setting.
Coquitlam Real Estate
Coquitlam Real Estate consists of condos, townhouses, and single-family detached homes and a wide range of ages and homes available.
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