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Overview of Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Coquitlam (ko-kwit-lam) is located on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. It is a dynamic city with a commitment to community-based living. Coquitlam offers the vibrant action of a growing city combined with a beautiful natural setting boasting parks and green space, along with arts and cultural venues and multiple recreational facilities.

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  • Population: 113,498 (2005)
  • Population Density: 755 /km²
  • Area: 152.5 km²
  • Latitude: 49°17`N
  • Longitude: 122°47'30”W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 190 m. above sea level
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Coquitlam, British Columbia

Coquitlam began as a 'place-in-between' since the area was opened up with the construction of North Road in the mid-1800s. While the purpose of the road was to provide Royal Engineers in New Westminster access to the year-round port facilities in Port Moody, the effect was to provide access to the vast area between and to the east. This led to a period of settlement and agriculture, providing slow and steady growth leading up to incorporation of the municipality of the District of Coquitlam in 1891. Growth in Coquitlam through the early and middle parts of this century was steady. The opening of the Lougheed Highway in 1953 made the City more accessible and set the stage for residential growth in the early 1960s. The Coast Salish were the first people to live in the area. The name Coquitlam (Kwayhquitlam) means 'a little red fish', which is similar to sockeye salmon.

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Coquitlam's Demographics

According to the 2001 Canadian census, the two most dominant religions are Protestantism and Catholic. Coquitlam has fewer Sikhs than the provincial average, but more Muslims compared to the provincial average. About 37% of Coquitlam residents were foreign-born and of those 53% had immigrated between 1991 and 2001. Of the 34% who claimed to be a visible minority, 52% were Chinese, 11% were Korean, 9% were South Asian, and 7% were Filipino.

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Coquitlam's Climate

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Education in Coquitlam, British Columbia

High schools in Coquitlam include Dr. Charles Best Secondary School, Centennial School, Pinetree Secondary School, and Gleneagle Secondary School.. There are also several preschools, elementary and middle schools in Coquitlam and one private school, Archbishop Carney.

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Transportation around Coquitlam, British Columbia

Coquitlam is served by the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink), which is responsible for both public transit and major roads. There is regular bus service on numerous lines running throughout the city and connecting it to other municipalities in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

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Tourism and Attractions of Coquitlam

Coquitlam has many tourist attractions to offer all members of the family. It is home to many parks & natural areas, a casino, shopping centres, great golf courses and exceptional restaurants Edit this paragraph

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Geography of Coquitlam, British Columbia

Coquitlam is bordered by the municipalities of Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster, as well as the Fraser River to the south, Pitt River to the east and the Coastal Mountains to the north.

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Coquitlam's Government

Coquitlam is governed by a Mayor (Maxine Wilson) and 8 Councillors. Coquitlam is represented by three provincial MLA`s the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

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Coquitlam's Economy and Industry

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Coquitlam's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Coquitlam, British Columbia

Coquitlam has indoor and outdoor pools that offer a range of programs. The Coquitlam Sports Centre provides a 185 ft × 80 ft playing surface with seating for 1,500 people. An annex provides an additional NHL-standard 200 ft × 85 ft (61 m × 26 m) playing surface while the curling rink provides curlers with six sheets of ice.

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Media of Coquitlam

Coquitlam is home to “The Now” and “Tri-City News, daily newspapers that keep residents up to date on local and world news, events and culture.

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