Coquitlam

The city of Coquitlam is considered the fifth biggest city in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Originally the name Coquitlam was derived from the words, Kickininee or Kokanee, which is a fish coloured red and is similar to sockeye salmon. The place began as a "place-in-between" during the construction of North Road in the middle of 1800's, and its intention was to give Royal Engineers within New Westminster access to the port's all-year facilities within Port Moody. In the 19th Century, Coquitlam grew when Frank Ross and James McLaren opened Fraser Mills, that was a lumber mill situated on Fraser River's northern banks. The next years saw the arrival of some contingents of French Canadian mill workers, and after WWII, Lower mainland and Coquitlam experienced a population explosion that still continues even now.

Mundy Park is located within the heart of the city and is among the many municipal parks and natural areas in Coquitlam. On the northern and eastern edge of the highlands are the Provincial Park, Minnekhada Park, Pinecone Burke and Pitt Addington Marsh. Towne Centre Park is situated in the middle part of the city, and it offers people lots of recreational activities. Beach-enthusiasts can enjoy the neighboring beaches of Anmore (Sasamat lake, Buntzen Lake), Port Moody and Belcarra.

Within Coquitlam, there are several sports and recreation fields comprising almost forty grass/soil sports/sand fields, cricket pitch, a croquet/bocce courts, a bowling green, some weather surfaces, and thirty-five ball diamonds. There is also the Coquitlam Sports Centre and the Percy Perry Stadium. Planet Ice has four ice rinks and variou additional ones located all over Tri-Cities. Additionally, there are also four community centres situated in the city: Summit, Poirier, Pinetree, and Centennial. Senior community centres are likewise existing (Glen Pine Pavilion and Dogwood Pavilion).

Many of the Coquitlam residents will commute to the areas of Burnaby, Vancouver, and several Metro Vancouver areas for their daily job. The main industrial area of the city sits within the Fraser Mills/Maillardville area. The largest employers within the area comprise the City of Coquitlam, Boulevard Casino, Art in Motion, Sony, Marine Propulsion (a division of Rolls-Royce), and Coca-Cola. The retail business likewise thrives within the area, and it is one of the industries that contribute to the city's employments. The majority of retail businesses are within the Town Centre area, and around the North Road and Austin Heights sectors (IKEA, The Home Depot).

The Abbotsford International Airport (Trans Canada Highway) and Vancouver International Airport (south of Vancouver within the City of Richmond) are the two closest airports within the city. Train services are provided by the West Coast Express. Translink offers the bus services in the city, as well as bus routes to Port Coquitlam Maple Ridge, Port Moody, Burnaby, and Vancouver.




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The city of Coquitlam is considered the fifth biggest city in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Originally the name Coquitlam was derived from the words, Kickininee or Kokanee, which is a fish coloured red and is similar to sockeye salmon. The place began as a "place-in-between" during the construction of North Road in the middle of 1800's, and its intention was to give Royal Engineers within New Westminster access to the port's all-year facilities within Port Moody. In the 19th Century, Coquitlam grew when Frank Ross and James McLaren opened Fraser Mills, that was a lumber mill situated on Fraser River's northern banks. The next years saw the arrival of some contingents of French Canadian mill workers, and after WWII, Lower mainland and Coquitlam experienced a population explosion that still continues even now...
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