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The Tri-Cities area encompasses three of the region's oldest, yet fastest growing communities. Port Moody's railway heritage, Coquitlam's golf and wilderness recreation along with Port Coquitlam's revitalized city centre and riverside trails provide you with an interesting getaway close to Vancouver.
Port Moody, once touted as the western terminus of Canada's transcontinental railway, is today, a popular residential area tucked up against the hills at the top of Burrard Inlet. An easy 30 minutes or so by car from downtown Vancouver, the last section along the scenic and winding Barnet Highway.
The city's compact business district unfolds as you travel east on St. Johns Street, where you'll find a variety of quaint shops and convenient services. Finding a bite to eat is easy, with options ranging from pub fare to family dining in some of Port Moody's heritage homes. A great finish to any meal is a leisurely stroll along shoreline trails starting at nearby Rocky Point Park.
The surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. To the north along Ioco Road, is Belcarra Regional Park. Home to great beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas and a host of water activities. In the park you'll want to visit the Buntzen Lake Reservoir Recreation Area, a perfect day trip destination for families.
The arts are on display at the local arts centre and the performing arts have a home at the community's modern theatre. The city's railway heritage is celebrated in an annual festival and the town's original railway station survives as a museum. . It is little wonder this area is so popular with locals looking for, and finding, a place to enjoy a balanced life-style.
Coquitlam, immediately to the east on Highway 7 (also easily accessible from Highway 1), derives its name from the annual ritual of the salmon spawning in local rivers and creeks. It comes from the Coast Salish word "kwaynquitlum" meaning red fish. Getting out and into nature is easy here with over 70 local parks including the 435 acre Mundy Park Forest.
Interested in playing one of the premier golf courses in the region? There's exceptional golf and amazing views at Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club.
The area's arts and culture are celebrated with modern, purpose built facilities and the past is evident with the preservation of a number of historic homes in the area. Maillardville, home to British Columbia's oldest francophone community embraces its roots with a museum, art gallery and an annual arts festival.
Port Coquitlam "the city of rivers and mountains" right next door has been destroyed by floods and burnt to the ground twice, but today, it's a thriving community between the Pitt and Coquitlam Rivers. Both rivers provide aspiring anglers with a chance to drop a line and try their luck. A revitalized downtown maintains a village like atmosphere. Anchored in history by its original 1913 city hall, a new plaza offers you an interesting range of shops, restaurants, cafes and craft stores.
While the Colony Farm Regional Park's lowland marsh provides sanctuary to birds and wildlife, the PoCo trail's 24 kilometres (just over 14 miles) is popular with walkers and bike riders. The PoCo Trail meanders along river dykes and forested slopes before eventually taking you through the centre of the city. Another popular area to explore is Minnekhada Regional Park. Its Scottish styled lodge makes a great place to rendezvous for a picnic after a walk in the park.
For further information contact:
Trii-Cities Chamber of Commerce
Serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody- Year round
1209 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3