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The Tri-Cities area is to the east and north-east of the City of Vancouver, and is made up of three municipalities: Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam. The area brings together Port Moody's railway heritage, Coquitlam's golf and wilderness recreation, and Port Coquitlam's revitalized city centre and riverside trails, providing plenty of interesting options for visitors to experience.
At the centre of Port Moody, an easy 30 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver, is a compact business district, where you'll find a variety of quaint shops and places to grab a bite to eat. Nearby Rocky Point Park is a popular spot, with shoreline trails to stroll. The city's railway heritage is celebrated in an annual festival and a heritage railway station survives as a museum. The surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as Belcarra Regional Park—home to great beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas and a host of water activities. In the park you'll also find the Buntzen Lake Reservoir Recreation Area, a perfect day trip destination for families.
Getting out and into nature is easy in Coquitlam, with over 70 local parks including the 176-hectare (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. Coquitlam also has a thriving arts and culture scene, 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, known as "the city of rivers and mountains" is 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 by its original 1913 city hall, the plaza offers 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 (14.9-miles) is popular with walkers and bike riders.
For further information visit the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce online, or call 604.464.2716.