Coquitlam is the largest community in the Tri-Cities region, and one of the fastest-growing cities in Metro Vancouver. Located only half an hour away from Downtown Vancouver, it is the geographical heart of the Lower Mainland.
In 2009 Coquitlam was designated as a Cultural Capital of Canadian Heritage, Arts and Entertainment. The Evergreen Cultural Centre is Coquitlam’s primary venue for the arts and culture, a civic facility designed to host a wide range of community events. Evergreen serves as the home venue for the Coastal Sound Music Academy, the Stage 43 Theatrical Society and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Coquitlam manages four all-age community centres, many playing fields and ball diamonds, and an aquatic center; and it offers two golf courses.
The population today is around 130,000, but the projected population for 2021 is 176,000, and 220,000 by 2041. Despite its rapid growth and evolution into a vibrant urban centre, Coquitlam has managed to hold onto much of its small-town warmth and charm.
Its growing and diversifying economic base offer new opportunities in professional services, manufacturing, technology and retail. And housing is scrambling to keep up, with new single family homes, townhomes and luxurious condos projects springing up.