Also known as PoCo, Port Coquitlam is located 27 kilometers east of Vancouver at the confluence of the Pitt River and Fraser River next to Coquitlam. Port Coquitlam covers 28.85 square kilometers and has a population of approximately 61,000 residents.
Port Coquitlam is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), also known as Metro Vancouver; it’s also part of the Tri-Cities area which includes Coquitlam, Port Moody, Belcarra, and Anmore.
The city of Port Coquitlam was incorporated in 1913 when the area was home to approximately 1,200 full-time residents, many of whom worked for the CP railway.
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Port Coquitlam Schools
Port Coquitlam is part of the B.C. School District No. 43 (Coquitlam). There are 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, and two senior secondary schools here as well as several private institutions.
Nearby post-secondary institutions include Douglas College, Simon Fraser University, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
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Recreation & Parks
There are a total of 266 acres of city-owned public parks and 46 kilometers of off-street recreational trails in Port Coquitlam.
The city operates a vibrant recreation department which offers a wide range of programming for all ages, including summer camps, skating, swimming, and services for seniors. There is a new Community Recreation Complex slated to open in 2021. This complex will include three ice sheets, a gym, leisure pool, fitness center, and community rooms.
Port Coquitlam Weather
Residents of Port Coquitlam, B.C. enjoy moderate coastal weather throughout the year.
August is the warmest month, with average daily highs of 21 and lows around 13, while the coldest months are December and January, with lows average around freezing and daily highs rarely rise above 5 degrees Celsius.
The city receives an average of about 1,500 mm of precipitation annually, and like most areas on the West Coast, November is the wettest month in Port Coquitlam. Snowfall is also common in Port Coquitlam during the winter months, especially at higher elevations where the single-day record for snowfall was 49 cm on February 9,1999.
Local Amenities in Port Coquitlam
Local and region-wide barrier-free public transit is readily available throughout Port Coquitlam on the TransLink system. This system includes buses, community shuttles, SkyTrains, and the West Coast Express commuter train that provides regular service to downtown Vancouver. There are also numerous on-road bicycle lanes throughout the city, and the Mondo-car-share cooperative has vehicles available.
Emergency and acute medical care is available at the 165-bed Eagle Ridge Hospital, which is part of the Fraser Health Region that includes a Regional Cancer Center, residential care facilities, and home health care services.
A number of grocery stores, shops, and services are readily available in Port Coquitlam, including Save-On-Foods, SuperValu, and Donald’s Market – a local specialty food store that features organic produce.
Port Coquitlam Real Estate
The number of homes in Port Coquitlam has increased by 42 percent over the past two decades. This area now has approximately 20,000 occupied dwelling units. Single detached homes make up 42 percent of the housing supply, followed by multi-family units (town homes) at 34 percent and apartments (24 percent).
City of Port Coquitlam Events
Port Coquitlam has a great assortment of dozens of Community events every day.
At the end of August every year down town POCO closes it streets to all trafic and hosts the POCO Car Show and Car Cruise. With 500 cars on display for over 70,000 spectators the entertainment includes bands, vendors, great food, workshops, and a children’s entertainment area. There is definitely “something for everyone” at BC’s #1 Rated Outdoor Car Show! I’ve linked some of my own photography of the event.
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