Coquitlam Neighbourhood Info

July 12, 2012

Located 10-15 kilometres east of Vancouver, where the Coquitlam River meets the Fraser River, Coquitlam is the fifth-largest city in British Columbia with a population of 114,565. It borders Burnaby, Port Moody, New Westminster and Port Coquitlam, and was incorporated in 1891 as the District of Coquitlam.

First inhabited by the Coast Salish, Coquitlam's name is derived from the Coast Salish term "Kwikwetlem", meaning "red fish up the river".

The real estate market in Coquitlam consists of houses, townhouses, and high density condos mostly concentrated in the Coquitlam Town Centre area, which is a community hub with a public library, City Hall, R.C.M.P building, a fire hall and the David Lam campus of Douglas College.

Other cultural and recreational facilities in the Town Centre include the Evergreen Cultural Centre, City Centre Aquatic Complex, and the Percy Perry Stadium. There are residential neighbourhoods as well as sprawling rural communities and acreages in North East Coquitlam neighbourhoods, including Burke Mountain, River Springs and Park Ridge Estates.

The average price for a house in Coquitlam is $708,297, a townhouse $454,568 and an apartment $300,679. View Coquitlam MLS® Listings and upcoming open houses

Coquitlam Amenities

Coquitlam Shopping

The main shopping centre in Coquitlam is Coquitlam Centre, featuring over 180 shops and services on two spacious levels, including The Bay, London Drugs, Sears, Zellers, T&T Supermarket, H&M and Future Shop. Lougheed Mall is also located nearby and there are a number of big box stores located on Lougheed Highway.

Schools and Education in Coquitlam

There are 45 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and nine secondary schools in the Coquitlam School District, serving 30,000 students. Simon Fraser University is nearby on Burnaby Mountain and the University of British Columbia is in Vancouver.

Coquitlam Cafés and Restaurants

Coquitlam offers numerous dining options, cafes and ethnic cuisines to residents of this multicultural community. There are restaurants located in the Coquitlam Town Centre with options for the whole family.

Coquitlam Sports and Recreation

Coquitlam boasts over 80 municipal parks covering 2,200 acres everything from small neighbourhood playgrounds to large regional parks in undeveloped areas in North East Coquitlam. Mundy Park is the largest park in the city. Also nearby are Pinecone Burke Provincial Park, Minnekhada Regional Park and Buntzen Lake Reservoir. There are also trails for hiking and walking throughout Coquitlam.

Coquitlam Transportation

Coquitlam is located in the Greater Vancouver Regional District, accessible by bus links from Coquitlam Town Centre, the SkyTrain lines, which go directly into Burnaby and Vancouver, and surrounding suburbs and the West Coast Express, which provides comfortable train services from Mission to Vancouver and all cities in between.

Coquitlam Property Statistics

Home prices*
Houses $708,297
Townhouses $454,568
Apartments $300,679

*Source: BC Real Estate Association

Coquitlam Demographics

Population*- 75,165 *Source: BC Stats

60+ 15.3%
40 to 59 33.3%
20 to 39 26.3%
5 to 19 20.3%
0 to 4 4.9%

*Source: BC Stats

Fully owned 74.9%
Rented 25.1%

*Source: BC Stats

Detached 57.2%
Apartments 42.8%

*Source: BC Stats

Municipalities Surrounding Coquitlam