Port Coquitlam: A Community for the Young and Young at Heart
With a vibrant community of more than 50,000 residents, Port Coquitlam features a beautiful natural setting, progressive opportunities, small town unity & spirit and healthy living. The community’s dedication to healthy lifestyle offers excellent working and living environment for people coming from all ages and lifestyles. For the past years, Port Coquitlam has engaged with new industrial, commercial, institutional and residential developments. Most of the recent developments can be found near the city’s downtown area or newly developed neighborhoods such as the Dominion Triangle.
Today, Port Coquitlam continues to be a striving community that balances environmental, economic and social values while fulfilling priorities established by citizens.
Socio Economic Profile
Although there has been a significant increase in the percentage of adults older than 40 since 1996, Port Coquitlam can still be considered as a young community. More than 70% of the population is made up of individuals younger than 44 years. The city also features a hardworking labor pool that is concentrated on the service and trade industry.
Port Coquitlam is a safe and desirable place to raise your family. Residents get to enjoy easy access to around 260 hectares of parkland. The city also has an extensive outdoor trail system perfect for hiking, cycling and even leisure walks. The community also offers a wide variety of residential options, health care facilities, high quality schools, shopping, recreational facilities and much more. There are around 15,000 homes in the community ranging from detached homes to condominiums. Around 80% of these residences are occupied by their respective owners. The city government encourages housing type diversification and takes extra measures to protect waterfront zones, natural environment and its existing neighborhoods.
Strategically located within the Lower Mainland, the residents of Port Coquitlam enjoy easy access to Vancouver via transit, road and other public rail links. The community’s accessibility, affordable residential and commercial properties, and its focus on economic growth have attracted a big number of enterprises in the community.
Public schools in the city are under the School District 43 of Coquitlam. Some of the notable secondary schools in the community include Terry Fox Secondary School and Riverside Secondary School. It houses more than a dozen of elementary schools including Cedar Drive Elementary, Birchland Elementary, Coquitlam River Elementary, Westwood Elementary, Mary Hill Elementary and so much more.
Recreation, Entertainment and Shopping
The Downtown area of the town features retail and other services in a friendly, small town atmosphere. Located at the intersection of Westwood Street and Lougheed Highway, the Poco Place Mall is a great place to shop and enjoy local produce. You can also drive by the country’s biggest mall, Coquitlam Center, only minutes away from the city. Port Coquitlam is also famous for its Poco Trail, a panoramic pathway located along the banks of Coquitlam and Pitt Rivers. The trail is best known for hiking, cycling, wildlife watching, horseback riding and walking. A lot of outdoor activities are also offered by the city’s neighborhood parks and the Nature Reserve Area.