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Overview of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia is located about 30 km east of Vancouver, Coquitlam borders it on the north and the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are across the river. The name Coquitlam comes from the Salish word `Kwayhquitlum`, meaning red fish in the river, referring to the river's annual salmon spawning run.

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  • Population: 51,225 (2001)
  • Population Density: 550 /km²
  • Area: 34.61 km²
  • Latitude: 49°15.74?N
  • Longitude: 122°46.86?W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Time Zone: Pacific
  • Language: English
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History of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Port Coquitlam was incorporated in 1913, after the Canadian Pacific Railway Company had moved its freight operations from Vancouver to Port Coquitlam two years earlier. Ninety years later, the rail yard is the largest CPR yard in British Columbia.

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Port Coquitlam's Demographics

In the late1990's Port Coquitlam saw a population growth rate of 9.8%, with a large number of immigrants, who by 2001, comprised 25% of the population. English is the first language spoken for most of the residents. Religions practised are Protestant 36%,Catholic 32%, other 14%, and no Religion 18%.

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Port Coquitlam's Climate

Port Coquitlam has warm summers, rainy and mild winters with limited snowfall.

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Education in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Port Coquitlam has fourteen elementary schools, five middle schools and two senior secondary schools as well as a francophone school. There are three private schools: two elementary schools and a high school. Post secondary education opportunities are close, with Douglas College just 2 km away and Simon Fraser University about 10 km away.

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Transportation around Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

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Tourism and Attractions of Port Coquitlam

You`ll find plenty to see and do in Port Coquitlam. Whether it is participating in one of our unique and historic May Day celebrations, taking advantage of the great shopping opportunities, playing a round of golf, dining at one of the local restaurants or just taking a scenic walk along the Traboulay PoCo Trail, there is something for people of all ages.

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Geography of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Port Coquitlam is bordered on the south by the Fraser River, on the east by the Pitt River, on the north by the Coast Mountains, and on the west by the Coquitlam River. From the lower valley at Port Coquitlam, the mountains climb steeply to elevations in excess of 1,500 metres.

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Port Coquitlam's Government

Port Coquitlam is governed by a Mayor and six Councillors. Members of Council hold office for three-year terms. The Mayor chairs all meetings of Council.

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Port Coquitlam's Economy and Industry

Port Coquitlam is an industrious community with a diverse labour force and a variety of employment opportunities in the industrial, commercial and service sectors. The local school board (School Board 43) and C.P. Rail are the top employers in Port Coquitlam.

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Port Coquitlam's Culture and Significant Events

The City of Port Coquitlam is famous for its May Day celebrations that have been taking place since 1923. The modern day celebration includes a whole week of activities including outdoor concerts, community showcases, May Pole dancing, amusement rides and the May Day Parade.

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Sports in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

North Bay has much to offer in the area of sports and recreation like the FC Soccer Club, the Minor Hockey Association, baseball, lacrosse, fishing and hiking—just to name a few!

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Media of Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam's main daily newspaper is ‘The Now'.

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