Port Coquitlam

Port Coquitlam

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leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Scott Young
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leader_name1 = Port Coquitlam City Council
leader_title2 = Councillors
leader_name2 = Mike Bowen Arlene Crowe Mike Forrest Greg Moore Darrell Penner Michael Wright
leader_title3 = MP
leader_name3 = James Moore (Conservative)
leader_title4 = MLA
leader_name4 = Mike Farnworth (New Democrat)
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timezone = Pacific Time Zone
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Port Coquitlam is a city in British Columbia, Canada. Located 27 km east of Vancouver, it sits at the confluence of the Fraser River and the Pitt River. Coquitlam borders it on the north, the Coquitlam River borders it on the west, and the cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows lie across the Pitt River. Port Coquitlam is almost entirely bisected by a Canadian Pacific Railway yard with two underpass crossings. Port Coquitlam is often referred to as "Poco."

Port Coquitlam is not to be confused with the adjacent and larger Coquitlam.


The area was first used by the Coast Salish people, including the Kwikwetl'em people. The first European settlers began farming beside the Pitt River in 1859. The Canadian Pacific Railway moved its terminus from Vancouver to the banks of the Fraser River in 1911. Port Coquitlam was first incorporated as a municipality on March 7, 1913. Port Coquitlam was originally mostly farm land; however, because of the densification and expansion of Vancouver, it has now become mostly suburban housing, especially on its northern and southwestern sides. The economy has diversified with a variety of industrial and commercial developments, including metal fabrication, high technology industries, and transportation.

Current mayor's legal troubles

On April 5, 2007 Port Coquitlam mayor Scott Young was jailed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The arrest is apparently related to a February, 2007 incident in which the mayor was accused of harassing an ex-girlfriend. This is Young's 3rd arrest since becoming mayor in 2001. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/04/05/bc-mayor.html Lower Mainland mayor arrested] ] The Mayor was released on bail and will next appear in court on April 16. [ [http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=3aae8b09-354d-4270-b9c4-ef2cb56eeff2&k=27162 Mayor freed ] ] He currently faces the following charges under the Canada criminal code: Two counts of assault, one count of breaking and entering with intent, one count of criminal harassment and three counts of breach of condition of a release order. [ [http://www.thenownews.com/issues07/041207/news.html canada.com ] ] Scott Young stepped aside as Port Coquitlam mayor temporarily on April 13 2007. [ [http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/04/13/bc-young.html?ref=rss Port Coquitlam mayor steps aside, apologizes ] ] Scott Young has indicated he intended to return to active mayorship after the Victoria Day holiday, and return Tuesday, May 22, 2007. However the Mayor did not return until May 28th 2007 which was the last possible day for him to return, as his resignation is automatically tendered by British Columbia provincial law after missing 4 meetings or 60 days of which both would have occurred on May 28th 2007 had he not resumed his duties. [ [http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=6e01dffe-b5c2-4c12-a656-ce66310f9e4d Port Coquitlam mayor set to reclaim his job ] ]


The second half of the 1990s saw the population grow at a rate of 9.8%, with a large number of immigrants, who by 2001, comprised 25% of the population. English was the first language for 76% of the inhabitants. Religions practiced were Catholic 36%, Protestant 32%, Other 14%, and No Religion 18%.


Because of its primarily suburban nature, Port Coquitlam relies heavily on its vehicular roads to move people and goods. For example, two of its major arterial roads, Shaughnessy Street and Lougheed Highway bisect Port Coquitlam east to west and north to south, respectively.

Translink provides a number of bus routes throughout the city. The most used bus route in this section of the Greater Vancouver Regional District is the 159. The 159 connects southern Port Coquitlam to the SkyTrain. Other bus routes in the city are the 160 and C38. The 160 links Port Coquitlam and Vancouver. It passes through Coquitlam Central Station and Port Moody Station. Two major stops in the city include the Port Coquitlam Centre and the Port Coquitlam Station. Numerous other Community Shuttles serve the Port Coquitlam area, including the C38 which connects Northern Port Coquitlam to Coquitlam Central Station via Port Coquitlam Station.

The Lougheed Highway passes through Port Coquitlam, running from Coquitlam in the west to the Pitt River Bridge in the east. Although this highway has made much of Port Coquitlam a very congested area, it is one of the few major arterial highways in the area.

The Mary Hill Bypass - officially known as Highway 7B - borders Port Coquitlam on the east and the south and runs adjacent to the Fraser River from the Pitt River Bridge on the east to the Port Mann Bridge on the west.

Canadian Pacific Railway has a major rail yard in the central sector of the city.

A 25 km hiking and biking trail, known as the Traboulay PoCo Trail, completely surrounds the city.

Public schools

Public schools in Port Coquitlam are part of School District 43 Coquitlam.

Riverside Secondary
Terry Fox Secondary

Citadel Middle
Kwayhquitlum Middle
Maple Creek Middle
Minnekhada Middle
Pitt River Middle (former Mary Hill Junior Secondary)

Birchland Elementary Blakeburn Elementary Castle Park Elementary Cedar Drive Elementary Central Elementary Coquitlam River Elementary Glen Elementary (French Immersion) Irvine Elementary (French Immersion) James Park Elementary Hazel Trembath Elementary Kilmer Elementary (French Immersion) Leigh Elementary
Lincoln Elementary (scheduled for closure June 30, 2007.) [cite web|url=http://www.gregmoore.ca/savelincolnschool/|title=Save Lincoln School] [cite web|url=http://www.sd43.bc.ca/index.php?page_id=210|title=Coquitlam School District 43] Mary Hill Elementary (French Immersion)

Private schools

Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School

British Columbia Christian Academy

Notable residents

* Terry Fox, athlete and cancer treatment activist
* Juliet Belmas, member of the Squamish Five, a self-styled urban guerilla group
* Robert Pickton, convicted serial killer, alleged to be Canada's most prolific
* Zach Hamill, junior hockey player, drafted 8th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

urrounding municipalities

Canadian City Geographic Location (8-way)
Northwest = Coquitlam
North = Coquitlam
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West = Coquitlam
Centre = Port Coquitlam
East = Pitt Meadows
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South = Surrey
Southeast = Barnston Island |

ee also

* Province of British Columbia
* Greater Vancouver Regional District
* School District 43 Coquitlam
* Tri-Cities (British Columbia)


*Francis, Daniel, ed. "Encyclopedia of British Columbia", Harbour Publishing Ltd, 2000

External links

* [http://www.portcoquitlam.ca portcoquitlam.ca Port Coquitlam website]
* [http://www.city.port-coquitlam.bc.ca/__shared/assets/Traboulay_PoCo_Trail_Map_-_Printable_PDF736.pdf Map of Traboulay PoCo Trail]

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