|Port Coquitlam, British Columbia|
|Motto: "Working Together For The Future"|
|Regional District||Metro Vancouver|
|• Mayor||Greg Moore|
|• Governing Body||Port Coquitlam City Council|
|• Councillors||Mike Forrest
|• MP||James Moore (Conservative)|
|• MLA||Mike Farnworth (New Democrat)|
|• Total||29.17 km2 (11.26 sq mi)|
|Elevation||30 m (100 ft)|
|• Density||1,931.3/km2 (5,002/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Pacific Time Zone (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)|
|Postal code span||V3B, V3C, V3E|
|Area code(s)||604, 778|
|Website||City of Port Coquitlam|
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 and one overpass. Port Coquitlam is often referred to as "PoCo." It is Canada's 88th largest city by population.
Port Coquitlam is not to be confused with the adjacent and larger Coquitlam.
The area was first inhabited by the Coast Salish people, including the Kwikwetl'em people. The first European settlers began farming beside the Pitt River in 1859. A major impetus to the creation of a municipality was when the Canadian Pacific Railway moved its freight terminus from Vancouver to "Westminster Junction", where a spur line branched off to the Fraser River port of New Westminster in 1911. Port Coquitlam was first incorporated as a municipality on March 7, 1913. Port Coquitlam was originally mostly farmland; however, because of the densification and expansion of Vancouver, it has now become mostly suburban housing, especially in the northern and southwestern areas of the city. The economy has diversified with a variety of industrial and commercial developments, including metal fabrication, high technology industries, and transportation.
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%.
In 2009 Port Coquitlam was rated 85th for its murder rate (for Canadian cities with a population over 50K).
|Canada 2006 Census||Population||% of Total Population|
|Visible minority group
|Other visible minority||20||0%|
|Mixed visible minority||585||1.1%|
|Total visible minority population||13,425||25.7%|
|Total Aboriginal population||905||1.7%|
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 Port Coquitlam Centre and 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.
Canadian Pacific Railway has a major rail yard in the central sector of the city.
In October 2009 the new Pitt River Bridge, a new seven-lane cable stayed bridge, opened to the public replacing the existing crossing. The previous crossing was made up of 2 swing bridges which were removed upon completion of the new cable stayed bridge. The Pitt River Bridge crosses the Pitt River connecting Port Coquitlam to neighbouring Pitt Meadows.
In March 2010 the Coast Meridian Overpass, a new four-lane cable stayed bridge, opened to the public giving a new option for traveling north to south over the Canadian Pacific Railway Oxford Street rail yard.
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.
Secondary schools 
Middle schools 
- Citadel Middle
- Kwayhquitlum Middle
- Maple Creek Middle(former Hastings Junior Secondary)
- Minnekhada Middle (former George Pearkes Junior Secondary)
- Pitt River Middle (former Mary Hill Junior Secondary)
Elementary schools 
- 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)
- Lincoln Elementary (Closed in 2007).
- Mary Hill Elementary (French Immersion)
- Westwood Elementary
Private schools 
- Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School
- Our Lady of the Assumption Elementary
- British Columbia Christian Academy (formerly Lincoln Elementary)
- Hope Lutheran Christian School
- Ecole des Pionniers de Maillardville (French)
- Sprott Shaw College (post secondary)
Notable residents 
- Zach Hamill, professional hockey player, drafted 8th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins
- Betty Fox, cancer research activist, mother of Terry Fox
- Terry Fox, athlete and cancer treatment activist
- Robert Pickton, convicted serial killer, alleged to be Canada's most prolific
- Ian Tracey, Leo and Gemini Award-winning actor.
Past mayor's legal troubles 
On April 5, 2007, former 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. The Mayor was released on bail and will next appear in court on April 16. He currently faces the following charges under the Criminal Code of Canada: 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. Scott Young stepped aside as Port Coquitlam mayor temporarily on April 13, 2007. 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 28, 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 28, 2007 had he not resumed his duties.
Scott Young was replaced as mayor of Port Coquitlam by Greg Moore on December 1, 2008. Young was defeated in his quest for a councillor's seat in the November 15, 2008 local municipal elections.
Surrounding municipalities 
See 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
- Macleans:  14 October 2010
- , Community Profiles from the 2006 Census, Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision
- , Aboriginal Peoples - Data table
- , Canada Year Book 1932
- , Canada Year Book 1955
- , Canada Year Book 1967
- , British Columbia (Canada): Province, Major Cities, Towns & District Municipalities - Statistics & Maps on City Population
- "Save Lincoln School".
- "Coquitlam School District 43".
- Lower Mainland mayor arrested
- Mayor freed
- "Port Coquitlam mayor steps aside, apologizes". CBC News. April 13, 2007.
- Port Coquitlam mayor set to reclaim his job
- Port Coquitlam Municipal Elections