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Coquitlam Town Centre

Coordinates: 49°17′29″N 122°47′26″W / 49.2915°N 122.7906°W / 49.2915; -122.7906
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Coquitlam Town Centre
Coquitlam City Centre
Skyscrapers in the Town Centre area of the city of Coquitlam, with the North Shore Mountains in the background.
Skyscrapers in the Town Centre area of the city of Coquitlam, with the North Shore Mountains in the background.
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
RegionLower Mainland
Regional DistrictMetro Vancouver
 • MayorRichard Stewart
 • MP (Fed.)Ron McKinnon (Liberal)
 • MLA (Prov.)Joan Isaacs (BC Liberal)
 • Total7.2 km2 (2.8 sq mi)
 • Total31,380[1]
Time zoneUTC−8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (PDT)

Coquitlam Town Centre is the main commercial and retail neighbourhood for the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia. Coquitlam Town Centre covers 723 hectares (1,787 acres). The Town Centre also contains the highest concentration of high-rise condominiums in the Tri-Cities and northeastern Metro Vancouver.[2][3]


Picture of Coquitlam taken from Coquitlam Centre

The concept of a town centre for the area dates back to 1975. In 1979, Coquitlam Centre Mall was built and became the main catalyst for the creation of a Town Centre. Over the following years, rapid population growth took place as new housing and low rise apartment developments were built over previously forested areas.

In the early 2000s, the City of Coquitlam updated the Town Centre Plan. Shortly thereafter during the mid 2000s, City Centre began to densify as various high-rise condominium developments took place. This is reflected in the rapid population growth of the recent decade, as City Centre grew by over 15% from 2011 to 2016.

The intent is to have a concentration of high-density housing, offices, cultural, entertainment and education facilities to serve major growth areas of the region, served by rapid transit service.

Coquitlam Town Centre is currently undergoing an update of the Town Centre plan.[4]



Geographically, Coquitlam has two large parcels of land (one in the south-west, the other in the north-east), with a smaller central area between them. This central area, Coquitlam Town Centre, was designated as a "Regional Town Centre" under the Metro Vancouver's Livable Region Strategic Plan.


Population history
Source: City of Coquitlam[5]



Upon completion of the Coquitlam Centre Mall in 1979, the population of Coquitlam's City Centre was estimated to be 5,000.

Today, City Centre has grown to a population of 31,380.[6]


Ethnic groups in City Centre (2016)
Population %
Ethnic group European 14,070 43%
East Asian 10,845 33.1%
Middle Eastern 3,405 10.4%
Southeast Asian 1,520 4.6%
Aboriginal 905 2.8%
South Asian 830 2.5%
Latin American 580 1.8%
Black 465 1.4%
Other 600 1.8%
Total population 33,038 100%


Languages spoken in City Centre (2016)
Source: [7]
Language English 69%
Chinese 14%
Korean 6%
Persian 4%
Other 7%
Total % 100%

Rapid Transit

Lincoln Station is situated in the heart of Coquitlam Town Centre

Evergreen Extension


Three stations for the Evergreen Extension are in operation in the town centre - Coquitlam Central, Lincoln, and Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, which is the terminus of the SkyTrain line.



Public facilities presently at the Town Centre Park area include:

Coquitlam City Hall
Coquitlam Public Library
Police Station
Fire Hall
Innovation Centre
Douglas College
Pinetree Secondary School
Evergreen Cultural Centre
City Centre Aquatic Complex
Percy Perry Stadium
Lafarge Lake



Retail and Shopping


Coquitlam Centre - constructed in 1979 is the main mall in the City Centre.

Other major retail centres:

  • Pinetree Village
  • Sunwood Square
  • Henderson Place Mall
  • Westwood Mall
  • Various mini malls in the Glen and Johnson area


David Lam Campus


  • Glen Elementary
  • Walton Elementary
  • Nestor Elementary








  1. ^ "City Centre Community Profile 2018" (PDF).
  2. ^ Metro Vancouver: Coquitlam Town Centre Archived July 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 1 March 2009
  3. ^ City of Coquitlam: Retail Retrieved on 1 March 2009
  4. ^ City of Coquitlam: City Centre Area Plan Retrieved on 4 January 2009
  5. ^ "City Centre Community Profile 2018" (PDF).
  6. ^ "City Centre Community Profile 2018" (PDF).

49°17′29″N 122°47′26″W / 49.2915°N 122.7906°W / 49.2915; -122.7906