Tri-Cities (British Columbia)

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The Tri-Cities within the GVRD.

The Tri-Cities are an informal grouping of the three adjacent suburban cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody, along with the two villages of Anmore and Belcarra in the northeast sector of Metro Vancouver in British Columbia. Combined, these five communities have a 2016 population of 234,300 residents:

Municipality Type Population
Anmore village 2,210
Belcarra village 643
Coquitlam city 139,284
Port Coquitlam city 58,612
Port Moody city 33,551


Ethnic groups in the Tri-Cities (2016)
Source: [1][2][3][4][5]
Population %
Ethnic group European 128,835 55.5%
East Asian 54,875 23.6%
Middle Eastern 12,275 5.3%
Southeast Asian 11,265 4.9%
South Asian 9,810 4.2%
Aboriginal 7,515 3.2%
Latin American 3,690 1.6%
Black 2,720 1.2%
Other 4,165 1.8%
Total population 234,300 100%

Other terms[edit]

When referring to schools, residents commonly refer to the Tri-Cities as "District 43," after the public school district that serves this area.


The Tri-Cities area has access to a wide variety of media available in the Lower Mainland. After Glacier Community Media merged several community newspapers, only one remains: the Tri-City News.

CKPM-FM in Port Moody became the first radio station dedicated to the Tri-Cities area when it took to the air in 2011.



For motorists, the Trans-Canada Highway provides freeway access to Burnaby, Vancouver, Surrey, and other municipalities in the Lower Mainland. Lougheed Highway is an alternative route to the Trans-Canada, entering Coquitlam through Maillardville, past the Riverview Hospital area, up to Coquitlam Centre where it turns sharply east to Port Coquitlam and then into Pitt Meadows via the Pitt River Bridge. Barnet Highway begins at the Coquitlam Centre area and heads directly west through Port Moody and on to Burnaby and downtown Vancouver.

Public transit[edit]

Bus service in the Tri-Cities is provided by TransLink. The West Coast Express, which runs from Downtown Vancouver to Mission, stops at Port Coquitlam station, Coquitlam Central station and Moody Centre station.

SkyTrain currently serves the area, since the completion of the Evergreen Extension on December 2, 2016. The line serves Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby, and passes through the southwestern part of Coquitlam into Port Moody and central Coquitlam, where it terminates at Lafarge Lake–Douglas station.


Businesses in the Tri-City area are represented by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Coordinates: 49°16′N 122°47′W / 49.267°N 122.783°W / 49.267; -122.783