Tri-Cities (British Columbia)
The Tri-Cities are an informal grouping of three adjacent suburban cities and two villages in the north-east sector of Metro Vancouver in British Columbia. Combined, these five communities have a 2016 population of 234,300 residents:
When referring to schools, residents commonly refer to the Tri-Cities as "District 43," after the public school district that serves this area.
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.
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 Port Moody 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.
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