TRI-CITIES & BEYOND
WHAT ARE THE TRI-CITIES?
Tri-Cities are three suburban cities (Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam) and two villages (Anmore and Belcarra) of Vancouver whose borders are connected.
You could be in Port Moody on one side of a quiet residential street and Coquitlam on the other. All are like minded and their mayors work closely to support one another while celebrating their differences at the same time.
Coquitlam is the most diverse of the three cities, both geographically and culturally. It is the largest in land mass and its borders touch New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam and the Fraser River. Coquitlam is home many businesses, including the large industrial area of United Boulevard and a multitude of central shopping areas like Coquitlam Centre, Burquitlam, Austin Heights and Burke Mountain. Residents of this city enjoy beautiful parks, first class recreation centres, and a municipal government that is dedicated to celebrating the multiculturalism of its people.
Coquitlam’s OCP has unveiled a newly refurbished Burquitlam area, which is currently under construction, and plans to re-build the Austin Height corridor. Burke Mountain is a whole new community of residential homes, a commercial centre, and upcoming school construction. There is something for everyone in Coquitlam!
Port Moody is the smallest of the Tri-Cities geographically whose borders touch Coquitlam, Burnaby and the Burrard Inlet. Rocky Point is the start of the 6km Shoreline Trail around the inlet which ends at Old Orchard Park. From the inlet rises Heritage Mountain, home to a variety of different residential homes and businesses. Ioco Road is a scenic drive on your way to the villages of Belcarra and Anmore, White Pine Beach, and Buntzen Lake.
Port Moody’s OCP (Official Community Plan) shows multiple new upcoming developments in both commercial and residential real estate. Its design really takes advantage of the scenic beauty of the inlet so that more families can live close to the shore, while maintaining a connection to Vancouver and other areas of the Lower Mainland through the West Coast Express Train, buses, and the Evergreen Line Skytrain. Port Moody is a seaside gem!
Port Coquitlam is nestled between Coquitlam, Pitt River and the mighty Fraser River. There are many different areas including a central downtown surrounded by newly built condo buildings, large industrial area, and the beautiful greenspaces of Minnekada Park, Reeves Park, and the Traboulay Trail. Residents of Port Coquitlam enjoy many community events such as the May Day Parade, Farmer’s Market, Canada Day celebrations, Terry Fox Run, and anti-bullying events
Port Coquitlam’s OCP shows that they are ready to build up since there is limited space to build out. The downtown area has already seen many changes in the redevelopment into condos and is now home to its first highrise apartment building. Freemont Village in the very northeast of the city is a large new shopping area and home to various new home construction projects. Land that was used for farming in the past is changing into networks of new neighbourhoods to accommodate the population growth. As well as being known as a great place to raise a family, Port Coquitlam has affordable housing choices for all!
Burnaby is the only suburb of Vancouver which is attached to Vancouver by land. With its close proximity to Vancouver, Burnaby is considered a premier spot for city-loving home-owners! Main attractions are Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Metrotown Centre, Brentwood Town Centre and the Solo District, two Skytrain lines, Burnaby Mountain Park, Central Park, many recreation centres, and Swangard Stadium, just to name a few.
Burnaby's OCP (Official Community Plan) is dedicated to maintaining old neighbourhood tradition and expanding on central urbanized zones. Metrotown and Brentwood's Solo areas are focussed on high-density multi-family highrise and lowrise buildings which are located next to both skytrain lines, linking Burnaby to Vancouver, Richmond, the North Shore and the Tri-Cities. Other areas like Capital Hill and Burnaby Heights boast magnificent mountain views and quiet neighbourhoods. Burnaby may be the perfect place to make your home!
Transportation & Roads
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.
The Evergreen Line is a rapid transit line currently in the early process of construction. It is tentatively scheduled to open in 2016. It will run from Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby through the southwestern part of Coquitlam into Port Moody and then into central Coquitlam where it will terminate at the Coquitlam Town Centre.
When referring to schools, residents commonly refer the Tri-Cities as "District 43" after the public school district that serves this area. The three Canadian city names are also often conflated into "PoCoMo."
The Burnaby school district is "District 41".
The Tri-Cities area has access to a wide variety of media available in the Lower Mainland. Several community newspapers provide local coverage, including the Coquitlam Now and the Tri-City News.
98.7 The Point in Port Moody is the first radio station dedicated to the Tri-Cities area which took to the air in 2011.
Businesses in the Tri-City area are represented by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
City of Coquitlam
City of Port Moody
City of Port Coquitlam
Anmore & Belcarra
City of Burnaby
City of Maple Ridge
City of Pitt Meadows
Port Moody Police
Port Moody Library
Port Coquitlam Library
The Province Newspaper
The Sun Newspaper
Tri City News
REALTY ESTATE INFORMATION
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Coquitlam School District #43
Maple Ridge School District #42
Burnaby School District #41
New Westminster School District #40
POST SECONDARY EDUCATION
Simon Fraser University
BC Hydro Bunzen Lake
White Pine Beach
Rocky Point Park
Golden Ears Park
Coquitlam Curling Club
Port Moody Curling Club
New Westminster Curling Club
Coquitlam Swimming Pools
Hyde Creek Port Coquitlam Rec Centre
Port Moody Swimming Pools
Guildford Town Centre
New Westminster Quay
Port Moody Boat House
The Coquitlam Keg
Brown’s Social House
St. Street Grill
St. James Well
Port Coquitlam Earls