Coquitlam, BC, Canada
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City Of Coquitlam Incorporated in 1891, Coquitlam has been flourishing steadily due to its favorable geographic location. Coquitlam lies beneath and Burke Mountain, with the Coquitlam watershed nestled between the two. The city has more than 1,100 hectares of Green Space with hiking trails, marshland, and a large collection of old growth trees. Aside from the wildlife and breathtaking views, Coquitlam's Town center is at the forefront of growth. With its new City Hall located only 30 minutes from Downtown Vancouver and within walking distance of Evergreen Cultural Center, Douglas College, City Center Aquatic Center, and Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam is leading the way to more centralized community-based living. There is a continuing development of attractive residential areas offering a mix of housing types, the pedestrian-oriented Town Center, a wide range of commercial activities, major industrial/business parks, and new recreational facilities. The patternof growth has given coquitlam diverse neighbourhoods within four distinct areas. Growth in Coquitlam through the early and middle parts of the last century was steady if not spectacular. The opening of the Lougheed Highway in 1953 made the City more accessible and set the stage for residential growth that started in the early 1960s and began to boom in in the mid- 1970s, a period of rapid expansion that continues today. Population trends in Coquitlam are indicative of changes in the region. Greater Vancouver is one of the most rapidly growing areas in Canada, and Coquitlam is among the fastest growing municipalities in the region. * 1999 population estimates for Coquitlam 111,534
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