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Travel to Vancouver, Canada

Once you decide to travel to Vancouver, Canada, the first place you look for accommodation (Hotels, Vacation Rentals) is of course the city of Vancouver! Most likely for the convenience but often as a result of not knowing what exists beyond Vancouver’s city limits.

Vacation Rentals in the Vancouver Suburbs --  See More, Pay Less, and be Adventures...

There are many bedroom communities around Vancouver that offer accommodation at much lower price range. Burnaby (10 km away), Coquitlam (about 20 km away), Port Moody (25 km away), Surrey (30 km away). Staying in Vacation Rentals in Coquitlam or any other community can not only save you money but also can give you opportunity to explore Metro Vancouver.

From Coquitlam to Vancouver.  Car, Skytrain, or Bus?

Driving from Coquitlam to Vancouver takes about 30 minutes whether you use Highway No. 1, Lougheed Highway (No. 7), or Barnet Highway (No. 7A). 
You can take bus line  B97 to connect to Skytrain which will take you downtown. 
Alternatively you can take Westcoast Express in the morning which in 30 minutes will take you from Coquitlam to downtown Vancouver.  The express comes back to Coquitlam in the afternoon.

 Distances from Coquitlam to the Top Vancouver Attractions

  • 12 km/7 miles;  19 minutes drive - Burnaby Mountain
  • 15 km/9 mi; 24 min - Simon Fraser University
  • 17 km/11 mi; 26 min - Burnaby Village Museum
  • 24 km/15 mi; 40 min - Science World
  • 24 km/15 mi; 39 min - Harbour Centre
  • 24 km/15 mi; 39 min - Vancouver Chinatown
  • 24 km/15 mi; 37 min - Gastown
  • 25 km/15 mi; 35 min - Lynn Canyon 
  • 29 km/18 mi; 46 min - Vancouver Aquarium
  • 29 km/18 mi; 46 min - Stanley Park
  • 29 km/18 mi; 46 min - Granville Island
  • 29 km/18 mi; 46 min - Vancouver Aquarium
  • 26 km/16 mi; 40 min - Vancouver Art Gallery
  • 30 km/19 mi; 36 min - Capilano Suspension Bridge/Treetops Adventure
  • 33km/21 mi; 39min - Downtown Vancouver
  • 35 km/22 mi; 45 min - Van Dusen Gardens
  • 40 km/24 mi; 60 min - Grouse Mountain
  • 44 km/27 mi; 57 min - University of British Columbia
  • 50 km/31 mi; 45 min - Horseshoe Bay/Whytecliff Park

Other British Columbia Attractions -- Driving Time from Coquitlam

  • Whistler Olympic sites - 2 ½ h- Trans Canada Highway 1 & BC 99 North.
  • Vancouver Island or Gulf Islands -BC Ferries from Tsawwassen (50 km/31 mi - 55 min) and from there 1h 35 min on Ferry to Victoria.
  • The Abbotsford Airshow- August 12- 14, 2011- Abbotsford International Airport YXX, 50 km/31mi
  • Hell’s Gate Airtram, on the Gold Rush Trail, Fraser Canyon -150 km/93mi – 2 h
  • Harrison Hot Springs – 100 km/62 m – 1h 36 min
  • White Rock- beautiful picturesque city by the ocean with Oceanside Promenade: 1.4 mi/ 2 km / 10 min from US border - 32km/20mi – 45 min. away from Coquitlam
  • Golden Ears Provincial Park, Alouette Lake - 40 km/24 mi 60 min

If You Arrived by Plane...

Vancouver International Airport - Coquitlam - 38km/23mi
Abbotsford International Airport - Coquitlam - 50 km/31mi

Driving from the USA? (Seattle/Portland/San Francisco…)

After crossing the US border at Blaine, WA / White Rock,BC – US highway I 5 will transition to Canadian BC 99. Go North, take exit 10 to Surrey via Port Mann Bridge to Coquitlam (32 km/20mi; 40 min. drive).

Coquitlam's Attractions -- This is NOT just a Bedroom Community!

If you want to relax in the outdoors, explore any of 80 parks in Coquitlam. Mundy Park the largest park in Coquitlam (176 hectares/435 acres) has many walking trails that pass the park's two lakes - Mundy Lake and Lost Lake. The park features outdoor swimming pool, playgrounds, picnic area. The Coquitlam's trail system encompasses about 90km of hiking trails. A number of picturesque lakes and connecting waterways make up for a paradise for canoeing or kayaking lovers. Explore Belcarra Regional Park with Sasamat Lake in Port Moody, one of the warmest lakes in Greater Vancouver, and Buntzen Lake in Anmore.

In the summer day’s you can relax at Sasamat Lake’s White Pine Beach.  Spend the time at the beach, swim in clean water, go fishing or circle Belcarra’s Sasamat Lake. The Sasamat Lake Loop (1.5 mi/2.5 km return) will take you around the lake from White Pine Beach going south to a floating boardwalk that crosses the lake back to the beach.

In addition to a nice beach, there are a few hiking trails around the Buntzen Lake. You can choose from 4 to 12 hours hiking time. Trails are used also by Mountain Bikers and Equestrians.

Wanna Play?

Boulevard Casino in Coquitlam - the largest casino in the province of British Columbia with Red Robinson Show Theatre. Some past performances included such names like Jay Leno, Bill Maher, Julio Iglesias and more.

Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club

For Golf Lovers there are a few golf courses:

Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole, par 72, 6770 yard course. Won the Best New Course in Canada award for 1996. Season from April to October.
Eaglequest - golf and mini-golf - 1001 United Boulevard, Coquitlam

Eating out?  How about International Cuisine?

Coquitlam offers a variety of international cuisine: American, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Italian, Greek...

Just to name few:

  • Milestones Grill & Bar -745 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
  • Pizza One (Barnet Hwy) - 2733 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
  • Pallas Athena Greek Kouzina 2565 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
  • Boathouse Restaurants 2770 Esplanade Street, Port Moody
  • Sang Thai & Vietnamese Restaurant 6102-2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
  • Pho Huy Vietnamese Restaurant 22-2755 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam
  • Chada Thai Fine Cuisine 107-2991 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
  • Pasta Polo Fresh Organic Pasta 2754 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam
  • And many more…..

Some Pub’s in the area:

  • The Frog & Nightgown 1125 Falcon Drive, Coquitlam
  • French Quarter Pub 925 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam,
  • Jake's Crossing Pub, Port Moody
  • Golden Spike Inn, Port Moody

Prefer own Cooking?

Get your groceries in one of the fresh food markets in the area:  Save on Foods, Superstore, Safeway, T&T (Asian market with fresh fish and seafood)

Shopping & Entertainment

Coquitlam Center welcomes you with other 200 stores to explore. When in need of culture and entertainment visit Evergreen Cultural Centre for performances, events and art gallery, Latin dance parties or visit nearby Casino for performances in Red Robinson Show Theatre.


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