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Coquitlam Travel Guide

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Welcome to Coquitlam!

Evidence of Coquitlam's heritage, which can be traced back centuries, is found throughout this coastal city, located a short 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver and 20 minutes from the U.S. border. The area's earliest documented residents, the Coast Salish, are credited with the name Coquitlam, which translates to 'small red fish', the bounty by which the Salish survived. Waves of immigrants began arriving in the late 1800s and in 1909, a large settlement of French Canadians made their way to Coquitlam to participate in the growing lumber industry. Today, the French language can still be heard while perusing Coquitlam's Maillardville district. Much of the area's past can be uncovered at Heritage Square. Here, guests will find the early 1900s Makin House, a historic home adorned with significant artifacts and antiques, and the CPR Station House and Caboose, where many immigrants and Quebecois first imprinted their steps into West Coast history.

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