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5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

1 - Originally Inhabited by the Coast Salish People

With a rich history that stretches back further than the arrival of Europeans, the area that now holds the name Coquitlam was occupied by the Coast Salish people as far back as 9,000 years ago. The name Kwikwetem where the modern word Coqutilam owes its origins is thought to mean "red fish up the river" which may be a reference to the migration of salmon.

Despite its ancient roots, it was Simon Fraser who first referenced the area in 1808. This was followed by a settling effort many decades later and was used as a middle-point stop for those traveling to the North Road.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

2 - Geographically shaped like an Hourglass

The story may vary depending who tells it but if you were to look at a map of Coquitlam you would likely notice how the top and bottom areas are wider than the centre. In this way there are many who assert that, geographically, Coquitlam has an hourglass shape. The area locally-known as "The Bump" is a plateau with larger homes and luxuries. "The Bump", otherwise known as Austin Heights has a variety of activities to offer residents and visitors, including Como Lake, a famous fishing and recreation area.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

3 - Grew Substantially Thanks to Fraser Mills

While Coquitlam was incorporated in 1908, the story before that period shows that the municipality that preceded it grew aggressive from the period of 1889 thanks largely to the efforts of Frank Ross and James McLaren's Fraser Mills. At a cost of $350,000 it was one of the more sophisticated lumber mills in the area. Over the decades that followed the area blossomed and at the time of its incorporation the District of Coquitlam had 20 houses, a post office, store, office block, hospital, barber, and pool hall.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

4 - Was Once the Largest Francophone Area in Western Canada

In 1910, and entirely due to Fraser Mills, a large group of French Canadian mill workers travelled across the country from Quebec. It is thanks to this movement that Malliardville would eventually be founded. Over the years it became the highest concentration of Francophones west of Manitoba.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Coquitlam

5 - A Green City, Coquitlam Has More than 80 Municipal Parks

A city that has been steeped in history, Coquitlam is simultaneously a place that has had a firm sight on the future. With a population of just 126,456 as of the 2011 Census, Coquitlam has a nearly unheard-of quantity of parks and recreation opportunities. Add to this the fact that as of 2009 Coquitlam has earned a title as a Cultural Capital of Canada.

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