Coquitlam is bordered by several cities of the Lower Mainland as well as the Cascade Mountains to the north, the Fraser River to the south and Pitt River to the east. The name Coquitlam (originally pronounced Kwayquilam) is a Coast Salish term meaning 'red fish up the river' referring to the Kokanee or Kickininee, a little red fish similar to Sockeye Salmon.
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Coquitlam has a rich First Nations history. The Coast Salish peoples lived in the area for over 9,000 years until settlers started occupying the region in the 1860s. Settlement of the area began as a 'place-in-between' during the construction of the North Road between Port Moody and New Westminster and attracted more settlers with the opening of the Fraser Mills lumber mill. A large French-Canadian population soon arrived from Quebec forming the community of Maillardville which became the largest Francophone area west of Manitoba.
Today, Coquitlam continues to thrive as a community both culturally and historically with evidence of its roots throughout the city. After the Second World War, a population boom resulting in suburban sprawl which increased with the construction of the Lougheed Highway and Highway 1.
Along with several parks, attractions and other unique locales, Coquitlam continues to grow and become a popular destination for all interests and ages.