Be charmed by history: For many Vancouverites, Coquitlam is known for its expansive park and trail network, its offering of ethnic restaurants, and its exceptional home décor stores along United Boulevard. But it also boasts charming historic neighbourhoods that are worth veering off the boulevard to explore. For instance, Maillardville was home to a large population of French-Canadian workers at Fraser Mills in 1909; today it is still the largest francophone community west of Manitoba, with historic sites, geocaching experiences, shops, and restaurants to explore. Tip: Drop in at C Market Coffee Roastery for a pour from Bridgette, the shop’s owner and Master Roaster, then grab takeout Filipino-style sandwiches from Morning Tide Eatery for a picnic in the park.
Its neighbour Austin Heights is another quaint neighbourhood, a walkable community of shops, restaurants, Blue Mountain Park, and the legendary John B Neighbourhood Pub, which boasts more than 80 BC craft beers on tap and a huge covered patio. But before you settle into a patio seat, grab a bubble tea from Soul Cup Café then explore shops for unique, locally crafted and sourced items at Artisan Gifts and Flowers and crystals, jewelry, and essential oils at Reflections Books.