As BC’s sixth largest city, Coquitlam lies roughly 15 kilometres east of Vancouver and represents one of the Lower Mainland’s most diverse culinary offerings. The city was originally settled by the Coast Salish people – with archaeological finds confirming the area has been inhabited for at least 9,000 years.
It’s no wonder then that Coquitlam’s offerings are just as rich and varied as its history, growing and evolving to include mouth-watering items from nearly every corner of the globe – from authentic Korean BBQ to hard-to-find Filipino cuisine and time-tested Russian favourites (think borsch and homemade perogies) and more. Food options at the local Hard Rock Casino – the only one in Canada – are equally eclectic with seven distinct dining experiences, all focussed on sourcing fresh and local ingredients as much as possible.
Another culinary delight? Coquitlam’s festivals tastefully highlight the city’s multiculturalism and history. Celebrate Coquitlam’s Francophone history and satisfy your poutine cravings at the Festival du Bois or sample 100 years of whisky at the BC Highland Games & Scottish Festival.