1984 Volkswagen Westfalia
1984 Volkswagen Westfalia
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Coquitlam is a city in the GVRD (Greater Vancouver Regional District), also known as Greater Vancouver or Metro Vancouver, in British Columbia, Canada. It is one of the largest cities in the province, with a relatively large population. The area has been populated for at least 9,000 years, originally by the Coast Salish First Nations tribe, and then later by Europeans who began arriving around 1860. Engineers in nearby New Westminster needed a road to access what is now Port Moody, which led to the construction of North Road. In 1953, the Lougheed Highway opened and made Coquitlam more accessible to other areas of the city. The arrival of French Canadian mill workers from Quebec around 1908 to 1910 led to the creation of Maillardville, a distinctly francophone area in the midst of mostly-English speaking Coquitlam (with French street signs and more). The district of Coquitlam was incorporated in 1891.
Coquitlam is an area with rolling hills and often steep streets, and is bordered to the north by Burke Mountain, Eagle Ridge and Coquitlam Mountain, by the Fraser, Coquitlam and Pitt Rivers, and by Coquitlam and Pitt Lakes. Taking a self-guided tour in a Coquitlam RV rental is a good way to begin seeing this community. It has an oceanic climate, with summers and winters that are mild, neither too hot nor too cold, and average precipitation, although the rainfall is heavier than other nearby areas due to Coquitlam's proximity to the mountains. Summers are relatively dry as most of the rain occurs in the fall and winter. Search for an RV in Greater Vancouver and you are one step closer to experiencing one of Canada's diverse geographies. Some other nearby cities worth visiting are North Vancouver, Delta, Surrey, Maple Ridge and Abbotsford. Your Coquitlam RV trailer rental can have you there in a heartbeat.
Mount Seymour Provincial Park is a popular outdoor recreation area with unparalleled views of Vancouver City and Indian Arm Provincial Park. There are hiking and mountain biking trails of various difficulty; higher elevation trails are for hiking only. In the winter it is a premier destination for skiing and snowshoeing. Bird and wildlife viewing are also popular activities that can be engaged in at this park. Parking is plentiful and should be adequate for your Coquitlam motorhome rental, which can provide you with all of home's creature comforts once you're done for the day.
Jug Island Beach (in Belcarra) is a good destination for swimming and kayaking, but getting here requires hiking there or arriving by water (canoe or kayak). It is a rustic area with no amenities but there is an outhouse (bathroom).
Pinecone Burke Provincial Park is a mountain backcountry area that offers the opportunity to hike, bike, or go fishing. It has lakes and waterfalls that by themselves are sufficient reason to visit. The area is maintained and trails marked by volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts. The hiking is on the difficult side and is best attempted in the spring and summer. Visitors should be aware that there are bears in the area and should be avoided; wear a bell when hiking and the bears will likely avoid you.
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park and Campground is a larger campground with restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, a camp store, an indoor swimming pool and full hookups. Wi-Fi is available and the sites are paved. There is a city park next door for walking pets and light rail transit is nearby for getting around Greater Vancouver.
Fort Camping is a large RV campground with restrooms and showers, laundry facilities, a camp store and propane, a recreational activity center, pull-through sites and big rig access. The sites have full hookups with 30 and 50 amp electrical outlets, Wi-Fi, gravel pads, a fire ring and picnic table. It is very close to Fort Langley in case guests want to go shopping or sightseeing.
Coquitlam is a wonderful city with much to see and do. There are numerous parks within the city limits and in nearby cities for those who want to be outdoors without having to travel; all are maintained by the city and are very scenic. There are numerous craft breweries, museums, at least one dinner theater, and several shopping malls where you can browse stores and window shop to your heart’s content. When you need to stock up on groceries and supplies, there are a number of grocery stores with parking lots that will accommodate your camper rental near Coquitlam.
Once you have worked up your appetite, you will be happy to know that Coquitlam has it all, any type of food you desire at any price level. Cuisines on hand include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Greek and Mediterranean, Indian, Italian and pizzerias, and more. The adventurous can take the skytrain to a famous local street, Commercial Drive, where the cuisines extend to a variety of African style menus. There is no quintessential Canadian food, as Canadians come from almost every country around the world, unless you consider pancakes as a potential dinner. Coquitlam also has this, all-day breakfast venues that offer up pancakes, omelettes and other egg-based recipes. Some restaurants have outdoor patio dining available, and it doesn't get much better than that. When you can't possibly eat another bite, have your dinner wrapped up and take it home to your luxury RV rental near Coquitlam for a late night snack or next day's lunch. You are, after all, on vacation.