More Open Houses for Brunette Interchange Proposed Upgrade

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is holding two additional open houses regarding the future Brunette Interchange on Highway 1.

The information at the open houses will be the same information that was presented at the first two open houses held on this project in early November.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the open houses scheduled for:

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016:
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sapperton Pensioners Hall
318 Keary St.
New Westminster

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Gymnasium, Maillard Middle school
1300 Rochester Ave.

There are three design options for the future interchange, which will be presented at the open houses.

  • Option A: Brunette Interchange with Separate Municipal Connections and United Blvd. Connection:
    • The main crossing of Highway 1 is separated into two corridors – a two-lane corridor for local traffic and a four-lane corridor for regional and provincial traffic.
  • Option B: Blue Mountain Interchange with United Blvd. Connection:
    • This option extends Blue Mountain St. over Highway 1 to United Blvd. Interchanges become the main access to Highway 1.
  • Option C: Blue Mountain Interchange with Braid Industrial Area Connector:
    • The direct connection between United Blvd. and Brunette is replaced by a two-lane connection from Blue Mountain St. to Columbia St. via a new connector with a two-lane tunnel under the rail lines and Brunette River.

The project team will be present to answer questions. There will also be display boards with more information on the project.

To learn more, or to provide feedback online, please visit the project website:

Canada Day in Coquitlam

While the neighbouring community of Burnaby is hosting their annual Canada Day celebration at Swangard Stadium, this year will be Coquitlam’s eighth Canada Day celebration and more than 60,000 people will gather in Town Centre Park on July 1st for ‘Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day’.


The Canada Day celebration in Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park is a free community festival featuring live music and entertainment, food, beverages, family activities and fireworks.

As part of the Coquitlam 125 anniversary celebrations, the 2016 event will recognize the City’s past, present and future with a new site configuration and special activities.

Photo opportunities abound at this colourful event, from the red and white face paint and clothing, to the live performances on three stages, to the spectacular fireworks display over Lafarge Lake.

The free Canada Day Celebration is an all day event culminating with fireworks at 10 p.m.

Limited parking is available on site and event-goers are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use transit or the free shuttle. A free shuttle bus will run from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. between the site and Gleneagle Secondary (1195 Lansdowne Dr.) and a free bicycle valet service will be available.

Buses that stop within a block or two of the site include the 97 B-Line, 179, C27 and C28.

Come on down to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park to celebrate Canada Day!

Trees in Residential Areas

With the increase in extreme weather events that are happening around the world, including right here in Coquitlam, it is important for residents of the City to understand their responsibilities, as well as the City’s, in relation to tree management in residential areas.

First thing, if you are concerned about the behaviour of a tree that is on public property, such as on park land or on a boulevard, please call the City’s Parks Customer Service line at 604-927-6300 (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). This obviously does not include your concerns about trees loitering around your home or damaging your car. 

If you are concerned about a tree on private property, such as your property or your neighbours’, please visit the City’s website for additional information or reference the flowchart below. It is very important that you understand the trees “rights” before doing any cutting because there is no going back once you do cut or remove a tree.


As well as understanding if or when you can cut or remove a tree, it is also important to understand that if a tree is on private property, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure the health and maintenance of the tree.

The City’s Tree Bylaw (Bylaw No. 4091, 2010) regulates the conservation, removal and replacement of trees throughout the city. The bylaw also spells out details for obtaining a permit for tree removal. While proper pruning of your tree does not require a permit, cutting a tree may require one. The flowchart above provides guidelines to assist you in knowing if you need a permit to cut down your tree.

For more information about trees in the city of Coquitlam, you are encouraged to contact an Urban Forestry Technician at 604-927-3482 or visit

Stay and Play in Coquitlam

Rather than doing too much driving this holiday season, consider staying local and enjoying everything the season has to offer right in your home community. If Coquitlam is local for you, their holiday programs and special events, as well as drop-in recreation activities will keep everyone healthy and on track.

LaFarge Lake Lights
LaFarge Lake Lights

Kids can go for a swim, watch a movie and enjoy some pizza while parents take a well-deserved break or finish some shopping or wrapping. There’s also Christmas crafts, drop-in volleyball, swimming, badminton, skating and more.

You can find all the programs and details at or pick up the guide at a recreation facility.

In its fourth year, the City continues with popular light displays at City Hall, Spirit Square, Town Centre Park’s Lafarge Lake and the Inspiration Garden. The free displays are sure to delight with their dazzling, whimsical and beautiful themes. You can also join a fun workshop on December 7 to create your own plastic bottle tulip to add to the light display at Lafarge Lake. To get a sampling of what you can expect, go to

Or if you are the singing sort and you want to sing some traditional carols there are several events in December with a special theme on December 22 to form the largest group singing of Jingle Bells – the first 100 people to show up will receive a free set of jingle bells—interested carolers meet at the patio behind the Coquitlam Innovation Centre, weather dependent. Details on these events are available at

There’s no need for stress this season, stay local and have a safe and happy holiday!


Day Camps for School District 43 Students

Below are three events that Coquitlam residents may benefit from with the second two events being more useful for people with school age children who will be out of school on Friday, June 13th.

First up is the free summer kick-off party at Victoria Community Hall (3435 Victoria Drive) on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This party is being hosted by the City of Coquitlam and local residents are encouraged to come out to meet their neighbours and find out what programs will be offered this summer at the hall. There will be live music, kids’ activities, demonstrations and more.

For more information about Victoria Community Hall visit or call 604-927-6940.

And then for Friday, June 13, 2014 the next day of the teachers’ job action, the City of Coquitlam is once again stepping up to help keep School District 43 students busy when they aren’t in school. Register for day camps online at –

Pinetree Day Camp

An exciting day of sports, science, crafts and games. For kids 6 – 12 years.

WHEN: Friday, June 13 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pinetree Community Centre

*NOTE: Please pack a peanut-free snack and lunch. Wear comfortable clothing & running shoes.

Kids on the Move

A fun filled day of games, swimming, crafts and more. 7 – 12 years

WHEN: Friday, June 13 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Poirier Community Centre

*NOTE: Drop off at Centennial Pavilion Youth Centre in the morning. Pick up will be at Poirier Community Centre, MacDonald Room. Swimming at Spani Pool is weather dependent. Staff will call all registrants on June 10th to confirm. Please pack a peanut-free snack and lunch. Wear comfortable clothing & running shoes.

Swimming at Spani Pool

Spani pool will be open for public swim. Admission is $2.00/person.

WHEN: Friday, June 13 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Spani Outdoor Pool

Coquitlam Day Camps

On Thursday, June 5, 2014 all School District 43 students will be out of school due to the teachers’ rotating strike. So on that date, the City of Coquitlam will be offering full day camps to offer kids activities to keep them thinking and learning on the day when they aren’t in school.

The first full day camp will be held at the Pinetree Community Centre and will have sports, science, crafts and other games for kids 6-12 years of age.

To register for the Pinetree Camp.

Poirier Community Centre
Poirier Community Centre

The other day camp, called Kids on the Move, will be held at the Poirier Community Centre and is for kids 7-12 years of age. This camp will involve a fun day of games, swimming and other activities.

To register; for the Poirier Camp.

Both of these camps run from 9 to 3pm.



Kids on the Move

Join us for a filled day of fun, games, swimming and various other activities. 7 – 12 years | Register Now

WHEN: Thursday, June 5 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Poirier Community Centre

Community to Participate in Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Planning

From the City of Coquitlam –

The City of Coquitlam is inviting residents, local businesses and property owners, as well as community organizations to join a Public Advisory Group that will help develop a combined Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Plan (BLNP) to shape new growth and development in that area over the next 20 to 25 years.

The Burquitlam-Lougheed Neighbourhood Planning Public Advisory Group (BLNP PAG) will play a key role in the planning process by representing community interests and adding their perspective to the BLNP update. Those interested in being a member are invited to submit an application to the City no later than noon on Monday, April 28.

As a result of the planned opening of the Evergreen Line in 2016, Coquitlam is experiencing tremendous growth and opportunity. Fortunately, the City laid important groundwork for rapid transit over 11 years ago when it adopted the original Lougheed Neighbourhood and Burquitlam Neighbourhood Plans. These Plans anticipated apartments, shops, offices and public space around planned SkyTrain stations to create walkable, transit-oriented neighbourhoods. The City also developed the Transit-Oriented Development Strategy (TDS) in 2012 to respond to a changing housing market, guide new development and support future Neighbourhood Plan updates.

The City is now taking a closer look at the Lougheed and Burquitlam Plans to ensure these neighbourhoods continue to evolve in a way that reflects community needs and leverages the opportunities presented by the Evergreen Line.

The BLNP PAG is a key component of the public consultation process and represents a broad range of community interests. BLNP PAG representatives will provide feedback into the development of the BLNP at each stage of the process by:

  • providing a local perspective on opportunities for the neighbourhood;
  • reviewing, commenting and advising on plan inputs and project deliverables at key milestones of the planning process;
  • reporting back on plan progress and any input provided, where applicable;
  • attending public engagement events such as Public Open Houses, when  possible; and
  • promoting involvement in public engagement activities to community  members.

The planning process is expected to last approximately 20 months and will take place between spring 2014 and fall 2015. Coquitlam City Council will formally appoint the BLNP PAG members for a term to coincide with the BLNP update. During that time the BLNP PAG is expected to meet three to four times with meeting dates and times to be determined with input from the BLNP PAG members.

Please visit the website at for more information about the BLNP process and to obtain a copy of the PAG application form. The deadline to apply for the BLNP PAG is noon Monday, April 28, 2014. All applicants will be notified of the selection outcome.

The City of Coquitlam encourages all community members to learn more and get engaged in the neighbourhood planning process by attending the Public Open Houses, which will be held throughout the update process and will be widely advertised in local papers, on the City website and via social media channels.

Changes Coming to Coquitlam’s Waste Collection System

Beginning July 1, 2014, the City of Coquitlam will be moving to an automated waste collection system similar to the systems used in New Westminster and Burnaby. The new waste collection plan will result in a 20% savings to the garbage utility rate for residents.

As of July 1st here’s what Coquitlam residents can expect:

  • Bi-weekly garbage pick up (yes, that is correct – garbage picked up once every two weeks!)
  • Weekly Green Can pick up
  • The City of Coquitlam will be providing all single-family homes with a new garbage cart and a wildlife-resistant Green Can cart. The cost for these standard carts has been incorporated into the annual garbage utility fee.
  • Residential recycling, including single- and multi-family, will be managed by Multi-Material BC (MMBC) and financed by businesses that produce the items to be recycled. Visit for more information.

The City of Coquitlam will be sharing more detailed information over the coming months regarding the new service, the new carts, and how to use them.

To stay apprised of the latest details and information over the coming months, Coquitlam residents are encouraged to:

  • Sign up for Curbside Collection Schedule & Reminders to get the latest information to your smartphone or email. Visit to sign up, or search “Coquitlam Curbside Collection” – a free download in your iPhone or Android app store.
  • As an aside, I signed up for the email alert and I wasn’t paying attention and now I get an email the day before garbage day. That’s about as useful to me as an email alert telling me garbage was picked up yesterday. Word of advice – check that you get the alert the morning of the garbage pick up.
  • Like the City’s Facebook page ( or follow the City on Twitter (@CityofCoquitlam).
  • Watch for information coming to homes, in local papers, and in the community.
  • Information and Frequently Asked Questions will also be posted to

Coquitlam Youth Survey

Here is a call-out for a bit of information from the young people of Coquitlam; the Coquitlam Youth Council wants to make Coquitlam a better place for youth. As part of the 2012 Youth Week, the youth council is launching this survey to learn what is important to youth.

When you are done filling out these questions and press the “submit” button, make sure that when the screen says “thank you for submitting” you print it out because you can use it for a free swim or skate at a Coquitlam recreation centre! 

Here is a link to the survey. Tell them what you want, what you really, really want…(think Spice Girls as you sing this).