Port Coquitlam is a largely suburban community that is part of the Lower Mainland’s Tri Cities, east of Vancouver. Historically an agricultural region, the flat plain in Port Coquitlam was selected by Canadian Pacific Railway for rail yards at the end of its transcontinental railway. A great part of Port Coquitlam has been developed into suburban neighbourhoods, with large areas of parkland offering outdoor recreation. Housing in Port Coquitlam is primarily detached homes and low-rise apartments.
Port Coquitlam is served by the public School District 43, with 2 secondary, 5 middle and 14 elementary schools. PoCo is also served by five private schools. The city offers a wide variety of outdoor activities in its parks, including an outdoor gym, skate park, bike skills park, indoor and outdoor swimming, venues for soccer, baseball, lacrosse, ice and street hockey. The Traboulay PoCo Trail is a 25km trail for walking and cycling that runs the perimeter of the city. The Leigh Sqaure Community Arts Village offers classes, programs and events throughout the year for both young and old. Major transportation to and through PoCo is via Loughead Highway, Mary Hill Bypass and Shaughnessy Street.