Over the past week, I have been doorknocking on townhouses and bareland strata properties in Port Coquitlam. I have spoken to local residents, many of whom have lived here for decades. Others have lived here for a few years or have just moved in over the past year. Whether they just moved in last week or have been here longer than I have been alive, the underlying message was that they all love it here.
My family moved here from West Vancouver when I was a year old, so I can proudly say that I am a native of Port Coquitlam. I grew up in Citadel; I went to school at Castle Park Elementary (starting in grade 1 when it first opened) then Citadel Middle and eventually Riverside Secondary. I love my neighbourhood. I still live in Port Coquitlam. I live five minutes away from my parents and all my high school friends still live close by.
Many of the features that I loved about Port Coquitlam growing up are the reasons why I decided to make it my home into my adult years. I love that I am a stone's throw from the parks and trails. I love to run, so it is so easy for me to get onto the Coquitlam River trail where I can train for my upcoming marathon later this year.
When I am not working or going far, I try to walk as much as I can. The shops along the downtown stretch of Port Coquitlam are within 10 minutes of my home. There's Donald's Market and Safeway down the street, also Starbucks and Waves if I want to get some coffee. My favourite sushi place (Asahi Sushi) is down the street and so is Poco Chinese Restaurant. If I want to get my hair done, I go to In a Wink Boutique and the girls are fantastic there.
By summer 2021, the 205,000-square-foot Port Coquitlam Community Centre will include a leisure pool, three ice sheets, library, multi-use spaces, games room and lounge, café, gym, fitness centre, outdoor plaza and more.
Jade's Faves in Port Coquitlam (best of all, they are all so close!)
Fave Restaurant: Izba Bistro
Fave Chinese: Poco Chinese Restaurant
Fave Dim Sum: Eastern Pearl Seafood Restaurant
Fave Thai: Tip Thai
Fave Sushi: Asahi Sushi
Fave Pizza: San Remo Pizza
Fave Bar: The Cat & Fiddle (especially on Wednesday Wing Night!)
Fave Breakfast: The Big Flat Pancake
Fave Bakery: European Bakery
Fave Spa: In A Wink Boutique
Fave Gym: Gold's Gym
Fave Shop to Browse: Art Knapp
Fave Home Repair Store: Home Depot
Fave Coffee Shop: Tim Hortons
Fave Bank: TD Canada Trust
Fave Auto Repair Shop: Kirmac Collision & Autoglass