Coquitlam offers a rich history and a growing arts and cultural community. Cultural sites and centres like the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Place Maillardville, Mackin House, Place des Arts and many others, provide a wide array of cultural experiences and adventure. The City of Coquitlam has also become a popular destination for festivals and events with over 100 events occurring each year. Whether it is the Festival du Bois, Treefest, the BC Highland Games, the Canada Day Celebration at Lafarge Lake, or the Korean Cultural Heritage Day Festival, there is something for everyone to enjoy at anytime of the year. The population is this area is approximately 139,000.

The City of Coquitlam has over 80 municipal Parks and Natural Areas totalling over 2,200 acres. The parks and trails include features ranging from picnic areas and playgrounds, to outdoor pools, spray parks, sports fields and skateboard parks. It also has a variety of high-quality community centres, pools, libraries, sports arena and sports fields. The award-winning Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex upgrade is the most recent investment in an expanding network of civic facilities dedicated to recreation that also includes Town Centre Park and the City Centre Aquatic Centre.