Coquitlam in Bloom

What's Happening

Coquitlam will compete in the 2017 International Challenge- stay tuned for this year's initiatives! 

Rendering of Coquitlam's contribution of Bill Reid's bronze killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea.Coquitlam to Represent B.C. at National Event

Coquitlam will represent B.C. this summer at MosaiCanada 150/Gatineau 2017, the largest horticultural event in Canada. The attraction in Gatineau, Que. will feature 13 colourful, towering ecosculptures from across the country as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. 

Coquitlam’s contribution will be a 23-foot-tall replica of Bill Reid’s bronze killer whale statue, Chief of the Undersea World, planted with colourful Alternanthera and other flowering plants. It’s based on the Bill Reid killer whale statue that’s on display at the Vancouver Aquarium. Coquitlam received funding from Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montreal to support its participation in this event. 

 Coquitlam Wins Big! 

Announced Oct. 29 at the 2016 Communities in Bloom National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies in Regina, Coquitlam was recognized as the winner of the national Over-50,000 population category of this year’s Communities in Bloom civic pride and beautification competition.

The City of Coquitlam competed against St. John’s, Newfoundland. Coquitlam received a “5 Blooms Silver” rating and a special mention for Mackin House Museum and Mackin Park.

National Communities in Bloom Judges

Coquitlam rolled out the red carpet for a panel of visiting judges July 20 and 21 as it seeks a national Communities in Bloom win to mark the year of its 125th birthday.

Hailing from Ontario and Nova Scotia, the judges ​received a Coquitlam in Bloom 2016 Profile Book(download) and toured City highlights such as the Centennial Rose Garden, Riverview Arboretum, Mundy Park, Mackin House, Place des Arts, Austin Heights, Coquitlam River and Town Centre Park. At each stop, the judges were hosted by local business owners and community members.

Featured Projects

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  • Heirloom Seed Collection

  • Coquitlam Munch

  • 125 Coquitlam Gardens

  • "Coquitlam" Rose

  • Little Toy Libraries

  • Flower of the Year – Dahlia

​Get Involved

  • Help keep Coquitlam tidy and litter-free.
  • Help beautify the places where you live, work or spend time – consider planting a garden, tidying up the property and improving street appeal. 
  • Plant Coquitlam’s flower of the year in your garden.
  • Join in the 125 Garden Photos project by taking a picture of your favourite garden, whether it’s a vegetable plot, flower display or pots on your balcony.
  • Volunteer for the Little Toy Libraries program. Contact Jennifer Urbaniak, Park Spark Program Coordinator for information. Email: | Phone: 604-927-6312

2015 Coquitlam In Bloom

The Coquitlam entry in 2015 ​provided a spotlight for the many related initiatives already underway in Coquitlam such as the Park Spark, Adopt-a-Street and waste reduction programs, while providing the opportunity for the community to focus on additional community enhancements.​

Coquitlam received a “Five Bloom” award in the B.C. Communities in Bloom competition and was also given a special recognition award for excellence in the area of Heritage Conservation. Coquitlam received an overall mark of over 88%, an impressive score that earned the City the highest award. ​

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  • 2015 Results

About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering community pride, environmental responsibility and beautification.

It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community.

Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement.  

Each of these sectors is judged on their performance in six categories:

  1. Tidiness
  2. Environmental action
  3. Heritage conservation
  4. Urban forestry
  5. Landscape
  6. Floral displays