Heritage & History

The name Coquitlam comes from the Coast Salish word "Kwikwetlem", which means "red fish up the river", acknowledging the importance of salmon to their culture. The Coast Salish peoples were the earliest residents of the Coquitlam region prior to European settlement. The kʷikʷəƛ̓əm people have long lived along the Fraser and Coquitlam rivers.

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  • European Settlement

  • Incorporation

  • French Canadian Settlement

  • Continued Growth

  • Increasing Development and City Status

  • Present Day

Preserving Coquitlam’s Heritage

Maintaining and caring for Coquitlam's heritage brings many benefits. See what the City is doing to preserve Coquitlam's Heritage.

City of Coquitlam Archives

The City of Coquitlam Archives acquires and preserves records that document the history of the city. Our holdings include records of the city government including Council Minutes, Bylaws, and correspondence from the City Clerk’s Office. They also include records from the community that document the social, political, and economic history of the city. Visit our Coquitlam Archives page for more information.

Contact Us

For further information on tourism development opportunities, please contact:

Tourism Office
Economic Development Division
P:  604-927-3912

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