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May 24, 2019 Return to Headlines

Learn Some Fun Facts about Coquitlam during Tourism Week

by Caitlin Osborne |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 24, 2019 – Did you know that Hollywood stars came to Coquitlam during the 1930s and ’40s for salmon fishing retreats? Find out more about this – and other – fun facts about our city during national Tourism Week from Sunday, May 26 to Saturday, June 1.

Coquitlam’s Tourism Office will shine a light on 15 things you might not know about this place we call home. It’s an opportunity to learn something new and be a tourist in our own town. 

Join us by following and sharing our posts on Tourism Coquitlam’s social media channels (@visitcoquitlam). 

At the end of the week, we’ll be giving away a prize package including a $100 gift card for Coquitlam Centre, four rounds of golf at EagleQuest Coquitlam and a copy of Colleen MacDonald’s book about local bike rides, Let’s Go Biking. Watch for details on our Facebook page (facebook.com/visitcoquitlam) on Sunday, June 2. 

15 Things You Might Not Have Known About Coquitlam 

Here’s a teaser to some of the fun facts you’ll be reading about this week. 

  • During the 1930s, the world’s elite were wined and dined at Minnekhada Lodge.
  • There’s only one Hard Rock Casino in Canada – and it’s in Coquitlam.
  • Coquitlam is home to Canada’s largest functional fitness event, CanWest Games.
  • More than 100,000 teddy bears have attended the Teddy Bear Parade and Picnic in Coquitlam during the past 30 years.
  • Coquitlam hosts the Canadian National Lacrosse Championships this summer and the FIL Men’s World Field Lacrosse Championships in 2022. 

Intrigued? Read more at visitcoquitlam.ca.

Also be sure to bookmark Coquitlam’s tourism website, visitcoquitlam.ca, to keep on top of upcoming festivals and events this summer, scope out a new restaurant to try, or discover local biking and hiking spots. Share your photos on social media by tagging #explorecoquitlam.

About Tourism Week 

National Tourism Week is a grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic opportunities available to Canada through travel and tourism. Tourism is a $91.6 billion industry in Canada that directly supports more than 614,000 jobs from coast to coast. Approximately 20.6 million overnight visitors vacation in B.C. each year, contributing $17 billion in revenue to the provincial economy, according to Destination B.C.

Media Contact: 
Eric Kalnins
Tourism Manager, Economic Development Division 
604-927-3912 / 778-386-4533