Horse Teams Fraser Mills, 1909 (Source: Coquitlam Heritage Society collection, City of Coquitlam Archives)
The name Coquitlam comes from the Coast Salish word “Kwikwetlem”, which means “small red salmon”, acknowledging the importance of salmon to their culture. The Coast Salish peoples were the earliest residents of the Coquitlam region prior to European settlement.
Coquitlam began as a “place-in-between” due to its location between New Westminster—the new capital of British Columbia during that time—and Port Moody. The construction of North Road began in the mid-1800s and was intended to provide Royal Engineers in New Westminster access to the year-round port facilities in Port Moody. North Road also resulted in providing improved access to the vast area between the two cities and to the east.
European settlement began in the 1860s, and the early years in Coquitlam largely revolved around settlement and agriculture. Growth was slow and steady and on July 25, 1891, the District of Coquitlam was officially incorporated.
Preserve Your Stories!
Preserve your stories by helping to build the collection at the City of Coquitlam Archives. We are looking for records that document the history of Coquitlam—its people, businesses and associations, and environment. If you have photographs, maps, scrapbooks, letters, diaries, film and video recordings, records of associations (e.g. meeting minutes, newsletters, etc.) or other material that might have historical value, please get in touch at email@example.com.
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 the City’s Coquitlam Archives page for more information.
Coquitlam: 100 Years, Reflections of the Past
Interested in reading about our first 100 years? Be sure to read, Coquitlam: 100 Years, Reflections of the Past, a collection of stories and photographs published for the City’s Centennial year.
This book recalls, “One hundred years of history as told by the pioneers themselves, who recall taming the tree-filled wilderness, the warmth of a growing community and the many cultures which formed what is now Coquitlam.”