Port Coquitlam is a small town in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It lies at the confluence of the Fraser and Pitt River and is a suburb of Vancouver. The original inhabitants were the Kwikwitlem, an Indian tribe of the Coast Salish group. The name Coquitlam is derived from the language of the Salish Kwayhquitlum and means, in reference to the annual migration of salmon, " red fish in the river ."
The census in 2011 showed a population of 56 342 inhabitants for the community. The population has thereby increased since the census of 2006 at 6.9%, while the population in British Columbia grew by 7.0 % at the same time.
The most famous inhabitants of this small town was Terry Fox ( 1958-1981 ). He is the only person in Canada who is immortalized on a coin. Every year the world Terry Fox runs ( Marathon of Hope ) are organized to raise funds for cancer research in many countries. After Fox had lost a leg due to bone cancer, he wanted to run transversely across Canada. He started in 1980 on the Atlantic, but then had to go to Thunder Bay, Ontario after 143 days and 5373 kilometers accrued from health reasons. He died a year later.
- Jasmin Glaesser (* 1992), cyclist