Posted on June 19, 2014

Burquitlam: A Short History and an Exciting Future

Until recently, the neighbourhood of Burquitlam, spanning the border of Coquitlam and Burnaby, was known as a sleepy suburban community, but it is now anticipating rapid change and revitalization, particularly with the construction of the highly anticipated Evergreen Line, the rapid transit system that will connect Coquitlam and Port Moody to downtown Vancouver. However, given all the exciting changes underway in this vibrant and up-and-coming community, many current and future residents alike do not realize the significance of this area in British Columbia’s rich history.

Although occupied by the Coast Salish people for centuries, the community of Burquitlam began to grow and evolve around 1858 when an insurgence of people moved to the shores of the Fraser River during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush. In the late 1800s, the CPR reached Port Coquitlam, establishing the area as a transport and traffic corridor. By 1891 the district of Coquitlam was incorporated and three distinct “population clusters” emerged: Westminster Junction (Port Coquitlam), Millside, and Burquitlam. Burquitlam, in particular, was attractive due to its proximity to both the Fraser River to the south and the Burrard Inlet to the north, which prompted the initial development. The name itself was first established in 1906 when a post office was built in the area to serve the cities of Burnaby and Coquitlam, and it seems the name has again reaffirmed itself with the naming of the Evergreen Line stop, Burquitlam Station.

Today, Burquitlam is a recognized neighbourhood and commercial district which offers all of the necessary daily amenities, modern conveniences, and an array of locally popular restaurants offering up menus in a variety of cuisines. Ideally located within close proximity of Simon Fraser University, a variety of recreation opportunities, major commuter routes, and neighbouring single-family communities, Burquitlam’s rejuvenation is now well underway. The City of Coquitlam is championing the growth of the Burquitlam neighbourhood and has outlined plans to develop new urban greenways and a new residential & commercial plan, which both focus on “creating the most desirable place to live in the lower mainland”. The recently announced YMCA community centre in the community is slated to open its doors in 2017.

At Beedie Living, we are very excited to be a part of this emerging community with our upcoming 26-storey residential tower, Crown, which will be located in close proximity to the future Burquitlam Station on the Evergreen Line. With historical roots, an existing sense of community pride, and smart development plans in place, Burquitlam promises to be a diverse and thriving neighbourhood built for tomorrow.

Interested in living or investing in this neighbourhood? To register for our Burquitlam real estate development, Crown, visit www.CrownByBeedie.ca