Hotel at a Glance: Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre Coquitlam
At this stylish hotel, chefs craft locally sourced entrees—think whiskey-and-maple-soaked steelhead salmon. Upstairs, guest rooms feature movies to keep youngsters entertained.
- Take a dip in the hotel's outdoor heated pool or lounge in the hot tub.
- Stay connected with free WiFi.
- Shop till you drop at Lougheed Town Centre, which has The Bay, H&M, Aldo, and other stores within walking distance of the hotel.
- Distance from downtown Vancouver: about 12 miles
Coquitlam, British Columbia: Tree-Lined Hiking Trails and Art Galleries Outside Vancouver
Less than a half-hour drive from Vancouver's glittering skyscrapers, Coquitlam presents a peaceful landscape of wooded trails and pine-topped hillsides near the intersection for the Fraser and Coquitlam Rivers. Old-growth trees shade the trails of Riverview Forest, making it ideal for hikers and cyclists. Nearby, you can spot wild deer, geese, and black bears roaming Mundy Park's more than 400 acres.
In Coquitlam's charming downtown area, sweet smells waft from old-fashioned European-style bakeries, and chefs sizzle authentic Indian and Vietnamese dishes at international restaurants. Local artwork takes center stage at the Place des Arts, a collection of galleries, performance spaces, and shops where you can see artisans at work. For a glimpse into the city's railroad history, visit Port Moody Station Museum, which occupies a former rail station.