Port Coquitlam City Guide. Port Coquitlam’s biggest claim to fame is the childhood home of Canadian hero Terry Fox. He was a young athlete who bravely set off in 1980 to run across Canada to raise money for cancer research after he lost a leg to the disease. His quest was cut short months later after 5,373 kilometres when the disease reappeared in his lungs. He passed away in June 1981. His effort lives on, though, at an annual run that is held worldwide every September and has raised more than $650 million. Fox’s heroism is commemorated by a statue in front of the Port Coquitlam Library. It is one of the hundreds of memorials in his name across Canada, from schools to a mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
Port Coquitlam is well-connected to the rest of Metro Vancouver by the Lougheed Highway, which also heads east into the Fraser Valley.