Westwood Plateau is an upscale neighbourhood on the upper slopes of Eagle Mountain and on the doorstep of rugged wilderness just beyond the glow of the streetlights.
Westwood Plateau is a master-planned neighbourhood of more than 15,000 residents that was carved around the site of a former race car track. The Westwood Motorsport Park operated from 1959 until 1990. It was a proving ground for champions drivers like Formula One’s Keke Rosberg and Gilles Villeneuve and Indy 500 winners Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan as well as Michael Andretti. Hampton Park elementary school now sits upon the actual raceway.
Today, more placid sport, golf, is the focal point of the neighbourhood. The Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club is considered one of the top 100 golf courses in Canada. Many of its 18 holes offer spectacular views of the Fraser Valley to the east and of the surrounding mountains to the north and west. The club also features an executive 12-hole course, a driving range, golf academy as well as a clubhouse and restaurant.
Just beyond Westwood Plateau, hiking trails lead up Eagle and Coquitlam mountains and even beyond into the back country. Even more West Coast wilderness can be accessed a little further west from Buntzen Lake and Belcarra, where eagles soar high above the Burrard Inlet and look outs offer views up Indian Arm.
Nearby, Town Centre Park is Coquitlam’s showcase outdoor sport and recreation facility with numerous artificial and natural turf pitches for soccer, field hockey, field lacrosse, baseball, softball and football, as well as a track and field facilities at Percy Perry Stadium. For less rigorous recreation, the park also features walking trails that wind around Lafarge Lake, a five-hectare man-made lake that was originally a quarry.
Next to the lake, the Evergreen Cultural Centre features a 257-seat theatre for live performances, a rehearsal hall, art studios and an art gallery.
Across Pinetree Way, the City Centre Aquatic Complex hosts activities for the whole family, from a wave pool, to competitive swimming and synchronized swimming to fitness programs for all ages.
Next to it, the Coquitlam campus of Douglas College helps serve more than 14,000 credit students and 9,000 continuing education students in programs that range from Criminology to Sport Science.
The Coquitlam Centre, which is also nearby, is one of British Columbia’s largest regional shopping malls.
- Hampton Park Elementary (K–5)
- Pinetree Way Elementary (K-5)
- Summit Middle (6-8)
- Pinetree Secondary (9-12)
Westwood Plateau is served by shuttle buses that connect to the transit hub at Coquitlam Central. There, it’s possible to catch buses to other parts of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, and the SkyTrain or West Coast Express into Vancouver.
Westwood Plateau real estate
Westwood Plateau is comprised of mostly of upscale and luxury homes and townhouses. When the area was first developed in the 1990s, some of the homes were part of the Street of Dreams, an annual promotion to highlight some of the most luxurious and opulent homes in Metro Vancouver.
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