But tourism officials in the city are looking to change that reputation. They want Coquitlam to become a Metro Vancouver destination.
Eric Kalnins, tourism manager for the City of Coquitlam, says his is a "vibrant and active community." Here are a few things to see and do, straight out of the city's new 'Rendezvous Coquitlam' travel guide.
SPARC Radio Museum
Located on the Riverview Hospital grounds, the museum has one of the largest collections of antique radio equipment in North America. Kalnins says the volunteers who run the 'hidden gem' are passionate and knowledgeable.
B.C. Highland Games and Scottish Festival
Approximately 5,000 people attend this celebration of Scottish culture and sport. It takes place at Percy Perry Stadium in Town Centre Park on Saturday, June 20th.
Kalnins calls it a 'tree museum' with 1,800 trees lining the grounds of the Riverview lands. Regular tree tours are run by the Riverview Horticultural Centre Society.
Teddy Bear Picnic and Grand Parade
The family-friendly parade runs from Coquitlam City Centre to Town Centre Park. Kids can bring their teddy bears, there's concerts for children, food, activities and more. (June 13 and 14)
The Great Outdoors
Residents and visitors can hike, mountain bike, kayak, or have a picnic in the great outdoors. Coquitlam is home to five lakes, four rivers and three of Canada's largest trees.
Hear the full interview with Eric Kalnins by listening to the audio labelled: More than just Ikea: tips for a Coquitlam staycation.