Submitted by: BuckyHermit (from Vancouver, BC, Canada)
Province: British Columbia
Location: Maillardville [map]
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Maillardville is a neighborhood in Coquitlam, British Columbia known for having the largest French Canadian community west of Manitoba. First established in 1889 and organized in 1910, its roots originate from a lumber community called Fraser Mills; the mill manager's residence is now Place des Arts (bottom photo). When French Canadian influence set in, the area was then named after an Oblate from France named Edmond Maillard. Now a suburban residential neighborhood, Maillardville currently hosts the annual Festival du Bois, the largest French Canadian festival in Western Canada, and shows signs of its roots with its bilingual English-French street signs and high concentration of French language schools and clubs.
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