School District 43 Coquitlam operates public schools in the city, which include James Park Elementary School, Cedar Drive Elementary School, Westwood Elementary School, Coquitlam River Elementary School, Birchland Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Mary Hill Elementary School, Maple Creek Middle School, Citadel Middle School, Riverside Secondary School, and Terry Fox Secondary School. Private school options are also available.
Post-secondary options in Port Coquitlam include Douglas College, Canada College Vancouver, Vancouver Career College, and Tri-City Community College. Other options in nearby communities include Coquitlam College, Sprott Shaw College, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and Trinity Western University.
Gates Park spans over 15 hectares and features multiple sports fields (including an artificial turf field) used for soccer, baseball, and softball. There are also tennis courts and basketball courts, as well as playgrounds, picnic facilities, change rooms, meeting space, a concession area, and restrooms. Part of the 25.3-kilometre Traboulay PoCo Trail runs through the park and is used for walking, running, cycling, and rollerblading.
The Port Coquitlam Recreation Complex includes two arenas, a large multipurpose hall, a meeting room, dressing rooms, a youth centre, a skate shop, food concession, and a 50+ fitness centre. Registered and drop-in programs include hockey, ice skating, ball hockey, and fitness classes, as well as youth programs such as summer camps. The facilities can be rented for classes or events.