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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Vancouver, Coast & Mountains  > Port Moody

Port Moody
Port Moody is located in the Lower Mainland bordering the communities of Anmore, Burnaby and Coquitlam. Situated at the head of Burrard Inlet and the base of Eagle Mountain, Port Moody, along with Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, make up what is known as the 'Tri-Cities.'

Canadian Pacific Railroad
Port Moody is named after Colonel R.C. Moody who visualized Burrard Inlet as an important harbour for defence and strategic purposes during the settlement of the Lower Mainland. In the late 1800's, Port Moody became the western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for shipping of Canadian goods to the rest of the world.

Pacific Coast Terminals
Although this rail terminus was eventually changed to the Port of Vancouver in 1887, Port Moody continues as a port facility with Pacific Coast Terminals situated on the south-west side of the waterfront. From Pacific Coast Terminals, sulphur, and ethylene glycol are transported by ships through Burrard Inlet and the inner harbour of Vancouver to ports in the Far East.

'Old Town Centre'
Port Moody is divided into two distinct shopping and business districts. One area is called 'Old Town Centre' and is located along historic St. Johns Street and features a number of businesses that are housed in older or historical buildings. In this district, you can find a number of eateries, neighbourhood pubs and tourist services. One favourite is the Golden Spike Pub located on St. Johns Street.

Newport Village or Inlet Centre
The other area called Newport Village or Inlet Centre is near an area of brand new high-rise residential condominiums and office complexes. You can find newer development, Heritage Mountain Shoppers Village, Eagle Ridge Hospital, medical services the recreation facility and The City of Port Moody civic offices. Newport Village is located only a few km (miles) east from 'Old Town Centre' on Ioco Road.

Port Moody Festival of the Arts
Port Moody is referred to as 'The City of the Arts.' You can find a number of artist-related activities towards the west side of St. Johns Street. A good time to visit is during the annual Port Moody Festival of the Arts that takes place during the first two weeks of April. During this event you'll be entertained with various performances found at the Port Moody Inlet Theatre and throughout the community.

Burrard Inlet
Port Moody because of its location at the end of Burrard Inlet forms a natural horseshoe with parks bordering most of the water's edge. The municipality contains a number of residential areas, both older as in the heritage homes near 'Old Town Centre', and new developments such as are seen on the southern slope of the North Shore.

North Shore
The neighbourhood communities of the North Shore include, Pleasantside, Ioco, Sunnyside, Sentinel Hill, and Heritage Mountain contain beautiful views of Burrard Inlet. From here there is easy access to the great recreational areas that include Sasamat Lake, Buntzen Lake and Belcarra Regional Park.

Waterfront Trail
Along the waterfront that forms the horseshoe at the end of Burrard Inlet, Port Moody has developed a park network that borders the ocean. This park network contains a trail system that starts at Rocky Point Park near 'Old Town Centre,' follows the shoreline to Inlet Park, Town Centre Park near Newport Village to Shoreline Park on the North Shore.

Shoreline Trail
Shoreline Trail is a 3 km (2 miles) wheelchair-accessible trail that goes in a horseshoe direction along the edge of Burrard Inlet in Port Moody. The trail connects the parks that are along Port Moody's waterfront. The trail system is level and takes you past a tidal estuary that contains a diverse ecosystem. The parks are Rocky Point, Inlet, Town Centre, Shoreline, Old Orchard and Tidal Park.

Rocky Point Park
Also located in the Rocky Point Park is the Old Boat Millhouse, Port Moody Station Museum, the Boathouse Restaurant, Pajo's Fish & Chips, outdoor pool and an off-leash dog run. Rocky Point Park also features a pier that takes you out into Burrard Inlet where there is a beautiful panoramic view of the harbour and the North Shore.

Boat Launch
For boaters, Rocky Point Park also has a boat launch available with lots of parking set up along the streets for your vehicle and trailer. There is also a small marina located next to the pier that is used for the local sailing club and the Dogwood Canoe and Kayak Club.

Reed Point Marina
The largest marina in British Columbia resides in Port Moody at Reed Point Marina. Located at 850 Barnet Highway, Reed Point Marina provides moorage for up to 800 vessels with easy access into Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm.

Indian Arm
Two other communities located near Burrard Inlet that are close to Port Moody include Anmore and Belcarra. At Anmore, you can find lots of parks and executive-style houses on small acreages all around the area. Then, at Belcarra, you can find access to Indian Arm and Burrard Inlet at Belcarra Regional Park.

Sasamat Lake
Also situated in Belcarra Regional Park is Sasamat Lake. Here you'll find a clear and warm water lake with a beautiful sandy beach called White Pine Beach. The fishing, swimming and canoeing are great at Sasamat Lake with the only problem being the popularity of the lake as it sometimes can get a little crowded on weekends so the advice is to arrive early for parking and a spot on the sandy beach.

Buntzen Lake and BC Hydro
Located up Indian Arm from Belcarra is the old generating plant of BC Hydro at Buntzen Lake. Built by BC Electric in 1903, Buntzen Lake now offers a BC Hydro recreation area with a beach, picnic area, wilderness trails, mountain biking and various viewpoints for you to enjoy.

Information on Port Moody

 

 

Road Map for Port Moody
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Pleasantside
Pleasantside

 

Port Moody Pier
Port Moody Pier

 

Rocky Point Park
Rocky Point Park

 

Station Museum
Station Museum

 

Tidal Park Burrard Inlet
Tidal Park Burrard Inlet

 

Port Moody Pier
Port Moody Pier

 

Station Museum
Station Museum

 
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