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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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