From its pristine setting on Burrard Inlet, Port Moody offers unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreational activities, breathtaking nature and hiking trails, and rewarding wildlife observation. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the beautiful mountains and forests of coastal British Columbia, or the protected waters that surround Port Moody.
The Gold Rush of 1858 triggered the development of the Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody region. In that year, Colonel R.C. Moody arrived at Mary Hill with 400 Royal Engineers to help establish what was supposed to be the capital city of the province. This honour, however, was bestowed upon New Westminster, as it was more easily defended.
The area saw its first major development in 1885, with the imminent completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the first trans-continental railroad in Canada, for which Port Moody was the western terminus. The terminus was later moved to the City of Vancouver, a more practical port for docking ships.
Not long ago, it used to be easy to distinguish Vancouver from its neighbours. Bridges spanned Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River to connect with communities to the north and south, while buffer zones of undeveloped land defined where the Big Smoke left off and all else to the east began. By the 1970s, such distinctions had blurred to the point where one hardly noticed a transition from one city to the next, particularly between Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Port Moody.
Location: Port Moody is located north of the Lougheed Highway (Highway 7) at the extreme eastern end of Burrard Inlet, 16 miles (26 km) east of Vancouver. Neighbouring Port Moody are the communities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
Step back in time when visiting the Port Moody Station Museum. This station was once the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway, where Port Moody welcomed Canada’s first transcontinental train on July 4, 1886. A collection of pioneer artifacts and railway memorabilia is on display at the museum, moved from its original site on the mainline track and fully restored in Murray Street.
Observe the delicate balance of nature at Noons Creek Fish Hatchery near the Civic Recreation Centre. Noons Creek flows 11 kms from its headwaters at Cypress Lake in Eagle Mountain Provincial Park, through the Cities of Coquitlam and Port Moody, and is one of 31 streams flowing into the Port Moody Arm of Burrard Inlet. The streams in the area once teemed with salmon and trout. Middens left by native people camping at the mouth of Noons Creek suggest that this sheltered area was once a favourite fishing ground.
Golf: Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club is set high above Coquitlam on Eagle Mountain. Offering great golf in a spectacular mountain setting, Westwood Plateau provides some of the finest golf in the Vancouver area incorporating large Douglas Firs, massive granite rock faces, and rugged ravines into the 18-hole, par-72, 6,770-yard course. Lessons are provided at the Westwood Plateau Golf Academy, with a 9-hole Westwood Plateau Academy Course. Golf Vacations in British Columbia.
Water Sports: With 27 kilometres (17 miles) of waterfront in the region (Port Moody Arm, Indian Arm, and Burrard Inlet), boating and sailing are very much a part of Port Moody’s leisurely lifestyle. Every kind of watercraft or activity is available in Port Moody, whether your idea of fun is super-charged waterskiing, sea kayaking, or just floating around in an inner tube.
Fishing: There are several fishing spots in the Port Moody area, including Belcarra Park, Buntzen Lake, Lafarge Lake, Sasamat Lake, Pitt Lake and along the banks of the Coquitlam River. Fishing in Como Lake is open to children and seniors only.
Bert Flinn Park encompasses 138 hectares of largely undeveloped parkland. Popular with mountain bikers, the park has an extensive unmarked trail system for hikers and mountain bikers along old logging roadbeds dating back to the early 1900s. Most trails are unmarked, so users should exercise caution. The park also has an off-leash dog walk area. Bert Flinn Park is home to many bird and animal species, including bears, raccoons, coyotes, and barred owls. Wetlands located at the north end of the park provide habitat for many pond creatures, including red-legged frogs and Northwestern salamander.
Rocky Point Park: Explore Port Moody’s well-known Foreshore Park, a scenic four-kilometre shoreline trail offering great bird watching, beaches, a boat launching ramp, and the popular pier at Rocky Point Park. A scenic, paved pathway wraps itself around the east end of Burrard Inlet and runs for several miles to Old Orchard Park. Paralleling it is a pedestrian-only walkway through the park. Rocky Point Park’s lengthy pier runs out into the shallow waters of Burrard Inlet’s eastern end. There’s swimming here, both in the ocean and in a freshwater pool. A boardwalk section of the walking trail passes over a marshy area of Burrard Inlet around Rocky Point. In spring and fall this is an excellent location for bird-watching.
Belcarra Regional Park is enticingly close to the northwest of Port Moody. In hot months the beaches at Belcarra’s Sasamat Lake and at nearby Buntzen Lake are extremely popular, so an early start is essential. On a calm day, paddle down Port Moody Arm to explore the area around Belcarra’s Admiralty Point. Just be mindful of the occasional large freighter that may be gliding slowly into one of the nearby oil terminals. Anglers and crabbers use the dock at Belcarra Park and the pier at Jericho Beach as an excuse to spend some time in the outdoors, and divers consider this the place to head to for underwater exploration in Indian Arm. Besides wading in from the beach beside Belcarra’s pier, there’s a small street-end park at Whiskey Cove on Coombe Road, where divers also put in, located a 5-minute walk east of the picnic area. The park boasts numerous easy and moderate hiking and walking trails ranging from 2.5 to 7 kilometres in length.
Mundy Park in southeast Coquitlam is one of the Lower Mainland’s largest forested parks, at 435 acres. Mundy Park’s network of walking trails and two scenic lakes (Mundy Lake and Lost Lake) attract visitors year round. The three main trails are the Perimeter Trail, a 4-km loop trail circling Mundy Park, and Interlaken Trail and Waterline Trail, both around 1km in length. There are also sports fields, a lacrosse box, an outdoor swimming pool, disc golf area, a playground, and picnic area.
Historic Minnekhada Regional Park in northeast Coquitlam has almost 5 miles (8 km) offers a recreational lodge, picnic facilities, abundant wildlife and expansive trails, most of which are of the gentle-walking variety. These trails lead through a wooded area surrounding two large marshes. You can walk the perimeter of the park in two hours, experiencing the moods of the seasons. For those with enough energy, High Knoll Trail will get your heart rate up in a hurry. Although not a long trail, its ascent is steady from the marsh to the viewpoint that overlooks the Pitt and Fraser Rivers and the farm fields.
The 38,000-hectare Pinecone Burke Provincial Park lies south of Garibaldi Provincial Park, west of Pitt Lake and Pitt River, extending south to Burke Mountain in Coquitlam. This park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled, and offers day hiking, overnight backpacking, camping, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, and winter sporting activities.
Indian Arm Provincial Park is a conservation park that protects the shores of the Indian Arm fjord. The 6,821-hectare park north of Port Moody encompasses old-growth forests, several alpine lakes, a 50-metre-high waterfall, a large alluvial fan, numerous creeks, and the Indian River estuary. On the western shore of Indian Arm is Mount Seymour Provincial Park, a 3,508-hectare semi-wilderness area that encompasses Mount Seymour, Mount Elsay and Mount Bishop.
The Golden Spike Days Festival is Port Moody’s annual rail-theme festival held in early July at Rocky Point Park in the 2800 block of Murray Street, featuring the World Hand Car Racing Championship, where you can find out how fast you can pump a hand car down a stretch of railroad track. Other attractions include a petting zoo, pony rides, boat tours, fireworks, a street fair, and spike-driving contests. Each year brings an exciting mix of music and entertainers who delight children, families and adults alike, creating lifetime memories.
Circle Tours: See the best of the area on a driving Circle Tour. Head north out of Vancouver for the scenic Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island Circle Tour, or stay on the intensely scenic Sea to Sky Highway, passing through the magical winter resort town of Whistler and Coast Mountains Circle Tour. To explore the rural farmlands and forests of the fertile Fraser Valley, take the Fraser Valley Circle Tour, travelling outbound on the scenic route north of the historic Fraser River, returning westwards along the Trans Canada Highway 1 to Vancouver. Circle Tours in British Columbia.