The early inhabitants of this area were the Squamish and Musqueam bands of the Coast Salish people, their ancestors having occupied the Lower Mainland for the past 8,000 years. They used the Port Moody area to fish, hunt, and gather shellfish. Evidence of their summer campsites, in the form of shell middens and Indian artifacts, can be found at the eastern end of Burrard Inlet.
Non-indigenous people began to occupy the area around 1800. Fur traders regularly traveled through this region. With the appearance of gold prospectors during the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1858 and the need to develop a back-door defence for New Westminster, in 1859 the Royal Engineers were sent to clear a trail. The trail, later known as North Road, would allow ships anchored in Burrard Inlet to unload military supplies and personnel if New Westminster were attacked from the south. No attack occurred, but a town - at first no more than a cluster of tents and shacks - began to grow.
Big changes came in 1886, when Port Moody was named the original Pacific terminus of the transcontinental railroad (later extended to Vancouver). The town experienced an influx of new residents and the combination of railroad and harbour proved ideal for many light and heavy industries. Port Moody was incorporated as a city in 1913.
Port Moody is now thriving with industries supporting a growing residential community, and the city strives to harmonize the natural environment with its economy and quality of life. Many different businesses are still attracted to Port Moody's railroad and harbour. Port Moody is known today as the City of the Arts.
Port Moody is a small, crescent-shaped city in Metro Vancouver, located at the east end of Burrard Inlet. Port Moody is bordered by Coquitlam on the east and south, and Burnaby on the west. The villages of Belcarra and Anmore, along with the rugged coast mountains, lie to the northwest and north respectively. Both downtown Vancouver and the US border are approximately a 40 minute drive by car.
Located on the main floor of the Port Moody Arts Centre on St. John's Street, the Blackberry Gallery is a free public art gallery showcasing works by international, regional and local artists.
Port Moody's historic Town Centre features many unique shopping and dining adventures.
Newport Village is an award-winning retail and residential area located in Port Moody's new town centre.
This restored 1907 railway station is located next to Rocky Point Park and is the focal point of the annual Golden Spike Festival. Rocky Point Park features a boat launch ramp, pier, outdoor pool, spray park, skateboard park and kayak rentals. A boardwalk and trail skirts Burrard Inlet and is popular with walkers, biking and rollerblading.
Oceanfront beaches, mudflats, and a unique floating walkway around Sasamat Lake give the park unusual variety. The wharf is ideal for crabbing, fishing, and scuba diving.
A visit to Port Moody must include a tour of the wonderful galleries and studios located throughout the city. Port Moody has developed a mission to enrich community life by encouraging and supporting the development of arts, culture, and tourism. The Port Moody Arts Centre, the many galleries, and the studios located in historic Moody Centre are a hotbed for artistic expression.
There are several fishing spots in the area, including Belcarra Park, Buntzen Lake, Lafarge Lake, Sasamat Lake, Pitt Lake, and along the banks of the Coquitlam River.
With 27 kilometres of waterfront in the region, boating and sailing are very much a part of Port Moody's leisurely lifestyle. Every kind of watercraft or activity is available here, whether your idea of fun is super-charged waterskiing or paddling in a kayak.
Held in April, creative performances and exhibits are combined with unique workshops and hands-on activities that expose Port Moody residents to a colourful roster of local and Canadian artists.
Golden Spike Days
Held on Canada Day Long Weekend in July, Golden Spike Days combines great food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. One of the Tri-City area's most popular events.
City of Port Moody
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