Port Moody

Port Moody is located on the waters known as Burrard Inlet. In fact, this is as far east as the Inlet goes as it flows in from the Salish Sea beyond the city of Vancouver. The tidal waters provide opportunities to see wildlife including sea lions, seals, ducks, herons and many other birds. The area around this Inlet is called Rocky Point Park. A walking and biking trail surround the waters dipping through forests, crossing the water on a narrow boardwalk, offering a place to spot spawning salmon at the right time of year, and stopping at a sandy swimming beach. A wooden pier with hanging flower baskets and seating attracts those who want to watch the pleasure boats launching and kayakers go off on excursions.

Orchard Park, Port Moody

Orchard Park, Port Moody

Port Moody is a growing community but one that has kept its charm. Newport Village, opposite city hall, has a collection of boutiques and unique shops as well as eateries, delicious ice cream and more. The old town has kept much of its historical feel with shops and dining adventures plus there are several small craft breweries close by. And there are art galleries and studios located throughout the community.

Belcarra Regional Park is nearby and brings locals and visitors alike to enjoy its beaches, trails, and a unique floating walkway around Sasamat Lake. The wharf is ideal for crabbing, fishing, and scuba diving.

Rocky Point Park, Port Moody

Rocky Point Park, Port Moody

Location

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. To access Port Moody use Hwy 1, Hwy 7 or Hwy 7A.

Step Back in Time

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.

Contact Information

www.portmoody.ca

Port Moody & Nearby Accommodations

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Cassandra Hotel
Capilano River RV Park
Anmore Camp & RV Park

Anmore Camp & RV Park

Anmore

Centrally located to Vancouver. Entrance to Buntzen Lake. Quiet. Park Setting. Security Gate. Full hookups. Firepits. Showers. Laundry. Store. Sports court. Canoeing. Fishing. Open by Appointment Oct - Mar 31. ... Read more
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Burnaby

Deluxe RV Park for sightseeing the Vancouver, Canada area. This campground has full hook-ups for any size motorhome, trailer or 5th wheel. Separate tent camping area, indoor pool, jacuzzi (hot tub), fitness room, store. On transit route (bus, skytrain, sea bus). Guided tours of Vancouver & Victoria. ... Read more
Dogwood Campgrounds of BC

Dogwood Campgrounds of BC

Surrey

From the East on Hwy 1 take exit 50, stay right follow signs. From the West on Hwy 1 take exit 48 follow 108 E Ave signs, turn off 108 E off of 152nd St. Pool, laundry, bus tours, pull- thrus. Arcade, playground. Free showers. Very accessible to Vancouver and it's attractions. ... Read more
Tynehead RV Campground

Tynehead RV Campground

Surrey

Off Hwy 1, Take Exit #50, 160 St. South. Full hookups, washrooms, showers, laundry, sani-stations, tenting, 30 camps, heated outdoor pool, whirl-pool, convenience store, propane, cable-TV. Near a large shopping mall. ... Read more
Plaza RV Park

Plaza RV Park

Surrey

Centrally located on Hwy 99A between ferries, airport and US border. Public transit at our door. Quick access to Skytrain. Clean and peaceful setting, close to Vancouver. ... Read more
2400 Motel

2400 Motel

Vancouver

Classic bungalows resting on over three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the city of Vancouver, 2400 Motel offers well-maintained units that range from large family units to smaller motel style units. The large units feature a full kitchen, perfect for guests who are wanting extended stay ... Read more
Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Richmond

The Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport features 109 guestrooms and is located in the heart of Richmond, British Columbia. It is conveniently situated close to local restaurants, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 20 minutes from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and just 35 minutes from our beautiful native ski ... Read more
Peace Arch RV Park

Peace Arch RV Park

Surrey

Peace Arch RV Park accommodates 250 sites. Surrounded by trees and shrubs with captivating flowers. Pool and playground for guests use. We are located near amenities and minutes from the beaches. Hwy 99 will take you to downtown Vancouver in 45 minutes. RV Rentals are 20 minutes away from us. ... Read more
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