From green spaces and arts-infused places, to Rocky Point Pier and locally-brewed beer, Port Moody offers urban appeal with a friendly, small-town feel. At the centre of Port Moody, an easy 30 minutes by car from downtown Vancouver, is a compact business district, where you'll find a variety of quaint shops and places to grab a bite to eat. Nearby Rocky Point Park is a popular spot, with shoreline trails to stroll. The city's railway heritage is celebrated in an annual festival and a heritage railway station survives as a museum. The surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, such as Belcarra Regional Park—home to great beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas and a host of water activities. In the park you'll also find the Buntzen Lake Reservoir Recreation Area, a perfect day trip destination for families.
Neighbourhoods of Port Moody B.C
Port Moody South
The smallest of the Tri-Cities, Port Moody is wrapped around the eastern edge of Burrard Inlet, bordered by Coquitlam on the east & south, and Burnaby on the west. Change in these neighbourhoods is underway with the recent arrival of the Skytrain just a few minutes walking. College Park is home to marinas and forested areas with many of the homes enjoying lovely views of the water. While the attractive Glenayre neighbourhood, first conceived back in the 1950s with single family homes and streets that curve, is situated next to the trails of nearby Burnaby Mountain on the western side.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Rocky Point Park in the Port Moody Centre neighbourhood is popular with boaters using the boat launch or hikers using Shoreline Trail, famous for sweeping views of Burrard Inlet and leashed dog walking. Further Rocky Point amenities include outdoor pool, Kayaking, skateboard park, bike trials park, playground, Oak Mill Boat House and Artists in the Park – where you can watch local artists in action (weather permitting!). A series of trails and boardwalks connects to Port Moody Recreation Centre featuring two ice arenas, weight room, tennis courts, spin studio and Port Moody City Hall. The nearby Burnaby Mountain Conservation area is a 576 hecter park with stunning vistas through to Golden Ears & Mount Baker to the east, and Burrard Inlet & Indian Arm to the west and north.
The four Ioco Heritage neighbourhoods in Port Moody north include Mountain Meadows, Heritage Mountain, Barber Street and the largest of the neighbourhoods North Shore Port Moody. For growing families, empty nesters or newly weds looking to buy their first abode, there is an excellent selection of condos, townhouses & detached homes. Drive along Ioco Road heading to Belcarra, and you’ll find many waterfront properties. For recreation, the North Shore Port Moody neighbourhood features a local fitness centre, ice arena, public library, tennis courts & soccer pitch. The Barber Street neighbourhood is adjacent to two beautiful BC parks: Buntzen Lake - home to a trail that goes around the lake through green forest, over a suspension bridge and includes quiet beach access - and Belcarra Regional Park, featuring picnic sites, a pier, and canoe & kayak rentals. Located in the Heritage Mountain neighbourhood is Bert Flinn Park, home to an extensive trail system for hikers and mountain bikers. For groceries, shopping & professional services, Newport Village has a bank, sushi restaurant, fashion outlets, pharmacy, butcher shop and more, and Suter Brook Village has amenities of Thrifty Foods, VanCity, Starbucks and 25 more shops & services. Other shopping nearby includes Copquitlam’s Town Centre and Port Moody’s historic downtown with the now famous Brewery Row, restaurants, Port Moody Community Centre & Public Library. Everything you need as a local is either just 5 minutes by car or a short bus ride away.
Out & About
Back in 2014 it seemed like a quirky twist of fate when two breweries opened on the same street in a supposedly sleepy suburb. When a third brewery joined the original duo on Murray Street, folks began to take notice. Now with five unique operations on “Brewers Row,” beer lovers agree that Port Moody is anything but sleepy—it’s a destination.
Walking west to east, the starting point is Moody Ales, the second brewery to open here back in 2014. Recently, Moody opened a second brewery on the Row called The Bakery Brewing, which focuses on experimentation and flavour exploration with a big emphasis on barrel aging. In other words: fantastic! Next up is the Parkside Brewery with a spacious tasting room and patio out front. Respected brewer Vern Lambourne left his longtime position at Granville Island Brewing to open this brewery in the city where he lives with his family. Yellow Dog Brewing is the “leader of the pack” as the original brewery to open here. It opened a big, new tasting room early in 2017, and also has an outdoor picnic area behind the brewery. One door down is Twin Sails Brewing, so named because its owners are twin brothers.
Rocky Point Park
Rocky Point Park at 2800 Murray Street is Port Moody's best-known park. It's a popular destination where you can enjoy the Burrard Inlet from our recreational pier, play at the playground, or hike along the Shoreline Trail. You can also rent a kayak or paddleboard, enjoy fish and chips and an ice cream cone, or sit on the patio at a waterfront restaurant.
The spray park at Rocky Point Park is open from 9am to 8pm daily, weather permitting, from mid-May until September. You must accompany any children, as the park is not supervised. The following items are not permitted at the spray park: glass, pets, skateboards, inline skates, bicycles, and scooters.
The Shoreline Trail is a paved bike and walking path that winds along the coast of the Burrard Inlet in Port Moody. This scenic trail starts at the pier in Rocky Point Park and ends at Old Orchard Park. It takes approximately 2-hours to walk the 6km round-trip trail. This is a great trail for the whole family with minimal elevation.
Old Orchard Park
You'll find Old Orchard Park (600 Bentley Road) at the northern end of the Shoreline Trail. It's directly across the inlet from Rocky Point Park. Relax and enjoy the quiet park setting, the sandy swimming beach, and the picnic shelter area, or play on the adventure playground. Old Orchard Hall is located on the park grounds. It's a great venue for weddings and other special events.
The Port Moody Arts Centre is a not-for-profit community arts education facility and contemporary gallery located in the heart of Port Moody. Committed to develop, promote, and celebrate positive arts experiences in The City of the Arts, the centre is run by a dedicated team of staff, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, and home to over 30 experienced instructors. They offer classes for people of all ages and experience levels to explore their creativity in a variety of artistic disciplines. More than 300 classes are run annually in visual arts, ceramics, theatre, digital media, and much-beloved children’s camps, as well as private music lessons.