Port Moody: A Charming Waterfront Neighborhood
Only a forty minute drive east of Vancouver and end of Burrad Inlet, Port Moody is a quaint little town in a majestic natural setting. Sitting at the base of the Eagle Mountain and hugging the eastern end of the Burrard Inlet, the neighborhood of Port Moody is a charming municipality that shares its borders with Anmore, Belcarra, Burnaby and Coquitlam. With a population of more than 30,000 in its 26 square kilometers area, Port Moody may be considered as the smallest and least populated city in the Tri-Cities.
Port Moody is located in a Tri-City region, Vancouver’s fastest developing suburbs which is made up of Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Coquitlam. Newport Village, among the town’s most notable residential and commercial areas, is a charismatic neighborhood lined with retail stores, restaurants and apartments. Since it provides the larger cities with services like the Coquitlam Mall and first class golf courses on Westwood Plateau, Port Moody can bask in its peaceful and more laid back lifestyle.
Port Moody boasts easy access to the bustling streets of the Vancouver metropolis. The neighborhood experienced residential housing boom in 2001. Most homes are owned rather than leased and the average price of a residential property is around $400,000 to $600,000. There is a newly planned town center for high rise development that will connect its beautiful waterfront parks with the communities on the south and north shores. Much of the town’s development can be seen in Heritage Mountain. Real estate developments are heavily subjected to neighborhood plans which include green space emphasis, high quality amenities and pedestrian orientation. Redevelopments are also going on the historic part of town in the south. In this side of town, the city supports redevelopments that recognize its historic architectural themes.
Shopping, Dining & Entertainment
Port Moody residents are currently served by service centers and shops within the city and its neighboring communities. The most popular tourist attraction in Port Moody is the Rocky Point Rock, a 3.8-hectare wide green space along the banks of the Burrard Inlet. The place offers picnic areas, cycling & running trails, a skate park, boat launch, playground and diners such as the Boathouse Restaurant. Port Moody also draws annual festivals such as the Golden Spike Days (July), Rail Holiday Train (December) and the Festival of the Arts (February).
The Civic Center Complex extends the town’s amenities beyond its wondrous natural assets. This recreational center is home to a growing number of community events like the Coquitlam’s TreeFrest, Rocky Point Park Music Series and many more.
Port Moody is connected to the public transit system by bus routes. Construction is still ongoing for the Evergreen Line, a part of the Translink LRT system that will connect the town to other station in Coquitlam in the east and Millennium Line in the southwest.
Currently, Port Moody is under School District 43, and provides 7 elementary schools, a middle school and 2 public secondary schools. Douglas College has a campus in Coquitlam and Simon Fraser University is situated near Burnaby. You can find the town’s public library in the City Hall complex.