Port Moody is a city in the Vancouver eastern suburbs of British Columbia, Canada. Set on the eastern end of the Burrard Inlet, it has some fine waterfront property. It's primarily a residential community, just close enough to commute to Vancouver for work. High-rise developments on the water, such as NewPort Village, have also spurred retail and entertainment districts.
See Vancouver for options to get in the Vancouver area by plane, by bus, and by train, and by boat.
The Barnett Highway (Highway 7A) leads in from Burnaby and Vancouver from the west and on to Coquitlam and eventually Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. From the Trans-Canada Highway 1, it's often quickest to take Gaglardi Way (exit 37) to Como Lake Rd and then make a left on to Clarke Rd.
St. John's Street is the main street in, out and through Port Moody. Several community buses get away from St. John's Street into the surrounding neighbourhoods. The C25 bus serves Ioco. The C27 serves the Heritage Mountain area and parts of Westwood Plateau (Coquitlam), running from Port Moody station to Coquitlam station. The C28 provides similar service to the C27, except with more focus on the Westwood Plateau area. The city has complimentary electric car charging spots at City Hall, the library, the recreation Centre, Kyle Centre, the art centre, and Rocky Point Park.
By public transit
TransLink, ☏ +1-604-953-3333. The main public transit network in the Vancouver area, including: Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Lions Bay, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and White Rock. Its network includes buses, SkyTrain (rail rapid transit), SeaBus (ferries), West Coast Express (commuter rail), and HandyDART (door-to-door shared-ride service for those who cannot ride public transit without assistance). Passengers can pay for fares using Compass Cards ($6 refundable deposit), Compass Tickets, or tap-to-pay using contactless credit cards (only American Express, Mastercard or Visa) or mobile wallets. Passengers using Compass Cards and Compass Tickets pay discounted fares. Passengers can transfer for up to 90 minutes, except if taking West Coast Express, in which case they can transfer for up to 120 minutes. On bus and HandyDART, passengers can also pay in cash, but in that case will not receive change and are not eligible for transfers. Zone based fares apply between Monday and Friday for trips starting before 6:30 pm, if travel involves SkyTrain or SeaBus. Outside of those hours or for travel on only bus or HandyDART, a single zone rate applies. If traveling by West Coast Express, a higher cost zone based fare system applies regardless of time of travel. Children 12 and under can ride for free. People aged 13 to 18, and 65 and older pay discounted concession fares.
Bus fare is $3.10 (as of July 2022). The standard daytime Skytrain fare to/from Coquitlam is $3.10, Burnaby is $4.45 and Vancouver is $6.05. Evening and weekend fares to all destinations are $3.10.
SkyTrain's Millenium Line has two stops in Port Moody: Moody Centre and Inlet Centre. Moody Centre is the closest stop to Rocky Point Park and a number of restaurants and micro breweries; Inlet Centre is close to the Newport Village area of town. The Millenium Line connects to Coquitlam to the east, and to Burnaby and Vancouver's neighbourhood of East Van to the west. Lougheed Town Centre station, connects to the Expo Line line with service to New Westminster and Surrey.
The #160 bus runs along St. John's St and the Barnett Highway to Burnaby, where it connects with buses to downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver.
By ride hailing
- 1 Rocky Point Park, at the foot of Moody St. Small park that offers views of the Burrard Inlet. It's also the start of the Shoreline Trail and the first of a string of five linked parks along Port Moody's waterfront. There's a pier, seasonal outdoor pool, skate park and some walking/biking trails.
Walk along the 3-km 1 Shoreline Trail which runs from Rocky Point Park to near Alderside Road, west of Bentley Road. It runs along the Burrard Inlet and is very scenic.
- 1 St John Street. There are many stores along this corridor.
- 2 NewPort Village Mall, 276 Newport Dr, ☏ +1 604-294-0666.
- 3 Suter Brook Village. A neighbourhood with shopping, offices, and condos.
- 1 Browns Social House, 215 Newport Dr, ☏ +1 778 355-0754. M-F 11AM-midnight, Sa-Su 10AM-midnight. Well-priced casual dining with a varied menu. Starters $6-17, mains $12-20.
- 2 Pajo's Fish and Chips, 2800 Murray St (located in Rocky Point Park), ☏ +1 604 469-2289. Generally open 11AM-8PM during summer, hours variable at other times of the year and often closed during winter. Good fish and chips, very enjoyable on nice day if you are at Rocky Point. Fish options include cod (cheapest), salmon and halibut (expensive). There are also burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers/dogs. $9-23 food & drink.
- 3 The Boathouse, 2770 Esplanade St, ☏ +1 604 931-5300. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 9AM-11PM, Su 9AM-10PM. Upscale dining. Located at Rocky Point with view of Burrard Inlet and the Coast Mountains. Staters $7-13, mains $20-40.
Pubs and bars
- 1 St. James' Well, 248 Newport Dr (in Newport Village), ☏ +1 604-461-0800.
Small breweries are located on Murray St near Moody St, near 1 Moody Centre station (SkyTrain Millennium Line) and Rocky Point Park.
- 2 Moody Ales & Co, 2601 Murray St, ☏ +1 604-492-3911.
- 3 The Parkside Brewery, 2731 Murray St, ☏ +1 604-492-2731.
- 4 Twin Sails Brewing, 2821 Murray St, ☏ +1 604-492-4234.
- 5 Yellow Dog Brewing, 2817 Murray St, email@example.com.
Accommodation options within Port Moody are limited. There is a larger selection of hotels in nearby Coquitlam, Burnaby and New Westminster.
- 1 Anmore Camplands & RV Park, 3230 Sunnyside Rd, Anmore, ☏ +1 604 469-2311, fax: +1 604 888-7142. RV and tent sites. Showers, swimming pool, playground and sport court.
- 2 At the Beach Guesthouse, 872 Alderside Rd, ☏ +1 604 469-1923, firstname.lastname@example.org. B&B overlooking the Burrard Inlet. All rooms include breakfast and wireless internet. The Spa Room has an in-suite spa and sauna. May-Sept $150/$175, Oct-Apr $120/$150.
North of Port Moody are the villages of Anmore and Belcarra. The main attraction of these villages is two large adjacent parks with hiking, sandy beaches, swimming and some great views. To get the villages and the parks by car head north on Ioco Rd or take TransLink bus route 182.
Belcarra Regional Park
təmtəmíxʷtən / Belcarra Regional Park. The park features several hiking trails and two beaches. Within the park, 2 White Pine Beach is a popular fresh water beach located on Sasamat Lake. The 3 Main Beach is salt water beach at the western end of the park the Indian Arm of the Burrard Inlet. From the Main Beach, the Admirality Point Trail, a trail with minimal elevation change, follows the shore to 4 Admirality Point, where it is possible to see along the Burrard Inlet, including Vancouver in the distance.
5 Buntzen Lake Recreational Area (located at the northern end of Sunnyside Rd in Anmore). daily 8 AM until gates close at 8PM in summer or dusk at other times. Buntzen Lake is a hydroelectric reservoir and is open to the public as a park. This park is an great spot to hang out for a day. You can just relax and hang out on the beach, BBQ and admire the scenery or do something and take advantage of the lake and trails. The park is very popular with locals and if you plan to drive in on a sunny weekend, it's best to arrive by 11AM/noon as the parking lot fills up fast. It has a beach and several hiking trails.
One of the most popular activities are the excellent day hikes, ranging from 45 mins to the Dilly Dally loop, which is a 10-12 hour hike. The most popular trail is the 6 Buntzen Lake Trail, a rolling loop around the lake (about 8 km). The 7 Dias Vistas Trail is much more demanding but offers some good views from the ridge top on a clear day.
There are often map brochures in the park by the large map signs. The lake has a couple of 8 swimming beaches and is also popular for boating and fishing. You need a freshwater licence to fish; these are available from Anmore Store in the village. Only boats with small electric engines (check the specs before bringing a powered boat) are permitted on the lake otherwise you can canoe or kayak. Canoes can be rented from Anmore Store. Be aware of the large strip of logs signaling where you cannot swim/boat past on the north side of the lake.
There are a few buildings around the lake, a couple of abandoned houses towards the north end, one which was built for a movie. Otherwise, buildings are property of BC Hydro, who use the lake for power generation, and should not be entered. Please note parking at Buntzen Lake is limited and there is no street parking on nearby streets or at the nearby trailer park. Illegally parked cars are likely to be towed. Some residents close to the lake allow people to pay to park on their lawns or driveway.
- 1 Eagle Ridge Hospital, 475 Guildford Way, ☏ +1 604-461-2022. Has an emergency department that operates 24/7.
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