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Port Moody
City of Port Moody
Port Moody City Hall and Library
Port Moody City Hall and Library
Flag of Port Moody
Official logo of Port Moody
GVRD Port Moody.svg
Coordinates: 49°16′59″N 122°49′54″W / 49.28306°N 122.83167°W / 49.28306; -122.83167Coordinates: 49°16′59″N 122°49′54″W / 49.28306°N 122.83167°W / 49.28306; -122.83167
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional DistrictMetro Vancouver
Incorporated1913; 106 years ago (1913)
 • MayorRob Vagramov
 • Port Moody City Council
 • MPFin Donnelly (NDP)
 • MLARick Glumac (BCNDP)
 • Total25.89 km2 (10.00 sq mi)
40 m (130 ft)
 • Total33,551
 • Density1,295.9/km2 (3,356/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−8 (Pacific Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−7 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Forward sortation area
Area code(s)+1-604, +1-778

Port Moody is a city in Metro Vancouver, enveloping the east end of Burrard Inlet in British Columbia, Canada. Port Moody is the smallest of the Tri-Cities, 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. It is named for Richard Clement Moody, the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony of British Columbia.


Port Moody is named for Colonel Richard Clement Moody, Royal Engineers.[1]:212 It was established at the end of a trail that connected New Westminster with Burrard Inlet to defend New Westminster from potential attack from the US. After 1859, the town grew rapidly following land grants to Moody’s Royal Engineers after the sapper detachment was disbanded in 1863.[2]

The construction of a transcontinental railroad was the condition that prompted British Columbia to enter into confederation in 1871. The small town received little attention until it was declared the terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1879.

By 1881, the survey of Port Moody had begun. Both John Murray Sr. and Jr. assisted and, in fact, it was John Murray Jr. who named many of the streets after members of his family. The population quickly grew through the early 1880s. As the Western Terminus of the CPR almost everyone had high hopes that Port Moody would become a major west coast metropolis.

The railway was completed with the last spike driven at Craigellachie on November 7, 1885 and a train arriving at Port Moody the next day. The first scheduled passenger transcontinental train arrived on July 4, 1886, a date which is still celebrated during Golden Spike Days. Real estate prices soared, but soon fell flat when a branch line was built to Vancouver in 1887.

While many people lost a great deal of money and moved on, others, including real estate tycoon and ship captain, James A. Clarke, and several lumber mills, decided to remain. On April 7, 1913, Port Moody's Council met for the first time as a city.

Governance and politics[edit]


The City of Port Moody is located entirely in the Federal riding of Port Moody—Coquitlam and is represented in the House of Commons of Canada by Member Of Parliament Fin Donnelly.


The City of Port Moody is located entirely in the Provincial electoral district of Port Moody-Coquitlam and is represented in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia by Rick Glumac.


Port Moody’s City Council consists of Mayor Rob Vagramov, Councillors Dr. Hunter Madsen, Zoë Royer, Meghan Lahti, Diana Dilworth, Dr. Amy Lubik, and Steve Milani. School Trustees representing Port Moody are Lisa Park and Keith Watkins.[3]

City committees[edit]

1. Arts and Culture Committee: Description: Provides Council with advice and recommendations on matters related to arts and culture within the terms of the Council Committee bylaws policy.

2. Board of Variance: An avenue for appeal of the interpretation and the strict application of certain local government provisions and regulations in specific circumstances defined in the legislation. It functions separately from the local government that established it and has its own authority under the Community Charter.

3. Climate Action Committee: Provides Council with advice and recommendations on ways in which the City of Port Moody can achieve carbon neutrality in corporate operations and community energy and emission programs for residents and businesses, specifically through the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

4. Community Planning Advisory Committee** (CPAC): Advises the General Manager of Planning and Development and Council on proposed land use changes and related matters.

5. Economic Development Committee: Provides Council with advice and recommendations on strategic economic development directions and related matters within the terms of the Council Committee System Policy.

6. Environmental Protection Committee: Provides Council with advice and recommendations on environmental issues and within the terms of the Council Committee System Policy.

7. Heritage Commission: Acts as an advisory body to Council on matters relating to Port Moody's natural and cultural heritage resources including, heritage buildings, sites and neighbourhoods.

8. Library Board: A governance board that provides public library services and programs in Port Moody.

9. Parks and Recreation Commission: Acts as an advisory body to Council regarding the public use and needs of amenities, facilities, programs, and services provided by the Community Services Department.

10. Seniors Focus Committee: Provides Council with advice and recommendations about seniors’ issues, strategies and initiatives.

11. Tourism Committee: Provides Council with advice and recommendations on strategic tourism initiatives and related matters, within the terms of the Council Committee System Policy and the Strategic Plan.

12. Youth Focus Committee: Provides City Council with advice and recommendations on youth issues, strategies and initiatives.


Climate data for Port Moody (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.5
Average high °C (°F) 6.3
Daily mean °C (°F) 3.9
Average low °C (°F) 1.4
Record low °C (°F) −14
Average precipitation mm (inches) 285.0
Average rainfall mm (inches) 266.9
Average snowfall cm (inches) 18.0
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 19.1 14.7 17.6 15.1 14.0 12.0 7.7 6.8 9.0 16.3 20.0 18.1 170.4
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 18.0 13.9 17.3 15.1 14.0 12.0 7.7 6.8 9.0 16.2 19.7 16.9 166.5
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 2.1 1.9 0.92 0.12 0 0 0 0 0 0.09 1.1 2.7 8.9
Source: Environment Canada[4]


In 2006, the City of Port Moody had 10,125 private dwellings living within its borders . Booming residential construction may account for part of this population growth; 8,015 residential dwellings are owned while 2,115 are rented.[5]

Of its total population, 45% of Port Moody residents are legally married, 6.25% are in common-law relationships, 5.72% are divorced and 24% are single.[5] 30% of its residents identify themselves as immigrants, slightly higher than the 27% Canadian average.[5]


2006 2011 2016
27,512 32,975 33,551
Age Group % of Total % of Males % of Females
0 to 14 years 18 19.1 17.1
15 to 64 years 69.8 69.1 70.5
65 years and over 12.2 11.8 12.5
85 years and over 1 0.8 1.2
Average age of the population 39 38.4 39.6
Median age of the population 40.6



Canada 2016 Census[7] Population % of Total Population
Visible minority group
South Asian 775 2.3%
Chinese 3,430 10.3%
African 300 0.9%
Filipino 565 1.7%
Latin American 560 1.7%
Arab 70 0.2%
Southeast Asian 375 1.1%
West Asian 1,265 3.8%
Korean 1,770 5.3%
Japanese 510 1.5%
Other visible minority 120 0.4%
Mixed visible minority 455 1.4%
Total visible minority population 10,185 30.4%
Aboriginal 1,060 3.2%
European 22,735 68%
Total population 33,551 100%


Mother Languages as reported by each person: Source:[8]

Canada 2011 Census Population % of Total Population % of Non-official language Population
English 22,720 69.1 N/A
Korean 1,830 5.6 18.8
Persian 930 2.8 9.5
Spanish 655 2.0 6.7
French 340 1.0 N/A


In 2014, Port Moody's biggest single employer was Eagle Ridge Hospital, with 927 employees, followed by the City of Port Moody (686 employees) and School District 43 (525 employees).[9]


Port Moody is served by School District 43, and offers two public high schools (Heritage Woods Secondary School and Port Moody Secondary School), two middle school and seven elementary schools.

Simon Fraser University is located in nearby Burnaby, while Douglas College maintains a campus in Coquitlam's Town Centre.

Port Moody's public library is located in the City Hall complex.

Geography and the environment[edit]

Over 41 streams flow through Port Moody to Burrard Inlet.[10] The City of Port Moody Stream Stewardship Program manages urban streams, streamside vegetation and watersheds to support the production of fish and insect life for present and future generations. The Port Moody Ecological Society (PMES), a not-for-profit organization, works alongside the city to promote ecological awareness in the area. PMES volunteers operate a salmon and trout hatchery, a water quality lab and public awareness & community outreach programs.

The city has also banned the use of pesticides, and holds annual seminars on how to garden naturally at its Inlet Theatre. City Hall has been pesticide free since 1988.[11]

Port Moody won a large number of provincial, national and international awards. In 2004, the city received a prestigious award from the UN sponsored International Awards for Liveable Communities in the category Planning for the Future. The city also received third place overall for cities of its size.


The traditional industrial sector in Port Moody is characterized by a deep-sea bulk loading terminal, two petrochemical distribution operations, a large wood products manufacturer, and a thermal electric generating station. Light industry, home-based business, and crafts and cultural businesses are also common in Port Moody, along with a growing health and social services sector.[12]

Port Moody’s economic development focus in recent years has been on the arts and culture sector, including the development of a new Port Moody identity as the “City of the Arts.” An estimated 6% of employment in Port Moody is in arts and culture, which is one of the highest concentrations of arts and culture employment in the region.[12]

In 2008, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business highlighted Port Moody as the most fiscally responsible among British Columbia's 28 largest cities.


In addition to Vancouver-based media outlets, Port Moody is served by the community newspaper The Tri-City News. Local FM radio station CKPM-FM is based in Port Moody and serves the Tri-Cities (and beyond) at 98.7 MHz.


Inlet Centre SkyTrain station

As part of Metro Vancouver, Port Moody is connected to the TransLink public transit system by way of numerous bus routes. It also has the first station on the West Coast Express commuter rail line outside downtown Vancouver. The Millennium Line's Evergreen Extension, part of TransLink's SkyTrain system, links Port Moody with Coquitlam to the east and Burnaby and Vancouver in the west. In August 2018, U-bicycle launched a dockless bicycle sharing system in the city.[13] Additionally, Modo has five vehicles located in Port Moody available for carsharing.[14] As of June 2019, seven Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations were located in Port Moody, with the capacity for 14 vehicles.[15][16]


Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Port Moody Panthers
Ice hockey Port Moody Recreation Complex arena


On June 16, 2004, Port Moody was officially trademarked as the “City of the Arts.” Historically, Port Moody was a destination for artists because of its low rent, scenery and ambient lighting. Today, it is home to annual festivals, arts groups and diverse facilities that help foster a creative community.

The Port Moody Arts Centre offers a number of fine arts and photography classes for residents of all ages, and has three diverse art galleries that feature a number of constantly changing works. The Port Moody Station Museum hosts a wide assortment of artifacts from Port Moody’s past, and has restored a heritage train venosta for tours. Arts Connect is an organization that connects artists from the Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody), and hosts regular artists’ circles. Artists can find studio space in Port Moody at 2709 Esplanade, with open house tours taking place every year in April.

Festivals held in Port Moody include the Canadian Film Festival (February), the Festival of the Arts (September), Rotary Ribfest (July) Search for The Perfect Pint (May) Summer Sundays Concerts, Golden Spike Days (July), the Wearable Art Awards (yearly, next is May 9 & 10, 2009) and the CP Rail Holiday Train (December). Port Moody is also home to the Inlet Theatre, an intimate 200 seat venue.

Service Clubs include the Rotary Club of Port Moody. It's responsible for community events including the Annual RibFest and Search For The Perfect Pint.


Rocky Point Park

Port Moody is home to Rocky Point Park. It includes 3.8 hectares of space, the park has hiking trails, a newly renovated spray park, a skate park, a bike trials park, a playground, a picnic shelter, a boat launch and a recreational pier. Home to Golden Spike Days, the park is a destination in the summer.

Bert Flinn Park encompasses 138 hectares of largely undeveloped parkland on former industrial lands. Used by mountain bikers, and with an extensive unmarked trail system along old logging roadbeds, the park also has an off-leash dog walk.

Old Orchard Park is another destination in Port Moody. At about 1.4 hectares in size, it is directly across the inlet from Rocky Point Park and is the northern end of Shoreline Trail. It has a sandy beach, picnic shelter with BBQs and adventure playground in a quiet park setting. Old Orchard Hall is also located here and is used for weddings and other special events.

The old Ioco townsite also offers trails and grassy fields to residents and is especially popular with dog walkers.[citation needed]

Finishing construction in 2008, Port Moody has renovated its recreation complex. Home to an Olympic size ice rink, this facility has an indoor running track, a gym, a curling rink and an athlete’s lounge. The Port Moody Happening, a quarterly publication, features all recreation programs offered at this new facility.[citation needed]

White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake is popular with locals in summer.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Port Moody's welcome sign.


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  2. ^ "Port Moody". National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorials. National Defence Canada. 2008-04-16. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 28 May 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "2018 Election Results". City of Port Moody. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  4. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Statistics Canada (January 10, 2006). "Port Moody Community Profile", Community Highlights, Retrieved 08 February 2008.
  6. ^ https://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/dp-pd/prof/details/page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CSD&Code1=5915043&Geo2=PR&Code2=59&Data=Count&SearchText=Port%20Moody&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=Population&TABID=1
  7. ^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Port Moody, City [Census subdivision]". Statistics Canada. 24 April 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  8. ^ [1], Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census-Census subdivision of Port Moody, CY - British Columbia
  9. ^ City of Port Moody: 2005 Statistical Economic Profile (2005).
  10. ^ Port Moody Ecological Society (2007). "Port Moody Ecological Society", Port Moody Ecological Society, Retrieved 08 February 2008.
  11. ^ City of Port Moody (2008). "Port Moody Naturally", Pesticide Free Naturally, Retrieved 08 February 2008.
  12. ^ a b City of Port Moody (2008). "2005 Statistical Economic Profile", Labour Force, Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  13. ^ Lau, Lucy (31 July 2018). "Dockless bike-sharing coming to Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, and Richmond this summer". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Car Map". Modo. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Electric Vehicle Charging Stations". City of Port Moody. Retrieved 22 June 2019.
  16. ^ "PlugShare Map". Retrieved 22 June 2019.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]