Port Moody is a small,
crescent-shaped city in Metro Vancouver, located at the east end of Burrard Inlet in British Columbia, Canada.
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
The construction of a transcontinental railroad
condition that prompted British Columbia to enter into
confederation in 1871. The little town received little attention
until it was declared the terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway
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. Some prominent
early families were Ottley, Bennett, Johnson, Axford,
Howard-Gibbon, Thurston, Roe, Abernathy, Elsdon, Campbell, Clarke,
Murray and Appleyard.
In 2006, the City of Port Moody had 27,512 people in 10,125 private
dwellings living within its borders . This population growth was a
15% increase from the last census taken in 2001. Booming
residential construction may account for part of this population
growth; 8,015 residential dwellings are owned while 2,115 are
rented. Port Moody also has the fourth highest
municipal median family income at $70,239, with its largest
employers being Eagle Ridge Hospital and School District
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. 30% of its residents identify themselves as
immigrants, slightly higher than the 27% Canadian average.
Governance and Politics
Port Moody’s City Council consists of Mayor Joe Trasolini, Meghan
Lahti, Bob Elliott, Karen Rockwell, Mike Clay, Diana Dilworth and
Gerry Nuttall. School Trustees representing Port Moody are Melissa
Hyndes and Keith Watkins. Elections are held province-wide on the
third Saturday of November every three years. At that time, Port
Moody residents will be asked to elect one mayor, six councillors
and two trustees to the School District 43’s board.
Port Moody's City Manager is Gaetan Royer. The Corporate Leadership
Team includes: Brad Parker, Chief Constable, PMPD; Jeff Lambert,
Fire Chief, PMFD; Paul Rockwood, Director of Finance & IT; Ron
Higo, Director of Community Services; Heather Scoular, Chief
Librarian; Colleen Rohde, Director Strategic Planning &
Culture; Tim Savoie, Director of Planning & Development; Eugene
Wat, Director of Engineering.
Council meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the
month in Council Chambers (Inlet Theatre, 100 Newport Drive). They
begin at 7 p.m. and are taped and later broadcast on Shaw Cable 4
at 9:00 am the following Saturday.
Port Moody is served by School District 43
, and offers
two public high schools
, plus several
more middle schools
and elementary schools
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
Geography and the environment
Over 41 streams flow through Port Moody to Burrard Inlet. 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.
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.
In 2008, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
highlighted Port Moody as the most fiscally responsible among
British Columbia's 28 largest cities.
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.
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
In addition to Vancouver-based media
, Port Moody is served by several community newspapers
including the Tri-City News
Port Moody's CKPM-FM
will be the first
dedicated to the
Tri-Cities area when it takes to the air in 2009.
City of the Arts
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, beautiful 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.
Popular festivals in Port Moody include the Canadian Film Festival
(February), the Festival of the Arts (September), 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.
is home to beautiful Rocky Point Park.
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 popular
destination in the summer.
Bert Flinn Park is a mountain bikers’ paradise. 138 hectares of
largely undeveloped parkland, there is an extensive unmarked trail
system along old logging roadbeds: look closely to see evidence of
this industry which flourished here in the early 1900s. The park
also has an off-leash dog walk.
Finishing construction in 2008, Port Moody has renovated its
recreation complex. Home to an Olympic size ice rink, this new
facility will have an indoor running track, a state-of-the-art 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.
The traditional phonetic spelling of Port Moody translated as
"graveyard" in Chinese
. In 1998,
the City of Port Moody adopted a new phonetic spelling of Port
Moody in Chinese which translates as Land Full of
Port Moody's welcome sign.
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Highlights, Retrieved 08 February 2008.
- City of Port Moody: 2005 Statistical Economic Profile (2005).
"City of Port Moody: 2005 Economic Profile"
(pdf), Retrieved 08 February 2008.
- Port Moody Ecological Society (2007). "Port Moody Ecological Society", Port Moody
Ecological Society, Retrieved 08 February 2008.
- City of Port Moody (2008). "Port Moody Naturally", Pesticide Free
Naturally, Retrieved 08 February 2008.
- City of Port Moody (2008). "2005 Statistical Economic Profile", Labour
Force, Retrieved 15 February 2008.
- City of Port Moody website