Port Moody is a horseshoe-shaped community that hugs the shoreline of Port Moody Arm, the very eastern end of Burrard Inlet. This was one of the first European-inhabited regions in the Lower Mainland, as the original terminus for the Canadian National Railway. Today, the municipality is home to a largely middle-income populace, attracted by its proximity to nature and the ease of commuting to Vancouver using the West Coast Express. The only serious blights on the community are the oil refineries line the north shore of Port Moody Arm; and the heavy traffic along the Barnet Highway into Vancouver.
Port Moody is a small town with mainly single family homes and sits at the very end of Burrard Inlet. This part of Greater Vancouver is relatively quiet.
Port Moody has traditionally been a family-oriented community. Children living at home make up more than one third of Port Moody's population. Since 1999, Port Moody added 1,000 dwellings, climbing to 7,300 homes, though now single-family homes are about half the dwellings, one-third are low-rise multi-family (townhouses, duplexes, mobile homes and secondary suites), and about one-fifth rental low & high rise apartment units.
Single family homes are predominantly bungalows, and newer executive detached homes, with most new housing is being built on the north shore. Two new developments are in The Mountain Meadows and Heritage Mountain. The more prestigious communities are on the south shore, particularly College Park and Glenaire, on the eastern slopes of Burnaby Mountain.
Port Moody schools are part of the Coquitlam School District 43. Port Moody has 7 elementary schools, and 2 high schools.. Simon Fraser University is located in neighbouring Burnaby, while Douglas College maintains a campus in Coquitlam's Town Centre. Port Moody's public library is located in the City Hall complex.
Port Moody has several parks abutting or overlooking the Burrard inlet, and also a number of recreation facilities. Port Moody 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. In 2008, Port Moody has renovated its recreation complex to include 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.
Bert Flinn Park is a mountain bikers' paradise with 138 hectares of largely undeveloped parkland, with extensive unmarked trails along early 1900s logging roadbed. The park also has an off-leash dog walk. Wilderness buffs can drive a short distance north to Belcarra Village or up to Buntzen Lake Reservoir, the warmest lake in the Lower Mainland Port Moody Neighbourhoods
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