Port Moody

The City of Port Moody is located on the Burrard Inlet and has 27 kms of waterfront. It is bordered by the Villages of Belcarra and Anmore and the cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port of Coquitlam. Being about about 29 kms from Vancouver the commute takes approx 45 minutes by car. The City has a population of 23,816 (2001 Census) and is known as the "City of The Arts".

The City of Port Moody has many beautiful Parks and spaces; there is something for everyone - children's play parks, natural forested parks, sports fields and waterfront recreation areas.

Rocky Point Park covers an area of 3.8 hectares and is the best known park in Port Moody, including a boat launch ramp, outdoor pool, play grounds, and a grassy area. There are trails for hiking and biking which are also popular with roller bladers. The historic Old Mill Boat House is home to non powered boat clubs.

For the younger generation - the POMO bike trials park and SK8 parks provide a safe place for youths to practice their biking and skateboarding skills.

For the wilderness enthusiast, the Bert Flinn Park offers 126 hectares of second growth forest; it is mostly undeveloped and is located on Port Moody's North Shore. With extensive trails that attract hikers and mountain bikers; it is also home to many species of bird and wildlife.

For the water enthusiast, Buntzen Lake is a BC Hydro Resevoir which is 4.8 kms long and covers an area of 182 hectares. It was formerly known as Lake Beautiful and is a popular recreation area; it has a beach, picnic tables, swimming, canoes and great hiking and walking trails.

The nearby Belcarra Regional Park is one of the largest parks in the GVRD and offers fishing, swimming, picnic areas, canoeing and hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.

The Port Moody Social Recreation Centre and the Kyle centre both offer a variety of fitness classes. There are also skating lessons available at the Social Recreation Centre. During the months of July and August, the Outdoor Pools at Rocky Point and Westhills offer aquatic programs. Just nearby, the Cities of Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam have excellent recreation facilities offering a wide variety of programs.

The Hyde Creek Recreation Centre is 55,000 square feet of services and facilities. There is a lap pool, leisure pool, river run and water slide, a gymnasium, weight room and aerobics studio and racquetball and squash courts. In Port Coquitlam, the Recreation Centre houses two ice arenas and the Wilson Centre ,a community centre for people aged 50 or over, which has pool tables, a craft room, meeting rooms and a garden atrium.

The City of Coquitlam has a state of the art facility that includes a free form wave pool, water slides, a 50 metre Olympic length pool and a 3000sq. ft health and fitness centre. There is also the Chimo pool which has great swimming and fitness facilities. There are plans to replace this pool with a new facility called the Poirier Aquatic Facility. The Coquitlam Sports Centre is an all-season recreation complex that offers sports activities all year round.

The City of Port Moody is served by School District 43. There are 53 elementary schools (Grades K-5), 13 middle schools (Grade 6-8) and seven secondary schools (Grades 9-12) in the district. Post secondary need are served by the Douglas College which also has a campus in near-by Coquitlam.

The historic Moody Centre offers shops and restaurants offering a variety of shops and services. There are also antique and speciality stores to take in. The Newport Village is a quaint European style village that has many unique stores, gourmet food shops and restaurants.

In the City of Coquitlam there is the Coquitlam Centre shopping mall which has over 910,000 square feet of retail space, making it a popular place to shop. The largest shopping mall & entertainment complex in BC is located in nearby Burnaby.

All local Health services are provided by Fraser Health Authority . The Eagle Ridge hospital provides 24/7 emergency care for the surrounding area.

The city is very well served by Public Transport; with a wide variety of bus routes that provide transportation within the city and to neighbouring cities, including Vancouver. There is a commuter rail service, the West Coast Express, which runs through city. The nearby cities of Burnaby and New Westminster have Skytrain services.

Housing prices in the City of Coquitlam are in the mid to higher end of the GVRD, the average price for a detached house is $496,551 (June 05).

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