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Local Community Profile: Port Moody

Introduction

Nestled in the eastern terminus of the Burrard Inlet sits the City of Port Moody. The municipality wraps around the namesake Port Moody Arm, and extends northward towards Eagle Mountain. Port Moody is the smallest of the locally known Tri-Cities, the others being Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam. Often the neighbouring villages of Anmore and Belcarra are also included in this grouping. Port Moody was originally named after the first Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, Richard Moody. The city’s history is closely tied to that of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1879, railway planners decided that Port Moody would serve as the western limit of the transcontinental railway, and this fulfilled British Columbia's condition of entering into confederation. Surveying began in 1881, and by 1885, the last spike was driven into the ground. Demand for real estate in the area skyrocketed, but in 1887, an extension of the CPR line towards current-day Vancouver shifted prospective landowners in that direction. In addition to being known as an art-rich community, Port Moody is an award-winning city, being recognized for its livability by a variety of organizations, including the United Nations. Officially, Port Moody was incorporated in 1913.

Community Resources and Recreation

Impressively, Port Moody has 30 parks in its relatively small area, and thus greenery is always in sight. Many of its neighbourhoods wind upwards into the forested slopes that offer a beautiful network of trails. The Port Moody Arts Centre leads numerous classes in photography and fine arts, which are open to all residents. In addition to having three diverse art galleries, Port Moody boasts the elegant 200-seat Inlet Theatre and Galleria at the Civic Centre, which also has a library. Next to the theatre is the city's great Recreation Centre, which has ice arenas, curling rinks, gymnasiums, a fitness facility, a running track, tennis courts, and a soccer field. For those interested in Port Moody's rail history, one can find an excellent display of a restored heritage train at the Port Moody Station Museum. The city is well known for its environmental reputation, and its Stream Stewardship Program manages urban watercourses, streamside vegetation, and wildlife habitat around the Port Moody Inlet. The Eagle Ridge Hospital, which is centrally-located, offers many public education programs.

Local Access and Public Transportation

The only major roadway in the city is the Barnet Highway, which leads eastward into Coquitlam, intersecting the Lougheed Highway (BC #7). Westward, this road becomes St. Johns Street, and then Clarke Road, which enters Burnaby. Port Moody is located in Zone 3 of Metro Vancouver's fare map. Port Moody is also the first stop east of Vancouver's Waterfront station on the West Coast Express commuter train line. A bus loop can be found at this station, with bays for the 160, 997, C24, C26, C27, and C28 routes. Soon, Port Moody will also have two stations on the forthcoming Evergreen Line of the SkyTrain system: Moody Centre and Inlet Centre.

Education: Elementary and Secondary Schools

Port Moody has seven elementary schools: Aspenwood, Glenayre, Heritage Mountain, Moody, Mountain Meadows, Pleasantside, and Seaview. There's also the Moody Middle School, and two secondary schools: Port Moody SS and Heritage Woods SS. Port Moody SS is known for its vast collection of clubs, committees, and musical groups. Heritage Woods, being a more modern school, has LEED Silver certification and offers six computer labs and great access to tech-related equipment.

Income Demographics and Local Tax Rates

In 2011, the population of Port Moody was 32,975, a 19.9% increase from 2006. This makes Port Moody one of the fastest growing municipalities in British Columbia. The land area is 25.89 square kilometres, giving it a population density of 1274 persons per square km. Port Moody has a median family income of $70,239, which is the fourth highest in the province. The largest employers in the city are the Eagle Ridge Hospital and Municipal School District. The municipal tax levy rate for 2013 was 3.4015 per $1,000 of assessed value. The annual water and sewage charges come in at $356 and $334, respectively, while garbage fees cost upwards of $370 per year.

Annual Events and Festivals

One should note that Port Moody just celebrated its centennial anniversary. Well-known annual festivals include the Canadian Film Festival (in February), the Festival of the Arts (in September), and the Golden Spike Days Festival (in July). Historically serving as a tribute to Port Moody's rail history, the Golden Spike Days Festival comprises plenty of live musical performances, dancers, parades, and food stands. On average, the event draws about 30,000 attendees. Whether you’re looking for great educational institutions or a city that offers amazing recreational activities, Port Moody is a place that has something for everyone.

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