Port Moody Demographics
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 43.
The population of Port Moody in 2011 was 32,975. Port Moody has the largest Korean population ratio for any Canadian settlement above 10,000 residents. There are 2,160 people who are Korean, which is 6.6% of the city’s population.Port Moody also has the 6th largest West Asian ratio (3.1%). The racial make up of the city is:
- 68.5% White
- 16.4% East Asian; 8.8% Chinese, 6.6% Korean, 1.0% Japanese
- 3.1% West Asian
- 2.7% Southeast Asian; 1.9% Filipino
- 2.6% Aboriginal; 1.4% First Nations, 1.0% Metis
- 2.2% South Asian
- 1.8% Latin American
- 1.3% Black
- 0.2% Arab
- 1.2% Multiracial; 2.2% including Metis
- 0.1% Other
Port Moody Transportation
The Evergreen Skytrain Line runs from Coquitlam Town Centre area by North Coquitlam, through Port Moody, and re-enters Coquitlam on North Road where it joins with the existing SkyTrain system at Lougheed Town Centre. The main hub in Port Moody is Port Moody Station off of St. John’s street. However, there are a number of smaller busses running through Port Moody that will take residents in to Coquitlam, up to Heritage Mountain, and throughout Ioco and Murray street.
Residents in the condo buildings around Suterbrook Village and Newport Village have easy access to both busses and the skytrain.
The West Coast Express is an express bus with limited stops. It stops at Coquitlam Central Station and runs West in to downtown Vancouver. Heading East, it goes as far as Mission. It only operates from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) with five trains per day running to Vancouver in the morning peak hours and returning in the evening peak hours. It is most used by people working 8am-4pm or 9am-5pm jobs.
For motorists, the easiest way in to Burnaby and Vancouver from Port Moody is Barnet Highway. This highway branches off from St. John’s street and turns in to Hastings Street, thus taking you all the way in to the Waterfront area of Vancouver. Alternatives are taking Lougheed Highway from Coquitlam, or heading up Clarke Street/North Road in to the Coquitlam West/Burnaby area in to Braid or New Westminster.
Port Moody Parks and Recreation
Port Moody is home to Rocky Point Park, a lively outdoor park area with everything from a water spray park, to bike trails, a playground, and a boat launch. Golden Spike Days are celebrated at Rocky Point Park once a year, in which the community comes together to celebrate music, arts, and local businesses. The park altogether includes 3.8 hectares of space, and is a great area to enjoy the outdoors by going for a walk down the pier, hiking the trails, or just having a picnic.
There are a number of hiking trails and beaches in the Port Moody Area. Old Orchard Park has a Shoreline Trail and smaller beach across the Burrard Inlet from Rocky Point Park. White Pine Beach is a man-made lake heading up to the Belcarra region, where there are a number of short and long, easy and difficult hikes for the outdoorsy. The Buntzen area is another fantastic place to go for hikes and enjoy Buntzen Lake, where they also have a dog park.
The old Ioco townsite also offers trails and grassy fields to residents and is especially popular with dog walkers.
Port Moody Recreation Centre is a hub for all sports and activities. Home to an Olympic size rink, there are a number of hockey players, figure skaters, and curlers that comes visit their multi-rinks and athlete’s lounge. The Rec centre also has a gym, hot tub, indoor court for basketball, tennis, roller hockey, badminton, and fencing. There is an indoor running track, as well as an outdoor soccer field where games are regularly hosted.
Port Moody Arts and Entertainment
Port Moody is coined “The City of the Arts,” and thus has a number of arts and entertainment that occurs in the city throughout the year.
To name a few, The Port Moody Farmer’s Market is a local market that occurs at the Port Moody recreation centre on Sundays throughout various seasons. It features a variety of local bakers, farmers, food trucks, and home-made goods. The Port Moody Rib Fest is another event hosted by the Port Moody Rotary Club. It is a community event featuring 3 Days of Delicious BBQ, Free Live Music, Craft Breweries & Family Entertainment!
Golden Spike Festival is also held annually at Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park. It features live music, local businesses, special events, and activities for all ages. It is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC, and attracts upwards of 40,000 people, and commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the LAST SPIKE was driven. It is run over the Canada Day Long weekend.
Brewers Row has become a popular site for locals and tourists to enjoy the best craft beers Port Moody has to offer. There are 4 different breweries to enjoy: Twin Sails brewery, Yellow Dog brewery, Parkside Brewery, and Moody Ales brewery. These breweries are right across from Rocky Point Park. Nearby Brewers Row, there is The Port Moody Station Museum which is owned and operated by the Port Moody Heritage Society and is part of their effort to promote increased awareness and knowledge of Port Moody, British Columbia’s heritage and history.
Port Moody Crime Stats
Crime: *Police Reported Crime Statistics in Canada, 2015. Released on 2016-07-20. Please note: This crime rate is city-wide, not neighbourhood-wide. Different neighbourhoods in the city might have totally different crime rate.
Violent Crime – Below Average
Property Crime – Average
Drug Crime – Below Average
Total Crime – Average