Port Moody, labelled the “The City of the Arts”, is unique because of its vibrance and cultural flair. A quaint city with a modern, cozy, feel, you’re sure to feel right at home the moment you step foot in the city. Part of the Tri-Cities (along with Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam), Port Moody is perfect for art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Here are our favourite things to do in Port Moody this summer:
Port Moody features an abundance of hiking trails with breathtaking views. Buntzen Lake, Indian Arm, Jug Island, and the Shoreline Hiking Trail are the most popular to both locals and visitors. An amazing experience for anyone, whether you’re a bird watcher or amateur hiker. Don’t forget your bug spray and hiking shoes!
2. Water Sports
Looking to cool off? Port Moody has a number of options that help. Rocky Point Park, located next to the Burrard Inlet, features a pier, where people can rent kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards, swim at the outdoor pool, or even just take a splash in the waterpark. Other choices are Bunzten Lake and Sasamat Lake, all places where people can let loose and go boating, fishing, or simply just swim.
3. Going to the Beach
If you’re looking for white sand and warm, clear water, look no further. White Pine beach, one of the two beaches at Sasamat Lake, is the perfect spot to go on a sunny day. An accessible beach featuring a concession stand and clean bathrooms, you’re never left dissatisfied. Other options include Belcarra Park, located next to White Pine Beach, and Bunzten Lake, which is dog-friendly.
A three-day event full of barbecue delicacies from all over Canada and free admission, Ribfest is a must go. From July 19th to July 21st, Ribfest is based in Rocky Point Park and features live entertainment. A family event that allows people to try out new flavours and then head to the pier to catch some scenic views, it offers the best of both worlds.
5. Indulge in the Arts
Port Moody’s Arts Centre aims to support local art and simultaneously show off the city’s history. The Arts Centre is a non-profit organization that features a art gallery as well a providing several classes. If you’re looking for more entertainment focused arts, the Inlet Theatre, part of the Arts Centre building, is the perfect place to catch a play or a film screening.
6. Newport Village
A spirited outdoor shopping village, Newport Village has over 50 different merchants, with a variety of stores. Ranging from unique gift shops to bakery delicacies, Newport Village has it all. Be sure to check out Casa Del Pane, and Wish On A Star, some of Newport Village’s exclusive stores. Case Del Pane is an Italian bakery and deli offering daily fresh baked goods, while Wish On A Star is a family owned gift and home decor store with one of a kind items and complimentary wrapping on whatever you need.
7. Live Music
What’s better than enjoying live music on a sunny day? Rocky Point Park has its annual Summer Sunday Concerts, which features a variety of genres of live music every Sunday at 2.00pm during the months of July and August.
The best way to end an event-filled summer day is to treat yourself to some exquisite food. With food from every culture, it’s easy to satisfy whatever craving you have. If you’re looking for something more casual, Yellow Dog Brewing might be up your street. A recently opened family run business that specializes in craft beer, it’s one of the unique breweries in the lower mainland. If you’re in the mood for something a little fancier, The Boathouse on the shore of Rocky Point is perfect for catching an impeccable sunset while eating some classic seafood dishes.