Easy exploration: the best things to do in Port Moody right now

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Looking for an easy day trip from Vancouver? Board the Millennium SkyTrain and follow the Evergreen Extension to Port Moody for a full day of exploration.

And eat, of course, eat a lot.

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Outdoor adventures

Rocky Point Park / Shutterstock Pier

Topping any list of things to do in Port Moody is the sightseeing Rocky Point Park (2800 Murray Street) – and for good reason. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic pier or through the wooded hiking trails, take a dip in the outdoor pool to cool off on a sweltering day, and let the little ones relax in the water park and playground. There’s also an off-leash dog area, where Spot and Fido can roam freely, as well as a boat launch.

Fancy a swim on Port Moody’s only beach? Head toward Old orchard park (630 Alderside Road), and keep your eyes peeled for friendly seals in the water. Finish a homemade treat on a picnic table, stroll along the trail, and let the kids burn off some energy in the playground.

If your boots are made for walking, take a walk along the Coastal path. This 4 mile, paved trail begins at Rocky Point Park Pier and ends at Old Orchard Park. With minimal elevation gain, this is an easy scenic walk the whole family can take.

To explore the region from the water, rent a single kayak, a double kayak or a stand-up paddle (SUP) from Kayaking at Rocky Point (2715 Esplanade Street) and start paddling. You can even take your four-legged friend if you choose a double kayak. For a unique adventure on the water, opt for the MEGA SUP, which can hold six people. Anyone new to paddling can get comfortable by taking a few lessons or going on a guided tour.

Buntzen Lake

Buntzen Lake / Shutterstock

A little further, Buntzen Lake worth the 10km drive from Port Moody to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Formerly known by the aptly (if not too creative) name of Lake Beautiful, this popular lake powered Vancouver’s first hydroelectric power station in 1904.

Farmers market

Until October 27, the Port Moody’s Summer Farmer’s Market features local manufacturers, bakers, producers and more. Stroll among the overflowing stalls while munching on tasty treats on food trucks and listening to live entertainment. The market is held at the Port Moody Recreation Complex every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. To learn more about other local independent businesses you can support in the area, visit Shop Local Port Moody.

Arts & Culture

Looking for even more things to do in Port Moody, perhaps in the arts and culture? Start by downloading the Port Moody Heritage and Public Art Guide. This comprehensive list includes a handy map that directs you to all of Port Moody’s interesting heritage properties and public art.

Go back in time at Port Moody Station Museum (2734 Murray Street). Housed in a heritage Canadian Pacific Railway station built in 1908, the museum has a restored 1920s wagon as well as exhibits on the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the community of Port Moody.

Sign up for an art class or stroll through a gallery at Port Moody Arts Center (2425, rue Saint-Jean). Classes for all ages range from visual arts to theater to digital media. The center is located in the historic Old Town Hall (built in 1913) and the Centennial Appleyard House (built in 1910).

The row of brewers

What’s in store for Port Moody? Beer lovers raise a glass to The row of brewers, a three-block stretch that has five craft breweries. Part of the BC Ale Trail, the area is home to Yellow Dog Brewing (2817 Murray Street), Moody Ales (2601 Murray Street), Twin Sails Brewing (2821 Murray Street), The Parkside Brewery (2731 Murray Street), and The Bakery Brewing (2617 , Murray Street). Whether you’re a dedicated acid digger or hophead – or even a total beginner – you’re sure to find a plethora of bevvies to sip and enjoy in these tasting rooms. Food trucks parked along the street provide snacks for snacking.

Restaurants

It’s always taco time at Taps & Tacos (91 Moody Street), where floor-to-ceiling windows make you feel like you’re sitting on a sunny terrace even when you’re inside. Don’t miss the Korean BBQ pork tacos or the roasted cauliflower tacos for vegetarians. Also find burritos, bowls and tortas (Mexican-inspired sandwiches).

The most recent public house of the Joseph Richard group, Means of subsistence (3224 St. Johns Street), opened earlier this year. The decor is entirely Instagram-worthy, while the menu spans the gamut from burgers and pizza to poke and ramen bowls.

Chicken tikka masala, goat vindaloo, lamb korma, rogenjosh shrimp, fish goa curry and eggplant bhurta are just a few of the mouth-watering selections from Aromatic Indian restaurant (50 Queens Street). The elegant dining room can accommodate everything from intimate dinners to larger group gatherings.

Get the scoop – get all the balls – to Rocky Point Ice Cream (2800 Murray Street). On a hot day, a line-up is pretty much guaranteed, but it’s worth the wait for the mouth-watering homemade flavors, such as the mango cheesecake swirl, brown butter pecans. and the double chocolate raspberry. There’s even a treat for well-heeled dogs: K9 Doggie Ice Cream. Plus, keep an eye out for the store’s two charming ice cream trucks named Scooper and Rocky.

A few of our other top picks for dining destinations include The boathouse (2770 Esplanade Avenue), for fresh seafood and premium steaks with stunning ocean views; Social House of Browns (215 Newport Drive), for casual dining; Romer’s (101 Morrissey Road), for fresh burgers made from scratch; Willy’s kitchen (850 Barnet Highway), for comfort food and a view of the water; and Saint St Grill (2510 St. John’s Street), for a mix of European and New Orleans flavors.

So what are you waiting for? Port Moody is just a SkyTrain ride away.

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