Port Moody, BC, incorporated as a city in 1913, population 32 975 (2011c), 27 512 (2006c). The City of Port Moody lies at the head of Burrard Inlet, 20 km east of Vancouver. Port Moody's foreshore contains abundant evidence of pre-European occupation by the CENTRAL COAST SALISH peoples. It was named in 1859 after Richard Clement MOODY, who came to British Columbia as a colonel with the Royal Engineers. The townsite originally constituted crown grants to 2 sappers of the Royal Engineers.
A land boom began when the first steel arrived for construction of the CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY (CPR) on 12 March 1883. In 1879 Port Moody had been officially named western terminus of the CPR. The first passenger train to reach the Pacific from Montréal arrived 4 July 1886, marking the first transcontinental crossing of a passenger train. Port Moody's boom ended in 1887 when a new western terminus was announced farther west at VANCOUVER.
Port Moody was the link to the Far East silk trade and many of the famous square riggers were early visitors. From the early days to about 1950 lumbering was the main industry. After World War II, Port Moody's industrial base expanded with a steel-pipe mill, chemical plants and a major oil refinery. Today its economy is shifting away from heavy industries and towards service industries, light manufacturing and wholesale distribution. In 1960 a deep-sea port, equipped with highly automated bulk-loading facilities, was completed. The port specializes in sulphur and ethylene glycol. Large ocean-going ships are able to reach Port Moody via Vancouver Harbour.
Port Moody promotes itself as the "City of the Arts" as it has a high concentration of employment in arts and culture. Cultural venues include Inlet Theatre in the Civic Centre, Port Moody Arts Centre in the original city hall (built 1913) and the Station Museum in the CPR station (built 1905). Festival of the Arts and Port Moody Canadian Film Festival highlight regional and national artists. Golden Spike Days commemorate the arrival of the CPR to Port Moody.