With a history and culture that's inexorably tied to its waterfront location, Port Moody played a significant role in the evolution of Canada's west coast.
First Nations' Summer Camps
Long ago, First Nations such as the Squamish, Musqueam and other Coast Salish peoples migrated here every summer. They harvested the salmon runs (ancient middens are still in evidence today) and later they traded with Hudson Bay trappers making their way to and from Fort Langley.
Port Moody Origins
The 1858 Fraser River Gold Rush is what brought the value of Port Moody's locale to prominence. Ship access to this easternmost arm of the Burrard inlet made it a vital link to inland territories and within a year, Colonel Richard Moody arrived here with Royal Engineers with the intention of establishing a provincial capital city.
The port was eventually rejected in favour of more strategically based New Westminster, primarily for defense reasons against a potential American invasion from the south.