From waterfront walks to forested paths, Port Moody offers a wealth of green space.
Some parks, such as Old Orchard Park are small, beachside gems while others are geared to action-oriented pursuits: SK8 Park caters to skateboarders and BMX bikers with lots of ramps, rails, stairs and tabletop features while Inlet and Town Centre parks include fields and courts for sports such as soccer and tennis.
Belcarra Regional Park
Jutting into Indian Arm where it meets the Burrard Inlet, and covering some 1,100ha/2,718ac, this forested mountain park has been a summer getaway destination since the 1920s when boats used to bring day trippers from Vancouver's Coal Harbour to picnic, swim, hike for an hour or a full day, and fish.
Activities at Belcarra Park
Today this family park is as popular as ever with 22km/13.7mi of walking trails and 9.5km/6mi of cycling paths. White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake is a hot spot for swimmers as much for its safe, warm waters and for its long stretches of sand. There's a wharf for crabbing, fishing or scuba diving.
The Belcarra picnic area, White Pine Beach and park washrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
Buntzen Lake Reservoir Recreation Area
Located along Sunnyside Road just north-east of Belcarra in neighbouring Anmore, Buntzen Lake sits among the forested slopes of the Coast Mountains. Created from a dam reservoir which provided Vancouver's first hydroelectric power, this picturesque 4.8km/3mi long reservoir is also a popular recreation area.
Activities at Buntzen Lake
Buntzen Lake offers a small boat and canoe launch (rentals are available), hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and nature trails. The summer crowds can be a bit daunting; be sure to arrive before 10am to secure a parking spot or the walk can be a long one, especially for youngsters.
Bert Flinn Park
Covering 126ha/311ac, this mostly undeveloped park comprises original ecosystems of forest uplands and wetlands that are rich with wildlife such as the Northwestern salamander and red-legged frogs. These north shore wetlands are also significant for the diversity of plant species – a total of 99 species have been inventoried so far and include the Arctic starflower, Swamp laurel, Labrador tea and Round-leaved sundew plants.