Port Moody, British Columbia is a small city forming a crescent at the east end of Burrard Inlet in British Columbia, and part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District. It is bordered by Port Coquitlam on the east, Coquitlam on the south, and Burnaby on the west. The village of Belcarra and the rugged Coast Mountains lie to the north.
Land area: 26.21 sq. km Developed and undeveloped lands. Population: 25,000 Port Moody's 2001 Census population was 23,816, although allowing for the Census undercount and growth in the last year, the estimated 2002 population is 24,600. Port Moody unofficially hit 25,000 in July, 2002. Value of building permits: $24.9 million in 2000. Business licenses issued: 1,111 in 2001. Biggest single employer: Eagle Ridge Hospital & Health Centre, with 820 employees, followed by School District #43 and the City of Port Moody. Unemployment rate: 6.9% Average house price: $250,000 to $400,000 depending on location. Retail sales: $5,600 per capita in 1997
PortMoody was historically a manufacturing town, serving as the first west coast station of the Canadian Pacific Railroad and an up-and-coming centre for marine-based operations.
PortMoody had an "early moment of fame" in 1879 when it was officially named western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the transcontinental line promised in 1871 by Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald to entice British Columbia into Confederation.
PortMoody was expected to turn out to be the principal town in the West but William Van Horne determined the company would extend its rail line from PortMoody to a new station several kilometers beyond west, recently named Vancouver.
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