Pleasantside, Port Moody

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Pleasantside, Port Moody

by | Oct 25, 2020

Pleasantside is a residential neighbourhood located on the northern shore of Port Moody, which is the eastern extension of Burrard Inlet, about 12 miles (19 km) east of Vancouver and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northwest of the community of Port Moody, British Columbia. Port Moody is the smallest of the Tri-Cities, bordered by Coquitlam on the east and south, and Burnaby on the west. Port Moody was named for Richard Clement Moody who was the Commander of the Royal Engineers, Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for British Columbia, and the first Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia from 1858 to1863.

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Coast Salish First Nations lived along the coast, taking advantage of the mild climate and abundant food resources of this region. The 1858 gold rush in the Fraser Valley resulted in the sudden appearance of thousands of gold prospectors in the Fraser Valley. A trail was built by the Royal Engineers that provided access to ships anchored in the Burrard Inlet. In 1879, the pioneer town of Port Moody was officially named the western terminus for the Canadian Pacific Railway and the first passenger train from Montreal arrived on July 4, 1886. Real estate prices soared but soon collapsed when a 12 mile (19 km) branch line was built westward along the inlet to Vancouver in 1887.

In 1905, J.S. Emerson built a sawmill for cutting cedar, and Port Moody became primarily a mill town for cutting timber into boards and shingles for the burgeoning developments along Burrard Inlet. Following World War II, industrial developments provided people with steady employment, and the town began to expand geographically and became increasingly suburban. Read more here and here. Explore more of Pleasantside here:

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