If you’re traveling to Vancouver, BC and you want to experience life like a local, get off the beaten path, head outside the core and take a day trip to Port Moody. With the recent completion of the Evergreen SkyTrain extension there’s so much more to explore. A day trip out to Rocky Point Park in Port Moody is a day well spent, and it’s a great bargain!
What makes it great: Rocky Point Park is a favorite with locals, it has something for everyone. Situated in Port Moody, along the shores of the Burrard Inlet. The park is well kept and includes a large grassy field, views of the inlet and surrounding green space. The public spaces are very well appointed with large change rooms and showers to clean up after a day at the park.
What to do: On a hot day families with young children will appreciate the spray park and playground. There’s also a public pool for all ages, kayak rentals from Rocky Point Kayak are found at the pier. If you’re not into getting wet, you can enjoy the well-maintained trail that follows the shoreline to Old Orchard Park.
What to eat: If you want to experience one of the best fish and chip shops on the lower mainland plan to grab a bite at Pajo’s Fish and Chips. To complete the day, cool off with ice-cream from the Rocky Point Ice-cream shop, another local favorite. If you would rather have a craft beer, head across the street to Yellow Dog Brewing Co. or walk down the block to Moody Ales.
Getting there: Car or transit. If you’re driving from Vancouver, Rocky Point Park is only 23 km away, about a 35 minute drive. Click this link for a google driving map If you decide public transit is the way to go, you can jump on the SkyTrain, taking Expo line and head towards Coquitlam. You will have to change trains and access the Millennium line. Hop off at Moody Centre Station and walk 1 km (about 15 minutes) to access the park. Click this link to access the Translink route planner.
What to bring: Swim suit, towels, good walking shoes, picnic blanket, snacks and don’t forget the camera, you’ll want to take some pictures!
Cost: Taking public transit to Rocky Point Park is the most affordable option and very convenient. Adult fares range from $2.85 to $5.60 depending on the time of day. During peak times, rates increase. Transit concession fares range from $1.80 to $3.80. Spray park access and change rooms are free to the public. The city pool charges adults $4.55 for a drop-in fare but also offer a family rate of $3.00 which includes 1 adult and 1 child. A family of 4 (2 adults – 2 children) would cost $6.00. *These rates were deemed correct at time of publication. Check city websites for up to date public swim drop in fees.