If you were to come to BC one of the many areas I would highly recommend to take time to visit would be Rocky Point Park in Port Moody.

First, I should tell you a little bit about where I live. I live in the super, natural British Columbia situated in the western-most province in Canada, bordering the Pacific Ocean. Internationally known for its stunning natural beauty. It is home to more than 4.6 million people. While most of these residents live in the Lower Mainland area. The most populous city in the province is Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city, with a metropolitan population nearing 2.5 million.

I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC but in my earlier years I moved to the suburbs in Coquitlam known also as the Tri-Cities, located in the north-east sector of Metro Vancouver.

I thought I would write about a place I love to go that is somewhere close to home. In fact, it’s just down the road from our back yard called Rocky Point Park. Rocky Point Park, also known as Rocky Point, is situated along the Burrard Inlet in Port Moody. It is 3.8 hectares in size and is the most well-known park in Port Moody. It’s a beautiful city park and arguably one of the nicest in the Lower Mainland.

I love going to Rocky Point Park because it offers so many excellent amenities:

  1. Since I love food, probably my most favorite thing at Rocky Point is Pajo’s, which is world famous for their fish-n-chips. This place is always busy! They use fresh local ingredients, it’s BC owned and operated since 1985 and have 5 locations in the lower mainland. Pajo’s is weather permitting as most orders are basically takeout or you can enjoy sitting outdoors on one of their multiple unique picnic tables or bring a blanket and sit in the open grassy area. Next time you are at one of their locations I highly recommend the wild salmon! It is lightly battered wrapped in a newspaper cone with their delicious fries. Oh and to wash that down you have to order their homemade lemonade!

 

  1. There is nothing better to have after a good meal than having some dessert! Just around the corner is Rocky Point Ice Cream. They make their own ice cream so they can have total control over the quality of their product. You may need some extra time trying to decide which flavor of ice cream you want, they have over 25! On a nice day you might want to go there a bit early because there is always a lineup! Oh and if you are out walking with your dog at the park they have their famous K9 Doggie ice cream!

  1. A number of great events take place at the park each summer at the outdoor performance stage. One of my favorites is the Golden Spike Days festival. This is an amazing 4-day festival to commemorate the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. This festival is during the Canada Day long weekend with lots of free entertainment, activities for the whole family and food trucks! I recently volunteered at the Golden Spike Days and you can read all about it in my previous blog “Canada Day Celebrations”. Another popular event is the Rotary Rifbest which happens in mid-July with BBQ rib competitions and outdoor concerts.

 

  1. There are also Summer Sundays with free live music on Sunday afternoons between early July and beginning of September. All you have to do is bring your own blanket/chair set it up in the large grassy field and relax and enjoy the scenery and music!

 

  1. One thing I love about Rocky Point is there are so many places you can go for a nice stroll/hike. There is a recreational pier that sets out into the water. It’s a beautiful evening walk watching the calm waters and the abundance of bird and wildlife! There is a pathway all along the waterfront and forested walking and bike trails.

  1. The children’s play facilities at Rock Point Park are exceptional. There’s a large playground, a water park area in the summer, skateboard park and a outdoor pool. I remember those hot summer days when I was younger and use to go to the outdoor pool, it was so much fun and refreshing!

  1. If you like kayaking or canoeing, or dragon boating checkout the Rocky Point Kayak located at the foot of the boat launch. Their location offers easy access to the Burrard Inlet and the Indian Arm. They offer hourly, daily, or weekly rentals, of kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards. In addition, they offer Paddle Canada certified lesson programs and tours, and many weekly drop-in social paddles.  For you boat lovers there is a boat launch accessible at the Rocky Point too!

 

  1. Located along the water there is The Boathouse Restaurant which offers breathtaking views of the Burrard inlet and Seymour Mountains through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Its menu which is distinctively West Coast offering wild and sustainable seafood, CAB-certified aged steaks and BC VQA wines.

 

  1. For the adults out there a new development of family owned and operated craft breweries called Brewer’s Row are located right across Rocky Point.

 

You probably can now see why I love Rocky Point Park. It’s a place where there is something for everyone to enjoy! To top it off, the city of Port Moody provides a free summer-time shuttle bus service for residents and visitors from June 1 to September 3, 2018!   I hope the next time you visit us in the lower mainland you will get a chance to visit the many amenities Rocky Point has to offer!

Miss British Columbia World 2018

Natasha Smith

 

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