Moody Centre Community Association
Mail: 2425 S. John’s St., Port Moody, BC V3H 2B2
The Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA) is a not-for-profit organization registered in 1979 to serve residents in a large area of “old” Port Moody. The area is roughly from Albert and Barnet streets to the west, Moray to the east, and north to south from the Burrard Inlet to the Chines hillside.
The waterfront area includes Rocky Point Park, the Port Moody Station Museum, part of the Trans-Canada Trail, and industrial lands. St. John’s Street is the main commercial strip, but Clarke Street to the north is probably the oldest historic commercial strip. The area also contains the old city hall building on St. John’s Street, which is now the Arts Centre. (The new city hall is now at the eastern end of Burrard Inlet out of the Moody Centre area, though a walkable distance for some.)
This area was once home to many sawmills and was briefly the original western terminus for the trans-Canada rail line, until the end terminus moved further west to Vancouver. During that brief time there was much land speculation, mainly because of the rail line.
“The early history of the Port Moody area was dominated by two events: the 1858 gold rush on the Fraser and the 1886 arrival of the first transcontinental train. With the sudden appearance of thousands of gold prospectors in the Fraser Valley and the need to develop a back-door defense for the burgeoning town of New Westminster, the Royal Engineers (commanded by Col. Richard Moody, after whom Port Moody was named in 1859) were directed to clear a trail from the new capital of British Columbia to Burrard Inlet.
Speculation caused by the imminent arrival of the railway had been rampant; in 1885 a man bought a lot at Clarke and Queens Streets for $15 and sold it later the same year for $1,000. Port Moody was expected to become the biggest town in the west but William Van Horne decided the company would extend its rail line from Port Moody to a new terminus several kilometres farther west, newly named Vancouver – the railway’s executives had determined Port Moody’s narrow shelf of land between water and hillside to be insufficient for expansion.” (Source: http://www.portmoody.ca – Port Moody History)
Moody Centre Community Association (MCCA)