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Port Moody, British Columbia (Canada)

Greater Vancouver Regional District

Last modified: 2019-07-30 by rob raeside
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Flag since April 2006
[Port Moody flag] image contributed by Valentin Poposki, 22 April 2007
Original source: Port Moody website

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Description of the flag

From Port Moody Coat of Arms page:

Port Moody’s flag is based on the official crest. Originally coloured bars represented different city departments, however the blue version is now used exclusively.

Valentin Poposki, 22 April 2007

I can confirm that the flag "in the cloth" has narrower bars than the Canada flag. The actual flag is 1:2, though. The reference to different departments using different coloured flags was noted by Robb Watt in The Greater Vancouver Book. I have an image of a Port Moody flag with yellow bars, but no explanation of which department. There is a separate flag for the Pt. Moody Police, a Dark Blue Ensign with the pattern of the arms in the canton, and the police badge in the fly.
Dean McGee, 23 April 2007

About Port Moody

Port Moody website:

Port Moody – City of the Arts! – is located at the head of Burrard Inlet and at the foot of Eagle Mountain. A vibrant city of 30,000, Port Moody is located an easy 40 minute drive from both downtown Vancouver and the US border, and just steps from seaside parks, mountain trails and lakes.


The early inhabitants of this area were the Squamish and Musqueam bands of the Coast Salish people, their ancestors having occupied the Lower Mainland for the past 8,000 years. They used the Port Moody area to fish, hunt and gather shellfish. Evidence of their summer campsites, in the form of shell middens and Indian artifacts can be found at the eastern end of Burrard Inlet.

Non-indigenous people began to occupy the area around 1800. Fur traders regularly traveled through this region. With the appearance of gold prospectors during the Cariboo Gold Rush of 1858 and the need to develop a back-door defence for New Westminster, in 1859 the Royal Engineers--under the command of Col. Richard Moody--were sent to clear a trail. The trail, later known as North Road, would allow ships anchored in Burrard Inlet to unload military supplies and personnel if New Westminster were attacked from the south. No attack occurred, but a town - at first no more than a cluster of tents and shacks - began to grow.

Big changes came in 1886 when Port Moody was named the original Pacific terminus of the transcontinental railroad, later extended to Vancouver. The town experienced an influx of new residents, from 200 people in 1887 to 1,200 in 1910, and the combination of railroad and harbour proved ideal for many light and heavy industries that have come and gone over the past century. Port Moody was incorporated as a city in 1913.


Port Moody is now thriving, with industries supporting a growing residential community, and strives to harmonize the natural environment with our economy and quality of life. Businesses are still attracted to Port Moody's railroad and harbour, as well as retail and service businesses.

Valentin Poposki, 22 April 2007

Police Department flag

[Port Moody flag] image by Randy Young, 21 March 2015

The Port Moody Police Department was established in 1913 to provide law enforcement services for the city of Port Moody, British Columbia. The grant of a heraldic badge and flag was published in the Public Register of Arms, Flags, and Badges on 15 January 2004 in Vol. VI, p. 346 ( The Department's flag uses a light blue field with a banner of city's arms comprising the canton of the flag and the Department's badge displayed in the fly.
Randy Young, 21 March 2015