The Shoreline Trail Sanitary Sewer Upgrades Project will upgrade two aging sanitary sewer mains located along the north side of the Shoreline Trail. These sewer mains are critical components of our sanitary sewer network. The project also includes upgrades to the Shoreline Trail between Murray Street and Old Orchard Park. Additionally, the bridge over Noons Creek will be replaced. Construction is expected from May 2022 through late 2023. This project was funded in part by a grant from Trans Canada Trail to enhance our local section of Canada’s national trail and is co-funded by TransLink’s Walking Infrastructure to Transit Program. 

Project timeline

Phase 1 of the Shoreline Trail Sanitary Sewer Upgrades Project is complete. Phase 2 construction is in progress and is expected to continue until December 2023

complete Complete

  • May 2022 - Construction of Shoreline Trail detour
  • June 2022 - Phase 1 construction starts (sanitary sewer upgrades)
  • March 2023 - Phase 1 construction ends (sanitary sewer upgrades)

 In progress - phase 2 construction - we are here

  • July 2023 - Phase 2 construction starts (trail upgrades)

not started Not started

  • December 2023 - Phase 2 construction ends (trail upgrades)

This work is weather dependent, and the construction schedule is subject to change.

Phase 2 impact

Pedestrians and cyclists - notice of closure and detour

Starting mid-July 2023, trail users should expect the section of the Shoreline Trail paved pathway between Murray Street (3200 block near the railroad track) and Old Orchard Park (630 Alderside Road) to be fully closed – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – for safety reasons. The full closure will remain in effect for the duration of the project, which we anticipate will be completed in December 2023.

The construction project also includes access improvements. Construction related to these improvements will lead to the closure of paved trail access points from Sentinel Road and San Remo Drive. Access to Old Orchard Park from the Old Orchard Hall parking lot will be temporarily unavailable, but the lower gravel trail can still be accessed via Old Orchard Park and San Remo Drive.

Please note the lower gravel and boardwalk trail around Pigeon Cove is open for summer-time use (2023). This boardwalk and bridge section of the trail was closed in December 2022 for safety reasons after a bridge failed during a high tide. A temporary bridge has been installed as an interim repair. This bridge will be permanently replaced as part of the Shoreline Trail Boardwalk Replacement Project, with construction scheduled to start in the fall of 2023.

A detour route – the same route used during Phase 1 – will be in effect. Detour signs are posted along the trail, and you can also view a map below. Northbound, the detour runs behind Trasolini Field and the Port Moody Recreation Complex to Ioco Road. The route then continues along Sentinel Road to San Remo Drive and the railway crossing that reconnects with the trail just south of Old Orchard Park. Southbound, the detour follows the same route in the reverse direction.

Please be aware that the detour includes unpaved trail, steep grades, roadways, and railway crossings. Cyclists must use the detour route as bicycles are not permitted on the lower gravel trail.

Detour route (click map to enlarge):

Detour map for shoreline trail

Traffic and parking

Traffic – there will be some disruption to traffic on Murray Street, near the trail entrance, including times when westbound traffic may be reduced to a single lane. In addition, Sentinel Road will be changed to one-way traffic in the westbound direction.

Parking – there will be restrictions to parking at Old Orchard Hall to accommodate construction vehicles and equipment. In addition, parking will be temporarily removed:

  • on the south side of Ioco Road, between Avalon Drive and Sentinel Road; 
  • on the north and south side of Sentinel Road; and
  • on the south side of San Remo Drive, up to the CPR rail crossing.

Project details

Phase 2 of the Shoreline Trail Sanitary Sewer Upgrades Project will focus on improvements to the section of the paved pathway that is affected by the closure. Benefits will include:

  • widening of some parts of the pathway as well as installation of a new asphalt surface and improved drainage;
  • the addition of new benches, wayfinding signs, and interpretive signs; and
  • improvements to environmental and riparian areas.

The bridge over Noons Creek will also be replaced during Phase 2.

Phase 1 work began in July 2022 and came to an end in March 2023 with the completion of upgrades to two aging sanitary sewer mains that are critical components of Port Moody’s sanitary sewer network. The City would like to thank residents and visitors for their continued patience and understanding during this lengthy and complex project.

Missed our information session? View a PDF of the presentation slides.

Stakeholder engagement

In developing this project, we have engaged with the following stakeholder groups:

  • Parks and Recreation Committee
  • Seniors Focus Group
  • HUB - Tri-Cities Group
  • Environmental Protection Committee
  • Environmental Stewardship Groups
  • Canadian Pacific Railway
  • Transportation Committee

In addition, the City conducted a public survey about potential Shoreline Trail improvements in August 2020. City staff presented a report seeking funding for the recommended options for the rehabilitation of the shoreline trail sanitary sewers and pathway (Item 4.2) at the November 3, 2020 Regular Council Meeting. The report included an attachment summarizing the feedback received via the survey. City staff presented a second report seeking funding for the recommended project options to Council at the November 24, 2020 Regular Council Meeting.

Environmental impact

The project area has significant environmental and wildlife value including intact riparian habitat, large urban forests, and salmon-bearing creeks. As part of the sewer replacement project, the environmental features have been mapped and catalogued to understand potential impacts the projects may have on these sensitive habitats. 

The area is archaeologically sensitive and archaeological investigations have taken place to guide the project design. Additionally, monitoring will continue during construction to further mitigate the risk of encountering archaeologically sensitive material.

Furthermore, as part of the tree and brush removal process, the City is taking measures to comply with the Migratory Bird Act. These measures involve conducting surveys to detect active nests and taking precautions to prevent any disturbance to them. The removal of the brush will encompass the forest undergrowth, invasive species (excluding knotweed), and small trees with a trunk diameter at breast height of less than 10 cm. The clearing will not affect the heron colony buffer zone and the 30-metre riparian area buffer zones around Noons Creek and Suter Brook Creek, as per regulations.


Shoreline Trail, between Murray Street and Old Orchard Park

Shoreline Trail map


Project Engineer