Boating

Our city is located on the Burrard Inlet, which is a great spot for recreational boating, kayaking, sailing, and paddle boarding. Take advantage of the surroundings by launching your boat at Rocky Point to get out on the water. Make sure to stay safe while boating, follow our anchoring regulations, and be respectful of the marine environment.

 Boat Discharges
Report Marine Spills
Coast Guard: 1-800-889-8852
Port Moody Fire Rescue 604-469-7795

The discharge of untreated sewage is restricted in nearshore marine waters. Help us keep the inlet clean by using pump-out services instead of dumping sewage into the water. Boat sewage is a source of fecal bacteria that harms the environment and can put public health at risk. The City of Vancouver and the Georgia Straight Alliance provide detailed maps and lists of pump-out services available in our area. We recommend that you call ahead to make sure that pump-out services are still available.

Green boating

As we enjoy the boating season, it is important to do our part to keep the water and environment clean. Learn about green boating practices and follow these tips when you are boating:

  • avoid unnecessary idling and turn off your boat when you are docked
  • maintain your boat motor and battery
  • don't overload your boat because excess weight will use additional fuel
  • avoid spilling fuel

Designated Anchorage Area

Many residents and visitors enjoy experiencing Port Moody from the water. Port Moody's Designated Anchorage Area (DAA) provides boaters with a safe, reserved anchorage space in the inlet while they visit and enjoy many of the sights and amenities in the surrounding area.

 Anchorage rules and regulations
 For a detailed description of the anchorage rules and regulations, read our Anchorage terms and conditions. When anchoring in Port Moody, you must follow these rules:
  • no anchoring is allowed outside of the DAA
  • you must get a DAA permit to anchor overnight
  • you can be anchored for up to 21 nights during a 40-day period
  • you must have your permit documents available, as proof of registration
  • only marine pleasure crafts are allowed in the DAA
  • boats must be under anchor and not attached to a buoy. Any buoys located in the DAA are not registered, may not be safe and should not be used.
  • you must leave by 12pm on the day your permit ends
  • discharge of sewage is prohibited
 Designated Anchorage Area map
 

Boaters must be within the boundaries of the four buoys of the DAA based on the GPS coordinates:

  • latitude: 49°17'18.06”N
  • longitude: -122°51'14.47W

Designated anchorage area map

Register for a DAA permit

If you would like to anchor in the Port Moody inlet overnight, you must register for a Designated Anchorage Area permit. You will need a boat licence and insurance in order to receive a DAA permit. To get a permit, you must:

  • complete the DAA permit registration form
  • sign a DAA permit contract
  • pay $15.75 plus GST per day

We will send an email confirming that we received your permit application. If necessary, you can show this email to the Enforcement Officer upon inspection until you receive the actual permit.

The City of Port Moody will review your permit application and check for availability for the requested dates. We issue DAA permits on a first come, first served basis.

Cancellation
You can cancel your overnight permit reservation up to 24-hours before the start date of the permit. There is a $30 administration charge for all cancellations.

DAA closures
The DAA may be closed during special events.

2024 DAA closures: No upcoming closures

Please note: additional closures will be posted once received.

Anchoring enforcement
Boats that are anchored overnight, inside the DAA, without a permit, are subject to enforcement and towing. Fines up to $200 per day will be charged to boaters who do not register and pay DAA fees during their stay (Bylaw No. 3218).

If you anchor your boat outside of the DAA, you are likely in the shipping lanes. This means that you are a navigational hazard and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority may remove your boat.

Boat Launch

 Rocky Point Boat Launch

Residents and visitors can launch boats from Rocky Point Park located at 2800 Murray St. daily from dawn to dusk with the purchase of a boat launch pass.  We recommend that you arrive early in the day because parking will fill up quickly, especially during the summer months. 

Daily boat launch passes
Boaters can purchase a daily pass for boat launch, retrieval, and parking for $40.00 plus tax from the ticket dispenser near the boat ramp with a credit card only.

Annual boat launch passes
Annual boat launch passes are purchased at the Recreation Complex by phoning 604.469.4556 or by sending us an email at recreation@portmoody.ca. In-person purchases are also available. Each resident is only eligible for one boat launch pass per year. Annual boat launch passes are valid January 1- December 31 and will not be pro-rated based on purchase date.

2024 Annual passes cost:

  • $285.00 + tax for Port Moody residents
  • $500.00 + tax for non-residents

To get the resident rate you must provide your:

  • driver's license (license and registration need to match) 
  • vehicle registration

Kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards

A boat launch pass is not required to launch kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards from the boat launch. These watercraft can be dropped off at the sidewalk along the west side of the Boathouse Restaurant at Esplanade and carried to the boat launch. There is 15-minute parking along Esplanade for this purpose.

Boat launch and parking closures

The boat launch may be closed and/or have limited parking during special events or city maintenance. Boat Launch pass holders will receive email communication in advance of any closure(s).

2024 Boat launch closures:

Saturday, March 2 Boat Launch (dock and ramp) closure from 10am-2pm for the Polar Plunge.

Saturday, April 20 Full closure of the boat launch parking lot and launch from 5am-7pm for the Inlet Spring Regatta.

Parking at Rocky Point

Always check the posted signage before parking. Vehicle and trailer parking is available in the following areas:

  • Rocky Point Boat Launch
  • Behind Pajo's Fish and Chips
  • Along Esplanade Avenue
  • Weekends only - overflow parking for the boat launch is available at the West Coast Express Parking Lot. This will require an additional parking ticket from the WCE ticket machine.

You must display your boat launch and/or parking pass in your vehicle, on the front dashboard.

Reed Point Marina

Visit Reed Point Marina for information on launching, docking and storing your boat.

Boating Safety

 Safe Boating Regulations
 

Three girls in a boat wearing life jackets

Port Moody is located on the beautiful Burrard Inlet giving us access to our own ocean playground. Residents and visitors love to get out on the water. Power boats must obey speed limits (5 knot) and reduce wake around Rocky Point docks and boat ramp. No power boats are permitted in Tidal Park.  Whether you are kayaking, sailing or cruising around the inlet, we want you to have fun and stay safe.

The Government of Canada's Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require you to carry a Pleasure Craft Operator Card while operating a boat with any type of motor for recreational purposes.

For more information on safe boating practices, visit: