About the Project

The Port Moody Official Community Plan includes a vision that sees the site redevelopment into an integrated oceanfront community with strong connections to its surroundings and the water’s edge. There are so many exciting opportunities to explore through this process.


The redevelopment of the Flavelle site will reflect the objectives of the Official Community Plan, which envisions the transformation of the site from general industry to a vibrant mixed-use community with connections to the water’s edge.

Reconnect the City’s historic centre with the oceanfront and create a vibrant and active water’s edge.
Support economic growth in the City by providing employment opportunities on a site connected to the region via rapid transit.
Create a complete community that brings together a mix of uses and respects the natural surroundings.

Public Realm

The Flavelle site occupies a prominent location in the city and acts as a bridge between Port Moody’s oceanfront and the rest of the community. The proposed redevelopment will reintegrate the water’s edge with the larger neighbourhood through the creation of a vibrant and welcoming public realm.

Some of the key elements will include:

A unique “made in Port Moody” boardwalk that is accessible for all users and offers diverse experiences and connections to the water’s edge.
Provision of park space and extensions to the existing shoreline trail, providing connections to Rocky Point Park.
Celebrate the site’s history through the reuse of industrial elements from the sawmill in the design of the site.

Historical Facts

  • Manufacturing activity began on the site in 1905 with Emerson Lumber.

  • In 1912, Robert Thurston and Aird Flavelle purchased the site, turning it into the province’s largest cedar mill and the city’s most prominent employer.

  • After closing briefly in 1998, Thurston-Flavelle was bought and reopened by Mill and Timber in 2000.

  • The sawmill has been operating in Port Moody for 110 years.