The Village of Belcarra, incorporated on August 22nd, 1979, is a rural residential community situated on the east side of Indian Arm (see map and arial photo below) in the Northeast Sector of the Metro Vancouver, Belcarra is surrounded by mountains, forest (Belcarra Regional Park) and a majestic deep-water fjord (Indian Arm). Belcarra is located 28 kilometers (18 miles) from downtown Vancouver, with a travel time by car of 45 minutes. Vancouver International Airport is within 35 kilometers (22 miles), with a travel time under 60 minutes.
Epitomizing the relaxed West Coast lifestyle, this well wooded residential community overlooks the magnificent North Shore mountains and the picturesque waters of Indian Arm (which includes Bedwell Bay, Belcarra Bay, Cosy Cove, Whiskey Cove, Farrer Cove & Twin Islands). Belcarra enjoys a superb natural setting providing residents and visitors alike with ample opportunity to enjoy a wide range of land and water-based recreational activities. The Village, in some respects, can be described an "island community" in that it is surrounded by either the waters of Indian Arm or the forests of Belcarra Regional Park.
The current population is 700, and has been growing steadily at a rate of about 4.5 percent per year since 1976. The population is expected to peak at approximately 800. Belcarra's residential development pattern roughly parallels its two main arterial roads: Bedwell Bay Road and Belcarra Bay Road (see road map). Most of this development is oriented to the water and mountain views and natural setting characteristic of the area, and the majority of dwellings are single family units. The prices of these dwellings are at the higher end of the Metro Vancouver residential market and reflects the spectacular setting and rural nature of the community. Belcarra is a friendly and cooperative community whose household incomes are amongst the highest of any municipality in the Metro Vancouver region. On the other hand, property taxes are low compared with those in neighbouring municipalities. The Belcarra Council is strongly committed to keeping public costs to a minimum and maintaining the unique rural setting of the municipality.
Conceived in the 1966 plan for Regional Parks within the Lower Mainland, Belcarra Regional Park ranked among the top few sites when compared to all existing and proposed regional recreation areas. Much of the park lies within the boundaries of the Village of Belcarra. Today, it is a major attraction for residents and visitors alike, offering a rare combination of ocean shore, inland lake and forested hills. Complete with the accessible and attractive public beaches, picnic areas, camp grounds and waterfront parking. The shore, wharves and floats at the Belcarra picnic grounds provide a staging area for the increasing number of recreational boaters travelling up the deep-water fjord of Indian Arm. Administered by the Metro Vancouver Parks Department, Belcarra Regional Park is one of the largest (twice the size of Stanley Park) and most visited parks (900,000-plus visitors per year) in the Metro Vancouver Park System.
Belcarra is part of School District 43, with the nearest schools being Anmore Elementary School and Heritage Woods Secondary School (both located in the Village of Anmore), Moody Middle School (located in the City of Port Moody) and Gleneagle Secondary School (located in the City of Coquitlam), all being within fifteen minutes drive of the Village. Local shopping centres include the Heritage Mountain Shopping Centre, NewPort Village and Suter Brook Village, all located on Ioco Road in Port Moody, and the large regional shopping facility, Coquitlam Centre, is also within fifteen minutes drive. Hospital facilities are located at Eagle Ridge Hospital on Guildford Way in Port Moody and includes 24-hour emergency service.
The Village of Belcarra provides basic services to its residents such as municipal water, road maintenance and a waste and recycle depot (WARD). Sewage disposal systems are the responsibility of individual property owners who are required to provide either septic tank disposal fields or innovative sewage technology systems that meet the requirements of the local health authority (Fraser Health Authority of the BC Ministry of Health). Bus service is provided by TransLink, electricity is supplied by BC Hydro, natural gas service by Fortis BC, and telephone, cable vision and internet services are provided by Telus and Shaw. Fire protection is provided by the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) which is a function jointly shared with neighbouring Village of Anmore. Policing is provided by the Coquitlam RCMP Detachment, and Belcarra enjoys 100% participation in neighbourhood Block Watch.
Except for the Community Hall, the only recreational facility operated by the municipality is the tennis courts located near the head of Bedwell Bay. The Belcarra Barnacle, the community newsletter, is published 10 times per year by volunteers, and both the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) and the Community and Recreation Association of Belcarra (CRAB) are also operated by community volunteers. The following are annual CRAB activities held in Belcarra:
The goal of Belcarra Council is to maintain a high quality, rural residential environment with as little disturbance as possible to the rich, natural setting which makes this unique area one of the Lower Mainland's most desirable communities.
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Village of Belcarra
4084 Bedwell Bay Road
Tel: (604) 937-4100
Fax: (604) 939-5034
Office Hours:Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm,
(excluding statutory holidays).
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