Winter at the Museum

Winter at the Museum

by Darrell Wade Penner

The Port Moody Station Museum is a special place to me at any time of the year, but I love it in the winter, especially in the weeks before Christmas and the Holiday Season. I love to see the station and the rail car – Venosta – decorated for the holidays with traditional decorations, Christmas lights, poinsettias, and other signs of the season. Some of the traditional decorations older than others.

It is still officially Autumn, but to me – Winter begins with the ending of November and the beginning of December. There are still around 4 weeks to the Winter Solstice, but I am already thinking Winter Thoughts.

Right now we are lucky enough to have a display of toys from over the past century or so in the “Mail Room” – the Small exhibition hall beside the Telegraph room. This display has been quite popular and has been up for quite a while and I hope that even if it does get replaced, that it does get put up each year in time for the Holiday Season.

We will be having our traditional Holiday teas in the Venosta* on the coming December Sundays of the 9th, 16th, and 23rd. The Venosta is always nicely decorated and set out for the teas. The museum is set a bit apart from the shops and the hustle and bustle, but it is cradled in the loop of the Murray/Moody street interchange and so is an easy stop-off for a soothing Sunday tea with Christmas Carols and Holiday Music in the background.

While it is not actually at the museum, we at the museum take part in the annual CPR Holiday Train* which will arrive at Queens Street Plaza Tuesday, December 18th at 9:15 pm. We serve hot apple cider there at this Free Family Event. It is a fund raiser for the food banks throughout the Tri-City area.

While we can always expect to see snow here in Metro Vancouver… on the mountain tops on our northern side, we may or may not see it here at sea level at the museum. When we do get snow at sea level, it is beautiful. While the snow clouds are still in the air Burrard Inlet is a dark grey calm stillness, the mountains disappear or are giants hunched in the background and the hills are shadows of themselves. The museum is beautiful with the snow on the ground creating a sense of purity, making pristine the mundane reality. It can really make the lights on the eaves and in the windows warm and welcoming.

At one time wood, coal, or oil stoves kept stations warm, now modern natural gas furnace and heat pumps do – and of course the oil and kerosene lanterns have been replaced by first incandescent bulbs and now by energy efficient compact florescent bulbs.

Come and enjoy a visit to the museum this winter!

~ Darrell Wade Penner
Museum Webmaster and Board Member

* Events are mentioned earlier in this Blog

CPR Holiday Train

Tuesday, December 18,
9:15pm – Free Family Event
Join the Port Moody Station Museum for hot apple cider at the CPR Holiday Train visit. The train will be arriving at Queens Street Plaza in Port Moody on Tuesday, December 18 at 9:15pm with entertainment beginning at 9:30pm. This is a fundraiser for food banks throughout the Tri-City area so bring down your donations of non-perishable food items. All food collected here stays here!
Hope to see you at the CPR Holiday Train!!!

Holiday Teas at the Museum


Sundays, December 9, 16, 23
1pm-4pm $5.00 per person
Once Again, The Port Moody Station Museum will host its Annual Holiday Tea on the Train. On Sundays, community guests are invited to enjoy tea and treats on our 1921 Railcar the Venosta. With Christmas Carols and Holiday Music in the background, its a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Volunteers are needed to help with the Holiday Tea on the Train. Any time you have available would be very much appreciated. Duties include meet and greeting guests, serving tea and treats, making tea and just having fun. For more information or to volunteer, please call Maud Sanford at 604.939.1648.

Support the Museum With Gift Memberships

Join the Port Moody Heritage Society!

The New Year is approaching swiftly and Heritage Society Memberships make a nice gift. Buy gift memberships for the coming year! Memberships are now more affordable than ever! Support the Museum and buy one for yourself! Buy one for each member of the family!

Become a part of the society that runs the Port Moody Station Museum. The Port Moody Heritage Society welcomes new members to become a part of it. Your membership helps support the operation of the museum and other projects of the society. You also can have a say at the Annual General Meeting in the Spring of each year and the election of the Board of Directors and Executive. Membership numbers influence grant money coming into the museum as well which provide a large part of our budget for maintaining and displaying the collection. Memberships start at $5 Canadian for family or individuals.


  • Family: $5
  • Corporate: $25
  • Life $500

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A Custodian of History

From the Fall 2007 Edition
A Custodian of History
by Nigel Tucker

One of the fascinating aspects of performing traditional music is the historical backgrounds of the music. The traditional musician could well be considered to be a custodian of the music and the music’s history. During my career as a traditional musician, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many people who are dedicated to the preservation of history. About two years ago, I met an extraordinary man who is dedicated to ensuring that our history is kept alive and enjoyable.

This man’s ability to have people enthused about their own history is matched only by his ability to get along with them. He is unique in his accommodating personality and his passion for making history enjoyable, and I have the pleasure of working with and learning from him whenever I can. To have such an individual as a museum curator is wonderfully beneficial to the history of the community, the province and the country. History is full of treasures, and the people who look after the treasures are in my view treasures themselves. We have a great treasure in our curator Jim Millar.