Happy New Year Auld Lang Syne – A Bit of History

“Auld Lang Syne”

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne, 
We’ll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp, 
And surely I’ll be mine, 
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet, 
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes, 
And pou’d the gowans fine, 
But we’ve wander’d monie a weary fit, 
Sin auld lang syne.

A Bit of History…
“It was bandleader Guy Lombardo, and not Robert Burns, who popularized the song and turned it into a New Year’s tradition. Lombardo first heard “Auld Lang Syne” in his hometown of London, Ontario, where it was sung by Scottish immigrants. When he and his brothers formed the famous dance band, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, the song became one of their standards. Lombardo played the song at midnight at a New Year’s eve party at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in 1929, and a tradition was born. After that, Lombardo’s version of the song was played every New Year’s eve from the 1930s until 1976 at the Waldorf Astoria. In the first years it was broadcast on radio, and then on television. The song became such a New Year’s tradition that “Life magazine wrote that if Lombardo failed to play ‘Auld Lang Syne,’ the American public would not believe that the new year had really arrived.” (Read more: Auld Lang Syne and other New Year’s customs, by Borgna Brunner)


Happy New Year to all…wishing you joy, good health and a year creating wonderful historical moments!

Happy Holidays! Holiday Hours

If you are looking for something special to do this holiday season, we invite you to visit the Port Moody Station Museum, adjacent to Rocky Point Park. Our winter hours are from Wednesday to Sunday noon to 4:00pm. (Closed December 17,18)

Imagine your family journeying back in time…arriving in Port Moody on the 1921 Venosta rail car. A greeting from the Station Master and an invitation to the Waiting room awaits you on this holiday journey. You will enjoy a leisurely self guided tour as you learn about Mary Jones, one of our early residents who tells you in her own words what life was like in the ‘early’ days, through our ‘Listening Station’. See what an early time clock looked like from one of our cedar mills or learn about the many details that helped shape our community. 

Our ‘Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years’  book will make an excellent addition to your library or browse through the gift shop for other gift giving ideas!

See you soon and Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Port Moody Heritage Society and the Port Moody Station Museum!


Get your tickets!

Get your tickets!


Somber News regarding Mossom Creek Fish Hatchery

So sorry to hear the news today of the fire at Mossom Creek Hatchery. Our thoughts are with all those who tirelessly devoted their time.

‘The Port Moody Station Museum and Port Moody Heritage Society’ 


Please see the note attached from President of Noons Creek Hatchery, Sandra Niven.

 ‘Good morning,

We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss of our sister hatchery at Mossom Creek. Ruth Foster and Rod McVicar and a team of volunteers have been working tirelessly for nearly 40 years to educate our children in the importance of protecting our environment and providing an essential service to our community by providing a place of warmth and love for all.

What can we do?  To help rebuild, people may deposit directly into their account at any TD Canada Trust branch, account 539-5000965; businesses can be issued receipts. Note that they will not be doing door-to-door donation requests.

If you have photos or newspaper clippings (they lost all of their albums and scrapbooks in the fire), please forward digital images to elaineawillis@gmail.com
or post to:
Sandra Niven Port Moody Ecological Society 300 Ioco Road Port Moody BC V3H 2V7

A fundraiser will be announced in the New Year once the shock and sadness have eased.

On behalf of the Port Moody Ecological Society (Noons Creek hatchery) board and volunteers,

Sandra Niven




It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas 2013 Front

The tree is decorated and the presents are wrapped and placed under the tree…stop by and enjoy the Holidays with a visit to The Port Moody Station Museum!  

Don’t forget to pick up your gift giving copy of  our book,  ‘Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years’.

Christmas 2013 Front Christmas 2013Winter Hours: Wednesday to Sunday noon to 4:00pm

Recognition Event


This year was an exceptional year as we celebrated the City of Port Moody’s Centennial! On November 24th, we held a Recognition Event to show our appreciation to all the volunteers, members and sponsors that have helped us through out the year. The afternoon started off with Port Moody’s Heritage Society’s President Robert Simons giving a  warm welcome to the crowd  and then inviting up Mayor Mike Clay to say a few words. Executive Director, Jim Millar gave a presentation and shared  highlights of all the Centennial events that the Society participated in.

The event was sponsored by Andrew Peller Limited ( Andres Wines). They provided refreshments,  a historical look into their involvement in the community and provided an exhibit that can be viewed at the museum until February 2014.


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Tracks In Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years for Sale!



Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years provides a fascinating history of the small town in British Columbia from 1880 to 1980. Using text, photos and personal first-hand accounts, the Port Moody Heritage Society creates a dramatic, factual account of Port Moody life. From the coming of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the birth of the port, to the emergence of industries like lumber and oil refining, each chapter paints a picture of how Port Moody developed through the decades. The human side is portrayed in the histories of sports and recreation, special events and life during the Depression and World War II. Notable stories highlight some of the most sensational and poignant moments in Port Moody’s history.This full colour, 192 page hard cover edition is a must have for any Port Moody enthusiast. Purchase yours today at the Port Moody Station Museum.

This Year’s Ioco Ghost Town Day was a Success!


Thanks to everyone who participated in making Ioco Ghost Town Days a big success this year.  We had amazing weather, dedicated volunteers and  great entertainment!  Kinsmen served hot dogs and smokies with a smile and there were many crafts and games for the kids. Rebel Haunt Theatre gave 2 great performances as they took crowds around the townsite and everyone loved the Model A Car tours.  Approximately 2000 people came out to look at the displays, listen to the bands, watch the magician and soak in the sun. The Port Moody Heritage Society would like to thank all the sponsors, Heritage Canada, Port Moody Heritage Commission, Pacific Coast Terminals, Freybe’s and Tim Hortons. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who made the day such a success!




Watch the Venosta Vintage Radio Show on October 12th, Channel 4 on SHAW cable, from 6pm-7pm!!!!

Venosta Variety Hour 2014...Sunday September 28th at the Inlet Theatre. FREE tickets available NOW, please call or email to reserve your seats. Thanks Rebel Haunt Theatre Group for your support. 604-939-1648.

On Saturday, October 12th, tune in to channel 4 on Shaw Cable at 6pm to watch the Venosta Vintage Radio Show that the Port Moody Heritage Society hosted on September 29 at the Inlet Theatre. Rebel Haunt Theatre along with some dedicated volunteers from the Port Moody Station Museum are excited to take you back to the days before television when families would gather around the radio to be entertained by stories, ads and music.

Sept 29 at 4pm at the Inlet Theatre, Don’t Miss the Venosta Vintage Hour Radio Show

Radio Show - this one is in the ad


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On Sunday, September 29, 4pm at the Inlet Theatre make sure you do not miss, The Venosta Variety Hour Radio Show.

   Rebel Haunt Theatre along with some dedicated volunteers are excited to take you back to the days before television when families would gather around the radio to be entertained by stories, ads and music. Here is the group at a dress rehearsal!


The Ioco Ghost Town Day Festivities begins in less then a week

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Ioco Days Festival – Vintage Radio Show

Sunday September 29,  at 4pm.  Inlet Theatre. Free Family Event! Radio Show - this one is in the ad

Our Annual Ioco Days Festival begins with the Venosta Variety Hour Radio Show. You’ll go back to the days before television when families would gather around the radio to be entertained by stories, ads and music.

 Ioco Ghost Town Day

Sunday, October 6th 12-4pm. Ioco Road & 1st Avenue. Free Family Event!

Enjoy a variety of activities, including pony rides and free tours of the Ioco Town site in a Model A car. There’s musical entertainment by Antique Gold and Five on a String, and site specific theatre by Rebel Haunt Theatre. Visit the games booths while costumed actors wander amongst the crowd and interpret local history.IOCO Ghost Town Day (7)

Dennis Hewson's magic show

Dennis Hewson’s magic show

Pumpkin Decorating

Pumpkin Decorating