Open for the Holidays


The Museum will be open over the holidays. Come and visit us and have a look at our feature display “Scouting: History in the Making”.

We will be open Dec. 27-30 from noon-4pm and January 2nd onward.

Have a great holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from the Station Museum

Station Museum in the snow

Station Museum in the snow

All of us at the Port Moody Station Museum would like to wish you the very best this holiday season and a Happy New Year.

2011 has been an excellent year for our Museum. We had record breaking attendance this summer and at our Easter Egg Hunt and Ioco Ghost Town Days events. We have made an excellent start on our history book which we are looking forward to seeing in the new year. And we got a new roof!

Thank you to all of our members, volunteers and staff who helped make these things happen. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.

The Museum will be closed December 24, 25, 31 and January 1 in addition to our regular closure on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Off-Peak Hours Now in Effect

A reminder that our Off-Peak Hours are now in effect:

Winter: 12 noon – 4 pm
Wed – Sun

(Labour Day – Victoria Day)

Closed winter vacation holidays

Summer: 10am – 5 pm
7 days weekly
(Victoria Day – Labour Day)

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