Reminder Boooo-seum!!!

Halloween at the Boooo-seum!!!

Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 11am – 3pm
At the Museum

Dress up in your Halloween finest and visit the haunted train, spooky crafts, ghost hunting and creepy treats all at the Museum! Create and take home your own personal scary button! Complementary hot Chocolate.

Admission: by Donation

Halloween at the Boooo-seum!!!

Saturday & Sunday, October 25 & 26, 11am – 3pm (Revised Sept 16)
At the Museum

Dress up in your Halloween finest and visit the haunted train, spooky crafts, ghost hunting and creepy treats all at the Museum! Create and take home your own personal scary button!

Admission: by Donation

Easter Egg-stravaganza at the Port Moody Station Museum

Easter Egg-stravaganza at the Port Moody Station Museum

Port Moody, BC, March 23, 2008 – The 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Port Moody Station Museum once again invites the young and young-at-heart to search for the illusive Easter Egg. Voted one of the top ten Easter activities in the Lower Mainland, the hunt always bring smiles to hundreds of chocolate lovers.

“This year we are pleased to have the Boathouse Restaurant at Rocky Point join us in this popular community event,” says Jim Millar, manager/curator. “They will be taking pictures of our guests with the Easter Bunny and giving them out as keepsakes.” The Easter celebrations also include face painting, Easter hat making, crafts area, entertainment, lunch concession stand and of course the Easter Bunny himself.

Pajo’s Fish and Chips at Rocky Point Park, who have supported the efforts of the Museum in the past years, will be providing free french fries to children visiting Pajo’s wearing the Easter hat they made at the Museum.

Jim continues, “It really is a good feeling to have local businesses not only support the efforts of the Museum, but really want to participate in events which bring families and the community together.” The “Egg Hunters” search the museum grounds to find “eggs” which are redeemed for treats. “It is a hunt not a race,” Jim adds.

The Egg Hunt is held on Easter Sunday, March 23, Noon – 2pm – rain or shine. (bring boots and umbrellas). Suggested $2.00 donation per person.

Maud Sanford
Museum Administrative Assistant

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.



All Aboard!! At the “Booo-seums” 4th Annual Haunted Halloween! Our 1921 Railcar the Venosta will hide the past spirits of Port Moody with Horrifing Harriet telling scary true stories! Inside the “Booo-seum” the little trick or treaters will enjoy the KREEPY KRAFT KORNER where Terror-rific Halloween Masks and Petrified Puppets will be created. Take a tour of the “Boos-seum” and see if you can find its skeletons and ghosts. Every visitor gets a Halloween Treat …..IF they can find the “Crate of Doom.” Complimentary Hot Chocolate and Cookies upon arrival!

Jim Millar, Curator and Manager of the Museum invites the community to visit. “The Museum has been known to be home to a couple friendly spirits. Its one reason Halloween is a special time here. Our Halloween weekend is always well attended and everyone leaves a little SPOOKED!”

The Hallo-Weekend begins Saturday, Oct. 27 & Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. This event is recommended for school age children. Admission is $2.00 per person with all proceeds to the Port Moody Station Museum.

The Port Moody Station Museum, located at 2734 Murray Street in Port Moody next to Rocky Point Park, is owned and operated by the non-profit Port Moody Heritage Society, and is part of their effort to promote increased awareness and knowledge of Port Moody’s heritage and history. The Museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday – Noon to 4pm, Monday and Tuesday, by appointment. For more information contact Maud Sanford at 604.939.1648 or email

Curator's Corner

Curator’s Corner

Jim Millar – Manager / Curator, Port Moody Station Museum

It is a busy summer at the Museum. Our summer students sponsored by Service Canada and Heritage Canada are working well on projects. (See the student’s introductions on page 3)

Stephanie and Megan are working on displays and exhibits with Courtney’s help.

Trevor has been conducting school tours (with assistance from the rest) and working on breaking our tour programs into specific grade levels that meet the Educational guidelines. Mark has been scanning photos and assisting with the Educational Program. Courtney is also verifying the artefacts on display and will be cataloguing new accessions.

The recently renovated Freightshed (now called the Large Exhibit Room) is having new displays plus will play a major part in our Honouring Veterans event on Canada Day. There is a new screen and sound system tanks to the Port Moody Foundation. The Vancouver Foundation was the biggest supporter and the BC Arts Council also helped significantly. Lots of volunteer help with the biggest thanks to Dave Maxwell.

We have a few new folks helping Tom with the garden. Things are looking good there too but can always use more support.

Canada day is shaping up. We had a successful event in 2005 and naturally we plan this one to be ‘bigger and better’. Veteran Affairs Canada is the major supporter with assistance appreciated from the Consulate of the Netherlands and the Celebrate Committee of BC. We have at least 16 groups participating including the Consul Generals of France and the Netherlands with Veterans, old military vehicles and even a biplane! It will be great. If you have some spare time to help on Canada Day, we would appreciate the support as always and please encourage everyone to attend.

Membership is another important area to encourage people to become members. Important for sourcing grant monies. 2007 membership for the rest of the year is only $5. If you haven’t joined, please do and try to find some friends to join as well.

I took my first 3-week vacation in ten years, travelling with my wife, Brenda to Ireland. We had a ‘grand’ trip driving around the Island on the ‘wrong side of the road and staying at B&Bs. I will put on a slide show in September if encouraged enough – actually there are some very good pictures.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Summer 2007 – Canada Day Edition

(I’ll see about posting that page 3 article in the near future introducing the students – ed)

July 1st 2007

Happy Canada Day!

To Everyone From The Port Moody Heritage Society

Join us today for

“The End of a Perilous Journey”

July 1st 10am – 4pm (Sunday)

Join us as we take visitors back 62 years so that they may experience what things were like as the Second World War was nearing its end. Entertainment, concession, military displays and vehicles, British Columbia Regiment Pipes and Drums, Burma Star Veterans Association to name only a few participants.

A “Parade” of digntaries will be arriving shortly after 10am.

The Official Welcoming Ceremony starts at 11am

The lineup includes:
“…international dignitaries, vintage cars, a cannon — even an airplane.” Tri-City News, Friday June 29, 2007 by Sarah Payne

  • 15th Field Artillery Regiment brass band
  • BC Regiment Association pipe band
  • Consul General from France, the Netherlands, and the Republic of Korea
  • Military vehicles: Canadian army scout car – two Bren gun carriers – halftrack – World War I replica biplane
  • Large photo display from the Dutch government
  • Artwork and poetry readings from Glenayre elementary school’s French immersion classes
  • Dawn Black, NDP MP for New Westminster-Coquitlam with her display on Afghanistan. She’ll be collecting Tim Horton’s coupons for the troops.
  • Displays in the Venosta: 12th Field Jericho garrison’s medical unit – the Hong Kong Veterans’ Association – the Air Force Association of Canada – the Burma Star Veterans – the Nursing Sister’s Association.
  • Members of the Royal Engineers Living History Society will be on hand dressed in period uniform from the 1880’s and re-enact Col Moody and the engineers arriving in Port Moody

And more!