The McNight Centennial Trench Groundbreaking Ceremony – A Huge Success


Saturday September 20th 2014 at 8:30 in the morning marked the official ground breaking of what is to become western Canada’s largest WWI trench exhibit. A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers  who helped  out. The trench looks great already! There is still so much work to be done so if you have a shovel and some spare time let us know and be part of this exciting living history experience! IMG_1700 IMG_1708 IMG_1710 IMG_1713 IMG_1725 IMG_1728 IMG_1745 IMG_1748 IMG_1750

Canada Day Thank You's

Port Moody Station Museum Canada Day 2007

Thank You’s

Volunteer Event Coordinator

Guy Black


  • Royal Engineer Living History Society

  • 12 Medical Company “Museum of Military Medicine”

  • Canadian Museum of Flight

  • Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association

  • Burma Star Veterans Association

  • Air Force Association of Canada

  • Korea Veterans Association of Canada

  • British Columbia Regiment Pipes and Drums

  • 15th Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery Military Band

  • Veterans Affairs Canada

  • Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society

  • Netherlands Consulate, Vancouver.

  • Glenayre Elementary School, Julia, Caelin, Livvie and Olivia

  • Dawn Black M.P., Afghanistan Display

  • Vancouver “DI” Morse Telegraph Club

  • Nursing Sisters Association of Canada

  • Mr. Tom Williams, Canadian Military Memorabilia.

  • WWII Veteran, Mary Hokoson; Royal Canadian Women’s Army Corps

Special Thanks To

  • Mariana Ramos for singing “O Canada”

  • Deb Hope for being Master of Ceremonies (and firing the cannon)

  • Sergeant Phil Reid for guarding our flag

  • Richi Mead and Senior Silver Chord Choir singing Wartime Favourites

  • Ron and Tommie Curties for the PA system and mic.

Our VIPs

  • Dot Harinen – President – Port Moody Heritage Society

  • Dawn Black, Member of Parliament – New Westminister – Coquitlam

  • Consular General of Korea, Mr. Choong-Joo Choi

  • Consular General of France, Mr. Luc Sérot Alméras.

  • Consular General the Netherlands – Mr. Hans Driesser

  • Joe Trasolini – Mayor of Port Moody

  • Lieutenant Colonel Vince Larocque CD, British Columbia

  • Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Cooper – WW II Veteran

Financial Support

  • Veterans Affairs Canada

  • Consulate General of the Netherlands

  • Celebrate Canada

Services and Inkind

  • German Motorcar

  • Kics Lemonade

  • Lee’s Marine

  • SuperValu

  • Tempo Copies

  • Thrifty’s Foods

  • TriCity News

Our VIV’s (Very Important Volunteers)

Dianna Brown, Mary Anne Cooper, Dave Maxwell, Lee McGillveray, Irene Reid, Kevin Reid, Earl Porter, Glenna Ayerst, Irene Turnbull, Brenda Millar, Jason and Julie Cutting

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!

Canada Day Celebration

Join us on Canada Day
July 1st

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