Mother’s Day Tea on Board the ‘Venosta’ 1921 Rail Car

Tea with Mom

Tea with Mom

The Port Moody Heritage Society is proud to invite you to our Mother’s Day celebration. Tea on board the ‘Venosta’ rail car is a tradition in Port Moody and this year you may choose from one of 3 reserved seatings: 1:45 to 2:45 or 3:00 to 4:00. (Our 12:30 to 1:30 seating is SOLD OUT-Thank you!)

Treat your Mum and your family to our live entertainment and a relaxing Tea with sweet treats in our finest china!  The cost for this fundraiser is $10.00 per person (cash). You will enjoy a leisurely tour of the Museum, a stroll through the Heritage Garden and time to reminisce. Take time for family Sunday May 11th and celebrate our Mum’s at Port Moody Heritage Society’s Museum!

See you at Port Moody Station Museum!

Sunday May 11th 2014

For reservations please: call, email or stop in:

2734 Murray St. Port Moody, BC.              604-939-1648           

Mark Your Calender, Monday Feb 10th – Family Day…All Aboard!

Join us and create family history moments. Celebrate your ‘Family Day’ by hammering your message in metal and affixing to our railroad tie. Then get started on your ‘family tree’ with the Station template as your guide.

 $10.00 per Family, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

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Facebook Links the Station Museum with its Visitors and Community


We’re concerned with history here at the Museum, but we’re also dedicated to being active in our community and providing the best possible service to our visitors. In order to do that, we must make sure we keep up with modern ways of communicating – the telegraph just doesn’t cut it in the 21st century.

Our facebook page is a great way for us to update our visitors and community on what we’re doing here at the Museum. We can share events, photos, and details of what we’re up to day-to-day. We can also keep track of other events going on in our community.

Most importantly, our facebook page gives us the chance to hear back from our “fans” – who range from regular visitors and volunteers to those too far away to visit us – about how we’re doing and what matters to them. We love being able to stay in touch with those who aren’t around all the time, and to branch out to new visitors, volunteers, and community members.

Visit our facebook page and “Like” us to get invitations to our events, information on what’s happening at the Museum, and an opportunity to ask questions or tell us what you think.

New Website

web design

web design
Welcome to our new website! We hope that you find this site informative and easy to navigate. Some of the features that you can find on this site include:

Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr with direct links to our accounts. We’d love to have you as our friend.
Sign up for our email list to get the latest blog post and other Museum news sent directly to your email.
Make a donation with our link to You can pay by credit card and receive a tax receipt soon after.
Book your education program or rental with the online booking form.
Know what’s happening at a glance with our event and display calendar.
For those of you who don’t know where we are, find us easily no matter where you are coming from with the Google map.

Finished your website tour? Come back and see us again for new blog posts and updates to our events and display schedule.

I’d like to thank Jon Strocel and his team at for choosing the Port Moody Station Museum as the winner of their website design contest. They have made a tremendous contribution in getting the site up and running and making so easy to navigate. I’d also like to thank our volunteers and staff who have helped with the site including Darrell for his advice and design skills, our Exhibit Assistant Devan for creating some of the graphics, Yvette for the great photos she took over the past year and Gail for her excellent proofreading skills.

The Port of Port Moody

This past summer the Port Moody Heritage Society put together its 5th online exhibit for the Community Memories project hosted by the Virtual Museum of Canada. The exhibit “The Port of Port Moody” includes photos, maps, and oral histories which showcase significant port activities that occurred in the North end of Burrard Inlet ever since European settlement. The following information can be found in this exhibit with accompanying photos and oral history excerpts.
Port Moody’s development began due to its proximity to deep waters. Europeans began to use the area as a route to New Westminster. North Road, constructed by the Royal Engineers, gave access to Burrard Inlet. This provided another option for getting supplies if the Fraser River was frozen or if the royal city was attacked from the River. It was because of this that Port Moody was named after Col. Richard Moody, head of the Royal Engineers in BC.
Port Moody’s next encounter with fame came in 1879 when the Canadian House of Commons chose this location as the site for its Western Terminus. Again, because of the deep water access, it was thought to be a suitable location for exchanging goods between ship and rail. When the CPR completed the railroad in 1885, it greatly increased the amount of freight shipped between the East – primarily Japan, China and India – and Eastern Canada and Europe. From Nov. 1885 to June 1887, Port Moody played a pivotal role in this route between Asia and Canada. Large sailing ships came and went from the CPR wharf in Port Moody exchanging tea and other Asian exports for Canadian lumber. When the CPR extension to Vancouver opened in 1887, Port Moody’s role greatly diminished but was not forgotten.
In early 1900 the lumber industry took over as a primary industry in Port Moody. Mills sprang up around the North end of the Inlet. Tugs became a familiar sight as they were used to tow logs and log booms in and out. The Baird family was the main provider of tug boat services from 1920 until the 1970s. Bill Baird and his sons ran a number of tugs under the names The Best, Our Best, Myn Best among others. They provided services to Flavelle sawmill tugging logs into the mills and sawdust out. They were also hired to break ice in the Inlet during the occasional winters, such as that of 1948, when the Inlet would freeze over. They also provided help with barges coming in and out of the local oil refineries and later in moving ships into and out of Pacific Coast Terminals.
Oil refineries played an important role in the development of Port Moody throughout the 1900s. The BC Refining Company started in 1908 and operated under a variety of names. Today, this site is occupied by Petro Canada. Imperial Oil opened its refinery in 1914 and was in operation until 1995. For both companies barges were the chief means of getting crude oil into the refining plant until 1953 when the Trans Mountain Pipeline was built.
But Port Moody’s port was not only occupied by industrial vessels. In the early days, ferries were an important part of the transportation system around the Inlet. At different times, three vessels helped move people between Port Moody and Vancouver as well as making stops at Old Orchard, Sunnyside, Belcarra, Ioco, Barnet and Dollarton. Known as the New Delta, Scenic and Skeena, these ferries played an important role in the lives of people living in Port Moody. Many have fond memories of taking the New Delta 8am trip to Vancouver for a day’s outing. There was also a ferry which transported workers between Port Moody and Ioco. This ferry ran back and forth at shift times for Ioco workers who lived in Port Moody.
Some of the other unique vessels that have navigated these waters were owned by the military. In the mid-late 1800s British Naval vessels came to this area for target practice. As evidenced by the numerous cannonballs found on the north shore of Port Moody, these vessels would fire cannons onto the unoccupied shore as practice. The Ioco dock saw a submarine during WWI, the Canadian gunship HMCS Curlew in the 1920s and a Canadian gunboat in 1935. While most of these vessels did not stay long, they each made quite a stir for residents in their time.
Today, we see the large ships of Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT) coming and going though the waters of the Inlet. PCT opened its Port Moody facility in 1960 to ship sulphur, wood chips, coal and chemical fertilizers. Today it is considered the largest exporter of sulphur in the world. Ships from PCT are sent around the world and are known as PanMax ships because they are suited to crossing the Panama Canal.
In today’s Inlet, we more frequently see smaller sailing and motor boats. This is in part because of Reed Point Marina. Built in the 1970s, Reed Point is one of the largest marinas in Canada. Reed Point reflects a modern Port Moody who has shifted away from large industries and is known to residents as a beautiful place to enjoy nature in the forest, along the shore and in the water.
The Port of Port Moody exhibit will be available online at by the end of February 2011. We hope that you will take the time to visit the site and enjoy the history of our great port.

Museum Listings on Venture Vancouver Site & CHIN's "The Professional Exchange"

There is a very nice listing for the museum on Venture Vancouver that you might want to check out. It includes a few images and an interactive map to locate and explore areas around the Port Moody Station Museum.

Members – The Professional Exchange, CHIN

Another interesting listing can be found at our Member page on CHIN. There is a lot of useful information there about our museum too. – Port Moody Station Museum

You'll have to check out this shot on flickr

Take my word for it, you have to go to flickr to check out this picture of our passenger rail car, “The Venosta” by R. Sawdon Photography. It has exceptionally brilliant colours. The page indicates it was taken March 14th… Are the cherry blossums really so vibrant already? I am including a link to the page here. Check it out!
Old Train Car
~ DWPenner

Find us on Facebook and Twitter

Look for the Port Moody Station Museum on Facebook groups and Twitter as pmmuseum.

Port Moody

Port Moody – A video of Rocky Point and areas around the Museum

This is a You Tube Video that I discovered doing other research on the web this afternoon and thought might be appropriate to this Blog. It is under 4 minutes long if you are interested in watching it.

A video about Rocky Point and Port Moody. (less)
Added: February 15, 2007
Category: Travel & Events

Teething Pains

Please Bear With Us.
We have upgraded to the current system being used here at Blogger for the layout and editing of weBlogs. It meant having to upgrade to new layout templates and none quite perfectly fit our old layout so there are teething pains.
For the most part it just means a bit of adjusting on image widths and similar things and making sure we have all the information on the page that we had.
However it also means a few new features are available to us and it will be easier to maintain the Blog.
Thanks for your patience.
~ Darrell