Meeting for Ioco Townsite cancelled for tonight due to weather and has been rescheduled to Sunday January 19th at 2pm


The Future of the Ioco Town site meeting has been rescheduled to Sunday January 19th at 2pm. 

The Port Moody Heritage Society has been advocating for  the preservation of the Ioco Townsite for years and are planning to present a delegation to Council this month. The meeting which was suppose to be held tonight has been rescheduled for this Sunday January 19th at 2pm . Location will still be at the Port Moody Station Museum. We apologize but due to weather conditions feel its best. Please let anyone that you might have told know about the rescheduled meeting.


Please let us know by email if you can still attend the Sunday January 19th meeting at 2pm.





You are Invited to a Meeting about the Ioco Townsite January 15th at 7pm

Ioco, BC Town

The Future of the Ioco Town site

The Port Moody Heritage Society has been advocating for  the preservation of the Ioco Townsite for years and are planning to present a delegation to Council this month. Before we go to Council,we would like to invite you to the Port Moody Station Museum on January 15th at 7:00pm for a special meeting. The meeting will focus on the future of the Ioco Town site and the next steps of advocating for it. There will be coffee. Please email Brianne at or call 604-939-1648 to let us know if you can join!. Please invite anyone that you think would like to come .

Ioco, BC Town

Ioco, BC Town


Happy New Year Everyone!


Happy New Year Everyone!

2019 was a great year for the Port Moody Heritage Society!

Created in 1969, the Society honoured its 50th anniversary with special exhibitions throughout the year, and hosting a special event for its members and volunteers. Kicking off the Society’s celebratory year we also partnered with the City of Port Moody to create the 2019 calendar, and the Port Moody Arts Centre to create the Upcycling Port Moody’s Heritage Exhibition.  The Board, Museum staff and all the volunteers that dedicated their time to help the Society this year made 2019 a success. Thank you to everyone who supported us throughout 2019!

The Museum staff have been busy creating new programs for this year and have the year planned with new exhibits and events. Look at the below list to see what events the Museum will be involved with this year, hope to see you all there!


Drop by Port Moody City Hall  to see our  Special 50th Anniversary Exhibition before its gone. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary a special exhibit was created that showcased artifacts within our collection. This exhibit changed monthly. The City of Port Moody allowed us to set up a Digital Display showcasing the artifacts to allow more for people to enjoy the celebration! The last part of this Exhibition can still be seen at City Hall but not for much longer, it will be taken down at the end of the month.  Thanks to the city of Port Moody for allowing our Exhibition to be on Digital display over the past year.


Join us at the Museum  on February 23rd from 12:00-3:30 pm for Heritage Day! There will be activities for all to enjoy! No Admission.


March 29, Enjoy Music at the Museum- Details to be announced in February!


On Easter Sunday we bring back our ever-popular Easter Extravaganza.


Mother’s Day Tea on the Train –  The Mother’s Day Tea will be held on Sunday May 10th. Three Seating’s  10:30-11:30, 1:00-2:00 and 3:00-4:00.  (We will start taking reservations on April 1st)


The Port Moody Heritage Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in June, all are welcomed – Date to be determined.

We will also partner with District 43 this year to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples day and participate in the Shuffle- Port Moody Art Walk


The Museum will once again participate in WorldFest! Last year we loved being apart of this fun event.


Come see us at Port Moody’s Car Free Day!


September 19 and 20th- Ioco Ghost Town Days, Look for your favourite booths, learn about the Ioco townsite and its history and have fun !

Sept 27 Cultural Days: Join us at the Inlet theatre for our Venosta Radio show. No admission.


Fundraising Event – To be announced


November 10th , Join us at our Candle light Vigil of Remembrance 7pm


December 6th – Cheers on the Pier- Letters to Santa

December 13- Christmas Tea on the Train  (We will start taking reservations on November 1st)

December 20- Christmas Tea on the Train (We will start taking reservations on November 1st)



Merry Christmas from the Port Moody Heritage Society

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The Staff and Board at the Port Moody Heritage Society/Port Moody Station Museum wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The museum is closed from December 23 to January 6, 2020.
The museum is open during the weekends 12 to 4 pm.
The Venosta train car is closed during the entire holiday period.


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We have Amazing Volunteers


The Port Moody Station Museum is thankful to have many great volunteers ! We have many events throughout the year and we could not do them without the help of volunteers. We also have volunteers working in our collection, conducting research and helping with collection management. The Museum staff are currently working on 4 new programs for 2020, one program is a nature program and will be for  preschool age! During the program the little ones will learn all about the different animals and trees in the area, they will learn about different birds,  and even go on a bird watching adventure. They will have to build a campsite where we will sit around the fire and read stories!

When creating the  program, we came up with all these fun ideas. We knew it would be fun, educational and very interactive but then it was time to create all our ideas and we thought how are we going to create a fake campfire? We can’t sew……well we had a volunteer who jumped at the opportunity! Cheryl Jonsson has been an elementary teacher for the past 30 years where she has been super creative on many occasions in her classrooms. She grew up with parents who were always creating something and sewing has become her passion. So when we contacted her to sew fire pits, she accepted the challenge!

Cheryl’s mother, Joy Bean, is 92 and has quilted, crocheted and sewn for years.  Her sister, Dawn-Lynn Prediger, has an eye for detail and enjoys creating with her hands. So when Cheryl asked them to help sew some rocks and logs, there was no hesitation and they grabbed their thimbles, needle and thread!

The Fire pits were more then we could have asked for, we want to say a big thank you to Cheryl, Joy and Dawn-Lynn for all their hard work, and we know that the children will have so much fun building these! Thank you for making our program more then we could have imagined!!!

The Nature Program will be offered to preschoolers in 2020, we cannot wait to see their faces!




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First Pic- Wonderful Camp Fire

Second Pic – Joy Bean

Third Pic – Cheryl Jonsson and Dawn -Lynn Prediger

4th Pic – Bird watching activity

Book Now! Christmas Tea on the Train

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Book your table now for our Christmas Tea on the Train ! Climb aboard our 1921 train car which is decorated for the Christmas Season! There will be Christmas music in the background and guests will enjoy a variety of teas, scones and fruit!

Sunday Dec 8th Seating’s are 10:30-11:30, 1:00-2:00, and 2:30-3:30 pm.

Sunday December 15th Seating’s are 10:30-11:30, 1:00-2:00, and 2:30-3:30 pm.

$15 per Adult and $10 for ages 12 and under
email to book.

Christmas Tea on the Train December Cash only. call 604-939-1648 or email

Candle Light Vigil


On November 10, the museum welcomed Family History Researcher Annette Fulford as guest speaker for our Great War Talk Series and Candlelight vigil.
Annette’s talk shed light on the little know history of the women who married Canadian soldiers during the Great War. Many traveled to Canada in overcrowded ships and at times encountered quite challenging conditions in their new homes. In 1992 Annette found a letter from her grandmother, dating back to 1919. After much research she pieced together her grandmother’s journey and the experiences of many other war brides. Her talk offered a great insight into a part of the war which is all too often ignored.
If you missed this amazing talk why not head over to the cbc and read Tamara Baluja’s article. Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(1) Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(3) Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(4) Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(5) Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(6) Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(12) Port-Moody-Station-Museum-Candlelight-Vigil-Nov-10-2019-Bryan-Ness-photo-(16)

The evening continued with Historian John Goheen talking about the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops. John mentioned that to this very day Canadian Veterans are highly regarded by the Dutch people, for the role they played in liberating the Netherlands from tyranny and oppression.

The evening concluded with the museum’s annual candle light procession.

We thank our amazing volunteers Mason Berto, John Goheen, Dorian Nijdam and Andrew Parrish. A big shout out goes to Bryan Ness for taking, as always, amazing pictures.

War Brides Talk November 10

Annette Fulford will talk about war brides in our Great War Talk November 10, 7pm


Family History Researcher and Writer

Annette Fulford is a family history researcher and writer who has been researching her family history since 1992. Currently, Annette co-edits and writes for the Maple Ridge Historical Society Family History Newsletter, which is published six times a year. She has written over 40 genealogy articles since she began writing in 1999.

In February 2007, Annette was awarded a Maple Ridge Heritage Achievement Award for History and Heritage Research and Publication for her work on the Maple Ridge Historical Society Family History Newsletter.

Annette has specialized in researching the Canadian First World War Brides for the past 15 year. Her fascination with war brides began in 1992 when she inherited a letter written in 1919 by her grandmother, a war bride. The letter, more than 68 pages, chronicles her maiden voyage, across the Atlantic to Canada on a troopship with her soldier-husband. The ship carried thousands of returning Canadian soldiers, war brides, and civilians after the Great War.

In her quest to learn more about her grandmother’s journey, and the experiences of other war brides from this era, she discovered there was very little written about the brides that came to Canada during and after the First World War. She is bringing their story to life in a series of presentations, displays, articles and a book in the offing.

Annette has written chapters for two books about Canadian war brides, both by Melynda Jarratt. The first is War Brides: The stories of the women who left everything behind to follow the men they loved, which was published in Britain in 2007. It has been reprinted in Canada in 2009 by Dundurn publishing. The second was in the book Captured Hearts: New Brunswick’s War Brides, which was published in Fredericton, New Brunswick by Goose Lane Edition, in 2008.

Celebration of Mary Anne Cooper’s 105th Birthday


The Museum was honoured to hold Mary Anne Coopers 105th Birthday this week. She has advocated for heritage for years, started many projects that better the community and is an inspiration to many!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY ANNE – YOU ARE LOVED!



What’s Happening at the Museum

On October 25th, the Port Moody Station Museum welcomed Teachers for a Pro D Day Workshop! Teachers were given skills for online research relating to the Great War and were introduced to all our new programs. It was a fun day and we look forward to the teachers bringing their classes to the Museum!
We are looking at a very busy November with over 34 programs being taught, staff attending the 2019 BC Archaeology Forum and having our Candle Light Vigil ( Nov 10th) and Cheers on the Pier ( Nov 30th).
During the Month of November, we will also be partnering with Simon Fraser University and welcoming three of their PDP student-teachers for their Beyond the Classroom Observation project. For a week the student teachers will observe the museum staff teaching programs, and observing how they create their programs! With a few programs being created at present they will have a lot to see! We are excited to show them all of the educational programs that the Museum provides!
Staff setting up for the Pro D Day Workshop