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April 7, 2013 is the 100th anniversary of incorporation of the city of Port Moody. To mark this occasion, The Tri-City News produced this special section on the city’s history, from its roots as a railway town to its often rapid growth over the last 10 decades to its emergence as a diverse and artistic city...
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magine Port Moody 100 years from now, and the kinds of changes that a new rapid transit line will bring: New developments will change the face of the city’s oldest neighbourhood, which will in turn attract more diverse shopping, services, arts, culture and recreation opportunities to serve a rapidly growing population. Now imagine how Moody’s earliest residents pictured their new city, and what the CP Rail ter-
minus status promised to bring, and it’s easy to guess at the level of excitement and anticipation. “Everybody seems to be alive and preparing for a great future,”notes an excerpt from the Port Moody Gazette’s Jan. 5, 1884 edition, as chronicled in the Port Moody Heritage Society’s book Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100Years. see MOODY, MURRAY AND CLARKE, page B6
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he cheerful butter-coloured Tudor building on St. Johns Street that offers up all manner of painting, drawing and pottery classes for all ages, not to mention an ever-changing roster of intriguing art exhibits, was once the home of official city business — and more than a few criminals. The“Port Moody City Hall”sign topping the grand staircase to the front door would likely give the building’s history away but, inside, there is little to indicate the Port Moody Arts Centre’s (PMAC) beginnings. “All they left was offices and meeting rooms, and we messed it up even more, but we didn’t move any walls or anything,”said Ann Kitching, president of the Port Moody Arts Centre Society.“Although where we have the kilns is where they used to save all the legal documents, so it has a double wall in case it ever burned down.” Port Moody incorporated on March 11, 1913, before there was even a city hall building to speak of, and city council candidates had just a few weeks to prepare for the first civic election on April 3. The 10-member council, led by Mayor Perry Roe, had its first meeting on April 7 in Bennett’s Hall (a popular spot for dances, concerts and other community events, later replaced with Kyle Centre). One of the first council’s first orders of business was to build a city hall at St. Johns and Kyle streets. It was completed the following year and served as the hub of municipal business, much of it overseen by city manager John James Lye, including tax collection and the maintenance of public property and roads. Also housed in the city hall buildings was Port Moody’s jail, in the basement, after it was moved from the old CP Rail station. The one-man police department — Chief
Left: Port Moody firefighters in front of the first city hall in 1914. Right: The same building today is the Port Moody Arts Centre. Const. C.A. Mills — was mainly tasked with “patrolling the streets, chasing tramps out of town, keeping the children in line and chasing loose animals back to their owners,”according to the Port Moody Police department’s website. Families that lived in city hall over the years maintained the building and surrounding property, and“cooked breakfast for any pris-
oners, usually drunks, who spent the night in jail,”states the Port Moody Heritage Society’s book Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years. One such resident, Lila Pratt, who lived in the city hall basement as a teenager in the 1950s, recalled this era of her life as,“very different, but fun.”
City hall’s jailhouse basement got the boot in the 1960s, however, after police officers on duty ran out of room and handcuffed several prisoners to the flag pole. When city hall moved to the new civic centre at Ioco Road and Newport Drive, the arts centre moved in and since 1999 has offered gallery space, a gift shop and arts classes.
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f there has been one enduring theme in Port Moody’s history, it’s been a pattern of growth and development. From its first inhabitants, drawn by the promise of a bustling Canadian Pacific Rail terminus town, to the latest residents at Suter Brook, PoMo’s population has been growing — and making its mark on new areas of the city. About 100 people made Moody Centre the community’s first hub, clearing the densely forested land near the CP Rail station for homes, roads, hotels and shops in the early 1880s. Their numbers grew quickly, then dwindled again when the branch line to Vancouver was announced in 1884. Forestry drew people back, however, and at the turn of the century, a tidy street grid had been mapped out for hundreds of Moody Centre lots for millworkers’ families while across Burrard Inlet, a few homes and cottages dotted the shoreline. By the late 1920s, lots were going for $150, according to the Port Moody Heritage Society’s book Tracks in Time. And since most of the men worked at any number of local mills, the cost of timber for building houses was often deducted from a worker’s paycheque. About 20 years later, some 2,300 people were calling Port Moody home, stretching the housing capacities of Moody Centre and Pleasantside, so the city approved the development of new neighbourhoods at its eastern and western reaches. Seaview’s 64 acres were developed a short time later to meet the needs of young post-war families. The“posh”Coronation Park’s 59 lots boasted streets named after English castles, opening in 1955. SUBMITTED PHOTO
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A year later, Port Moody approved a 1,500-home subdivision covering 450 acres — Glenayre — making it“the largest post-war development in western Canada,”notes Tracks in Time. Construction on College Park started The Canadian Pacific Railway brought in 1966 to make room for another thousand Port Moody’s first 250 residents in 1885. families. In the 128 years since then, the city’s In that early development boom from 1951 population has ballooned to nearly to ’71, PoMo’s population went from just over 34,000. Check out the population growth 2,200 to more than 10,000 people. by decade: Fast-forward another 20 years to the mid1951: 2,246 1885: 250 1990s and Port Moody was facing another 1961: 4,789 1893: 150 development dilemma, this time for what 1971: 10,778 1906: 900 were known as Neighbourhoods 3 and 4 on 1981: 14,917 1921: 1,030 the north shore. A plan to build just over 1,400 1991: 17,756 1931: 1,260 units was met with fierce community opposi2001: 23,816 1941: 1,512 tion, which included hours-long public hearings and even a legal challenge that forced the According to Statistics Canada, city to restart the rezoning process. PoMo’s 2011 population represented a What followed was PoMo’s era of highnearly 20% increase from 2006. density development, which previously Meanwhile, the population of started with NewPort Village and included Coquitlam increased by slightly more the Klahanie and, most recently, Suter Brook than 10% and Port Coquitlam’s went up complexes. by almost 7%. In the past two decades, PoMo’s population The national average during that same has doubled and with a new rapid-transit line time was just under 6%. on the horizon, the city is again poised on the edge of a new development era. Moody Centre, the city’s oldest neighbourStaff have suggested that, if everything conhood, is at the heart of major development tained in the draft plan is built, Port Moody’s and revitalization plans suggested in the draft numbers stand to double once again, potenofficial community plan designed to maximize tially turning the little town by the tracks into opportunities around the Evergreen Line stathe bustling metropolis those first residents 13.ACArtwalkAdHalfPg1 3/27/13 8:18 PM Page tions. had1 counted on.
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ArtsConnect 14th Annual ARTWALK April 12-14. Free! Opening Reception Friday April 12, 6:30-8:30 PM, Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade, Rocky Point Park. Brochures with Artist & Venue Locations available at the Port Moody Art Centre, Port Moody Library & online at ArtsConnect.ca. See over 50 artists showing their work. Event held rain or shine from Noon to 5PM. A Port Moody Centennial Event.
A R T • M U S I C • D A N C E • F A M I LY F U N • A C T I V I T I E S • A N D M O R E Artwalk Schedule of Events April 13-14. A family friendly park and walk or bike and walk Festival! Festival parking lot at Rocky Point Park. Free parking everywhere in Festival area.
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• 2-3 PM, A Nose For Death, Book Reading, Glynis Whiting, Gallery Bistro Venue 8.
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12-12:45 PM, Kick Off! Craig Townsend, Jazz. 1:15-2:45 PM, Jazz for Kicks, Blues. 3:15-4 PM, The Cosmic Wink, Folk, Blues, Fiddle 4-4:30 PM, Second Storey Theatre, Improv Comedy Close Out 4:30-5:15 PM, Tatiana Speed, Funk, R&B.
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• 12-1 PM, Festival Kick Off! Gay Mitchell & LeRee Mohr, Classical Flute & Harp, Old Mill Boat House. • 2-3 PM, Stephanie Wiebe & Peter Abando, Jazz/Pop, Venue 3. • 2-3 PM, Saturday & Sunday Inlet Poetry Led Walk, Meet at Venue 3. Reserve spot at celestesnowber.com
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• 12-1 PM, Festival Kick Off! Etienne Siew, Acoustic Guitar, R&B, Venue 10. • 1-2 PM, Dancing 4 A Change, Dance activity,Venue 10. • 2-3 PM, Drumming Circle, Lyle Povah, 300 Drums Provided, All Ages, Venue 10. • 3-4 PM, Dancing 4 A Change, Dance Performance & Dance Led Activity, All Ages, Venue 10. • 4-5:15 PM, Grand Finale Drumming Circle, Lyle Povah, 300 Drums Provided, Venue 10.
• Saturday Artists in attendance from 12-5 PM. • Sunday Artists in attendance from 12-4 PM. • Festival Closing Ceremony 4-5:30 PM, Venue 10, All Welcome to join the fun!
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• Art in the Trees Gallery, View Themed Art hanging in the Tress along Clarke Street & Festival Grounds. • Kids Treasure Hunt, Search for clues at every venue, get to any 10 venues stamped & win a prize! • Kids Face Painting & Art activities, Venue 10. • Community Painting Activity, Hosted by Peace Art Collective, Venue 10. • Bike to the Festival, Bike Decorating Family Activity Old Mill Boat House, Venue 3 Parking Lot. • Craft Vendors, Venue 10. • CrossRoads Music, All day music activities, Venue 13. • Out Door Beer Garden & Music Main Stage Patio, Aroma Restaurant 12-6 PM Both Days, Venue 11. • Needle Crafts & Spinning Loom Activity, Black Sheep Yarns, Venue 4. • Flower Arranging, Vivio Flowers, Venue 16.
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“Every mail brings us unmistakable intimations from people east and south — ay, and the west, too — that they are hurrying on their way to Port Moody, or will be here in the spring. Imagination can scarcely exaggerate the brilliant future of Port Moody.” By that time, Col. Richard Clement Moody and the Royal Engineers had navigated North Road in the late 1850s between New Westminster and Burrard Inlet — an important feat for moving supplies and securing B.C. from an American invasion. In 1883, Capt. Clarke picked up where Moody left off, building Clarke Street as a connection between Port Moody and North Road, eliminating the need for a boat transfer, while John Murray Jr. took on the task of naming Moody Centre’s streets, mostly after his family members. But it was the CPR that really put Port Moody on the map. Word came from Ottawa in 1879 that PoMo would be the end of the CP Rail line, bringing with it the promise of big-city status. Forests bordering the edges of Burrard Inlet were soon cleared to make way for hotels and businesses eager to serve the influx of hopeful settlers looking to scoop up lots. The terminus station and its dock were finished by 1882, turning Port Moody into a hub of both rail and steamer traffic. The excitement was short-lived, however, when in 1884 Vancouver was officially announced as the new terminus.
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“Every mail brings us unmistakable intimations from people east and south — ay, and the west, too — that they are hurrying on their way to Port Moody, or will be here in the spring. Imagination can scarcely exaggerate the brilliant future of Port Moody.” – from the Port Moody Gazette’s Jan. 5, 1884 edition, as chronicled in ‘Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years’
Let’s celebrate the first 100 years and look forward to even more exciting times ahead! Mike Clay, Mayor
Nevertheless, huge crowds turned out at the PoMo station for the arrival of Engine 371 on July 4, 1886. It was the first passenger train to make its way across the country on what was then the longest railway in the world. It’s a safe bet that, come the summer of 2016, there will again be crowds for the arrival of the first Evergreen Line train — albeit after a much shorter trip from the Burnaby/ Coquitlam border — with many in the audience imagining how it will shape the little town hugging Burrard Inlet in the century to come.
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Rebecca Clarke and Jim Millar show off the Port Moody Heritage Society’s recently published book, Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years.
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rom Port Moody’s fledgling days as a mill-and-rail town to its first settlers, expanding industry and the birth of a bona fide city, Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years tells it all. Created by the Port Moody Heritage Society, the book depicts local life from 1880 to 1980. Chapter titles include“Dirty Little Mill Town” and “A Hard Day’s Work,”which delve into the lives of workers in the wood and steel mills and oil refineries, the first houses and stores in“Moody Centre Memories,”life during the war years in“Surviving Hard Times”and happier memories in“MakingYour Own Fun”and “Belles & Beers,”a look at May Day celebrations and the start of Golden Spike Days. The book was a nearly three-year labour of love for Port Moody Station Museum staff and book editors Jim Millar and Rebecca Clarke. Starting in 2010, the heritage society brought local seniors and longtime PoMo residents together for reminiscing groups. Museum staff recorded the monthly sessions and used stories from“the good old days”for the book. Seniors also pitched in when it came to re-
Commemorative Council Meeting April 7 • Meeting at 1pm Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle Street
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Join the City in celebrating the anniversary of Port Moody’s April 7, 1913 inaugural Council meeting. Mayor and Council will take us back 100 years in a re-enactment of that meeting, including period costumes, heritage vehicles and a debate on 100-year old bylaws.
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Revisit the historic beginnings of Andrés wines in Port Moody at the Andrew Peller Limited interactive historic display. Learn about the company’s history and products, then check out artifacts from the old winery and tasting room.
• Tracks in Time: Port Moody’s First 100 Years costs $40 and is available for purchase at the museum (2734 Murray St., at Rocky Point Park) or online at www.portmoodymuseum.org. Money raised from book sales supports the work of the heritage society and the PoMo Station Museum.
Community Arts Gathering April 7 • 2–4pm Port Moody Arts Centre, 2425 St. Johns St
searching, writing and editing the text for the book while museum staff drew on their knowledge of the archives to combine more than 200 oral histories. Staff also combed through over 6,000 photos to find ones that best depicted life in Port Moody over the years. The result, a full-colour book of nearly 200 pages, displays the incredible changes since the city’s first days and offers a fascinating glimpse into the pioneers who built Port Moody.
Travel back with us to Port Moody in the 1913s and enjoy historical re-enactments, art and artifacts, music, high tea and a Victorian photo booth. Historic dress is welcomed.
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l Sholund and his wife Nellie have lived in Port Moody since 1956. They raised their two daughters here, with Al working at the Ioco Refinery as a chemist and Nellie active at the local library. Al served on the library board for 22 years and was a founding member of the Port Moody Historical Society, and for 25 years he wrote the heritage column for the city’s Focus newsletter. In 1998, the two became the only couple to have been awarded Port Moody’s Freedom of the City for their many contributions to the community. The Tri-City News sat down with the Sholunds at one of their favourite haunts, Kyle Centre, to find out more about PoMo’s history: Tri-City News: What was Port Moody like when you first got here? Al Sholund: There were no more than 5,000 people here so there was lots of room. At that time we had the rec hall [Bennett’s Hall, built in 1913, was later replaced with the Kyle Centre] — it was a fabulous, fabulous building. Nellie and I loved dancing; every Friday or Saturday night there was a dance. The floor was sprung so you could dance all night without getting tired. Nellie Sholund: Alvin came down first [from their home in Kimberley] and stayed at the New Burrard Hotel. They had a fantastic dining room… That’s where the managers from Flavelle’s Mill, the bank manager and the board of trade had their meetings. TCN: What did you like best about the area? NS: It was a marvellous place to bring up kids. see ‘EVERY TIME’, page B9
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Longtime Port Moody residents Al and Nellie Sholund, who were awarded with Freedom of the City in 1998.
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‘Every time a train goes by, my heart goes thump’ continued from page B8
The only problem was that it was a very small town, so it didn’t matter what you did at the bank or at the store, everybody knew about it. And when you picked up the telephone, it was all party line, so you could always hear someone else listening in. But it was a great community to grow up in. AS: The Halloweens were so great here — the firemen made a big bonfire, the Ladies Aid all chipped in, the churches got together for anything that involved children or youth. NS: When it was really cold, the firemen would come and close the parking lot of the old rec hall and turn it into a skating rink. TCN: What are some of the changes in Port Moody that stand out the most to you? AS: Of course this old hall. It was built in 1913 and this one [Kyle Centre] was built in 1972, and there were the dances every week with a live band. That was wonderful. There were more activities, there was the bowling alley… at Inlet Acres, it was the first mall to have entertainment. NS: Glenayre and Coronation Park were built, there were quite a few of the families from Imperial Oil who lived there. And anybody who lived across the tracks in Pleasantside, they were considered“well off.” AS: When we first came, there were summer cottages on the other side of the inlet, most of those were owned by New Westminster people. They just had the Fraser River to swim in and it was muddy, so Port Moody was their playground.They used to have dances at the Old
Orchard Hall and it was mainly people from New Westminster.The Trapp family from Trapp Motors in New Westminster, they had seven houses altogether.They lived right on the beach; we used to call it the“Trapp Estates.” NS: Rocky Point Park was the playground for kids, we used to go down there all the time. We would go picnic and let the kids go to the old tidal swimming pool. The mothers would pack up the kids and the husbands were all working at the mills but everybody would end up there. It was one big happy family. We can [still] walk as far as Rocky Point Park for music on Sundays — we just love it. TCN: You spent 25 years writing a Port Moody heritage column. What do you find most intriguing about the city’s history? AS: Well, I love railway history, and of course that’s a natural here. Every time a train goes by, my heart goes“thump.”I don’t know how many times we took the train across Canada to Halifax and back again. We came into Port Moody on a steam train, on the Kettle Valley railway from Fernie to Vancouver. NS: And, oh, the soot. We’d sit in our car and the soot from the train would come in through the windows. We had to wipe it off so the kids wouldn’t get dirty. AS: We used to take the train to Vancouver to go shopping at Woodward’s and Spencer’s. We would stop the train here and go to Vancouver, and then on the way back we’d stop it again. But it was uphill the whole way back, so by the time they got here, it was just gaining speed and they would have to stop. The conductor was not very happy.
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ort Moody may have gotten its start as a railway town but its more recent past has shone a spotlight on the city’s arts and culture scene. Officially dubbed the“City of the Arts”in 2004, PoMo today boasts a wide variety of arts events and festivals celebrating everything from live music to movies to haute couture. It all started with May Days, a highlight of the social calendar for both Port Moody and Ioco residents, in the 1920s. Kicking off with a grand parade and the crowning of the May
Queen, the festivities included children performing the May Pole dance and expanded in the 1950s with the Kinsmen auction, barbecue, stage show and carnival rides. The first Golden Spike Days was held in 1971 to celebrate B.C.’s centennial but it didn’t turn into an annual event until the Kiwanis Club took over in 1977, notes the Port Moody Heritage Society’s book Tracks in Time, planning elaborate 10-day festivals. see GOLDEN SPIKE DAYS, page B11
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The Can Can Dancers are a perennial favourite at Port Moody’s Golden Spike Days festival.
Golden Spike Days is the city’s big event each year continued from page B10
Golden Spike attractions have changed over the years (Tracks in Time features a humorous photo from 1979 of MLA Stu Leggatt competing in the beer tray races) but favourites like the spike-driving competition, can-can dancers, beer garden and live entertainment have largely remained. Port Moody’s Festival of the Arts will celebrate its 16th year this fall and consistently offers a diverse line-up of singers, bands, art exhibits, dance and hands-on activities, most notably the popular Art 4You day. Since 2002, the Port Moody Arts Centre has drawn hundreds of local and international
entries for its annual Wearable Art Awards, in which artists show off their creativity and ingenuity in beautiful, strange and cheeky garments and accessories. The Port Moody Film Society recently hosted its 13th annual Canadian Film Festival, a weekend-long cornucopia of the best of this country’s filmmaking. And while the Summer Sunday Concert Series in Rocky Point Park draws crowds for a sunny afternoon listening to great live tunes — and, last summer, to enjoy food truck fare — the CP Rail Holiday Train each December is, despite the decidedly chillier clime, also a big draw that celebrates both the city’s love of the arts and its railway past.
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Excerpted from the book The First 100 Years: St. Joseph’s Parish, Port Moody by Barry Ledwidge. Copies are available from the parish. Ledwidge called the piece: “An unlikely story: How Port Moody’s Catholics got their first church.”
n 1900, a Catholic family, the Carrs, arrived in what is now Port Moody. The Port Moody Historical Society records show that at that time, Port Moody boasted“five hotels, about 75 buildings and some general stores”to serve a population of about 250. Unfortunately, none of those 75 buildings provided the Carrs and the Lonsdales (the only other Catholic family) with a place to worship. But just 12 years later, Port Moody had a Catholic church at the corner of Grant and Jane streets. Two factors may help explain the quick turnaround. In 1909, the owners of Fraser Mills, a sawmill on the north bank of the Fraser, recruited 110 French Canadian mill workers from Quebec. With the arrival of a second contingent of Francophones in 1910, Maillardville was born. Most of these French Canadian workers lived near the mill. Some, however, found jobs in sawmills on Burrard Inlet and they began building homes and settling in the little town of Port Moody. see MURRAY, page B14
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The Presbyterians were the first to hold services in Port Moody, in various locations throughout the city in the 1880s. The first church to be built was St. John’s Anglican on St. Johns Street, sometime in the 1890s. The Presbyterians followed suit with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian in 1900. Both properties had been donated by Capt. Clarke. really hard, you will be able to picture the charming wooden church. Those first parishioners must have had a spectacular view of the inlet from the porch of the church.
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Having a church became a priority for this fledgling Catholic community and the families persuaded Archbishop Neil McNeil to build them a church there. The other factor came by way of John Murray Jr., who generously donated lots in Port Moody to the Church of England, the Presbyterians and to the Catholic church. Murray Jr.’s gift of land to the Catholics proved inadequate for the architects’ designs, so the original lot was traded by the archbishop for three lots on the corner of Grant and Jane streets. Once the site was purchased, parishioners began working to prepare the site for building. Archbishop McNeil contributed $1,700 toward the cost of construction and throughout 1911, parishioners contributed what they could afford; a raffle in October 1911 raised $75. The church members most notable for their support in building St. Joseph’s were the families of William Carr, Thomas Reilly, Theodore Chevalier, Daniel Carr, S. McCann and John Connick. In 1912, St. Joseph’s Church opened its doors with room for 400 people. It was a fine wooden structure, charming in its simplicity, with 24 steps leading up to the porch. Today, one can walk up Grant Street from St. Johns Street and, when you get up to Jane Street and face the Inlet View townhouses, just to the left of them is a wooden house with at least 24 steps leading up to it. If you look up at those steps and squint
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Everyone loves a parade! BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY TO THIS HISTORIC EVENT Come join us in celebrating Port Moody’s 100th birthday with a parade that recognizes our past, present and future.
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Be part of the parade! Get your company or organization together and design a float, create a banner or set up entertainment to wow the crowd. It’s free to participate - sign up at www.portmoody.ca/parade or scan the QR code. Space is limited, so register today!
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The parade begins at Port Moody’s Civic Centre and follows Murray Street to Rocky Point Park.