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Centennial Community Block Parties - Host a party in your neighbourhood!
Host your own Centennial Event! City of Port Moody is offering a limited number of $100 grants for your community block party. Bring neighbours together, celebrate City of Port Moody Centennial year and help build communities by having a community block party. In addition to the grant the City provides you with a Centennial promotional package for your approved block party. Block parties are a great way to encourage neighbours to connect and improve their community. You do not have to live in a district of single family homes to be involved in a block party. Block parties can happen in common spaces of townhouse complexes, in front of apartment buildings, or in a nearby park. A block party is a group of neighbours working together to organize an event for their residential neighbourhood. Apply today. Fill out a permit application found on the Centennial – Get Involved webpage.

Kick Off Event, January 1
Come to Rocky Point Park on January 1st for the official kick-off to Port Moody’s centennial year. Join in or watch as the brave take to the water for the popular Penguin Plunge. Warm up in the heated tent with some hot chocolate while you browse the historical photographs, artifacts and listen to the musical entertainment. Cupcakes, face painting and magic – it’s all here for the first party of the year.

Youth Poet Laureate - Deadline for submission is January 31 
We’re inviting Port Moody teens age 13 to 18 years to become Port Moody’s Centennial Youth Poet Laureate. To apply, youth must submit two original unpublished poems about Port Moody’s history via an online form on the Port Moody Public Library’s website. The selected Youth Poet Laureate will be inaugurated at the April 7th Special Council Meeting, where they will present their poem to Council. The Youth Poet Laureate project is a partnership between the Port Moody Public Library and School District 43.  View Port Moody teen, Megan Edmunds, the city's Centennial Youth Poet Laureate reading her winning poem, Taking Root.

2013 Wearable Art Awards, February 16 & 17
Presented by the Port Moody Arts Centre Society, the Wearable Art Awards competition has been encouraging local, Canadian and international artists of all mediums to submit evocative, imaginative, and thought provoking creations for the human body since 2002. The performance is followed up by a three-week long exhibition at the end of which a "People's Choice" award is presented based on votes from the public. In total $5,000 is distributed between winners of 10 category and special awards.

Centennial Wall Hanging Public Stitching, February 20 - March 1
The Centennial Wall Hanging is a community driven project involving over 100 volunteers. Artist designed spots have been stitched to bring Port Moody history to life in this exquisite piece of artistry. The piece is on display in the Civic Centre Galleria February 20th to March 1 from 2-4pm daily. You have an open invitation to stop by and contribute a stitch or two. Once completion, the wall hanging will be on permanent display in the Galleria. Come leave your mark on Port Moody’s centennial! 

Heritage House Tours, February 24
Celebrate Heritage Week and Port Moody’s Centennial with a self-guided tour of 10 local heritage homes Sunday, February 24th from 10am-4pm. These homes represent the development of Port Moody neighbourhoods over the years and will delight you with their character and charm. Costumed hosts will welcome guests and provide information about the architecture, and family history of the house. Tea and treats are provided by the Moody Elementary PAC and are included in the ticket price. Tickets are $30 including HST. Tickets can be ordered at the Port Moody Station Museum or

Living Heritage Centennial Event, March 2
You are invited to attend an informal heritage tea and meet some of Port Moody’s most interesting long time residents. Guests will be able to stop by and visit with a choice of 10 Living Library hosts to learn about Port Moody’s past, ask questions and enjoy a cup of tea. Take your time exploring the exhibits and memorabilia provided by the hosts. This event is hosted by the Port Moody Public Library and Port Moody Heritage Society.

Port Moody's Inlet Skating Club presents Happy Birthday Port Moody: Celebrating 100 Years of the City of the Arts, March 2
Port Moody's Inlet Skating Club presents a skating show that will trace the history of Port Moody through music and stories. Members of the Inlet Skating Club will be skating to popular music from the past 100 years. Spectators will be taken on a narrative journey through Port Moody's history. This is a ticketed event.

Commemorative Council Meeting, April 7 
Join the City in celebrating the anniversary of Port Moody's inaugural Council meeting of April 7, 1913. Mayor and Council will take us back 100 years in a re-enactment of that meeting, including period costumes, heritage vehicles and debate on 100-year old bylaws. Visit the history display of Andrés Wines in Port Moody presented by Peller Estates. Following the meeting, the Arts Centre will be hosting a celebration tea, highlighted by a tour of the original City Hall and gallery display of civic artifacts going back one hundred years.

Community Arts Gathering, April 7
Join our Community Arts Gathering, at the Port Moody Arts Centre, to celebrate the centennial of Port Moody's first Council meeting. Travel back with us to 1913's Port Moody to enjoy; historical re-enactments, art and artifacts, music, high tea and a Victorian photo booth. Historic dress is welcomed. This event follows the Special Council meeting and is presented by the Port Moody Arts Centre Society.

Youth Poet Laureate, April 9
Port Moody teens age 13 to 18 years were invited to become Port Moody’s Centennial Youth Poet Laureate. Youth Poet Laureate will be inaugurated at regular Port Moody City Council meeting. Prizes and incentives: $500 cash prize for Youth Poet Laureate. $200 cash prize for runner-up. Winning poem will be included in the 2013 Port Moody Centennial Time Capsule and the Port Moody Museum archives. All poems submitted will be published in the School District 43 District Journal of Writing 2012/13. Community leadership opportunities, and public recognition at Port Moody Centennial Events.

Port Moody ArtWalk, April 12-14
The ArtsConnect 14th Annual ArtWalk takes place on April 13-14, with an opening reception on Friday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30pm at the Old Mill Boathouse, 2715 Esplanade. It's a daily Arts and Music Festival from 12-5pm showcasing over 60 local artists and entertainers in over 20 venues and locations in Port Moody's Old Town Centre. Local businesses are also involved and there will be lots of art activities for children and families!

Yoga in the Park, May 7
A free yoga class at Rocky Point Park. Come out and try this yoga class; relax and strengthen your body. Bring a mat and towel. Class will be cancelled if it is raining.

Pilates in the Park, May 22 - CANCELLED due to rain
A free all-level Pilates class in Rocky Point Park. Come out and try a Pilates class, give your core a workout. No previous Pilates experience is required. Please bring you own mat and towel. Class will be cancelled if it is raining.

Centennial Public Works Day, May 24
The City of Port Moody is hosting an interactive display with great presenters and lots of opportunities to learn how public works serve you and your community! Your Port Moody Public Works team takes care of solid waste and recycling, utilities(water/sewer), water quality, the environment, roads, drainage, fleet, horticulture and parks. Admission is free, with donations for the SHARE Food Bank gratefully accepted.

Boot Camp in the Park, June 4
A free boot camp class at rocky Point Park. Come out and try this moderate to intense interval style cardio and strength workout. All you need is your mat, towel and a water bottle. Class will be cancelled if it is raining.

Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Making Extravaganza - June 15
Get Your Centennial Spirit On at the Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Making Extravaganza. Show your hometown spirit by making a wild and wonderful hat to wear to the Centennial Parade, picnic or other 100th anniversary events this summer. Bring a hat to decorate or craft an original from our supplies at this fun and social event. We'll have everything you need to create a dazzling hat or fascinator, and artists and volunteers will be on hand to guide your process. Call the Port Moody Arts Centre at 604.931.2008 to reserve your ticket. This is an all-ages event.

Dance with Us – The Musical Celebration of the Century!, June 16
From everyone’s favorite light classics to jazz, join Yarilo Music Ensemble, Kids Kazoo Theatre and inspired jazz & soul by Bulgarian piano prodigy Kristian Alexandrov and songstress Shannon Gaye for the concert of the century performing music that appeals to every age.  Rhythm and grooves that will tempt you to move and dance!
I. Classical Favorites featuring Yarilo Music Ensemble
II. Jazz Favorites featuring Kristian Alexandrov and songstress Shannon Gaye

Port Moody Centennial Parade, June 22 
Everyone loves a parade! Join us as we celebrate 100 years of community in Port Moody! The parade begins at Port Moody’s Civic Centre and follows Murray Street to Rocky Point Park. Community Groups and businesses are invited to submit an application to participate in the parade. Click on Parade Participant to see how you can participate! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn 100 fun facts about the Port Moody Centennial Parade. Parking restrictions and road closures may be in effect near Rocky Point Park and along Murray Street, please check back for further details or email

Port Moody Centennial All Nations Festival, June 22
Free Centennial All Nations Festival features 8 hours of fun + 100 aboriginal artists! Traditional Indigenous canoe arrival at Rocky Point launch at 1:30pm. Other activities include: Artisan Market, Salmon BBQ, Digital Teepee, Traditional Storytelling Teepee, Hiphop and DJ Battle, Traditional Indigenous Dancers, Poets, and Media Arts. Bring the kids to enjoy a variety of activities that include traditional crafting, storytelling with elders and an evening campfire program. Come and shop at the artist market. Enjoy the Salmon BBQ and other food venues. A great day of celebrating Port Moody’s centennial and First Nations culture together. Presented by the City of Port Moody in partnership with Coquitlam School District Aboriginal Education. Thank you to our event sponsors: Open Road Mazda & Heritage Canada.

Port Moody Legion 14th Annual Show and Shine, June 22
Come and see all the wonderful prized antique, classic and modified cars.  Get involved and vote for your favourite car!  Bring your appetite - breakfast and BBQ burgers & smokies available all day.  Entertainment to include DJ John Comeau, Golden Spike Can Can Dancers, the A&W Root Bear, Raffles, and 50/50 Draws.  Drop by the Legion membership booth and donate to Toonies 4 Troops.  For those 19+ head to the Lounge to enjoy the 50's/60's sights and sounds of The Cruise Cats and Cheek to Cheek.

Golden Spike Days Festival, June 29 to July 1
The Golden Spike Days Festival was created in 1971 by the Kiwanis Club of Coquitlam & Port Moody to commemorate the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the Port Moody Station, the western terminus, in the late 1880’s.  Join us at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody for three days of food, music, entertainment and games on June 29th , 30th and July 1st. For more info visit

Port Moody: Yesterday & Tomorrow, June 29 to September 15
The Port Moody Station Museum launches its feature exhibit of 2013 on Canada Day weekend and will be on display until September 15th. The exhibit gives visitors a peek at Moody Centre's past and future. Local resident and modeller Jim Buckley has constructed a nine block model of Clarke Street in the 1930s complete with a working CPR train. Jump ahead 90 years to the year 2020 with a Lego display created by the Vancouver Lego Club. The Lego display shows the same Clarke Street area as it has been transformed by the Evergreen line. Visitors can watch as the newest Skytrain zips through Port Moody's tall towers.

PCT Community Open House, June 29
PCT is inviting all residents to come visit the facility for a Community Open House. Maintaining a tradition of being a fun, family-friendly event, the Open House will showcase activities and entertainment. Visitors can take a walking tour of the site, see the rotary dumper flip rail cars upside down to empty them and sit in the engineer’s seat of a Canadian Pacific locomotive. PCT will be highlighting its history in pictures and will be sharing details about their proposed future. There will be musical and children’s entertainment, and free hot dogs. Shuttle buses will be departing the parking lot at Rocky Point Park between 11am and 3pm to transport visitors to their site.

Day On The Water – Celebrating our Waterfront Community, July 1 
Port Moody waterfront community organizations plan a day of water and land activities. Dragon boat rides; sailing demos & races; safety demos; Seaspan tugboat demos. Participating in the event are: Nothin Dragon, Abreast in a Boat, Rocky Point sailing, Inlet Rowing Club, Canadian Power Squadron & Old Mill Boathouse. FREE

  • Dragon Boating: Dogwood Nothin’ Dragon Boat team and the Rocky Point Abreast in a Boat will provide free rides in their 45 foot long dragon boats from 1:00 pm to 5 pm at the Rocky Point Pier on the east side. A static display including a dragon boat will be in the festival site as well as an interpretive display. Visitors wishing to go on the water will need to sign a waiver located at the marshalling tent near the gazebo of the pier where they will get their life jacket and paddle. The rides will last approximately 30 minutes.
  • Rocky point Sailing: The sailing club will be on the water between 1 and 3 pm with demonstrations in capsizing, sailing with spinnakers, races and sailboat tours at the dock. A static display will be found on the festival grounds.
  • Old Mill Boat House: OMBH is the umbrella organization for all water sports at Rocky Point. They will be on site supporting the various teams at a display tent on the grounds.
  • Rocky Point Rowing Club: The team will have a showing of their skulls at dock side during the day.
  • Rocky Point Kayak: The Kayak display will be held at dockside near their building as well as a roll over demonstration at the pool.

Celebration of Wood Fair, July 20
In recognition of the wood industry's part in the historic development of Port Moody, the Port Moody Arts Centre is hosting a “Celebration of Wood Fair" on the grounds of the Art Gallery on July 20th. Come see wood carvers; wood turners; boat and fine furniture builders; musical instrument makers; basket weavers; and paper makers - everything to whet your appetite on a fine summer day! The story of the history of the wood industry in the town will also be told through historical photography and demonstrations of old fashioned tools courtesy of the Port Moody Heritage Society.

Port Moody Centennial Youth Arts Festival, July 26-27
Join us for the 2nd Annual Port Moody Arts Festival! This engaging festival features local talent, ages 13-18 years old. Bands, dancers, films and visual art.

Community Picnic & Fireworks Celebrating Port Moody's Centennial, August 17
Bring your family to a picnic at Rocky Point. A day of activities, family friendly races and entertainment! Our younger residents are invited to join in games and races following a performance by Charlotte Diamond. The Pids, Wall Street and ABRA Cadabra will play through the afternoon and into the night when fireworks will close the event. Fireworks production is brought to you by Celebration of Lights two-time Grand Champion.

Day On The Water - Centennial Event Celebrating Our Waterfront Community, August 17
Port Moody waterfront community organizations plan a day of water and land activities. Dragon boat rides; sailing demos & races; safety demos; Flavelle Boom Boat demos. Participating in the event are: Nothin Dragon, Abreast in a Boat, Rocky Point sailing, Inlet Rowing Club, Canadian Power Squadron and Old Mill Boathouse.

Centennial CPR Train Excursion, August 18
The Port Moody Heritage Society joins with CPR to offer rides to the public in honour of Port Moody’s Centennial. The train is a Heritage Diesel train and tickets are $30 and will go on sale starting June 29th at the Port Moody Station Museum. Buying a ticket includes a one- way trip to or from Mission with a bus ride going in the opposite direction. There will be a morning ride and an afternoon ride. As it is a vintage train, there are accessibility issues for anyone with a wheelchair or scooter, please discuss with staff before purchasing a ticket. Tickets can be purchased using cash only.

2013 Personal Safety Fair, September 14
Learn about personal safety and have fun! There is something for all ages - food, bike track, hot air balloon rides, distracted driver demo and so much more!  Get your passport stamped at the various activities and you can win some cool prizes!

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, September 21
As part of the Canada wide initiative, the Great Canadian Cleanup, the Port Moody Ecological Society will once again organize a cleanup around its Noons Creek Hatchery and Shoreline Park area.

Ioco Heritage United Church Centennial Celebration & Reunion, September 22
A reunion of past & present church members, families & friends to celebrate Ioco Heritage United Church's service to Port Moody since 1923. Celebrate Port Moody's centennial with family fun activities, music and historical displays.


Centennial Wall Hanging, September 28
The Centennial Wall Hanging is a community driven project involving over 100 volunteers stitching artist designs to bring Port Moody history to life in this exquisite piece of artistry. The unveiling of this magnificent piece of art will be followed by tea & coffee service with light snacks and an opportunity for the public to speak with the people who stitched the images and to socialize.

Kayak & Canoe Cleanup - a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, September 28
Collect garbage in bags and bring back to the shore for disposal. Proudly presented by the Port Moody Ecological Society and Rocky Point Kayak. Rental available or bring your own kayak or canoe to the Rocky Point launch site.

Ioco Days Festival - Vintage Radio Show, September 29
The Centennial edition of the Ioco Days Festival begins with the Venosta Variety Hour Radio Show. You’ll go back to the days before television when families would gather around the radio to be entertained by stories, ads and music.

Ioco Days Festival - Ioco Ghost Town Day, October 6
Enjoy a variety of activities, including pony rides and free tours of the Ioco Town site in a Model A car. There’s musical entertainment by Antique Gold and Five on a String, and site specific theatre by Rebel Haunt Theatre. Visit the games booths while costumed actors wander amongst the crowd and interpret local history.

Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club Centennial Exhibition, October 12 & 13
The GVGRC runs G scale railroads common in both indoor and garden tracks and include live steam. Come visit the members as they build an indoor layout in celebration of Port Moody's centennial and our unique railroad history.

Vancouver TraiNgang Centennial Exhibition, October 19 & 20
Vancouver TraiNgang is one of the many fine model railway clubs in the Pacific Northwest devoted to N scale model railroading. To celebrate Port Moody's railroad history for our Centennial year the club will built and display rolling stock and trains of North America.

From Then to Now - 35 Years of Having Fun with Rocks, October 26 & 27
The Port Moody Rock and Gem Show has been taking place in Port Moody every year since 1978. The show features displays of geologic interests and members’ work, activities for the entire family, and dealers selling rough stone, finished jewellery and supplies.

Maple Leaf Singers Concert, November 1
Over 50 members from all over Metro Vancouver come together to sing a six-part harmony in a varied repertoire of pop, jazz/blues, rock, classical, spiritual and Broadway show tunes. This is a fundraising event organized by the Port Moody Legion #119 to promote musical arts in Port Moody, and to raise funds towards a musical arts in Port Moody.

Port Moody Centennial Geocache, November 16
A geocache to be hidden near the Port Moody Ecological Society's Noons Creek hatchery that commemorates the Centennial of the City of Port Moody.

10th Annual Photomotion, November 16
The show is a collection of juried audio-visual slide shows created by photographers of the Pacific Digital Photography Club and involves approximately 22 slide shows each between 3 and 4 minutes in length. A well known guest photographer will be present after the intermission. Content of the shows are up to the individual photographers, but are juried on the basis of quality and appropriateness for the intended family audience.

Public Art Unveiling, December 7
As part of the City of Port Moody’s Centennial celebrations we commissioned Squamish Nation artist Jody Broomfield to design and carve two traditional Central Coast Salish House Posts. As our Centennial year draws to a close, Mayor and Council invite you to join us for the unveiling of this public art installation.

Centennial Time Capsule, December 10
Join us for the sealing of Port Moody’s Centennial Time Capsule! Come to the last Centennial celebration as we create a piece of history by sealing your memories and photos for the future.

Last updated: 15/04/2014 2:02:59 PM