Ioco Ghost Town Day


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The Ioco townsite is an important part of Port Moody’s heritage. The name is an abbreviation for ‘Imperial Oil Company’, and the community was created to service the refinery that the company began operating in 1915 on Port Moody’s North shore.

The townsite sprung up quickly around the refinery, with hundreds of families taking up residence. By 1920, 83 permanent houses were under construction, all with flush toilets. A school, churches, and stores served the burgeoning company town. However, the glory days did not last. In 1993 Imperial Oil announced plans to close the refinery, and most of the 165 jobs were lost within a couple of years. The townsite was largely abandoned.

Every year in early October Ioco is celebrated with ‘Ghost Town Day‘. This is a free, fun, family-oriented event celebrating the community’s heritage. It runs, rain or shine, on October 4 from 12-4pm at the Ioco Townsite [map]. Highlights include a historical skit, a pie contest, a showcase of local talent, an antique car display, and hands-on activities for the kids. There will also be a performance by some of the Hot Flash Hoofers, a world-class senior tap dancing troupe from North Vancouver. And, of course, there will be food and treats and items for sale.

It sounds like a great day, and a great way to celebrate the history of this place we call home. Hope to see you all there!

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