Golden Spike Days Back in Port Moody This Weekend


Golden Spike Days Port Moody

The largest community event in Port Moody is back for a 35th year this weekend. The Golden Spike Days Festival will take place in Rocky Point Park from Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 3. The event is open from 12:00-11:00pm on Friday and Saturday, and 12:00-6:00pm on Sunday.

The Golden Spike Days Festival was created to commemorate the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the Port Moody Station, the western terminus. This year marks the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first trans-Canada passenger train in Port Moody on July 4th, 1886. It was a hallmark event for Canada and our community, and it’s why the Golden Spike Days Festival is held the first weekend of July every year. The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in British Columbia. The festival will attract upwards of 40,000 attendees, and will feature live entertainment, events, activites, competitions, food, and of course, Can-Can Dancers.

Admission is by donation, and it includes all of the events, including the Friday and Saturday night concerts.

Check out this year’s entertainment line-up:

Friday, July 1
12:00 – 12:15: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
12:15 – 12:30: Spike Driving Contest
12:30 – 01:00: Tony Prophet
01:00 – 01:45: Port Moody Canada Day Celebrations
01:45 – 02:45: CAPA School Of Dancing
02:45 – 03:00: Tony Prophet
03:00 – 03:45: Rod Boss, Magician
03:45 – 04:00: Spike Driving Contest
04:00 – 05:00: The Genuine Jug Band
05:00 – 05:15: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
05:15 – 06:00: Festival Opening Ceremony
06:00 – 06:45: Hot Salsa Dance Zone (at the bandshell)
06:45 – 07:45: David ‘Boxcar’ Gates
07:45 – 08:00: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
08:00 – 09:00: Chris Buck Band
09:00 – 11:00: Sweeny Todd

Saturday, July 2
12:00 – 12:30: Tony Prophet
12:30 – 12:45: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
12:45 – 01:00: Spike Driving Contest
01:00 – 01:45: Zumba Dancing
01:45 – 03:00: Port Moody Idol – Semi Finals
03:00 – 04:00: Charlotte Diamond
04:00 – 04:15: Spike Driving Contest
04:15 – 05:00: Sharmaine & Luvena (at the bandshell)
05:00 – 05:15: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
05:15 – 06:00: Encore Dance School
06:00 – 07:00: Terry Fox Secondary School of Rock Projects
07:00 – 08:00: Genuine Jug Band
08:00 – 09:00: Billy Roy Danger & The Rectifiers
09:00 – 11:00: Dustin Bentall & Band

Sunday, July 3
12:00 – 12:15: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
12:15 – 01:15: The Inlet Big Band
01:15 – 02:15: Port Moody Idol – Finals
02:15 – 03:00: Arbutus Collective
03:00 – 03:15: Spike Driving Contest
03:15 – 04:00: The Knots
04:00 – 04:15: Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
04:15 – 06:00: Prism

Performer bios are available online.

Free parking during the event is available at Port Moody Rec Centre, Inlet Park, the West Coast Express station, Moody Elementary and Kyle Centre. Or, of course, you could walk, cycle or take transit.

And while Golden Spike Days runs, there are two other events running alongside it that are worth checking out. All weekend long, Port Moody Station Museum is celebrating the 125th CPR Train Anniversary with free fun from 11:00am to 4:00pm. There’s even free Canada Day cake every day! And Port Moody’s Fire Department is running their annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 from 8:00am-12:00pm just down the inlet. The whole town’s getting in on the Golden Spike festivities!

We’ll see you there!

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