What’s Happening in the Tri Cities: Canada Day, Golden Spike Days, and Feed the Mayors

Golden Spike Days Port Moody 2013

This week, the end of the school year and Canada Day herald the real start of the summer so let it rip with a long weekend of Tri Cities festivity. Eat all you can with pancake breakfasts, chocolate tastings, free hot dogs and this week’s cake courtesy of Port Coquitlam. If you can still move, check out Port Moody now and then, with industrial tours and Lego.

For more events, don’t forget to check out The V3H Events Calendar.

What: Girls’ Night Out on the Patio
When:  Thursday, June 27 from 6.30 – 8:30pm
Where:  Pasta Polo Restaurant, 2754 Barnet Hwy (map)
The skinny:  
West Coast Wine Education offers ladies a relaxing evening out with wine and chocolate … Hot appetizers and fresh fruit plus a stand-up tasting session will leave you refreshed, relaxed and oh so knowledgeable about wines, food pairings and how much fun your girlfriends are when they’re not stressed out with summer vacation plans. Tickets $29 plus tax available online.
More info:  604.463.1998

What: Bridal Myths and Superstitions
When:  Thursday, June 27 from 7:00 – 8:00pm
Where:  Leigh Square Community Arts Village, 2253 Leigh Square Place (map)
The skinny:  Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society presents the do’s and don’ts of being a bride. This is the perfect cautionary evening out for bridezilla-wannabes.
More info:  604.927.8403

What: Firefighters’ 36th Annual Pancake Breakfast
When:  Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30 from 8:00am – 12:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:   A tradition. Your annual opportunity for breakfast with a bunch of firefighters, as Port Moody’s Fire Hall volunteers its trucks, pulls out its big ladder and lends its staff to cook up a storm of pancakes, sausage and coffee. Money raised goes to the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation and Crossroads Hospice. Feed the kids up for the start of the holidays, and let them run off steam climbing endlessly in and out of fire trucks.
More info: City event listing

What: Golden Spike Days
When:  Saturday to Monday, June 29 to July 1 from 11:00am – 11:00pm (8:00pm on Monday)
Where:   Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street (map)
The skinny:   Celebrate Port Moody’s Golden Spike Days in the park, wishing both the City and Canada a happy birthday with lots of festivities. This year sees ecological boat cruises, a dunk tank, bouncy castle and gold panning with Yukon Dan. There’s spike driving, Tri Cities’ Got Talent and Daniel Wesley to keep you entertained as well. A summer tradition – celebrate the start of the holidays and nine glorious weeks of no school …
More info:  604.931.8852

What: PCT Open House
When:  Saturday June 29 from 11:00am – 3:00pm
Where:   from Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street (map)
The skinny:   Explore your local Pacific Coast Terminals site at the west end of Port Moody. Shuttles depart from Rocky Point during the Golden Spike Festival, taking you and yours off to enjoy rotary rail car dumper flipping and free hot dogs. If that wasn’t enough, check out the historical displays of the site and let someone else entertain the kids for you (only another nine weeks to go …)
More info:  pctinfo@pct.ca

What: Port Moody: Yesterday and Tomorrow
When:  Saturday, June 29 from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Station Museum, 2734 Murray Street (map)
The skinny:   Port Moody past, present and future in miniature. Local modeler, Jim Buckley, has recreated Clarke Street in the 1930s to contrast with a Lego model of the same area in 2020 showing post-Evergreen line construction (it will be finished one day). The exhibit is on display until September 15, well after the school holidays finish. Admission by donation (suggested $2 per person).
More info:  604.939.1648

What: The Len Aruliah Sextet: Tribute to Mrs. Leonore Peyton
When: Saturday, June 29 from 7:30pm
Where: Place des Arts, 1120 Brunette Avenue (map)
The skinny: An evening of sweet music in celebration. Tickets $20 adult; $15 students/seniors.
More info: 604.553.3979 or 604.521.3736

What: Port Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
Monday, July 1 from 8:00 am – 11:00pm
Lions Park, 2300 Lions Way (map) and Castle Park, 2252 Castle Crescent (map)
The skinny:  
Port Coquitlam starts celebrating early, with a pancake breakfast in Lions Park and a fishing derbyto boost the competitive spirit. Festivities move to Castle Park at noon (giving you a chance to walk off the pancake breakfast), where the party officially starts with cake, the community showcase and yet more food in the shape of a salmon BBQ served by local firefighters from 3pm. This is a family event – there are activities for kids (the summer holidays have started) as well as an International Bazaar. Why not stay for the fireworks at 10pm?
More info: 

What: Coquitlam Celebrates Canada Day
When:  Monday, July 1 from 12:00 noon – 11:00pm
Where:   Town Centre Park, 1301 Pinetree Way (map)
The skinny:  Free admission to this incredible festival of cultural celebration, local artisan displays, music, a street hockey tournament, Bobs and Lolo … and so much more. You really need to visit the website for all the details. Come early and stay for the day. Feast on goodies from local food merchants and stay fueled-up for the fireworks at 10pm.
More info:  FestivalsandEvents@coquitlam.ca

What: 10th Annual Mayors’ BBQ
When:  Wednesday, July 3 from 5:00 – 8:00pm
Where:   Port Moody Civic Centre, 100 Newport Drive (map)
The skinny:   Join the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce and the Tri Cities mayors (yes, all three of them) in this fun, post-Canada Day networking, casual ‘grill your civic leaders about business issues’ with burgers event. Mr. Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar serves up the food; the mayors dish up the info. Register online ($34.95 members; $44.95 for non-members).
More info:  Jordan Moe, Special Events Manager

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