The Centennial Fun Continues in Port Moody


Port Moody Centennial Train

If you’ve been paying attention, you already know that both Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are celebrating their Centennials this year. While 2013 is more than half over, now, the fun just keeps on coming. Today we’re going to share some upcoming events to check out in Port Moody.

On August 17, 2013 Rocky Point Park is playing host to a community picnic in honour of Port Moody’s 100th birthday. This free, family event features fun activities, kid-friendly competitions and entertainment. Children aged two to nine will participate in egg and spoon races, three-legged races and sack races, reminiscent of times gone by. To really get in the historical spirit, dress in clothing from any decade in the past century. Bring your own food, or purchase something to eat at the park – and don’t forget your chairs, blankets and umbrellas.

The entertainment will be hosted by everyone’s favourite master of ceremonies, the venerable Tony Prophet. Here’s what you’ll be treated to at the event:

12:00pm – Charlotte Diamond
1:30pm – The Pids
3:30pm – Wall Street
7:00pm – Tug of War
8:00pm – ABRA Cadabra
9:30pm – Fireworks

In addition, there will be those races we talked about, as well as volleyball and badminton, free public swimming at Rocky Point Outdoor Pool, teen activities in the skate park, puppet shows, a wandering magician and bicycle decorating. Meanwhile, the waters around Rocky Point will be hosting Day on the Water from 1:00 to 8:00pm. Dragon boating teams will provide free rides, Rocky Point Sailing will give demonstrations, the Inlet Rowing Club will show their sculls, Rocky Point Kayak will have a display and demonstration and the Canadian Power Squadron will have a tent display and poolside presentations. At 5:00pm you can keep your eyes open for the Flavelle boom boats, and look out for the Seaspan tugboat demos, the Old Mill Boathouse and Abreast in a Boat.

To find out more about all of the events taking place as part of the picnic, head to www.portmoody.ca or check out the event on Facebook.

The Port Moody Centennial fun keeps rolling the next day, as the CPR Centennial Ride event happens on August 18, 2013. Tickets are on sale at the Port Moody Station Museum. Cash Only. Names of the passenger will be needed for each ticket purchased. The Port Moody Heritage Society is partnering with the CPR to host a fun-filled heritage train excursion. There will be one trip in the morning and one in the afternoon. You’ll take a one-way train ride to or from Mission, and bus the other portion.

Tickets are $30 each, and are on sale now at the Port Moody Station Museum. Take note – they only accept cash, and you must be at least 19 years old to buy a ticket. As this is a vintage train, there are some accessibility issues, so if this is a concern for you speak with museum staff before you buy your ticket.

Tickets include a one way train ride to or from Mission with a bus return.Tickets will sell fast at $30 each. Please note this is a vintage train and there are accessibility issues. Please speak with staff before purchase. You must be 19 or older to purchase a ticket. You must have the name of the passenger for each ticket. For more information you can email brianne@portmoodymuseum.org.

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