Ioco Ghost Town Day 2014


Ioco Ghost Town Days 2012 Port Moody Station Museum

This October marks the 13th annual Ioco Ghost Town Day. The event was begun in celebration of the establishment of the former Ioco town site as a designated heritage area.

The designation is due in part to Mary Anne Cooper, who received the Freedom of the City of Port Moody in 2011 at the age of 97. Having been a professional in conservation education who lived near the former Ioco town, Mary Anne could not stand idly by as the town’s buildings were in danger of being demolished. Dr. Cooper was one of a group of locals who worked tirelessly to get the City of Port Moody to designate the area a heritage site. Despite being considered impossible by most, in 2002 the City passed a bylaw protecting the site. In celebration of this event, Ioco Ghost Town Day was born.

Ioco Ghost Town Day is a family event where locals can come together for some old fashioned fun while learning about the heritage of the former Ioco town. This free celebration is happening this year on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 12:00-4:00pm.

In addition to games and treats, visitors will enjoy entertainment, kids’ activities and antique car rides. Animal lovers will enjoy the best-dressed pet parade, and local history buffs will enjoy tours of the Ioco Church and town site. There will also be pony rides, a horseshoe pitch and lawn bowling.

We did mention entertainment, so what’s on tap? The Rebel Haunt Theatre Group will be peforming. Other entertainers include Caulfield School of Dance, Reno Schembri, Nigel Tucker and Hourglass Cabaret. Magician Dennis Hewson will be on hand as well. And don’t forget to check out the wood turning display and the museum’s pop-up digital display.

It’s all happening at the Ioco town site at Ioco Road and 1st Avenue in Port Moody.

For more information about Ioco Ghost Town Day visit www.portmoodymuseum.org.

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