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Port Moody Golden Spike Days on the Canada Day Weekend

Golden Spike Days

Golden Spike Days is a community event with live music and family-friendly activities at Port Moody‘s Rocky Point Park over the Canada Day Long Weekend.


Canada Day in Port Moody

Canada Day is celebrated in Port Moody with the 4-day Golden Spike Days festival at Rocky Point Park which is located on the water at 2800 Murray Street.


Golden Spike Days

In 2020 Golden Spike Days was going to take place from Saturday, June 27th, until Wednesday, July 1st. Unfortunately, the festival was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hopefully Golden Spike Days takes place again in 2021.

On the Saturday and Sunday in 2020 it was going to run from 11 am until 11 pm, on the Tuesday from 11 am until 11 pm, and on the holiday Wednesday from 11 am until 6 pm. The event wasn’t going to run on the Monday of June 29th in 2020.


What to Expect

At Port Moody’s Canada Day Weekend event you can expect to enjoy a variety of styles of live music, sample tasty Food Truck treats, and enjoy a cool one at the beer garden while dreaming of heading down the road in any one of the unique automobiles in the car show.

At the event kids can enjoy bubble ball, watching and learning about dog agility, and numerous unique and varied experiences.

Admission to Golden Spike Days is by donation, but some of the activities may have a fee some years. Except for things like food and drink, however, most things are free!


Event Activities

Activities at Golden Spike Days usually include swing rides, craft activities, gold panning, face painting, bubble soccer, mini car rides and more!

We recommend you try bouncing around on the trampolines with Springfree, or take a boat tour up the Indian Arm provided by Oceanwatch Boat Tours (with departures every 30 minutes). The boat tours ran Saturday from 12 pm to 6 pm, Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm and then on Monday from 2:30 pm to 6 pm in 2019.  Arrive early to get your spot when it happens.

If cars are your thing and you’re a parent, then your child (under 8 years of age) might want to register to participate in the Power Wheels Derby.

Everyone can also enjoy the demolition cars, race cars and mud trucks on Saturday. There was also a car show on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 am to 3 pm in 2019.

At the festival you can try your hand at gold panning and boat building too! There’s just so much to choose from!


Beer Garden and Food Vendors

The beer garden at Golden Spike Days features beverages by breweries such as Moody Ales, Twin Sails, Parkside Brewery and Yellow Dog, all of which are local to Port Moody. Strongbow also offers apple ciders for those who prefer cider to beer. Beverage tickets usually cost about $7 each and are for sale until 10 pm each night, with last call at 10:30 pm.

A number of food trucks and snack-food vendors are on site throughout the weekend. Items for sale include flavoured shaved ice, fresh lemonade, ice cream, and a variety of ethnic and North American festival-style foods.  Whether it is your main meal you are looking for, or just a snack or treat, you’ll find it here at Golden Spike Days.


Rocky Point Park Music
Rocky Point Park


Live Entertainment

Live entertainment at Golden Spike Days included free concerts by some big name bands such as Big Sugar, Prism and Harlequin in 2019. It also included performances by other great but lesser-known groups, plus musicians, dancers, and entertainers from the Tri-Cities Got Talent competition. Stay tuned to find out who will be performing in 2021!

See below for the entertainment lineup on the festival’s main stage.


Entertainment Schedule

To give you an idea of what to expect in future years, below is the entertainment schedule for Golden Spike Days for 2019. The 2021 schedule will likely be comparable.


Friday, June 28, 2019

  • 6:00 pmToy Zebra
  • 7:15 pm – Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
  • 8:15 pmToy Zebra
  • 9:45 pmReckless, a Brian Adams Tribute


Saturday, June 29, 2019

  • 10:00 amTri-City’s Got Talent
  • 12:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 12:30 pm – Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
  • 1:00 pm Tri-City’s Got Talent
  • 2:15pm Spike Driving
  • 2:30 pm – Tri-City’s Got Talent
  • 4:15 pmDan Hare
  • 5:15 pm – Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
  • 5:45 pmSpike Driving
  • 6:45 pmHarlequin
  • 9:15 pmPrism


Free Events and Activities in July


Sunday, June 30, 2019

  • 12:00 pm – Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
  • 12:30 pm – Tri-Cities Got Talent
  • 2:00 pm – Spike Driving
  • 2:15 pm – Tri-Cities Got Talent (Judge’s Choice)
  • 3:15 pm – Golden Spike Can Can Dancers
  • 4:15 pm – Famous Players
  • 5:30 pmDan Hare
  • 6:30 pmSpike Driving
  • 6:45 pm – Famous Players
  • 7:45 pmGolden Spike Can Can Dancers
  • 9:15 pmBig Sugar


Monday, July 1, 2019

    • 12:15 pmGolden Spike Can Can Dancers
    • 1:00 pm – City Opening Ceremonies
    • 1:45 pmSpike Driving
    • 2:00 pmTri-City’s Got Talent
    • 2:45 pm – Spike Driving
    • 3:00 pmTri-City’s Got Talent Winners
    • 3:15 pm – Tiller’s Folley
    • 4:30 pmGolden Spike Can Can Dancers
    • 5:00 pmSpike Driving
    • 5:15 pmTiller’s Folley


Tips and Advice

Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at Golden Spike Days.

TIP # 1: Take a lawn chair or blanket to sit on (but be prepared to carry it a fair ways from your car).

TIP # 2: Arrive really early if you hope to find parking anywhere remotely near the venue.

TIP # 3: Especially if it’s hot and sunny, don’t forget to take your sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and water bottle.  If the tide is out, you might want to bring your shovel and pail too.

TIP # 4: If you have bicycles or want a nice walk, consider parking near the Port Moody Rec Centre and cycling or walking the trails back to Rocky Point Park.

TIP # 5: If you like the park and the music you hear, consider going back on another Sunday afternoon in July or August. Port Moody Summer Sundays is a free event that takes place weekly and features great bands.


Other Information

For more information about the Canada Day Weekend celebrations at Rocky Point Park, check out the Golden Spike Days website.

To learn more about the venue and surrounding area, click Port Moody or Rocky Point Park.

For a list of other places to celebrate the July Long Weekend, click Metro Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations.

For a list of other events in June and July, or throughout the year, check out Vancouver’s June Calendar, July Calendar or Festivals & Events Calendar.