Located in the community’s old train station building near Rocky Point Park, the Port Moody Station Museum showcases the history of the surrounding area.
Port Moody’s Museum
The Port Moody Station Museum itself is located, as the name implies, within what was formally one of the original two train stations in the town. The museum doesn’t just focus on the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway, however. It also covers the history of Port Moody from the first Indigenous settlers in the area up to the 20th century.
Some of the highlights of the museum include a real 1921 passenger train car, an outdoor display on what World War 1 trenches were like, and outdoor gardens.
Museum Location and Admission
The Port Moody Station Museum is located at 2734 Murray Street. The museum is near Rocky Point Park. It’s also just a ten-minute walk from the Moody Centre SkyTrain Station, giving it convenient transit access. There is also a tiny bit of street parking in the area, but also more at Rocky Point Park.
The museum itself is usually only open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekdays and from noon until 4:00 pm on weekends.
Admission to the museum is by donation (with a $2 to $5 suggested amount).
Holiday Festival at Port Moody Station Museum
A number of events take place at the museum each year. New for 2021 was an event that might grow into a new tradition in Port Moody, and that was the Holiday Festival. It ran from December 1st to 24th in its first year. Every afternoon and evening there was a massive tent set up to serve as the site for this event.
Plenty of light displays were set up to bring a festive atmosphere, accompanied by live music performances at set times. As the festival was next to the historic station building itself, you could explore the museum while you were there as well. Also on site was a train car to climb aboard!
The Holiday Festival provided folk a nice way to do their Christmas shopping, get into the festive spirit and learn about Port Moody’s history.
Other great Christmas craft fairs in the Lower Mainland include the Shipyards Artisan Market and New West Holiday Market. There is also the Ambleside Holiday Market, Vancouver Christmas Market and All About Christmas Gifts Expo.
To learn about other winter holiday-themed events and attractions this time of year, see our article about Vancouver’s Best Christmas Activities.
Holiday Festival Admission
There was no set fee required to enter the Holiday Festival in its inaugural year. Admission was by donation and all proceeds supported the Port Moody Station Museum. There was a vaccination requirement, as all those who entered needed to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In 2021 the festival was open from December 1st to 24th. Its hours were from noon until 9:00 pm every day, with the exception of Christmas Eve when it closed for the final time at 6:00 pm.
What to Expect at the Christmas Market
In 2021, the Holiday Festival stood out with a massive tent over 3,000 square feet in size. This meant that the event could take place each day regardless of the weather. The area was decorated with light displays, with live singing and dance performances held each day.
For those who were looking for refreshments the festival had one or two food trucks as well as a Beverage Bar that served mulled wine, apple cider and craft beers for the adults. There were also drinks like hot chocolate and tea.
A big part of the festival was the variety of artisan products under the tent. There were about three dozen or so tables with all kinds of wonderful handmade things to buy and admire. There was a focus on local sellers, with options like clothing, flowers, candles, preserves, Indigenous art and more.
One thing that was different about this craft market was that the artisans didn’t participate physically. The person who made the crafts wasn’t standing behind each table. Instead, the products were on tables all around the tented facility and people paid at a central cashier station. It was like a large store that sold nothing but locally-made artisan products.
If the event returns in the future, details will likely be similar to the above.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Engine 374 Locomotive
- Lower Mainland Christmas Craft Fairs
- Best Vancouver Christmas Activities
- Port Moody Holiday Cheer at the Pier
- CP Holiday Train in Port Moody
- The City of Port Moody
- Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park
- West Coast Railway Heritage Park