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PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives is operated by the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society. 
150-2248 McAllister Street, Port Coquitlam, BC. V3C 2A5
Our mission is to celebrate and preserve Port Coquitlam's diverse heritage and culture through community engagement.



Happy BC Day everyone! Hope you have a great long weekend with your family, friends and loved ones. Remember to stay safe and socially distant from others while celebrating our beautiful British Columbia.

Fun Facts: 

What is BC Day? The first Monday of August is known as British Columbia Day and is a statutory holiday for all Canadians in the province. 

When did BC join Canada? It wasn't until 1871 CE, 4 years after confederation, that British Columbia became a part of the Dominion of Canada with the agreement that the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.) would be built across Canada and reach the coastal colony. 

Who lived here before settlers? BC's Indigenous peoples have been living on the land now known as British Columbia for an estimated 10,000 years. Archaeological evidence dates First Nations habitation here right after the end of the last Ice Age. In British Columbia there are 198 different First Nations. 

Learn more about BC's different First Nations with this interactive map


Government of Canada. 2010. "Indigenous and Northern Affairs: About British Columbia First Nations". Last modified Sept  9, 2010.

Tattrie, Jon. 2014. "The Canadian Encyclopedia: British Columbia and Confederation". Last edited January 16, 2020. "

Welcome BC. "History of BC". 



Say "hello" to PoCo Heritage's new staff, Alex and Laura!

Thanks to funding provided by Canada Summer Jobs we have been able to hire these phenomenal and enthusiastic employees for four months, from July to October 2020. Alex and Laura will be working on creating new and engaging programs and tours for students, youth and seniors.

Welcome to the team Alex and Laura!


More about our staff: 

"Alex recently graduated with his Master’s in History from Queen’s University. He has a passion for museums and for sharing this passion with others. He has experience working at several other museums and hopes to use these skills to share our diverse culture and heritage."

"Laura is a current Fine Arts student studying at Queen's University with hopes of a future career in art conservation and the preservation of heritage. Passionate about the history of Canada she hopes to bring a cross-disciplinary perspective within museum education by combining both worlds of arts and science." 



A big thank you to those who attended this month's "Evening at the Museum" event. On July 23rd, members of the public tuned in via zoom to listen to the president of the Fraser Basin Council Society, Steve Litke, present on floods in the Fraser River Basin.

Steve spent a good hour educating interested participants about historical Fraser River floods, the evolution of flood risk and flood management in the Lower Mainland, projected impacts of a changing climate, and work that is underway to develop a regional flood strategy. The talk was entertaining and questions post presentation were non-stop! 

If you missed out the full presentation will soon be available on PoCo Heritage's youtube channel. Next "Evening at the Museum" event is scheduled for September 17th and is fire-themed. Details coming soon. 



RHYMES OF TIME via zoom 

Monday. August 10th, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
THEME: Welcome to Summer Time 

Interested in rhymes? Like a good poem? Join us and share your stories with us in a ZOOM session! 

Click here to register



Monday. August 17th, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
THEME: Welcome to Summer Time 

Start capturing your life story for family and prosperity! Join us in a collaborative setting through ZOOM where you will learn to record your family stories.

Click here to register

QUARAN-TALES via social media 

Keep sending in your quaran-tale submissions. Keep engaged with your community and help us record this moment in history!

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Interested in learning more about heritage? Want to get outside but sill be socially distant with others? Well, we've got the solution! 


This month the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives will be launching a series of self guided walks around Port Coquitlam called "POCO WALKS"! These self-guided walks will have you learning more about the history, culture and beauty of Port Coquitlam while getting you physically active and out and about. 

Walk information and guides will be available through our website and can be downloaded into a manual format which you can take with you on your adventures. Look out for our very first one "POCO ART WALK" coming soon. Happy walking!




Last month the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society welcomed to the board a new secretary, Angelica Beissel.

Angelica is a member of PoCo Heritage's "Rhymes of Time" and "Heritage Writers' Group". She has worked in education and is a language instructor. She is warm, friendly and very kind. We are very excited to have her with us. 


If you see Angelica please wave and introduce yourself! Welcome to PoCo Heritage Angelica, we are glad to have you on board our board.  

PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives is operated by the Port Coquitlam Heritage and Cultural Society. 
150-2248 McAllister Street, Port Coquitlam, BC. V3C 2A5
Our mission is to celebrate and preserve Port Coquitlam's diverse heritage and culture through community engagement.

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150 – 2248 McAllister Street
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 2A5
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