What's Happening at PoCo Heritage
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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.

Port Coquitlam 106th Anniversary
March 7th was the City of Port Coquitlam's 106th Anniversary! Happy Birthday PoCo!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate, especially Mayor Brad West, Councillors McCurrach and Darling, Freedom of the City recipient Mike Forrest, School Trustee Michael Thomas, and all City staff members!  

Another special thank you to the Terry Fox Library for running the heritage photo green screen photo booth. It was a huge hit and lots of fun! 

May Day Anniversary Mural

Things are changing in Port Coquitlam! Former Mayor Greg Moore will be opening a new brewery and BBQ restaurant this summer.

Unfortunately, the necessary renovations to the building will affect the beautiful May Day mural painted on the side of the building in commemoration of the 75th May Day Anniversary in 1998. If you want to see it before the renovations begin and bid it a fond farewell, take a stroll past the old Inno Bakery building at Marpole and Shaughnessy! 

While we will dearly miss this beautiful mural, we are excited to be able to offer a toast to its memory with a Patina Brewing Co. beer this summer!  

Tree Selfie Contest
Our Tree Selfie Contest is in full swing and we have our first couple of winners! Thank you to Green Chair Recycling and Laura Thomas for participating! 

If you would like a chance at one of our remaining weekly prizes during the month of March post a picture or selfie with your favourite Port Coquitlam tree. Make sure to tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #MyPoCoTree!

Ongoing Exhibits
Carol Hubbard Memorial Natural History Exhibit:
The Secret Life of Trees

PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives  

This close-up and intimate exhibit will examine the magnificent solitary giants that we live amongst and with. Join us in the museum to experience this engaging and interactive journey of discovery and learning!

This exhibit, created in partnership with with the PoCo Heritage Trees community group, includes an enchanting indoor forest, exhibit tours and outdoor tree tours, and many fun and engaging activities including a woodland scavenger hunt, and a take-home tree seed planting activity!  

Check out our exhibit partners, PoCo Heritage Trees on their website or their Facebook page!

Canada 150 - "Vulnerability to Village"
PoCo Heritage Exhibit in City Hall  

Last year PoCo Heritage was invited by United Way Avenues of Change to join their "Vulnerability to Village" project on the Northside of Port Coquitlam, alongside Irvine Elementary School. This project and their associated #HiNeighbour campaign aimed to strengthen the sense of community in this neighbourhood, and resulted in the creation of Little Free Libraries all around Port Coquitlam.

PoCo Heritage went into the kindergarten classrooms of Irvine Elementary armed with copies of archive photos and watercolour paint and invited the children to add a little colour to Port Coquitlam's history! The resulting pieces of art are currently decorating the base poles of many of the Little Free Libraries around the city, and are now also on display in City Hall. 

This display series, originally created last year to celebrate Canada 150, aims to connect the students of local schools to history and culture by providing a creative space for direct engagement between art and heritage. If you would like your class to be featured in upcoming City Hall exhibits please contact us at

Upcoming Events

Check out all of our upcoming events on our new website events calendar, or on Facebook!

Heritage Writers' Group
Monday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet at PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Start capturing your life story for family and posterity! No preparation required; just bring a pen and paper, or your laptop.  

Heritage Detectives
Tuesday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet at PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join our resident local historian, Bryan Ness, in a weekly exploration of different aspects of Port Coquitlam's heritage and history!

PoCo Genealogy Group Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meet at PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - $2.00/person

The PoCo Genealogy group meets the first Wednesday of every month to discuss all things family tree related. Drop by and participate in the discussions! 

Movie Night at the Museum - "Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor"
Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join us under the canopy of our The Secret Life of Trees exhibit indoor forest for our second Movie Night at the Museum! We will be screening the BBC documentary, "Oak Tree: Nature's Greatest Survivor". George McGavin investigates the dramatic life of a 400 year old oak tree - a species that makes extraordinary transformations as it meets the challenges of the four seasons. 

The event is FREE and popcorn will be provided!

Rhymes of Times
Monday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meet at PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

Join our guided reminiscing session for adults, and share your stories with the small group.

An Arborium Symposium
Saturday, April 13
PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives - Free

We are bringing together tree and nature lovers for a day of sharing and networking! Join us to hear about tree-related researcher and work being conducted in our communities.

If you are interested in speaking at the symposium, or would like more information, please contact Kelly Brown, Manager and Curator at

Society Announcements

Volunteer with PoCo Heritage
We are looking to recruit new volunteers and Board of Director members! 

We are wanting to develop a lot of new museum events and programming (trivia nights, murder mysteries, movie nights, book clubs, and more!) as well as fun and interactive exhibits - and we could use your help!

If you are interested in sharing your creativity with us by helping to develop some of this programming please check out the four fun, creative positions below:

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Kelly Brown, Manager and Curator at

Book Donations    

Our Little Free Library has been so popular that it is hard to keep it stocked with books!

If you have any books that you are willing to donate to the Little Free Library please drop them off at the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives, Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

"Sarah and Michael Explore Port Coquitlam" Book Sale 

We are selling copies of our collaborative children's history book in the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives!

The books are $15 each, and this money is being used to create bursaries to further strengthen our community by helping to fund high school students who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education in culture, heritage, or the arts. 


Return It Express
PoCo Heritage now has an account set up with Return It Express to get a return on drink containers; you don't even have to sort them! If you would like to donate your recycling to our account (every little bit helps!) please bring everything in a large, clear drawstring bag to your Return It location and give them our phone number 604-927-8403 at the kiosk. If you don't have the number handy you can choose PoCo Heritage from a list on the screen.  
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