Lumbermills of Port Moody

Creator(s): Port Moody Station Museum

Port Moody boomed when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) rumbled west in the late 1800s. The town in the Fraser Valley area of British Columbia was to be the site of the CPR terminus and the new railway promised a rosy future for every trade.

Lumber in particular was in demand for wharves, round houses, bunkhouses, storehouses as well as millions of railway ties, bridges, and trestles and prospects for the area seemed endless. Then CPR announced that Port Moody would not be the railway's terminus station and extended the line further west to Vancouver. Many CPR employees and their families left Port Moody for the new western terminus, many businesses shut down and the city's economy was hurting.

Port Moody's lumber industry has seen many other periods of boom and bust throughout its life as a community, but it is difficult to imagine Port Moody without its history as a lumber town. This exhibit looks at the important lumber pioneers, the three largest Port Moody mills, the tools the industry used and the various ethnic minorities who played important roles in daily mill operations.

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