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Golden Spike Days Festival returns to Rocky Point Park with live music, talent contests and popular food trucks

Celebrate the kick-off to the 47th Golden Spike Days Festival, taking place from June 29 to July 1 at Rocky Point Park
The Golden Spike Days festival offers family-friendly shows and activities, main stage entertainment with bands, diverse vendors and exhibitors, and a variety of food trucks. Photo via Golden Spike Society

They've earned the reputation to blow their own horn, or train whistle as it were, as Port Moody's iconic Golden Spike Days is one of the Tri-Cities biggest and best family festivals happening over the Canada Day long weekend, June 29 to July 1 at Rocky Point Park.

The City of Port Moody and the Golden Spike Days Society are gearing up to host the beloved community event for its 47th year, one of B.C.'s longest running festivals.

Cue the Golden Spike Can Can Dancers who literally kick off the festivities at 11:20 a.m. on June 29 prior to the Kwikwetlem First Nations Opening Ceremonies.

The Golden Spike Days Festival commemorates the historic moment—and galvanizes the same energy and excitement—when the last spike was driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway line in 1885 at the original western terminus in Port Moody. Don't miss the spike driving, daily between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"The event attracts people from all walks of life and roughly 10,000 festival-goers a day," says Colin McKay, president, Port Moody Golden Spike Days Society. "We have interactive and engaging activities for younger children and families, as well as a diverse lineup of live music and dance that runs throughout the day."

Live music and entertainment

With activities such as logging shows and entertainment from the Golden Spike Can-Can Dancers and bands like Trooper, the Golden Spike Days Festival promises fun and excitement for all ages and backgrounds. Photo via Golden Spike Society

Musical acts, entertainment and local B.C. talent in the Tri-Cities Got Talent competition will delight the entire family. Cheer on your favourite in the finals, July 1, 11:20 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Our talent show is a hugely important part of our festival," reveals McKay. "Being able to showcase local talent and directly engage with residents of the Tri-Cities is essential to our goal of fostering community and connection."

A top-notch lineup on the Main Stage will have you rockin' out to classic tunes you know by heart. Headlining the event is the legendary Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Juno-Award-winning group, Trooper (presented by City of Port Moody), performing on June 30 from 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Alongside Trooper, the lineup features amazing tribute bands, including Eagle Eyes, Canadian-A, Famous Players Band, Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band and Perfectly Petty.

"We’re especially grateful to the City of Port Moody for being such a strong supporter of our festival and making the headliner show possible," says McKay.

More entertainment on the Main Stage includes Music with Marnie, Inlet Jazz Band, First Nations traditional dancing and Lindbjerg Academy of Performing Arts.

Interactive activities, food and beverages

Visit the Family Zone where Yukon Dan shares his gold panning secrets, and witness the crazy antics of the Laughing Loggers’ incredibly fun and unique show.

To energize the whole family, participate in Bubble Soccer and the high-intensity F45 fitness classes. Wander around the festival and experience engaging displays from local vendors and exhibitors who are showcasing their brands and products.

Choose from an enticing selection of delicious globally inspired cuisines from returning favourites such as New Taste Wraps, JAPADOG, Dos Amigos, Taco Nori and Rolled West Coast food trucks. New to the festival this year: Baba’s House, Monster Bagels and Mahshiko Food.

Sip a cold craft beer, seltzer or wine from our festival sponsors on Brewers' Row and enjoy your beverage anywhere on the festival grounds. Non-alcoholic options like Lemon Heaven and Kona Ice will also be available.

Don't forget your 50/50 tickets and order online by July 2, 11:59:00 p.m. for the draw July 4, at 11 a.m. Net profits fund the costs of the festival and last year's winner took home $2,602.50. 

"We’re hoping to get the word out about our 50/50 fundraising lottery so we can raise more money for the society," says McKay. "As a non-profit, all the funds we bring in are based on the kind contributions from sponsors and donations from patrons."

To avoid parking headaches, walk, bike or take transit. Festival times: June 29 & 30: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., July 1: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is by donation.

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