The Port Coquitlam Heritage
and Cultural Society
150-2248 McAllister Avenue
Port Coquitlam, BC
Our MISSION is to engage the public through offering informational and enjoyable programs and displays that highlight the unique and special history of Port Coquitlam and surrounding area.
Our VISION is that visitors will feel enriched and more deeply connected to the roots of Port Coquitlam.
Heritage at Leigh Square is Port Coquitlam's new multi-use heritage facility, incorporating a museum space, community archives and program/presentation space. We are located in The Outlet at Leigh Square, adjacent to City Hall, main access off McAllister Street. This facility is NOW OPEN whenever The Outlet (Customer Service and Ticketmaster) is open.
See our Events Calendar for Current Open Hours.
Heritage at Leigh Square is operated by PoCo Heritage, a registered not for profit society. We offer two to three different exhbits per year. Most of our exhibits are geared towards Port Coquitlam and area history in the context of broader events. We are all about researching and telling the stories from our past hence we call ourselves the place "Where Stories Connect". We also highlight our First Nations and Natural History.
As Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday in 2017 we pause and take a look at what Port Coquitlam has become as a community. A lot has changed since the time those first settlers homesteaded alongside our First Nations neighbours.
In this exhibit we’ll take a look at the cultural and demographic makeup of the 58,000* or so of us that now call Port Coquitlam our home. We look at how we compare to the rest of British Columbia and Canada as a whole in terms of our diversity. We’ll look at the transportation methods we used over the years to get here and how technological innovation has changed the way we keep in touch with families and friends back home. We also reflect on some of the struggles new immigrants faced in getting here and the challenges they dealt with long after they arrived.
This exhibit is also comprised of vignettes from people in the community who graciously came forward and told their stories. We are deeply grateful for their contributions. Feel free to add your own story by picking up a questionnaire at the front door or online at www.pocoheritage.org/my-journey
Our main display area includes semi-permanent and rotating exhibits and displays that tell various aspects of the story of Port Coquitlam and area. Main features;
Our volunteers are always happy to try and accomodate tours of our Museum and Archives. We may be small but we pack a lot of good information into our little space. To date we have co-ordinated tours for school groups, seniors groups, immigrant/ESL groups as well as other service groups. The feedback so far has been great! Sometimes we can even combine historic downtown walking tours with our museum tours. Our exhibits typically change 2-3 times per year so theres always something new going on. Admission is free however for co-ordinated tours we may ask for a small donation on a per-person basis. Generally speaking we can accomodate no more than about 15 people at one time in the museum space. To request a group tour please Contact Us with the details of your group.
Our volunteers also maintain the official community archives for Port Coquitlam. These archives are comprised of photos, newspaper articles, official city records, artwork, artifacts and other historical items. Over time, and as budgets permit, many of these items are being digitized so that they can be easily reproduced as images and can be searched on our website. Soon we will be adding a public research area where members of the public can access some of this content through a computer workstation and a small library of books and magazines. When volunteers are on-site they can assist with research requests. A small fee may be charged for these requests.
Heritage at Leigh Square also houses a central open area that will be used for programs and presentations, such as our "Evenings at the Museum". When this space is not in use for programs the "Kidz Zone" will be available. This area will offer heritage themed games, books and art projects for children 4 and older. When volunteers are available parents can browse the museum while their children enjoy the Kidz Zone. Just look for "Redd" the salmon with his conductor hat.
Subject to change as new exhibits are introduced.