Culture Days

Check out our new Canada 150 mosaic mural and try out art, music, writing and more at Port Coquitlam’s Culture Days events Sept. 29 and 30.

Part of the thousands of Culture Days celebrations taking place across Canada, the local festivities will highlight cultural activities that residents can enjoy year-round.

All Culture Days activities are free. See below to find out what’s in store!


Canada 150 Mural Unveiling

Saturday Sept. 30, 12:15-12:45 pm
The Outlet at Leigh Square

Join in the unveiling of Port Coquitlam’s Canada 150 legacy project: an 8x12-foot mural consisting of 600 tiles hand-painted by local residents at this summer’s Canada Day and Canada 150 events.

Permanently installed at the Outlet, the mural is part of the national Canada 150 Mural Mosaic public art project, which aims to create murals in 150 Canadian communities, and was made possible in part by the Government of Canada. All murals in the project have an overarching railway motif as well as local themes.

Entitled Our Journeys, Port Coquitlam’s mural features images that pay tribute to hometown hero Terry Fox, the Kwikwetlem First Nation, the area’s natural heritage and the trails enjoyed by many residents.

The Port Coquitlam Canada 150 Mural Mosaic Committee, with representatives from the Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) First Nation, Art Focus and local youth, selected the additional themes and imagery, and Mural Mosaic artists Lewis Lavoie and Phil Alain finalized the design.


Culture Days Activities

Friday, Sept. 29

  • 11:30 am-12 pm: Pop-Up Library Storytime – Hyde Creek Recreation Centre
    Enjoy stories and songs from around the world at the Terry Fox Pop-Up Library at Hyde Creek

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • 9:30 am -5 pm: Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada –PoCo Heritage @ Leigh Square (The Outlet)
    Come to the Museum and Archives to see a unique travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of History in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope. Visitors are invited to write and decorate a postcard that will be put on display for the rest of the exhibit. Exhibit runs to Nov. 28.
  • 11 am -3 pm: Creative Writing Workshop and PoCo Writers Drop-In Group – Leigh Square (Gathering Place)
    See firsthand how writers begin their work, and get advice to help you compose your own piece of writing. What will it be? A poem, short story or flash fiction? Join some of Port Coquitlam’s writers and get your creative ideas flowing.
  • 12-3 pm: Family Art Drop-In – Leigh Square (The Outlet)
    Bring the whole family to this free drop-in, where you can create a memorable art piece that represents your family. Free supplies, refreshments and guidance by Leigh Square staff. Suitable for all ages.
  • 12-4 pm: Dictionary Project – Terry Fox Library
    Learn how the dictionary has shaped culture and history, and check out the display for the Rotary Club Dictionary Project, which gives an illustrated dictionary to each Grade 4 student in Port Coquitlam in September.
  • 12-4 pm: Explore the Future of Arts and Culture – Terry Fox Library Makerspace
    Discover how technology will change the ways we create and think in our Makerspace. Drive a mini-robot through a maze, create a photo of you and friends in a strange new place, and learn to make a circuit play a song.
  • 12:15-12:45 pm: Port Coquitlam Canada 150 Mosaic Mural Unveiling – Leigh Square (The Outlet)
    See details above on this page.
  • 1-4 pm: Cutie Circle Ukulele Jamboree – Leigh Square (Gathering Place)
    Discover a new instrument as you learn to play a song on the ukulele in just five minutes! We will have ukuleles on hand for curious aspiring musicians to try their hands at strumming and singing. Come play with a fresh-off-the-factory-floor Populele, a smart ukulele that helps ukesters learn new songs. If you have your own ukulele, bring it along and attend the open jam.