Looking Back: Pitt Meadows centennial celebration ends

This has been an amazing year with the City of Pitt Meadows and community groups making it a centennial to remember

On Dec. 5, Pitt Meadows celebrated its last official event of its centennial year, as the city and the Pitt Meadows Community Foundation hosted the annual Pitt Meadows Christmas event.

Great people and great attendance made for a wonderful evening.

Next week, the CP Holiday Train will visit Pitt Meadows for the first time and will stop on Harris Road in front of the museum to entertain residents for an hour at 8:30 p.m.

The museum will also open its doors for anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of our decorated building and a last view of the 100th exhibit before we close for the Christmas break.

This has been an amazing year with the City of Pitt Meadows and a variety of community groups pulling together to make it a centennial to remember.

The museum society’s annual heritage tea in April kicked off the year with a record crowd, and so many in the spirit, wearing heritage garb.

We then moved quickly to the Heritage Fair in Spirit Square, where the weather was phenomenal and the number of visitors almost overwhelming. The day was a resounding success.

The recreation of the original first council meeting was hilarious and rounded out a perfect day, and the Centennial Gala a few days later rounded out a perfect incorporation week.

Pitt Meadows Day, with resurrected May pole dancing and a visit from the Lt. Governor, was amazing, as were the Canada Day celebrations on July 1st.

The Seniors Country Fair and Remembrance Day followed in the fall and the Great Pitt Meadows Heritage Hunt provided lots of fun leading up to its conclusion, with the winner treated like royalty at the Christmas event.

The museum has seen amazing support from present and past residents with hundreds, if not thousands, of photographs loaned for scanning and many other donations of objects and archival material.

Will we be sad it is over?

Yes and no.

We will miss the excitement and the energy that was experienced at events all year, but now will have time to work on the material that has arrived and to begin the planning for 2015 programs and exhibits.

Merry Christmas, Pitt Meadows, and a very happy end of our Centennial Year.


Leslie Norman is  curator of  Pitt Meadows Museum.