What is May Day?

Did you know Port Coquitlam began celebrating May Day in 1916. However, it wasn’t until 1923 that the City had its 1st OFFICIAL May Day Festival.

Photo:  James Park School celebrating May Day ca. 1916

Do you know who is the “Mother of May Day”? In 1923 the Women’s Institute began organizing the May Day festival in Port Coquitlam. The institute’s president, Christine (Mars) Routley” became known as Port Coquitlam’s “Mother of May Day”!

Download our ‘Christine Mars Routley – Colouring Page’ and send it back to us at info@pocoheritage.org and we’ll feature your work on our social media.

Christina (Mars) Routley – Colouring Page

Do you recognize the building? Does this road look familiar?

This image is of the May Day Parade passing City Hall on McAllister Ave. ca. 1950.

Over the years additional buildings and parks have been built on McAllister Avenue.  Today, this street is home to the PoCo Bowl, Port Coquitlam City Hall, Veteran’s Park and the Outlet building which is where the the PoCo Heritage Museum and Archives operates!