There are a number of spooky urban legends in Vancouver; however, the story behind Port Moody’s ghost town, Ioco, is fascinating.
Located in the Burrard Inlet across from Port Moody, was originally created as a shanty town for workers on an oil refinery. At that time, it only housed 200 people, as well as a school and two grocery stores. As time passed, the community cleared the land and began building house.
During the 20s, the community expanded to include 83 houses. In addition, there was a community hall, a grocery store, a tennis court a lawn bowling green, as well as 2 churches.
The name Ioco is an abbreviation for “Imperial Oil Corporation,” and it was common during this era to develop a town based around an industry.
Ioco Ghost Town
The City of Port Moody is also celebrating popular ghost town. In fact, they are holding a spooky Ioco Ghost Walk on September 22nd with bone chilling tales of this historical treasure! The event runs from 5 – 8 pm and provides an engaging historical walk with a former Ioco resident.
Following this, they will have a family friendly day on September 23rd of spooky fun called Ioco Ghost Town Day. The fun annual festival offers 20+ local vendors and community organizations’ displays, as well as live music and entertainment. What’s more, guest may enjoy guided trolley tours of the townsite and much more!
Kids will also have a great time with many different games and activities, including pony rides. The Ioco Ghost Town Days festival is a perfect way to spend time with family and friends out in the community and enjoy this beautiful place.
Find out more here.
History on the threshold: One of the remnants of Ioco witnessed on this afternoon's guided tour by #PopulousMaps. You can learn a lot about a site by careful observation (e.g. Are the steps made of wood or stone? What type of mortar holds the bricks in place? Is any of the surrounding vegetation imported?) More soon! #iocobc #companytown #abandonedplaces #remnants #history
Looking for more places to discover in Metro Vancouver? Check out this awe-inspiring hike that ends in a ghost town! In addition, be sure to get out this this hike on Vancouver Island that leads you to an abandoned plane crash.
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