When you are hankering for some much-needed time outside of the house, why not load the kids up in the car (or skytrain) and spend a day in the City of the Arts – Port Moody!
Owners Lisa and Patrick opened up Gabi & Jules just last summer, but their pies and pastries have already been best-sellers in the family’s Caffe Divano shops. Motivated by their daughters Gabriela and Juliana (whom the shop is named after), they wanted to not only ensure that their family can enjoy “clean” baked goods (without any food dyes or additives), but also wanted to show them the importance of an inclusive environment; their eldest Juliana has autism and in addition to offering opportunities to individuals on the spectrum, a portion of the proceeds from Gabi & Jules benefit local autism-related charities.
Everything at Gabi & Jules is super delicious and made in-house – from the granola, pies, cookies and even their jams and preserves! We do recommend their apple crostata and a slice of their daily pie, paired up with their signature “Jules” tea latte, a yummy peach ginger black tea latte! If you’re a fan of cream pies, make sure to visit on a Friday, where every week they have a feature cream pie (the banana cream is definitely another must-try). After munching on some tasty goodies, the kiddos will enjoy peering through the giant windows that look into the kitchen to see where the baking magic happens!
Take a trip back in time with a visit to the Port Moody Station Museum! The building itself dates back to 1908, when it was used as a train station up until 1976. Inside the museum, the little ones will learn about Port Moody’s early history, complete with historical artifacts from First Nations groups, schools and general stores. There’s even a telegraph office complete with an operational telegraph system. Outside, the landmark Venosta sleeping railcar in the front of the museum shows how people travelled long distances back in the day and the World War 1 replica trench in the back of the museum signifies an important part of Canadian history. In addition to drop-in visits, the museum also hosts a great variety of seasonal events, including the upcoming “Working on the Railroad” Family Day event on February 13. They also host events inside the train, including birthday parties and Mother’s Day teas! Check out their upcoming calendar for more events!
P.S. In case the kiddos are still full of energy, Rocky Point Park is just a skip and a hop away from the museum!
Dandelion Kids is known for their carefully curated kids clothing, toys and accessories, so it’s no surprise that their Port Moody location offers the same great items! The kids can keep busy with the play kitchen and wooden fire station while the parents shop around for some great brands from independent and global brands including Hape, Herschel Supply Co., Skip Hop, the Tea Collection, North Face, Vans and Native Shoes. Their shoe selection is always impressive and their friendly and knowledgeable staff makes you want to keep coming back. Dandelion Kids Port Moody is Located in pedestrian-friendly Suterbrook Village. With a nice variety of shops and an open area for the kids to run around, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll around before or after you visit the shop!
Heading to Port Moody on a Sunday? Don’t forget to check out the Port Moody Winter Farmer’s Market. In addition to picking up some local produce and sampling all the yummy baked goods, there’s always a children’s activity available each week (from magic wands, to birdhouses and sometimes even a scavenger hunt), local musicians to tap your toes to, and a playground just steps away from the market vendors.
Only a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, make sure to add Port Moody to your daytripping bucket list! Don’t feel like driving? PoMo is easy to visit thanks to the new Evergreen Extension. It takes a little less than an hour to get from Waterfront Station to Port Moody Station and the little ones will love riding along the line!
Gabi & Jules | gabiandjules.com
2302B Clarke Street
Port Moody Station Museum | portmoodymuseum.org
2734 Murray Street
Dandelion Kids | www.dandelionkids.ca
#1 – 101 Morrissey Road