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The West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish British Columbia
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Located in the City of Squamish, British Columbia is the West Coast Railway Heritage Park attraction that simply must be included when traveling along the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler BC.
This is just one of the many fantastic attractions Squamish has to offer and the Railway Association has done a magnificent job of displaying and preserving part of our railway heritage here in British Columbia.
An Amazing Railway Heritage Park For The Entire Family
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On our recent visit we were so impressed not only with the wonderfully restored locomotives and rail cars beautifully displayed both indoors in the Roundhouse and outdoors as well.
I was thrilled to see the magnificent Historic Steam Locomotive The Royal Hudson, proudly on display inside the Roundhouse. Owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and built in 1938, the Hudson is one of the few remaining Steam Locomotives.
Housed indoors, this amazing locomotive will be around for years to come for all to enjoy!
My wife and I had the pleasure of riding the Royal Hudson when it was in service making excursion trips from Vancouver to Squamish many years ago.
This site is now Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage locomotives and rail cars.
The Rail Car Museum And Interactive Displays
As you walk through the many authentic and well preserved rail cars on display, a number of the cars include unique and original artifacts from the BC railway days.
From dishware, clothing, signs and posters to original photographs taken of years past on the railway, you really get a feel of the wonderful history of rail travel of years gone by and the how important it was in the early years.
All beautifully displayed taking you back in time when rail travel was in its glory!
Explore luxury cars, standard sleeper cars, mail cars, cabooses to passenger locomotives, this museum has it all! You even get to enter an in progress work building, where you can watch some of the continuing restoration taking place.
There is more than just trains at this Heritage Park!
An Original Squamish Heritage Home On Site
Stroll inside a beautifully kept 1930’s Squamish Heritage Home, complete with authentic furnishings. Walking inside this beautiful heritage home really takes you back to what life and living in the 1930’s was like for residents living in this area.
There are other outbuildings for you to walk among, as well as a tea house to sit back and just relax.
Ride The West Coast Railway Mini-Rail Kids Will Love
Kids will be delighted with the mini-rail ride around the park, as well as a small playground area for them to enjoy. Throughout the year, the park also host exciting theme visits for all to enjoy.
There’s Thomas the Tank Engine, Polar Express and Halloween Frightfest for a touch of some additional attractions to keep you wanting to return over and over.
There’s also an interactive rail car where you have fun and try your skills out on the locomotive simulators and see if you’ve got what it takes to handle hauling tons of train down the tracks!
Want a special place for a birthday party? How about a special birthday caboose for something extra special and completely unique!
The CN Roundhouse Great For Banquets And Special Events
Looking for a truly unique place to hold a dinner meeting, wedding reception or any other event? The CN Roundhouse on site is perfect for those special events, conferences or any other form of entertainment you may have in mind.
There’s plenty of room to accommodate even the largest of events, up to 1200 guests. Surrounded by history and large windows with mountain views, the Roundhouse is the perfect location and a place that will surely impress everyone!
But wait, there’s more!
Enjoy Private Historic Railcar Dining In Style
Arrangements can be made for special sit down private dining in one of the authentic dining rail cars. What a truly unique and specialized experience, especially for those who love history and rail travel!
As you can see, the Railway Heritage Park is definitely a Must See attraction when staying or passing through Squamish, BC. There’s so much to see and do in this area of the Province, so take the time and explore this region and particularly the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.
For your convenience, I have listed the official website link below where you can access much more detailed information.
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🥧 West Coast Railway Park
The park is a non profit society and its mandate is for the Preservation of British Columbia’s Railway Heritage. Your visit will continue to support and maintain this wonderful railway museum. Be sure to check out my post and photos on Luxury Canadian Train Travel as well!
I’ve also listed the Official Squamish Tourism link below to their website page for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information on everything this beautiful part of British Columbia has to offer.
➳ Explore Squamish – Tourism
Safe and Healthy Travels! 🙂
Although our visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park was kindly hosted, rest assured all content and opinions are that of the author and reflect my personal experience only.
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