My wife and I both love trains and we had a fabulous two hour visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. We learned about this attraction in a AAA booklet and decided to visit whilst driving the Sea To Sky Highway on a leg of our journey that took us from Whistler to Seattle all in one long and fun day. This was a great stop along the way. We were warmly greeted by several people who volunteer or work at the park. The gift shop was open and I found so many nice, metal/cloisonné hat pins that I had trouble settling on one of them. As a special treat, the fascinating HO gage ( with a small amount of N gage ) model train layout was open and running in one of the pullman cars. A railroad inside a railroad car. The " conductor" held forth with a wealth of model railroading information. The snack shop was open with its small outside patio. Weather was great and we enjoyed having a coffee break in the railroad yard.
But, the main attraction of this railway museum is the huge collection of rolling stock, a significant amount being wide open for walk through and self tour along with steps and access-ways that take you from car to car in a sensible progression. Examples of dining car dinnerware, historic posters, railroad gear, uniforms, all sorts of memorabilia make this a very special place. If I lived there I would want to be a volunteer member and may even become a member at a distance. The folks who keep this place growing obviously love railroading.
I am posting a few photos. If you travel through Squamish, be sure to consider making a "whistle stop" if you have an interest in railroads and railroading history. Five stars!
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