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“Trains and more trains”

West Coast Railway Heritage Park
Ranked #12 of 55 things to do in Squamish
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore Western Canada's largest collection of heritage locomotives and railcars. The West Railway Heritage Park experience starts with free parking, washrooms, ticketing/guest service and a Gift Shop. Your self-guided tour will take you back in time through vintage railcars dating to 1890, building from the early 20th century and artifacts exhibits but also steam and diesel locomotives from the mid-century era. In addition to our outdoor experiences, the newly build 21000sq-ft Roundhouse can provide opportunities for events, conferences and is the home of one of BC best heritage steam locomotive the 2860 ROYAL HUDSON. Also available is our most popular attraction: the MINI RAIL. Take a 20 mins ride on our 3 km long tracks around the site, the whole family will love it!! The Heritage Park is the perfect place to wonder around beautiful restored heritage pieces for individuals, family and groups of all sizes and ages
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed June 21, 2012

This park is one of the largest train museums that I have been to. It has examples of every type of railway equipment that there is. You can wander around and touch the equipment. There is a 3 mile, 20 minute mini rail that you can ride for a small fee. Every year on the first two weekends in June Thomas the tank engine visits the park to give every one rides. Also Mini Thomas is there at the same time to give rides on the mini rail. Check their website for special events through out the year. If you are into history, railroads, and/or train modeler, then this is a must see place.

Thank Gerald W
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

On a Victoria Day public holiday, when I visited, I had expected to find a hive of activity - engineers, fitters, other volunteers and hundreds of visitors. Quite the opposite in reality : the place is almost "dead". What a contrast between this sleepy museum and Britain's heritage railways and the National Railway Museum which I am familiar with!
Admission to the hard-to-find park (unless you came prepared with a directions leaflet or map) is through MacNorris Station built in year 2000 to plans for a Squamish station drawn up in 1915. A helpful lady supplied our admission tickets and a site map for a self-guiding tour.
There were no other staff to be seen except two volunteers on site, which is managed by the West Coast Railway Association. The collection of assorted railway vehicles seems to lack a coherent theme, although Squamish was served by the Pacific Great Eastern Railway according to the printed guide.
A really huge wooden shed, a former railway car shop, is of great architectural and historic interest, having been moved in one piece from its original site, 2km away.
In the modern 21,000 square foot CN roundhouse there is the Grand Hall which houses the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, now retired and awaiting major repair. This building doubles up as a conference centre which can house 1200 people theatre-style.
We walked through some of the railway carriages, mostly parked outdoors, and found some good restored examples. The mail car, which in Britain would be called a travelling post office (TPO), is a good vehicle to have in preservation, and it was well presented with authentic-looking mail still in the sorting area.
Back in the station building, we looked in the gift shop, which we thought was very poor except for a good quality guidebook and a few souvenir items such as the coffee mug.
An upcoming event was to be a "Day out with Thomas" but I wondered if anyone would be there, as our visit was so quiet. Thomas the tank engine had already arrived on a lorry parked outside.
The admission charge of $26.88 for we two seniors was gladly paid by us, considering that the Association needs the money to preserve historic railway relics, but in terms of value to the visitor it is quite poor.
Verdict: send a donation to the museum instead of travelling from far away.

3  Thank oldrambler62
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

They have a good collection of rolling stock and locomotives that you can go through, and many static displays laid out inside converted rail cars. However, I found the actual history with the progression of PGE to BC Rail and associated locomotive color schemes was somewhat lacking. Also the gift shop was lacking any "real" souvenirs like maybe old spikes or something in favour of the typical gift shop trinkets. That being said, the do have a pretty neat simulator where you can pretend to be driving an RDC, and I think the whole park is worth visiting and the price of admission is fair. Allow yourself about 2 hours to take in everything.

Thank Freightcarr
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

The Heritage Park in Squamish is a great way to spend the afternoon. I loved learning about Canada's history. Every time I go back there is something new to see. Great for rail enthusiasts and families who are looking for a different way to spend the day.

Thank Elle L
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is a great place to visit regulalrly, there are new things added every year. The new roundhouse and its displays is awesome. Fun for everyone.

Thank Don618
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