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“Day Out With Thomas”

West Coast Railway Heritage Park
Ranked #7 of 49 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 8, 2013 via mobile

Our toddler is a Thomas the train fan so we decided to ignore the $24.95 admission fee (ages two and up) and go to A Day Out With Thomas at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

The event included a short train ride - about 20 mins through the train yards. Not much in the way of scenery but just enough to give very small children a taste of riding on the train. Other activities included writing a letter to Thomas or one of the other trains, touring the mail car, seeing model trains, seeing Sir Toppam Hat, a bouncy castle, colouring and toy train stations. Kids also were able to gat stickers and a poster by collecting stamps at various locations. You can also ride another mini train around the park for an additional fee. Regular exhibits also included the Royal Hudson and some classic cars.

Overall it was worth it to see our child's reaction to seeing Thomas, but without the event going on there wouldnt be enough to warrant a visit for anyone other than real train enthusiasts. Best for ages two to five. Older kids and adults may find less to be entertained.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Terrible train ride through a car park and back, some of it now open, very inaccessible if you have a pram, expensive

1  Thank deedoherty
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Ok, I wasn't sure about this one but we had a blast! My son is 2 years old and loves trains but we weren't sure he would be into a "museum". This place is great, very interactive, we rode on a mini train, got to walk through a few trains, run around the park and check things out. I highly recommend visiting this museum.

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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We went to see the trains. We walked around and saw everything and then went inside to see the locomotive. It was a good place to visit and the staff are very friendly. We will be back.

1  Thank Annie N
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We travelled up from Vancouver with three adults and three kids (ages 4, 4, and 2). After taking a 20 minute train ride (that went backwards for 1/3 of the time), the kids were excited to see their favorite Dinosaur Train characters. The kids followed the dinosaur tracks into the Roundhouse and we were all disappointed to only see several inflatable dinosaurs. Buddy was there and the kids ran to him to have their picture taken. There were pits to dig for dinosaur fossils which was fun. While the train musuem has some good exhibits for railway buffs, we were hoping for some more specific Dinosaur Train attractions, i.e. having "The Conductor" on the train would have been great! At $28.25 per person (anyone over the age of 12 months!), this was not worth the money. It seemed like more of a cash grab (knowing that young families will come for the "Dinosaur Train.") . . . I would rather send a donation to support the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.

13  Thank APKN34
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