West Coast Railway Heritage Park - Squamish
Activity:The West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish the home of the Royal Hudson and Western Canada’s largest collection of heritage railway equipment dating back to 1890.
Over 60 vintage railway cars and locomotives are displayed in a setting of unmatched natural beauty and many are open to be toured. There are cabooses, snowplows, steam, diesel and electric locomotives, cranes and representatives of nearly every car in use on railways up to the mid 1950’s.
The Park, over 12 acres in size features the new “Town Centre” which showcases the Pacific Great Eastern Squamish station which was designed in 1915 but not built until 2000! Visit the 1937 Brightbill Heritage House, which was once the residence of a railway conductor and his family. Take your seat in the superbly restored Canadian Pacific executive Business car British Columbia dating from 1890. With its interior of inlaid Honduran mahogany it truly reflects the style and comforts of the Victorian era. Learn how Canada’s mail was processed on rails in the only authentic restored Railway Post Office Car in Canada.
Ride the fascinating 3 km miniature train which takes you from one end of the Park to the other and is a must for kids of all ages.
Details:Open all year round, 10 am - 5 pm.
For information phone (604) 898-9336 or 1-800-722-1233. To get there, take Highway 99 (the Sea to Sky highway) and follow the signs to Industrial Way in Squamish. Located at 39645 Government Road. Website: www.wcra.org
Other local activities nearby: BC Museum of Mining, Shannon Falls, and the Stawamus Chief.