Distance From Vancouver:
About 85 km via Highway 1 West and Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) North, then,
as you are driving on Highway 99 North through Squamish, follow signs
from Highway 99 for 4 km after turning left onto Industrial Way.
Very interesting railway artefacts, old photos.
Of note: $10
admission fee for adults, industrial area next to some exhibits.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad
Mapbook (2010 edition)
Page 22 (Squamish) B6.
Railway Heritage Park -
We were en route to watch the eagles
in Brackendale, when a sign on Highway 99 pointed in the direction of
the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. So, off we went and spent quality
time exploring nicely restored train cars with numerous artefacts and
old photos inside.
We are on Highway 99 North in Squamish, getting ready to
turn left onto Industrial Way.
Highway 99 British Columbia Canada in Squamish
A few more turns (the signs will guide you), and four
kilometers later we are at the entrance to Railway Heritage Park.
Intersection of Highway 99 and Industrial Way Squamish BC Canada
If the place is closed, or you have to choose between
seeing the exhibits or having a meal today, then this train outside the
main gate is still yours to explore.
Railway Heritage Park Entrance Squamish British Columbia Canada
4. Before going inside, read the rules
Railway Heritage Park Rules Squamish British Columbia Canada
5. Here is the building hosting the
cashier and the gift shop.
Railway Heritage Park Main Building Squamish BC
6. Inside the building.
Railway Heritage Park gift shop
7. Admissions price info. There is a
mini-train your kids can ride, if it is in service.
Railway Heritage Park Admissions Price
8. A neat painting inside the building.
Train painting inside the main building of Railway Heritage Park
9. Outside, there is a photo-op for the
Photo-op cut-out Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia Canada
10. Once you get to the exhibit area,
you can use a map of the place (a cashier gives it to you) to choose
where to go. There are three tracks on which various cars with exhibits
are located. Some cars are under renovation.
Railway Heritage Park Squamish BC
11. First, we visited a mail car. Mail
to various locations would be picked up and then sorted out inside the
train as it was moving.
Mail Car inside Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia Canada
12. Here is an old photo of the train
mail workers sorting the mail out.
Old photo of a train mail car
13. This is the interior of "Cowichan
River" CPR Coach. A bunch of lanterns and photos on the left. A
conductor's table is seen on the right.
Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia Canada
14. This trainman has at least 15 years
of service, as indicated by 3 silver bars on his sleeve cuff.
Trainman at the Railway Heritage Park Squamish BC Canada
15. In the CPR Coach "Kootenay River"
we found smartphone's great-great-grandfather.
16. In the P.G.E. 1817
car we see a caboose, which is a cafeteria on wheels attached to trains
to feed the train crews.
Train crew caboose Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia
Consuming a meal is a serious business.
Train crew caboose scene
Next is P.G.E. 1821 car, full of useful safety messages.
Train safety poster Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia
One of our favourites - a snow plow. Inside you can read a story about
one plowing expedition, where the plow had to pull back, gain speed, and
then hit a large pile of snow on the track. As that pile was next to a
settlement, the residents were warned to stay away. Yet, one boy was
reported missing after the plow hit the pile of snow. A search party
found the boy buried in the snow, alive and well. A man with a broken
leg was also found buried in the snow, and it was noted that were it not
for the boy being missed and looked for, the man most likely would not
have been found, and might have frozen to death.
Train snow plow Railway Heritage Park Squamish BC
20. Having explored the
train cars on all three tracks, you can proceed into a large hangar,
where you would find a restored train car used by executives, and also a
restored train car used to ferry immigrants from their ports of arrival
to various Canadian destinations.
Immigration by train poster Railway Heritage Park Squamish British
21. Spartan conditions
inside the immigrant train car.
Canadian immigrant train car Railway Heritage Park Squamish British
Canadian immigrants from Ukraine.
Canada. The right land for the right man.
Canada advertisement by a train company
West Coast Railway Heritage Park in
Squamish is a neat place to visit for adults and children alike.
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