West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish

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Railway enthusiasts should not miss West Coast Railway Heritage Park, a museum with the second-largest collection of train memorabilia and artifacts. Dedicated to collecting, preserving, and displaying historical railway parts, the institution engages visitors of all ages. Younger members of the family can let their imaginations run wild in the large play area upstairs, as well as on a mini rail located outside. Pay special attention to the rare Royal Hudson #2860 steam locomotive, acquired in 2006. Find out how to plan Squamish trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • This place is amazing to view old trains and learn the history of the railroad in Squamish. A nice atmosphere for childen.  more »
  • I had heard about this polar express and booked it through a bus tour. I was excited to go and put my Pajamas on and headed out. I got my golden ticket. I boarded the train and off we went. I thought ...  more »
  • A terrific concept that falls flat on its face. The train ride just goes back and forth several times on the same small stretch of track and ends up back where you started....So you get to see the sam...  more »
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  • I got to experience the Polar express ride, it was amazing. I was blown away by the train experience that was made special by the cast. They made it feel very real like your in the movie. There was village and it looked great. It was good fun we got to make ginger bread men, meet Santa, seeing the train engine and learning great history of the railways. I felt that the gift shop was over priced, but the tickets for the train were great price. Its nice that's is affordable and great fun for the family.
  • The Polar Express is manned almost entirely by volunteers and is a fundraiser for the museum. If you are expecting to go for a long train ride to somewhere, you will be disappointed. The train travels at 15kph maximum, stays on tracks owned by them and only travels a few kilometers south. There is a conductor who will lead a Carol sing in the return portion of the trip. There are waiters/waitresses who serve cookies and then warm chocolate while Hot Chocolate plays. There is a hobo and there are 4 children who run from car to car but that is pretty much it. They all do a great job and if you are realistic in your expectations and join in the fun, you will enjoy it. There are a few activities in the buildings including a miniature train and Santa but the lineups are long and small children may become impatient. It is not a stellar experience for a child under about 3 years old but 3 to 8 year olds will enjoy most everything.
  • The Polar Express was a great adventure for the family before Christmas. The non-profit society does a solid job hosting the train ride and visit to the north pole. Dad's will enjoy the steam train locomotive in the round house.
  • It was excellent! I went on the Polar Express train and I got to experience the movie a bit. We thought we would be late but it was nice that they waited for us. They gave us cookies and hot chocolate. I saw the kids from the movie. We sang Christmas carols. At the end there is a place called the North Pole where you could do some fun activities. This is a great activity for the whole family. If you want the best experience, go there at 6pm. Would reccomend!
  • This was a really cool experience. But with the early winter darkness and pouring rain it made it difficult to appreciate it all. Definitely a summer repeat when you can spend the day exploring.

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Where to stay in Squamish

With a small town center and just a few streets, you'll be close to the action no matter where you stay in Squamish. Cleveland Avenue and Victoria Street host the majority of accommodations, with several independent hotels and comfortable inns. If you have a car, consider staying north of the town center at one of the larger, more luxurious hotels that line the Sea to Sky Highway.
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