Railway Museum of British Columbia | Kids Out and About Vancouver

Railway Museum of British Columbia

Address: 
39645 Government Road
Squamish , BC , V8B 0B6
Phone: 604-898-9336
Contact name: 
Craig McDowell
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The West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) is a non-profit society incorporated in 1961 with the mandate to restore, preserve and maintain Canada’s railway heritage. Our mini-rail rides are very popular! A great way to see most of the park grounds, this 20 minute ride covers over 2km of track and takes riders from one end of the grounds to the other. Offering North Pole Express rides during the holiday season.
The Association has over 1,500 active members and many volunteers who are the heart of the organization.

The Association manages the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, a 12-acre site replicating a turn-of –the-century railway town including multiple historic buildings, train station, mini-rail, and the CN Roundhouse & Conference Centre. There is a significant collection of railway artifacts and the second largest collection of vintage locomotives in Canada at over 90 pieces. The Heritage Park represents the vital role railways played in the development of  B.C. with Canada, and how railways perform today.

The Heritage Park and Conference Centre offer year-round educational opportunities to schools and is a popular venue for parties, weddings and conferences and events such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Polar Express. It is also home to the historic Royal Hudson steam train.

The Association has also leased the former B.C. Rail shops complex from B.C.R. Properties and is the base to maintain the WCRA’s operating fleet, and home to railway educational training and contract maintenance work.

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