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West Coast Railway Heritage Park
39645 Government Road
Squamish, BC V8B 0B6
P: 604-898-9336
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West Coast Railway Heritage Park

39645 Government Road
Squamish, BC V8B 0B6
P: 604-898-9336

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(July 2020 issue now available)

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We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Railway Museum in the Spring of 2021!

We regret to announce that WCRA will NOT be running Halloween events this Fall or Polar Express trains this Winter.

After much consideration, we have concluded that we cannot offer a proper experience and protect the health of our staff and guests with current Covid-19 health protocols in place. We must adhere to restrictions for events with 50 or fewer guests in the same enclosed space.

We are excited to announce more new and fun experiences coming for 2021. Equipment from Woss, the Printing Press, Operating Blacksmith Shop and Firehall vehicles.

July 2020 schedule

Canada Day!
Wednesday - July 1, 2020

Saturdays - July 4, 11, 18, 25
Closed weekdays and Sundays

August 2020 schedule

Saturdays - August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Closed weekdays, Sundays and BC Day

September 2020 schedule

Saturdays - September 5, 12, 19
Closed weekdays, Sundays and Labour Day.


Admission prices

Adults: $25, Seniors $21, Youths 12–18: $18, Children 6–11: $10 and under 5: Free

Family Rate: $75.00 – includes 2 adults and up to 3 students/children

Season Pass: Our best deal. We offer a season pass for general admittance only until September 10th, 2020.
Pass price is less than the price of two visits.
Adult Pass $45.00 Senior Pass $40.00 Youth Pass $35.00 Child Pass $18.00 and Family Pass $145.00.
Please note that the Park Season Pass is NOT a WCRA Membership purchase

Unlimited mini-rail and speeder rides are included with your all-inclusive Park Admission

For your safety and ours: We are taking great care in ensuring that your visit to the museum will be a safe and fun experience, and will be adhering to all BC health and safety protocols. Our first priority is the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, partners and you, our guests.

We will require visitors to wear a facial mask when exploring enclosed displays, since proper social distancing may be difficult to observe. This includes the Budd Rail Diesel Car ride, and other enclosed exhibits that may be inside the Roundhouse or accessible from the outside. Masks are not required while outside on the grounds or riding the Mini-Rail. Masks will be provided to guests if needed at no charge.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to welcoming you back to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park!


What’s new at the Railway Museum for 2020

New features at the park this year include Speeder rides, big train rides with our CP F unit #4069 and the open car 'Henry Pickering'.

There are new exhibits in our big Car Shop, an 'old time' print shop with a vintage printing press in operation.

We’ll have food services on site, a picnic area and a new Mogul steam engine on our mini rail system!
Henry Pickering open observation car
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yellow railway speeder
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4069 Trains
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Things to see and do on your visit

CPR 2860 Royal Hudson

Canadian Pacific Railway Royal Hudson 2860

The Crown Jewel of our collection, 2860 is one of 65 ‘Hudson’ type 4-6-4 steam locomotives built for the CPR by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW). This engine was finished in June, 1940. See this magnificent locomotive inside the CN Roundhouse. Climb into the cab, ring the bell!

This series of engines was numbered 2800 to 2864, and the first was delivered in 1929. Starting with No. 2820, the Hudsons got the streamlining treatments so popular in the 1930’s. No. 2850 (now at Exporail near Montreal) was assigned to haul the Royal Train during the visit to Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. The locomotive performed flawlessly and impressed the King greatly. The CPR received permission to designate the streamlined Hudsons “Royal” and eventually each locomotive was equipped with a crown fastened to their running boards.

The engine and loaded tender weigh 293,770 kgs (648,000 lbs) and has a tractive effort of 19,2004 kgs (42,250 lbs). It is capable of speeds of 144 kph (90 mph). The locomotive and tender have a total length of 27.27 m (90’ 10”), and is 4.7 m (15’ 10”) high. The tender has a capacity of 54,600 litres (12,000 gallons) of water and 18,614 litres (4,1000 gallons) of fuel oil.

Five CPR Hudsons were saved, Nos. 2816, 2839, 2850, 2858 and 2860. Our No. 2860 was restored for a proposed Railway Museum in Vancouver. In 1974, the Province of British Columbia bought the locomotive for an excursion train. ‘The Royal Hudson’ ran on BC Rail track from North Vancouver to Squamish. In 2000, the province leased the engine to the district of Squamish for display and restoration at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park.


mini rail
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mini rail
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mini rail
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Ride our Mini-Rail

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. Departing from Silver Fox or Twin Cedars, the route makes it’s way to Wilkie Station and the seasonal Garden Railroad, then all the way around to Mason Station. All aboard! And remember, when you’re riding the train, it’s always fun to smile wave at everyone along the way. (Trains will be operating at reduced capacity to ensure adequate social distancing).

Stay tuned for

Mini Railway, Thomas, Polar Express, Magic Pumpkin Patch, High Tea, dinner train and much more…