Choo, choo, choose this adventure for a fascinating look at Squamish’s railway heritage and the industry that helped build BC and Canada. The expansive Railway Museum, located on 12 acres of land, is home to the famous Royal Hudson Steam Locomotive and houses the largest collection of railway rolling stock in Western Canada.
With so much to see, you can pop in for a short visit or stay for a whole day. Wind your way through the museum’s 90 pieces of heritage railway cars and artifacts dating back to 1890. Climb aboard the Mini Rail, Speeder car or big trains for rides, and wander through cabooses and locomotives. All aboard!
What to do
Royal Hudson 2860 Steam Locomotive
Climb into the cab and ring the bell of the railway museum’s crown jewel, the Royal Hudson Steam Locomotive, built in Montreal in 1940.
Venture on your family's first train ride aboard the Railway Museum of British Columbia's 3km Mini Rail. In addition to the Museum's existing mini rail train they now also have a fully steam-powered mini rail train.
Big Train Rides
Take a ride on the Henry Pickering Open Observation Car, which has been riding the rail for 100 years. The ride takes you to the south end of the museum's property to the Restoration Centre. With large windows, you can take in the full scale of the train yard and surrounding mountains.
Speeder Car Rides
Speeder cars were once used as motorized maintenance vehicles to transport crews to their worksites along the tracks. Hop in with your family and go for a 1km ride to the north end of the Museum's beautiful property to catch views of Mount Garibaldi in the distance.
CP Mail Car
Hop into the restored Canadian Pacific Railway mail car to see how post was sorted and delivered to communities all over BC in the mid-1900s.
Print Shop & Blacksmith Shop
Get an up-close glimpse of a vintage printing press and historic blacksmith operation at the museum’s newest exhibits, which offer a look at how vastly technology has changed in these trades.
The museum opens for the season on Canada Day and remains open every Saturday until Labour Day long weekend.
The Railway Museum of British Columbia is home to a number of highly-anticipated annual events, including the Sea to Sky Model Train & Hobby Show, the Thomas the Tank Engine visit, Bespoke Market, and the holiday-themed North Pole Express to visit Santa. Check their website for details.
The Railway Museum is about a 1-hour drive from Vancouver and 45 minutes from Whistler. Parking onsite during regular operating hours is free.
Off The Rails food truck and an ice cream stand are available on site for light refreshment, but visitors may also bring their own food, snacks and drinks.
With so much space to explore, you will be spending a fair amount of time outdoors, walking between exhibits. Dress for the weather and bring footwear with complete foot and ankle protection.