Join Vancouver Photowalks for a adventure into time and travel. The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is a place where the past comes alive as you visit the 65 restored pieces of railway equiptment in the mountainous Squamish Valley. The time travel takes you through 15 restored cars and locomotives, such as the elegant 1890 CPR business car "British Columbia" and the world famous "Royal Hudson".
The park is home to the Royal Hudson steam locomotive, as well as Western Canada's largest collection of Heritage Railway Equipment.
Learn how Canada's mail was processed on rails in the only authentic restored Railway Post Office car in Canada.
Town centre features Brightbill Heritage House and the Squamish Station, designed in 1915 but not built until 2000.
The park presents a typical railway facility of the mid 20th century as well as providing the visitor with the opportunity to tour authentic railway equipment in various stages of restoration.
The West Coast Railway Heritage Park is an attraction designed to please the whole family, set in some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada.
1. What should I bring with me?
You will need a camera....It doesn't matter if you have a point and shoot camera or a DSLR, either one is fine. The important thing is to make sure you have charged the batteries and sufficient memory cards and make sure that they are all in working order. If you like, you can bring a tripod, remember you will need to carry it. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, it may be warm. You will be walking and crouching down, bending over and getting into all sorts of positions for that one amazing shot...so be sure you are comfortable
There is an admission fee of $15.00 plus tax. Seniors and Student rates are also available.
2. How long will we be there?
We will meet in the Parking Lot at 9:30am. Please purchase your entry ticket. You will be able to take photos while on the tour, but you will not be allowed to upset the timing or flow of the tour. After the tour you are then free to browse the entire site and exhibits at your leisure. You can take photographs anywhere on the sight that the public is permitted. It has been suggested that most people spend 2 hours at the park (including the guided tour).
For those that would like to spend a bit more time in the area, we will be meeting for lunch at the Shady Tree Pub (sign up to attend on the separate meet-up) and after lunch will head off to another interesting location in the area to take photos... The Squamish Windsports Society is holding the West Coast open at their facility "on the spit", just past the estuary, where the Squamish river meet Howe Sound. This is a great opertunity to practice some action shooting as well as taking in some outstanding views of the Squamish valley area.
3) How do I get there?
From Vancouver it is about an hour drive north on Highway 99 along the spectacular Sea to Sky highway. Go approximately 2km past the McDonald's stop until you come to Industrial Way. There is a traffic light at the intersection. Turn left and go to the stop sign at Queens Way. Turn right and follow the signs. After the BC Rail tracks, you will see our entrance sign on the right. (Link below)
RSVP Protocol - if you RSVP to this event and then can't make it please have the courtesy to change your RSVP so that people on the waiting list will have a chance to participate.
AT ALL TIMES, PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTO WALKERS, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOUR SURROUNDINGS!
I look forward to seeing you there,