Step back in time with a visit to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park

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)

 http://www.wcra.org/

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,

Rob

 

 

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  • Brigitte

    What a great location. So much to see/photograph in such a short time. Definitely worth the trip. Thanks Rob for organizing :)

    July 21, 2014

  • kelly

    Rob, thank you for planning another great "road trip".....what an interesting place indeed......literally full of treasures.....and lots more than trains to photograph........who knew? Loved it...an awesome day!

    July 21, 2014

  • Rob

    Thanks to everyone for joining us yesterday, you really made the experience special.
    I would also like to send a special thank you to Kelly for all your help and encouragement...you're awesome!

    1 · July 21, 2014

    • kelly

      Blush! Blush!

      July 21, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Thanks Rob For Giving us the opportunity to Spend time at a place we wouldn't normally see. Thanks also for the great company.

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Geoff D.

    Another example of the wonderful things that are so close by. Thanks Rob!

    July 21, 2014

  • Heather

    Thanks Rob for organizing this really interesting walk.

    July 21, 2014

  • Alexander

    Thank you Rob having this meet up organized in a place where beside photography I had the opportunity to learn more about Canadian History.

    July 21, 2014

    • Rob

      The pleasure was all mine Alexander, it was a learning experience as well as a photowalk for all of us...thank you for joining us!

      July 21, 2014

  • sandra g.

    Yes, it is sometimes hard to choose. It might help to go back to your folder and click back and forth from one photo to another. Look at colour, composition, clarity, interest, etc. Soon the "right" photos will reveal themselves. Hope this helps.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Fang L.

    It was my very first photowalk meetup. You are a group of nice people to be with. With my little pocket camera I enjoyed the photo shooting very much.I found it hard to choose only 8 photos to upload though. Your comments are welcome.

    July 20, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Hi Doris & Paula

    Our time is set. We can meet at the Esso gas station on Broadway at Hemlock at 8:30. I'm driving a white Toyota Tacoma. If anyone else needs a ride, let us know. I have room for two more. See you on the 20th.

    Darrell

    1 · July 7, 2014

    • Darrell M.

      I'll be waiting at the Esso station at 8:30. See you all there.

      1 · July 19, 2014

    • Doris F.

      Thanks again, Darrell, for driving and great conversation.

      1 · July 20, 2014

  • Doris F.

    What a wonderful meetup today!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Grant

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Katherine G.

    I'm on my way I'll be there in few minutes. ..

    July 20, 2014

  • Filomena R.

    Hi Kelly, sorry for the late notification. It's not going to work for me today. Something came up with family that I need to take care of this morning. Hope to see you all at the next one. Have a great time. Look forward to seeing photos.

    July 20, 2014

  • kelly

    Hi...Is there anyone else who is coming for lunch? Please RSVP...you will be on the wait list....the restaurant can accommodate everyone, but it means moving our group to a different section. Thanks.....

    July 14, 2014

    • Azim

      Yes, I would like to come for lunch

      July 14, 2014

    • Toni B.

      Kelly, please include Alexander and me in your lunch count.

      July 14, 2014

  • Fang L.

    Can I have a ride from someone please? I am close to Burrard and Broadway but can be picked up at any major station of public transit that is convenient to the drive. I am interested in both the museum and kitesurfing event. Thanks!

    July 13, 2014

    • Azim

      Hello Fang. I have room for one more. I am picking up two people on Cambie, outside Canadian Tire, near 7th Ave. If this is good for you, please let me know.

      July 13, 2014

    • Fang L.

      Hi Azim, please save the spot for me. I will send you an email with my contact info. Thanks!

      July 13, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Barry & Toni

    I have room for only two. I believe Barry was to first to ask but I will leave it between you two to decide.

    July 9, 2014

    • Toni B.

      Azim, my son, Alexander, & I are in need of a ride. I do not know where Port Coquitlam is &, if you have space for two passengers, where the best place to meet you would be. We live near Vancouver General Hospital.

      July 10, 2014

    • kelly

      Azim, that is so very kind of you...I really hope that you can all figure something out and make this work.....Toni...you need to see this breathtaking area before going back to Ontario!

      2 · July 11, 2014

  • kelly

    Hey Darrell, Geoff, Grant and Azim, Thanks for stepping up and offering to drive/carpool.....hopefully it all works out and everyone that wants to go, gets to go.....and if you are getting a ride with someone, don't forget to offer up something for gas!

    July 9, 2014

  • Azim

    Hi Geoff, we can car pool, if we want to take my car. I am coming from Port Coquitlam and can pick you up on the way. I will be driving in Highway 1.

    July 9, 2014

  • Geoff D.

    I live on the North Shore and can do car pooling from there if anyone needs a ride.

    July 9, 2014

  • Barry B.

    I can get to Broadway and Granville to get a ride.....

    July 7, 2014

  • Darrell M.

    Azim, if it is easier, I'm coming from Marpole and can take Paula as well. I'm meeting Doris at Broadway & Granville.

    1 · July 6, 2014

    • Doris F.

      Thank you, Darrell! We can arrange the exact time closer to the meetup. You can email me privately through this site and let me know what works best.

      July 6, 2014

    • Azim

      Perfect... that will be easier for me too. Thanks

      July 6, 2014

  • Azim

    Doris, I have space for 3 in my car. I live in Port Coquitlam and will be travelling along Highway 1. Where are you located?

    1 · June 30, 2014

    • Azim

      Hi Paula. I can meet you at Burrard at 12th (I believe there is a gas station on the north-west corner where I can meet you).

      1 · July 6, 2014

    • Paula

      Azim, the gas station is on the north-east side of Burrard and Broadway. What time are you thinking of? You can send me a private message to discuss the details, so we don't clog the board. Thanks a lot.

      1 · July 6, 2014

  • kelly

    Here is the link to the Squamish West Coast Open Kiteboarding competition:
    http://epikoo.com/kiteboarding/events/squamish-west-coast-open-2014.

    July 6, 2014

  • sandra g.

    Please disregard my msg for a ride. I have a class n that date and cannot make it. I should have checked first. Sorry.

    June 30, 2014

  • sandra g.

    May I catch a ride with someone? I am happy to contribute gas money. I live at 11th and Granville.
    Thanks...

    June 30, 2014

  • Doris F.

    I would like/need a ride, too, please! And thank you.

    June 30, 2014

  • Barry B.

    I've been a railfan for years. I'll have to get a ride up there, though.

    1 · June 30, 2014

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