Photo Credit: Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
|Rocky Mountaineer Vacations
Travelling onboard the Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, considered by many to be, a trip of
a lifetime. The two-day rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic train route
constructed over 100 years ago through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies, uniting the country. The entire
train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of
glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountains ranges and ferocious rivers. The train travels in both eastbound and westbound
directions between the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver, British Columbia, the resort town of Whistler,
B.C. and Jasper or Banff and Calgary, Alberta. When the Whistler Mountaineer premieres in 2006 you will get
an exclusive look at some of the most spectacular views in British Columbia. This three-hour train experience
is a link between Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. Not only will you experience a relaxing and comfortable
ride but you will also be privy to such scenic delights as cascading waterfalls, old-growth forests, snowcapped
mountain peaks and brilliant Pacifi c waters from a unique train perspective.
1150 Station Street-1st Floor
Vancouver, BC V6A 2X7
Tel: (604) 606-7245
Toll Free: 1-800- 665-7245 (CAN/US)
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Photo Credit: West Coast Express
West Coast Express, the
premium commuter rail service that links Mission, Port Haney, Maple
Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody with
downtown Vancouver has become the travel method of choice for more
than 5 million highly satisfied commuters. The trains' setting is
perfect for just about anything. Enjoy the on-board cappuccino bar
while reclining in a plush roomy seat. Take the time on board to relax
and enjoy your commute, take pleasure in the cityscape from one of
the most scenic railway tracks or catch up on work. WCE trains are
equipped with worktables complete with plug-ins and cell phones. Each
of their sleek double-decker coaches is climate-controlled, wheelchair
accessible, and able to carry bicycles.
Get involved in a variety of activities throughout the year, West Coast Express participates in many of the communities
it serves. As well, WCE provides access to events in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Information on
annual events and the latest news will be posted on the Special Events page.
For more information on the tours and event trains visit the West Coast Express website at www.westcoastexpress.com.
Customer Service Centre
Phone: (604) 488-8906
Fax: (604) 682-0565
Photo Credit: White Pass and Yukon Route
Pass and Yukon Route
The White Pass and Yukon Route will take you through some of the Canadian
North’s most ruggedly beautiful terrain. On tracks built during
the Klondike Gold Rush trains follow the original route of the hopeful
stampeders of 1898. There are many of tours to choose from, with excursions
departing from Skagway, Alaska and arriving in Whitehorse. The excursions
also vary in length depending on the route. Options include trips
to historic Lake Bennett, White Pass Summit and its restored 1903
station. View spectacular panoramas of the Sawtooth Mountains and
the Lynn Canal, travel past rushing torrents, cascading waterfalls
and up craggy mountainsides. For more information on excursions and
fares visit the website at www.whitepassrailroad.com.
PO Box 435
Skagway, AK 99840
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
The Canadian Museum of Rail Travel is located in Cranbrook and is the home to many beautifully restored rail cars and coaches. The museum is dedicated to the collection, restoration, and conservation of several train sets of different eras. Recently the collection of railcars has doubled from 14 to 28. A re-creation of the original 3,000 square-foot oak-paneled cafe from the former CPR Royal Alexandra Hotel of Winnipeg (1906). This once spectacular room has been meticulously restored as the centrepiece at the new museum site and facilities from the hundred of pieces stored since the hotel was demolished in 1971.
PO Box 400
Cranbrook, BC V1C 4H9
Fort Langley CN Station Museum
The CN station built in 1913 houses a museum in the ticket office a waiting room and an art gallery in the baggage room. Located outside the station, on a special track, is a 1900s elocipede as well as a 1920s Caboose with original furnishings. The station also boosts a well equipped working model railroad.
Location: Fort Langley is just 40 minutes from Vancouver on Hwy. 1.
Fort Langley, BC V1N 2S3
John Steel Rail Tours
John Steel Rail Tours continues the great Canadian railway tradition inviting you to explore the country by rail.
Unique journeys from coast to coast offering the romance of a train voyage, insights into Canada’s culture and
heritage, plus all the spectacular natural beauty of this big, friendly country. Stay close to nature but safe and relaxed, any time of the year.
2-703 Gibsons Way
Gibsons, British Columbia V0N 1V9
Toll Free Telephone 1-800-988-5778
Toll Free International Telephone 1-800-7245-7245
Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum
Penny Station, built in 1914 for the Grand Trunk Prairie Railroad and Hixon Station, built in 1953 for the PGE are among the many railway artifacts at the museum. Other items include a 1913 100-ton CPR steam crane, a CN caboose from 1889, a CN steam locomotive built in 1914 and the Nechko business coach built for CN's boss to entertain in and hold meetings aboard.
850 River Road
Prince George, BC V2N 2S6
Revelstoke Railway Museum
The railway museum, open since 1993, depicts CPR's past and present. The museum captures and displays the ever changing technology in the rail industry from the steam engine to fiber optics.
Location: Revelstoke is located within the Columbia Mountains in the Interior of British Columbia, 641 km east of Vancouver, B.C. and 415 km west of Calgary, Alberta.
719 Track Street West
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
Attached to the Roundhouse Community Centre
in Vancouver is the glass pavilion protecting the CPR locomotive
No. 374 which ran from 1887 until it's retirement in 1945.
1700 - 808 Nelson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H2
Ride the Rails on the Alberni Pacific
Railway. The train winds through
the City of Port Alberni and then the surrounding forests for 35
minutes each way.
Location: Port Alberni is on the West Coast
of central Vancouver Island.
Site 125 C14 5633 A. Smith Rd.
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7L5
City Mining Railway
Enjoy a seven mile ride through switchbacks,
up steep slopes and sharp curves as the Bavarian City Mining Railway
winds through the narrow valley of Mark Creek.
Sullivan Mine Interpretive Centre Society
340 Spokane Street
Kimberley, BC V1A 2E8
BC Forest Discovery Centre
The museum offers a full size working railroad.
Once on board you will ride through lush forests, over a trestle
bridge and see one of the first pre-fabricated buildings.
Location: Duncan is located on Vancouver Island,
45 minutes (60 Km) from Victoria and 40 minutes (51 Km) from Nanaimo.
RR 4, 2892 Drinkwater Rd
Duncan, BC V9L 3W8
Central Railway at Confederation Park
The public is welcome to ride the rails
from 11-5 every Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays from Easter
through to Thanksgiving.
120 North Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby,BC V5C 6K1
Enjoy your stay in a guesthouse built to
resemble an authentic CPR prairie station, located next to a 7.5"
gauge train track. The train running on the track is a model of
a GP-40 and pulls two Pullman coaches.
Location: Clearwater is located 124 kilometers
north of Kamloops.
PO Box 35
Clearwater, BC V0E 1N0
Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark Foundation
Cranbrook's own historical and heritage
group. The Cranbrook Archives, Museum and Landmark
Foundation is dedicated to the research, preservation and restoration
of the Railway — with special reference to the Crowsnest and
Kettle Valley route of the Canadian Pacific Railway and awareness
and appreciation of its heritage, and to the aspects of railway
travel in Canada.
PO Box 400,
This historic site, is famous for being the "last
spike" joining the western part of the Canadian Pacific Railway
to the eastern.
Location: Revelstoke is located 641 km east of Vancouver,
B.C. and 415 km west of Calgary, Alberta.
Revelstoke Railway Museum
PO Box 3018
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0
Cowichan Valley Museum
The Museum is situated in Duncan's 1912 Railway Station along the E&N Railway. It is located in the center of Duncan, a community of 5000 people in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. The museum's displays include plenty of railway memorabilia and history artifacts.
Location: Duncan is located on Vancouver Island, 45 minutes (60 Km) from Victoria and 40 minutes (51 Km) from Nanaimo.
130 Canada Avenue
Duncan, BC V9L 3Y2
is an model railway/operating diorama of Maple Ridge, circa 1925-1935,
featuring the CPR line from Ruskin to Hammond, the Abernethy & Lougheed at Kanaka Creek, and B.C. Electric railways at Ruskin.
Museum is located one half kilometre east of the Port Haney Westcoast
Express station, at 22520 116th Ave.
22520 116th Ave.
Maple Ridge, BC V2X 0S4
Discover Holidays Inc.
At Discover Holidays they live and breathe Canada! Canadian Rail, Coach & Self Drive Vacations & Tour
Packages, through the Canadian Rockies and Eastern Canada featuring Rail & Coach.
850 West Hastings Street, Suite 911
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1E1
Toll Free Telephone 1 800 243 0129
Exclusively Canada Ltd.
Whatever the time of year, one of the best ways to experience the size and grandeur of Canada is to take a rail tour. Travel by train from coast to coast or make the time to take a trip by railroad through the spectacular Canadian Rockies.
998 Harbourside Drive, Suite 229
North Vancouver, BC V7P 3T2
These trips include VIA Rail, the famous Rocky Mountaineer (daylight luxury train through BC and the
Canadian Rockies), and Alaskan Railway (Alaska’s full-service passenger railway).
Suite #202 - 1807 Maritime Mews, Granville Island
Vancouver, BC V6H 3W7
Toll Free Canada / US: 1-800-667-4744
Fernie & District Arts Council
In 1986, the Fernie & District
Arts Council began the renovation and restoration
the last surviving first-class CPR
station. The stations was built in 1908 after Fernie's second fire.
601 - 1st Avenue
P.O. Box 1453
George Railway Society
The mini railroad offers rides along the
half mile track that runs through the grounds of Fort George Park.
101 Free mon St.
Prince George, BC V2M 2P6
250-562-1612 Bookings, c/o Fraser-Fort
George Regional Museum
Valley Heritage Railway
Bringing heritage interurban passenger rail
back to Surrey and the Fraser Valley .To restore and to operate
heritage interurban cars on the original BC Electric Railway Route
through Surrey and the Fraser Valley to link heritage tourism destinations.
1045- 165th Street
Surrey, BC V4A 9A2
of Fort Steele
The Friends of Fort Steele is a not-for-profit
society that was formed in 1987 and is dedicated to conserving,
presenting, and teaching the history of Fort Steele and the Kootenays.
Location: Fort Steele Heritage Town is just 16 km northeast of the city of Cranbrook.
9851 Highway 93/95
Fort Steele, B.C. VOB 1NO
Island Model Trains Museum
Visit the world's largest collection of
model and toy trains on public display. The museum houses several
collectable trains, photographs and dioramas including the Royal
Hudson, Lionel Trains, O-Gauge, G-Gauge, Standard Gauge, Steam Locomotives
and Tender Transcontinental Trains. Granville Island is a remarkable
island in the middle of Vancouver, located on the south shore under
the Granville Street Bridge.
1502 Buranleau St.
Granville Island, BC V6H 3S4
This community museum is housed in the former
Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway station built in 1913.
Location: Lake Cowichan is located on Vancouver
Island, 90 Km (1.1 hrs) from Victoria and 73 Km (55 mins) from Nanaimo.
PO Box 135
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0
& Slocan Railway Society - Sandon Historical Society
The K&S train station is a reconstruction
of the original building. The K&S narrow-gauge line ran from
Kalso into Sandon across a series of over 30 bridges and trestles.
Location: By highway the Village is 47 km west
of Kaslo and 46 km southeast of Nakusp. New Denver is in the Central
Kootenay Regional District.
PO Box 369
New Denver, BC V0G 1S0
Heritage Railway Society
Ride aboard the "Spirit of Kamloops"
steam engine No. 2141 and enjoy the view from either the open-air
observation car or the vintage coach. The 3-mile journey begins
at the former CN station and proceeds over the South Thompson River
on a trestle bridge.
PO Box 3002
Kamloops, BC V2C 6B7
Kettle Valley Steam Railway
For 2 hours as the train rolls over the hillsides, you enjoy the outstanding view of Okanagan orchards and vineyards, you'll also learn of the railway's history.
Location: Summerland is located between Penticton and Kelowna in the sunny Okanagan.
PO Box 1288, 18404 Bathville Road
Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0
Kettle River Museum Society
Housed in the former CPR Midway station, built in the 1900s. The museum's collection includes archives relating to the Boundary area from Bridesville to Midway (west to east) and north to the Carmi-Beaverdell area.
Location: Midway is located in the southern interior of British Columbia on the border with Washington State.
PO Box 149
Midway, BC V0H 1M0
Station Railway Museum
This station museum located at Prince Rupert's
waterfront park provides an exciting trip into one of Northern British
Columbia's railways and many of the small stations in the area.
Visitors will also learn about the development of Prince Rupert.
PO Box 669
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3S1
The museum has
two steam locomotives (under restoration); two operating diesel
locomotives; and numerous pieces of rolling stock used in lumbering
operations until 1984.
Location: Ladysmith is located on Vancouver
Island, 23 Km ( 15 mins.) from Nanaimo and 88 Km (1 hr) from Victoria.
PO Box 777
Ladysmith, BC V0R 2E0
Electric Tramway Society
Streetcar No. 23 is owned by the Nelson
Electric Tramway Society and is operated by trained volunteer Motormen
and Conductors. Conventions, tour groups and other organizations
can charter Streetcar No. 23.
P.O. Box 389
Nelson, B. C., V1L 5R2
Telephone: (250) 352-7672.
Oak Bay Beach Hotel
Enjoy three nights at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Marine Resort with a train trip to Chemainus to view the
murals or a weekend getaway that combines exciting train travel, fine cuisine, a great theatrical performance and
1175 Beach Drive
Victoria, BC V8S 2N2
Toll Free Reservations: 1 800 668-7758
Port Moody Station Museum
The museum is housed in the former train station built in 1905 which served the community until it was officially closed in 1976. On display is the Venosta, a 1920s railcar.
Location: Port Moody is centrally located just 45 minutes from both Vancouver International Airport and the Canada-United States border.
2734 Murray St.
Port Moody, BC V3H 1X2
Rogers Pass National Historic Site
Rogers Pass was declared a National Historic Site in 1971 to commemorate the early route- finding, building and operation of the Canadian Pacific Railway's main line between 1881 and 1917, and the Pass' pivotal role in the development of Canada as a nation.
Location: The Rogers Pass Discovery Centre (near the summit of the pass) is 342 km from Calgary and 643 km from Vancouver. The nearest communities are Golden, 80 km east of the pass and Revelstoke, 72 km to the west.
Historical Artifacts Society
The society boost one of Western Canada's
largest collections of working steam engines as well as many other
Location: Located on Vancouver Island in the
Saanich Peninsula region, 26 Km (15 mins.) from Victoria.
7321 Lochside Drive
Saanichton, BC V8M 1W4
The world’s longest automated light rapid transit system.
SkyTrain moves customers quickly, effi ciently and reliably across the region through 33 stations along the 49.5
kilometres of the Expo and Millennium lines.
Burnaby, BC V5B 2Z8
Interurban Restoration Society
The S.I.R.S. was formed in 1992 to acquire,
restore and maintain working examples of electric & interurban
trains that once served British Columbia's lower mainland between
1891 & 1958.
Location: Steveston village is located within
Richmond in Metropolitain Vancouver, BC.
5650 Lougheed Highway
Steveston, BC V7E 3A0
Three Valley Heritage Ghost Town
Journey back in time to the late 1800s. The town has a unique set of historic buildings and antiques as well as a transportation museum.
Location: Revelstoke is 641 km east of Vancouver, B.C. and 415 km west of Calgary, Alberta.
PO Box 860
Revelstoke, BC V0G 2S0
Toll Free: 1-888-667-2109
People have been coming from around the world to experience the scenic magnificence of the rail route through the Canadian Rockies. Spectacular vistas, fabulous service and pampering of the on-board staff make this an unforgettable way to travel.
Toll Free: (877) 647-5679
Coast Railway Association - Heritage Park
The association has assembled one of
the largest collections of heritage railway rolling stock. The 65 piece collection not only tells the story of the railway's role in
forming Canada but also the role of railways in the transportation
industry of today.
PO Box 2790, Stn Main
Vancouver, BC V6B 3X2
West Coast Railtours
Join hundreds of others who enjoy the romance and prestige of train travel as the WCRA treats you to
interesting rail adventures of scenic and historic locations.
Vancouver, BC V6B 3X2
Toll Free Telephone: 1-800-722-1233
Pioneer museum and schoolhouse complete with
display, general store, furnished pioneer cabin, mining cabin, transportation
displays, First Nation artifacts and seven buildings with displays.
622 - 3rd Street
Invermere, BC V0A 1K0