BC's real-life North Pole Express train is a magical holiday adventure

Nov 8 2021, 5:43 pm

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The holiday season is about to get a whole lot more magical. Just outside of Vancouver, there’s a place that has a magical train ride for the holidays.

The Railway Museum of BC in Squamish loves to put on its North Pole Express train rides that bring you on a journey to see where Santa lives.

This season, you can embark from Candyland Station and board the festive train.


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Wearing pajamas is encouraged on the family-friendly train voyage, which lasts about 50 minutes. Onboard, you can indulge in hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

If you’re wondering how you get from Squamish to the North Pole so quickly, the answer is: magic!

Once you reach your destination, you’ll meet Santa himself plus Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves. There’s even a train ride within a train ride as you can board a miniature train through Santa’s workshop.


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If riding a train to the North Pole is on your Christmas bucket list this season, then get your tickets ASAP. If you upgrade from coach to first class, you’ll get seats with tables onboard, plus a special collectible mug.

North Pole Express

Dates: Select Saturdays and Sundays, November 27, 28, December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19. See website for the full schedule.
Where: Railway Museum of BC, 39645 Government Road, Squamish
Admission: Tickets available online, $35 for coach, $49 for first-class, and $59 for nighttime rides.

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