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Updated on November 25, 2016

Ticket for Britannia / Royal Hudson Steam Train trip

One of our ticket stubs
One of our ticket stubs | Source

M.V. Britannia / Royal Hudson Sightseeing Excursion


One of the five days my mother, niece and I spent in Vancouver, Canada while on our 15 day vacation, we decided to take the M.V. Britannia ship ride from Vancouver up to Squamish returning on the Royal Hudson Steam Train back to Vancouver. It was a daytrip sightseeing excursion and we knew that we would be introduced to new and different things that were out of the ordinary for each of us.

It was a rather cloudy day and many of my photos reflect that. At least it did not rain!

We started out by going to the Harbour Ferries dock at the north end of Denman Street, between the Westin Bayshore Hotel and Stanley Park.

The Westin Bayshore Hotel was our home for the five days we spent in Vancouver, so this was very convenient for us to get to the boarding area.

The ship was due to depart at 9:30 am and return 6 1/2 hours later.

Once we and the other passengers were on board, the Britannia set sail and we started to see Vancouver from the perspective of being on the water looking back at the impressive skyline.


Skyline images of Vancouver from the water

My mother and niece ready to board the Britannia for the trip to Squamish
My mother and niece ready to board the Britannia for the trip to Squamish | Source
The tall building to the right behind the boats is the Westin Bayshore Hotel
The tall building to the right behind the boats is the Westin Bayshore Hotel | Source
Notice the boat / airplane refueling stations on the water
Notice the boat / airplane refueling stations on the water | Source
Vancouver skyline
Vancouver skyline | Source
More Vancouver skyline from the water
More Vancouver skyline from the water | Source

Vancouver's Port



Vancouver has the largest and busiest port in all of Canada.

It is also a hub for cruise ships primarily going to Alaska and back.


The next photo shows some of the bright yellow sulfur being loaded onto a ship for export.


The photo following that shows a group of small sail boats taking part in a sailing school.



We were to pass beautiful scenery on our way up the coastline going to Squamish.


At one point we saw the Royal Hudson Steam Train chugging along the cliffs along Lion's Bay.


We were to take that very same train from Squamish back to Vancouver later that day.


While on board ship we were served lunch. Barbequed salmon, a green salad, potato salad and rolls comprised the menu.


Seating aboard the ship Britannia was comfortable.


At one point my niece laid down and took a short nap. My mother and I were engrossed in watching the passing scenery.


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Sailing up the coastline from Vancouver to Squamish, Canada

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Sulfur being loaded onto a ship for exportA sailing schoolTypical terrain as viewed from the Britannia A pretty lighthouse Another view of the lighthouse Yours truly and my nieceRocky terrain getting closer to Squamish
Sulfur being loaded onto a ship for export
Sulfur being loaded onto a ship for export | Source
A sailing school
A sailing school | Source
Typical terrain as viewed from the Britannia
Typical terrain as viewed from the Britannia | Source
A pretty lighthouse
A pretty lighthouse | Source
Another view of the lighthouse
Another view of the lighthouse | Source
Yours truly and my niece
Yours truly and my niece | Source
Rocky terrain getting closer to Squamish
Rocky terrain getting closer to Squamish | Source
Squamish, BC - Eagle Fishing (Playing Card Deck - 52 Card Poker Size with Jokers)
Squamish, BC - Eagle Fishing (Playing Card Deck - 52 Card Poker Size with Jokers)

Nice to have playing cards with you when traveling with youngsters. It can pass some time in hotel rooms at night if not quite ready to go to sleep. Also nice to have as a souvenir of one's travels.

 

Approaching Squamish...


As we got closer to Squamish we saw Shannon Falls from a distance and also we began to see many logs being floated in the water and being transported elsewhere.

Logging is a big business in this part of the world.

As a matter of fact, they have a world famous Logger Sports Show where competition between lumbermen provides great excitement each year.

Canada coastline between Vancouver and Squamish, Canada

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Shannon Falls as viewed from the BritanniaWe start seeing more timber being floated in the water.Inside the Britannia looking out at the lumber being held in the water.Timber ground into pulpBoats near Squamish
Shannon Falls as viewed from the Britannia
Shannon Falls as viewed from the Britannia | Source
We start seeing more timber being floated in the water.
We start seeing more timber being floated in the water. | Source
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Inside the Britannia looking out at the lumber being held in the water.
Inside the Britannia looking out at the lumber being held in the water. | Source
Timber ground into pulp
Timber ground into pulp | Source
Boats near Squamish
Boats near Squamish | Source

Getting off the ship Britannia in Squamish

We disembark the Britannia
We disembark the Britannia | Source

Squamish, BC Rock Climbing

Squamish, BC Hiking

Squamish, British Columbia


We disembarked the Britannia boat at this point and got to see a bit of the town.


Squamish means "Mother of the Wind" in Coast Salish.


The town is situated in a very scenic valley at the tip point of Howe Sound.


The 2nd largest granite monolith in the world, Stawamus Chief, towers over Squamish. Mountain and rock climbers from all over the world like to come here and test their climbing skills along the many trails. In fact, there are over 300 climbing routes which can lead one to the summit.


Squamish is only about an hour north of Vancouver by auto.


Besides mountain climbing, there are a number of other activities such as wind surfing, camping, golf and other lures which bring in many tourist dollars.


There is a B.C. Museum of Mining which we did not have time to explore on our layover.


We did get to see the Pacific Great Eastern railway # 2 Steam Locomotive which now graces a small park. It was the first steam locomotive built in 1910 in Philadelphia. In 1947 it went to work for Crown Zellerback Canada and was retired in 1960, going on display in 1967.

Squamish, Canada

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My niece in front of the Britannia Hotel in Squamish - Note the two entrances My niece Historic locomotive in Squamish on display.
My niece in front of the Britannia
My niece in front of the Britannia | Source
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Hotel in Squamish - Note the two entrances
Hotel in Squamish - Note the two entrances | Source
My niece
My niece | Source
Historic locomotive in Squamish on display.
Historic locomotive in Squamish on display. | Source

Squamish, Canada

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Royal Hudson train trip from Squamish back to Vancouver

Royal Hudson Steam Locomotive
Royal Hudson Steam Locomotive | Source
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Getting ready to board
Getting ready to board | Source
My niece inside the rail car...
My niece inside the rail car... | Source

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Model train

ACCUCRAFT AL97-0832 ROYAL HUDSON #2860 "As it is today" BUTANE LIVE STEAM TRAIN ENGINE
ACCUCRAFT AL97-0832 ROYAL HUDSON #2860 "As it is today" BUTANE LIVE STEAM TRAIN ENGINE

Train collectors should like this one! My dad used to have a large model train set up on our ping pong table in the basement every year around the holidays.

 

We now board the Royal Hudson Steam Train...


After meandering around the town of Squamish for a short time the Royal Hudson Steam train pulled into town for the return journey to Vancouver.


These steam engines and rail cars have been in and out of operation for years. At one time there were a fleet of 65 Hudson type locomotives operating.


Originally built in the 1920s in America for use between New York and Chicago they made their first appearance in Canada in the 1930s.

There were several classes of these steam engines.


Due to a royal visit from King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth in 1939, the Canadian Pacific (with the King's permission) attached royal crowns to the engines and from that point on they were designated the Royal Hudson's.


Most all of these old steam engines were decommissioned as were most of the rail cars. But due to interest in reviving this old mode of travel and the romance of it, we can now, once again, ride the rails in authentic carefully refurbished British Columbia rail cars being powered by the Royal Hudson steam engine.


The trip between Squamish and North Vancouver is very scenic.


The rails which were difficult to originally build in that area hug the cliffs and run alongside the water.

This was my very first train ride anywhere.


The beauty of this day which started with the boat ride on the Britannia from Vancouver to Squamish and then the trip back via train on the Royal Hudson is not one that we will easily forget.

Given the choices of all the things that one can do and see while in Vancouver, we were happy that we selected this as one of our day trip adventures.


Hope that you vicariously enjoyed this ship - steam train daytrip from Vancouver, Canada to Squamish and back to Vancouver along with us.

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      Peggy Woods 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      This really was a delightful day that we got to spend while in Canada. I hope for the folks living in Squamish that their port is once again in full use someday so that more people can see it as we got to do. I am sure it must be cooler in Canada right now compared to our high temps in Texas. Would be nice to be experiencing those cooler temps!

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      C E Clark 22 months ago from North Texas

      Can't believe I haven't read this before! Even though I haven't been here before 'it' wouldn't let me give you 5 more stars, but I tried.

      We're to have 5 days in a row of 99 degrees and Canada sounds like a great place to be right now. All of these activities sound wonderful -- and cool!

      Pinned to my 'Travel' board, and shared with followers.

      Hope all is well with you . . .

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi CherylsArt,

      So glad you found this hub easily and glad that you enjoyed it. It was a wonderful and scenic day for us with those two different modes of travel and getting to see the the scenery that we did from the water and on land.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow, that looks pretty interesting. It's so neat to do the round trip with two different modes of travel. Thanks for sharing the title. I did an easy search in the general search box and quickly found your hub. : )

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ana Santos,

      Thanks for contacting me with regard to using some of this information with regard to offering a similar trip in the future. Per our telephone conversation, I am happy for you to use a few selected excerpts from this hub and a couple of the photos. I had no idea that the harbor had silted up and had to be dredged so that larger boats like the M.V. Britannia could once again access the harbor in Squamish. If publicizing the fun we had will help bring further funding to accomplish it, then I am happy to be a small part of that. The ship / train trip from Vancouver to Squamish and back made for a very enjoyable day and now...a fond memory of our time spent in British Columbia, Canada.

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