In the beginning of December we travelled along to the sea-to-sky highway to Squamish. Our destination? The Polar Express! The family had a blast. I wanted to share our experience so here it is…
Our drive up there was a wet one, but enjoyable. I wish I had packed some healthy snacks to travel with. Next time. We ended up stopping and picking up some doughnuts and chips. I know, I know…certainly not good road trip food. Next time I’m doing up a road trip food list! We arrived about 45 minuted before our train was set to leave, and I definitely recommend arriving that early. The parking area is about a five or so minute walk away from the actual train station. Make sure you have appropriate footwear, it was wet and muddy when we went. (Make sure to watch the Polar Express the night before your trip…makes it that much more special!)
Upon entry, I found that I didn’t actually need my printed tickets. They were able to look up my name and then hand us those magical golden tickets. Outside the train station, they had a small band playing Christmas music. They were even inviting the kids to come up and join in. My daughter briefly grabbed an instrument and joined in. It sure made her feel pretty special.
We had purchased priority coach tickets, the total for the tickets came to $255.00 for all five of us. It was worth every penny. Upon booking you have three choices, Coach, Priority Coach and 1st Class. It is absolutely worth it to pay the extra money for priority coach or first class. We noticed that that Coach was absolutely full, and without assigned seating there was a mad dash to the train car. While I imagine most people would be accomodating to other families, it’s just another little thing you don’t have to worry about. Plus, the train cars get nicer too. And while 1st class gets their own seating area to wait, I didn’t find that a huge deal. The assigned seating and nicer train cars though? Oh yeah!
The train ride itself isn’t very fast, but it’s very cool, especially for the younger kids. They have actors that appear on the train briefly throughout the ride. The actors we had (who are also all volunteers) did amazing! There’s also a really cool ‘surprise,’ but I won’t ruin it. The kids were pretty amazed! You are also served a yummy cookie and hot chocolate on the train. Near the end, we all sang Christmas carols. It really gets you into the Christmas spirit.
They have the ‘North Pole’ set up at the same place. The North Pole included:
- really cool old train cars and engine cars to see
- Mr and Mrs. Clause
- miniature trains set up that you could drive via remote control
- a mini train ride
- some snack foods
- a place to buy souviners
While we were at the ‘North Pole’ one of the actors invited by son to sit down and he showed him how he made his ‘coffee.’ It was pretty cool. Can you tell who he is suppsed to be from the movie?
It was such an amazing family experience and I highy recommend it!