Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum & Park

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Kwinitsa Station Railway Museum & Park

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EkMusafir
Pune, India2,206 contributions
Jul 2019
The Kwinitsa Railway Station is a quaint little building alongside the Prince Rupert Waterfront trail and the Rotary Park, close to the statue of the whale. It is quite close to the quay where the large Alaskan cruise liners dock. At first you may think that it is an abandoned old building but when you open the door you are welcomed in by the lady volunteer who is happy to show you around.

It is a two storied structure which served as a Railway Station, communication centre and living quarters for the Station Master. Even his old bed, dining table and chairs and various other items of furniture, crockery and cutlery can be found inside, along with some technical equipment and implements. There are various items for display and some pictures on the walls.

This station was originally located between the towns of Terrace and Prince Rupert but was later shifted to this spot to serve as a museum showcasing the importance of the railway line to the development of this region of North Western British Columbia. If you are lucky you will see the VIA Rail train in the backyard, being serviced for the next trip to Prince George.

Please check the timings before visiting. It closes for lunch between 12 noon and 1 pm, and around 4 pm in the evenings. Though there are no entry charges, a voluntary donation is expected and appreciated for the upkeep of the premises.
Written 10 September 2019
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Bhyn
Prince Rupert, Canada869 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Our short visit was worth it. The volunteer who was in that afternoon was very personable and we can hear her passionate admiration about the history of this old "E Frame" train station once situated between Terrace and Prince Rupert. She was very informative and really upped the quality of our experience at this little gem.

We were given tidbits of information about the history of the place - including some stories about how it connects with some of the oldest families in Prince Rupert. The displays were cool to see - old set-ups that boast some of the famous products at that time, really giving you a sense of what life was like taking care of small stations like this.

While the museum is small, if you like trains and history, this is a must-visit.
Written 2 August 2019
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second row
UK203 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
A lot of folk spent time and money to move this station and create this interesting museum.Its just along the quay from the cruise ship dock and worth a visit..aA helpful and enthusiastic curator will help your tour. Trains are such a fundamental part of BC history and this small museum deserves a visit
Written 14 July 2019
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Jeanette M
Cairns, Australia475 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
A pleasant stroll along the foreshore will take you to this old railway station that was rescued, renovated & moved to it's present site.
Interesting period architecture. Excellent place for sketching / plein air painting.
Written 12 October 2018
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Paul C
Faversham, UK7 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Despite looking a bit unkempt and in need of a paint job, this little snapshot of early pioneer history is well worth a visit. All set out like an early 20th C railroad station with loads of really interesting photos and history. Look beyond the rather shabby exterior and step inside...
Written 2 August 2018
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DJinks
Solihull, UK712 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Not open all the time, but worth trying to go to this excellent little museum. Self guided tour but it flows really well with good exhibit details and interesting stories and photographs. The lady on reception was lovely and enthusiastic about the museum. There is no charge but a donation is requested.
Written 15 July 2018
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DG2014605
Naperville, IL21 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This Railway Museum is located adjacent to the Skeena River; and while small, it represents a special time in Prince Rupert's history. The bulding itself, the interior rooms, and certainly the displayed items explain a period in time when railroads were kings of the transportation industry. The building itself sits within a park created by local Rotary Clubs; and as a bonus, you can walk a pathway along the river into downtown adjacent to the pleasure, fishing, and passenger boat piers. .
Written 9 July 2018
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Kevin D
Greater Manchester, UK1 contribution
May 2018 • Solo
called in today while passing through Prince Rupert - museum closed, no sign of any activity. Building looking uncared for, dirty windows and peeling paint. Very sad.
Written 19 May 2018
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada12,973 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
Located in Rotary Waterfront Park, the Kwinitsa Railway Museum is compact but full of very interesting information and exhibits pertaining to the history of the northern railway system. If you’re a train buff, you can easily spend a couple of hours in here examining the displays and reading about the historical significance of Kwinitsa to the development of Prince Rupert as a city. But even if you’re not a train specialist, Kwinitsa is still worth a quick visit. As an artifact of history, this station and what’s housed in it should appeal to most.

The museum is administered by the larger Museum of Northern BC; thus, guided tours are available and are recommended to help provide better context: While it is easy to see that the station provides a clear glimpse into the history of the northern railway and what everyday life was like for the station master (and their families), the guides provide valuable historical context not just in regards to the artifacts housed within Kwinitsa, but also to the station itself.

In the early 20th century, Kwinitsa (which was initially located between Terrace and Rupert) was just one of hundreds of identical “Type E” stations that dotted the rail line from Winnipeg to Prince Rupert, but they served an important purpose relaying vital information to trains. With regard to this city, the station helped to create an essential transportation hub for industry and thus directly contributed, in a pretty significant way, to the growth of Rupert. In the current day, Kwinitsa is just one of four surviving “Type E” stations.

Once you finish with the museum, you can spend some time admiring the beautiful oceanfront views afforded by Waterfront Park. The old CN building serves as a backdrop while the park itself is punctuated by Kwinitsa and a lovely whale statue carved by the late Hans Siniarski. The millennium walkway is also housed here and can bring you along the waterfront to the cruise ship terminal and Cow Bay.

In short, while the Kwinitsa Railway Museum is indeed small, it is nonetheless packed with history that should be of interest to all. Like its larger counterpart, the Museum of Northern BC, Kwinitsa provides locals and visitors alike with important context within which we can better appreciate the city and its surrounding geography. My one complaint? I do wish the museum was open for a longer period. It is currently open for summers only.
Written 19 October 2017
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TravelinShaz
Florida76 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
A nice place to stop as part of a tour organized by the ship. Very interesting. It shows a part of railroad history.
Written 15 June 2017
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