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Choo choo, choo … next stop Stanley Park: Miniature train turns 50

May 26 2014

Stanley Park miniature train

The miniature train is celebrating 50 years of fun in Stanley Park.

Miniature train celebration event June 6 - 8

To commemorate this milestone, there will be a special celebration from Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8 with:

  • $5.00 train rides
  • Free entertainment and activities
  • An inflatable bouncy train
  • Face painting
  • Metis dancers
  • An interactive animal display

On Saturday, June 7, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services will hold a BBQ by donation. All proceeds from the BBQ will benefit the BC Professional Fire Fighters' Burn Fund, which helps burn survivors and their families.

The three-day celebration event is supported by "The Georgia Straight".

History of the train

The miniature train is a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374 (on display at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre), which is famous for pulling Canada's first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. It is one of Vancouver's most popular family attractions, carrying more than 200,000 passengers per year.

It was opened by the Park Board in 1964 after a clearing was created by fallen trees as a result of Typhoon Frieda. More than 26,000 people rode the train during the first seven days of operation when rates were 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children.

Seasonal attraction

Today, the train operates as a seasonal attraction and features various themes throughout the year, including Ghost Train in October and Bright Nights in December.During the popular Bright Nights event, the train’s four engines and three sets of cars travel more than 5,000 kilometres—the distance across Canada.

Trains depart every 4.5 minutes during peak periods for the 15-minute journey through Vancouver’s most popular park.

Find out more about the Stanley Park Miniature Train

Miniature train in stanley park

Ride the Stanley Park Train

Learn where to catch the train, how to buy tickets, and find information about hours of operation, special seasonal events, and admission.