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Follow the bunny at the Stanley Park Easter Train

March 19 2018

“The Easter Train has been delighting children and families since 2011. Last year, 16,000 people went for a ride over the course of seven days and we expect another successful year,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

Easter Train 2018

An egg-citing adventure is in store for passengers on the Stanley Park Easter Train!

Operated by the Vancouver Park Board, the Easter Train runs March 22 – 25 and March 29 – April 2, 10am to 5pm. As in previous years, the Easter bunny will be in attendance. New this year is the Bunny Burrow Maze, which is included in the cost of admission.

“The Easter Train has been delighting children and families since 2011. Last year, 16,000 people went for a ride over the course of seven days and we expect another successful year,” said Vancouver Park Board Chair Stuart Mackinnon.

Variety of activities

Other activities at the train plaza include an Easter egg hunt, carnival games, inflatable bouncers and face painting at an additional charge. Food will be sold on site at the Cob House, Bunny Hop Café, Cloud Nine Cotton Candy, The Praguery, and Insomniac’s Coffee.

An ATM and first aid service will also be located on site, which is wheelchair accessible.

A preview with the train only runs March 17 and 18, 10am to 5pm.

Learn more about the Easter Train

The train includes a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374, which is famous for pulling Canada's first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. It operates as a seasonal attraction and features various themes throughout the year, including Ghost Train in October and Bright Nights in December. It is one of Vancouver's most popular family attractions, carrying more than 214,000 passengers per year. The train is covered on rainy days.

Easter at VanDusen Garden

Other Park Board facilities are also getting into the Easter spirit. At VanDusen Botanical Garden, the 10th annual Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt takes place March 30 – April 1. Children 0 to 8 years can enjoy an outdoor egg hunt in six different areas of the garden, including the maze, participate in fun activities, and purchase tasty treats from on-site food trucks. Tickets must be purchased online at vandusengarden.ca in advance. This popular event sells out every year, so make sure to get your tickets before they’re gone!

Buy tickets

Adults can also join an Easter egg hunt for a chance to win a Mexican vacation! To enter the contest, Garden visitors must find and take a photo of a Mexican egg hidden in the garden and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #AeromexicoEggHunt. One lucky entrant and guest will win an Aeromexico flight and five-day all-inclusive stay at Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel. The contest opens March 30 at 10 am and closes April 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

And, until March, 29th, children get in free at VanDusen Botanical Garden and Bloedel Conservatory with each paid adult, senior or youth.

VanDusen and Bloedel are jointly operated by the Vancouver Park Board and Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association.

Community centres across the city also offer Easter activities such as egg hunts and carnivals. Learn more and register online or contact the community centres.