Vancouver’s miniature train at Stanley Park is a popular attraction that runs all summer long as well as during the Easter, Halloween and Christmas seasons.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Stanley Park miniature train was not operating for the majority of 2020. There was no Easter Train at Stanley Park on the Easter Long Weekend in April last year. The Halloween Ghost Train and Christmas train at Bright Nights didn’t happen either.
Fortunately, the Stanley Park miniature train reopened on May 22nd in 2021. It was only open on weekends initially but from June 30th to September 6th it’s open Wednesdays to Sundays. For the latest information about the train and its status regarding 2021 events, see the City of Vancouver‘s website.
Miniature Railway at Stanley Park
Carrying over 200,000 passengers each year, the 15-minute Stanley Park railway ride features trestles, tunnels, forest, 2 kilometres of track and seasonal themes. Children and young families love the train!
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Stanley Park Train Location
The Stanley Park miniature train is located on Pipeline Road in the middle of Stanley Park. Coming from West Georgia Street via the park entrance, take the second exit at the roundabout and the venue is just a little ways up on your right.
If using a GPS to get there and it requires an address, type in 690 Pipeline Road and it’ll get you close enough to see signs directing you where to go.
Stanley Park Train Schedule
In normal years, the Stanley Park miniature train runs daily in the spring for just a week or so before Easter, from mid-April to mid-June on weekends (weather-permitting) and daily for the summer season from mid-June until early September.
The 2021 schedule is different from other years because of COVID-19. The train opens on May 22nd, and is only open on weekends until June 30th. Then, for the rest of the summer until September 6th, the train runs from Wednesdays to Sundays. Hours of operation are from 11 am to 4 pm.
The railway typically starts up again in October in the lead-up to Halloween, and then from the end of November until the first few days of January. In other words, with just a few exceptions, it’s closed most of January to March, September and November most years. Exact details for the rest of 2021 are to be confirmed.
Miniature Train Summer Schedule
In the summer the train at Stanley Park runs from late-June until the first few days of September. Trains depart Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am until 4 pm in 2021.
2021 prices (not including taxes) are the following:
- Adults (ages 19 to 64 years) – $7.00
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $5.00
- Youth (ages 13 to 18 years) – $5.00
- Children (ages 3 to 12 years) – $3.50
- Families (2 adults and 2 children or youth) – $14.00
- Infants (ages 2 and under) – Free
Tickets for Stanley Park train rides are sold at the venue. Books of 10 tickets are also available for serious miniature railway enthusiasts at the following prices:
- Adults (ages 19 to 64 years) – $49.00
- Seniors (ages 65+) – $35.00
- Youth (ages 13 to 18 years) – $35.00
- Children (ages 3 to 12 years) – $24.50
- Families (2 adults and 2 children or youth) – $98.00
- Infants (ages 2 and under) – Free
Note: Prices, times and other details are subject to change.
In addition to the main summer train schedule, special seasonal train themes also take place at other times of the year. They include Easter trains in the spring, Halloween trains in October and Christmas trains in December.
For more information visit the Urban Forest Train.
Prices and other details for seasonal train trips are listed below.
Stanley Park Easter Train
The Stanley Park Easter Train usually runs during the daytime for just a week or so before Easter in the spring and includes the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt, crafts, games and face painting. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, however, it didn’t happen in 2020.
In years when it does take place, children are encouraged to bring a basket or something to collect their Easter eggs in and parents are advised to buy their tickets in advance as the rides often sold out, especially on sunny weekend days.
In 2019 the Easter Train ran from Thursday April 18th until Monday April 22nd from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm daily. We expect 2022 dates to be similar (unless COVID-19 continues to be a serious problem).
From April 18th to 22nd last year there were also carnival activities including face painting, bouncy structures and Easter egg hunt activities.
Tickets for the Easter Train rides are about $6 per person, but free for children ages 2 and under. Tickets for carnival activities in 2019 could be purchased for about $2 each.
Click Stanley Park Easter Train for more details.
Halloween Ghost Train
The Stanley Park Ghost Train is a family-friendly Halloween favourite for children, families, youth and even adults in Vancouver. The layout and theme change every year, but the ride through the forest predictably includes scenes with skeletons, monsters, gravestones and other typical Halloween paraphernalia. In 2019 the theme was “Alice in Nightmareland”.
In 2020, because of the global pandemic, there was no train during the Halloween season. Hopefully it’ll be back again soon.
In years when it does operate, there is usually a less expensive matinee train ride on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the day which is during the daylight and therefore much less scary for little people, although still not for the ultra timid.
At night time, between about 5:30 and 9:30 or 10 pm, the more hard-core Ghost Train is in operation and includes live performers and spooky lighting. Although still very family-friendly, it’s lots of fun for most folk but still not for everyone.
Expect the matinee train rides to cost about $6 per person and the evening trips to be around $12 for adults and $9 for folks aged 65+ and between 3 and 17.
For more information on the Ghost Train, click Stanley Park Halloween Train.
Christmas Bright Nights Train
Bright Nights at Stanley Park takes place between the end of November and the first few days in January each year and features millions of festive lights and Christmas decorations.
Unfortunately, the event was cancelled for the 2020/21 season due to COVID-19. Admission to Bright Nights is usually by donation in normal years.
Click Bright Nights for more information.
Tips and Advice
Want recommendations on how to make your Stanley Park Train experience as good as possible? Then check out the following tips:
TIP #1: Buy your tickets in advance just in case the day you want to go gets sold out, resulting in disappointed children. Also, to avoid the biggest crowds, go on a weekday in the earlier part of each season (e.g., go in early October instead of just before Halloween).
TIP #2: Sometimes, but not always, parking is free in the parking lot right outside the Stanley Park Train venue just off Pipeline Road. It’s not free in the summer, but sometimes during the Christmas season and at Halloween during the train operating times.
TIP #3: If you’re going to Stanley Park, don’t just go for the train. There is so much to see and do at the park, so combine your trip with other activities. Just outside the train venue grounds is a great children’s playground. The Vancouver Aquarium is also just a short walk away, the seawall is amazing for bike rides, in the summer there is the outdoor pool at Second Beach and there is great swimming also at Third Beach.
Other Lower Mainland miniature trains can be found at the following locations:
For other Vancouver kid-friendly activities, click Vancouver’s best places for children.