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Vancouver’s Stanley Park Miniature Train

Stanley Park Easter Train

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.

After not operating for a few years, first due to COVID-19 and then because of maintenance issues, the train is running seasonally once again!

 


This article includes information about the following topics:

Train Location | General Schedule | Summer Schedule | Easter Train | Halloween Train | Christmas Train | Tips & Advice | Other Information

Click on any of the above links to jump to a specific topic, or continue reading to learn all about the Stanley Park Miniature Train.


 

Theatre Under the Stars

 

Miniature Railway at Stanley Park

Carrying over 200,000 passengers each year, the 15-minute Stanley Park railway ride features trestles, tunnels, forest, 2 kms of track and seasonal themes. Children and young families love the train!

 

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 in October

 

Stanley Park Train Schedule

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 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.

 

Miniature Train Summer Schedule

In the summer the train at Stanley Park runs from late-June until the first few days of September. When running, trains usually depart Wednesday to Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday hours are typically from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. The train opens one hour earlier on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For an idea on pricing, the following were from a couple of years ago (not including taxes). Pricing in 2024 will likely be slightly higher.

  • Adults (ages 19 to 64 years) – $7.50
  • Seniors (ages 65+) – $5.25
  • Youth (ages 13 to 18 years) – $5.25
  • Children (ages 3 to 12 years) – $3.75
  • Families (2 adults and 2 children or youth) – $15.00
  • Infants (ages 2 and under) – Free

People can buy their tickets for Stanley Park train rides at the venue. In the past, books of 10 tickets were also available for serious miniature railway enthusiasts at the following prices. These prices will likely be comparable in 2024, but to be confirmed.

  • Adults (ages 19 to 64 years) – $52.50
  • Seniors (ages 65+) – $36.75
  • Youth (ages 13 to 18 years) – $36.75
  • Children (ages 3 to 12 years) – $26.25
  • Families (2 adults and 2 children or youth) – $105.00
  • 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 City of Vancouver website.

Prices and other details for seasonal train trips are below.

 

Railway Museum of BC

 

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.

In 2024 the Easter Train ran from March 29th to April 1st, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm daily. Kids are able to meet the Easter Bunny, check out displays and enjoy some food truck food. In some years there’s also an Easter egg hunt, but this wasn’t the case in 2024.

Tickets for the Easter Train rides cost around $9 per person, but free for children ages 2 and under. This year, tickets were only available online.

Click Stanley Park Easter Train for more details.

 

Stanley Park Train and Easter Chick Mascot
Stanley Park Easter Train

 

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. The Ghost Train was cancelled in 2021 as well. In 2022 the Halloween-themed train was scheduled to return as “Welcome to Atomicville.” Unfortunately, the Ghost Train was cancelled again due to mechanical issues. It didn’t happen in 2023 either.

In years when the Ghost Train operates, there is a less expensive matinee train ride on 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 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, the more hardcore Ghost Train is usually in operation and includes live performers and spooky lighting. Although still very family-friendly, it’s lots of fun for most folks but still not for everyone.

When the Ghost Train returns, expect the matinee train rides to cost about $7 per person and the evening trips to be around $14 for adults and $11 for folks ages 65+ and between 3 and 17.

For more information on the Ghost Train, click Stanley Park Halloween Train.

 

Stanley Park Train at Halloween
Stanley Park Ghost Train at Halloween

 

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.

The event was cancelled for the 2020/2021 season due to COVID-19. However, it returned from November 26th in 2021 until January 2nd in 2022. After not happening in December of 2022, the train was back again for the 2023/2024 season.

Rides were available last season between November 30th, 2023, and January 1st, 2024. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $13 for teenagers and seniors, and $11 for children ages 3 to 12. Little kids under the age of 3 got on for free.

Click Bright Nights for more information.

 

Stanley Park Train Video

To get an idea of what to expect on the Stanley Park train during the Christmas season, watch the following video. It begins and ends at the train station.

 

 

Tips & 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.

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.

 

Stanley Park Christmas Train
Stanley Park Train at Christmas

 

Other Information

For more information about Vancouver’s most famous miniature train and park, check out the Stanley Park Train‘s website or click Stanley Park.

Other Lower Mainland miniature trains can be found at the following locations:

A large, real and full-sized locomotive, Engine 374, can also be found at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

For other Vancouver kid-friendly activities, click Vancouver’s Best Places for Children.