Easter at Stanley Park in Vancouver involves train rides through the forest, visits with the Easter Bunny and other kid-friendly activities.
In 2022 the train rides took place on the Easter Long Weekend between April 15th and 18th. The attraction is NOT operating, however, in the spring of 2023.
Although the Stanley Park Easter Train isn’t happening this year, lots of other great Easter events are taking place. Some of the best ones are in the Fraser Valley. They include Easterfest at Taves Farm, Baby Animal Easter Days at Maan Farms, Peteys Easter Eggstravaganza at Fantasy Farms, and the Easter Egg Hunt at Greendale Acres. All four of these events are highly recommended.
Easter Train at Stanley Park
Located in one of Vancouver’s most famous attractions, the Stanley Park Railway offers rides throughout much of the year. The train and its surroundings are often decorated for festive rides close to special occasions, making it fun to visit more than once.
For example, during the Halloween season, the railway transforms into the Halloween Ghost Train. Then, for most of December, the train has a Christmas theme during the Stanley Park Bright Nights event. After closing for most of the winter, the train usually reopens briefly in March or April with an Easter-themed experience. It also runs for much of the summer.
Stanley Park’s Easter Train is a hugely popular event. It only runs for a few days though, so if you want to go you usually have to buy your tickets well in advance.
Looking for a fun physical activity to do with the family? Then check out the Big Easter Run. It takes place on the Easter Weekend at Jericho Beach.
Train Schedule and Admission
In 2022 the Stanley Park Railway Easter Train ran from April 15th to 18th. That was the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Easter Long Weekend. Rides operated from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm each day.
Tickets cost $7.00 for everyone ages 3 and above. Kids under the age of 3 rode for free. In 2022, tickets were only available online and were sold for specific timeslots.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were dividers between benches on the train to ensure a safer experience. Masks weren’t required, although they were recommended for everyone while on the train.
The attraction isn’t operating at Easter in 2023. Hopefully it will be back again in a future year.
What to Expect
In years that it operates, the Easter-themed train at Stanley Park is a fun celebration of the holiday. The ride through the forest is accompanied by Easter music and the railway goes through decorated structures. While on the train, you should be able to see bunnies and other friendly animals and characters. The ride itself lasts for about 15 minutes, and it’s usually a very popular attraction for families with young children.
There’s normally more to the event than just the train ride. In fact, there’s usually an Easter Egg Hunt on-site, which is lots of fun! Unfortunately, the hunt didn’t take place in 2022. When the hunt is offered in future years, it’s a good idea for parents to bring baskets.
Although the Easter Egg Hunt didn’t happen in 2022, there were still other activities available that year. The Easter Bunny was on-site for photos and to interact with guests. In addition, the Bunny Burrow Maze was open for kids to check out. There were also displays in the plaza that were appropriate for the occasion.
Lastly, if you were feeling hungry there were food and beverages available for purchase at the attraction last year. The Bunny Hop Café was open with typical carnival-style food, like hot dogs, fries and more. Also for sale were pretzels, cotton candy and tasty organic popcorn. Three food trucks were on-site offering coffee, pastries, potato snacks and other items as well.
For more information about the Easter-themed ride, click Stanley Park Easter Train.
To learn about the Halloween edition of the train, click Stanley Park Ghost Train. For more information about the train in general, check out our Stanley Park Miniature Railway article.
Other articles that may be of interest include the following:
- Vancouver’s Stanley Park
- Bear Creek Park Train and Mini Golf
- Squamish Railway Museum
- Easter Activities in Vancouver
- April Calendar of Events
- Vancouver Places for Children