The Stanley Park Miniature Train is one of Stanley Park's great kids' attractions and fun for the whole family. It opens for the summer season June 17th to September 4th, from 10am - 5pm.
When 1964's Typhoon Frieda stormed through the park felling trees, the park's Deputy Supervisor Bill Livingstone found a horseshoe-shaped silver lining: the perfect space for creating a miniature railway.
Today, the Stanley Park Mini Train carries its passengers through the forest on a winding, 2k ride over trestles and through tunnels, and attracts 200,000 riders a year.
The train is replica of the Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374, the engine made famous for pulling Canada's first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. The real Engine #374 is on display at Yaletown's Roundhouse Community Centre.
Getting to the Stanley Park Miniature Train
The Stanley Park Miniature Train is situated in Stanley Park off Pipeline Road. You can bike or walk from downtown, heading west along W Georgia St., or you can take the #19 Bus to the Stanley Park Loop. For drivers, there are pay parking areas nearby.
Use the map to plot your route; the Stanley Park Mini Train is labeled #13.
Holidays & Special Events at Stanley Park
Although the Stanley Park Miniature Train is open for "regular" rides during the summer, there are also special themed events throughout the year. In October, the train becomes the Halloween Ghost Train and in December it celebrates Bright Nights for Christmas and winter holidays.
Making the Most of Your Visit
It's ridiculously easy to fill a day with family fun at Stanley Park, starting with a ride on the Miniature Train.
The train is close to the Vancouver Aquarium (just a five-minute walk away), close to the Burrard Inlet-side Seawall (always good for a family bike ride), and just a short drive/20-minute walk away from the beaches, pool and water park.