The Stanley Park Train will be celebrating its 50th anniversary of operating the miniature railway with special events Friday, June 6th to Sunday, June 8th.
Stanley Park Train 50th Anniversary
From 10:00am to 5:00pm daily, train rides will be $5 per person and visitors can enjoy free entertainment and activities such as:
An interactive CinemaZoo animal display, an inflatable bouncy train, face painting, BC Metis Federation Dancers, stilt walkers, train themed crafts, a Vancouver Aquarium display, Firefighters BBQ & display (Saturday only), Vancouver Public Library Story Bus (Sunday only) and more.
Stanley Park Miniature Railway Facts
When the original miniature railway began in 1947 is featured only a child-size train. The current adult-size train opened in 1964.
The area for the miniature railway was cleared naturally when Typhoon Freda wiped out a 6-acre virgin tract behind the children’s zoo in October of 1962.
The train is a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway #374, famous for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s. [Source]
It carries 200,000 passengers a year on a 2km circuit.
In late June the train will be transformed into the summertime “Spirit Catcher” train in partnership with Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, which will run until September.