Stanley Park Train 50th Anniversary

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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.

1966: Stanley Park train. VPL #42873 & 42874. Photographer Gordon F. Sedawie for the Province Newspaper.

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.

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