The Stanley Park Miniature Train is one of Stanley Park's great kids' attractions and fun for the whole family.
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 TrainThe 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.
From June 17 - September 21, there is a free Stanley Park Shuttle, which stops at 15 of the park's most popular attractions, including the Miniature Train Station.
Holidays & Special Events at Stanley Park
Although the Stanley Park Miniature Train is open for "regular" rides (during some weekends in June and September), you will likely ride the train during one of its special events. In the summer (late-June - Labour Day), the Miniature Train Plaza becomes the Aboriginal Klahowya Village, and the train becomes the Spirit Catcher Train. The train also opens for holiday events, including the Halloween Ghost Train in October and Bright Nights in December.
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.