The Stanley Park miniature train ride operates out of an area called Stanley Park Junction that has a train station, ticket booth, and other facilities.
The miniature train goes on a scenic 15 minute, 2 kilometre ride which includes a tunnel and trestle over water.
The train accomodates both children and adults. Additionally, there is a special train car to carry people who are in wheelchairs so everyone can enjoy the train ride!
For each season, there are season-specific decorations along the way, e.g. an easter theme during March, Christmas theme in December, scary displays during Halloween.
This is a paid attraction. You need to buy tickets to ride the train. There are usually other free/paid activities that take place at Stanley Park Junction that you can also do before/after your train ride. It is free to enter the Stanley Park Junction area.
There are 4 actual miniature train engines which operate. One of which is a replica of the engine that was the first to cross Canada! The real (full size) engine resides in the Roundhouse in Yaletown, Vancouver!
There are washrooms a short distance just outside of the Stanley Park Junction exit near the ticket booth.
May 2023 UPDATE: No word yet whether the train will operate this summer. The Parks Board still hopes to have the train operating for the Halloween Ghost event in October.
March 2023 UPDATE: The Stanley Park Easter Train and Fair has been cancelled for 2023. The train failed a safety inspection. They hope to have it operational again by late summer 2023.
September 20, 2022 UPDATE: The Stanley Park Ghost Train has been cancelled in 2022. The train failed a safety inspection. They hope to have it operational again for Bright Nights!
For 2023, the Stanley Park Miniature train will operate on the following dates:
Note that the train will NOT run during Family Day in Februarys anymore.
During the time before and during Easter weekend, the miniature train operates with an Easter theme. There is usually also an associated Easter Fair at the Stanley Park Junction which includes many activities for children including an easter egg hunt and carnival games.
The summer Minature Train ride operates with an 'Urban Forest' theme.
During the weeks prior to and including Halloween, the miniature train operates with a Halloween theme!
During the Christmas and New Years season the miniature train operates with a Christmas theme! There are millions of Christmas lights strung up by the firefighters for charity!
There is a large parking lot immediately in front of Stanley Park Junction where the train starts/ends. If this lot is full, there is an overflow lot just across Pipeline Road. For more detailed information (rates, times, etc.) about parking in Stanley Park, please read: Parking in Stanley Park
Yes, there is a space to park strollers next to where you board the train.