Easter Train Coming to Stanley Park, March 23-April 1

Photo credit: Robin Thom | Flickr

Photo credit: Robin Thom | Flickr

Get ready for a new way to hunt down your Easter eggs this year.

Stanley Park is bringing back its popular Easter Train for another run.  From March 23-April 1, bring the kids to the park for a ride on the miniature train, visits from the Easter Bunny and Easter Chick and, of course, plenty of egg hunts.

The Easter Train, which winds its way at a gentle pace through forests and past lakes in the 1,000-acre park, joins Stanley Park’s lineup of other popular seasonal trains, including the Bright Nights Christmas Train, the spooky, Halloween-themed Ghost Train and the Spirit Catcher Train at Klahowya First Nations Village.

The Easter Train runs rain or shine and is fully covered to protect you from those occasional spring showers.  Before hopping on board, take the kids to the craft tables for Easter-themed art projects.  Easter egg hunts are staged throughout the day near the start of the miniature rail line.  Just be sure to bring your own basket.  Here’s some history on the train.

Located off of Pipeline Road in the heart of Stanley Park (map) the Miniature Railway carries some 200,000 riders every year over trestles and through tunnels on a winding, 10-minute ride.  The railway was built in the wake of 1964′s Typhoon Frieda, which felled a large swath of trees in the park.  The deputy supervisor at the time decided to make the most of the open terrain by building a scenic railway.

The mini railway’s locomotive is an exact replica of Canadian Pacific’s famous Engine #374, which pulled Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the 1880s (The real engine is on display in the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown).

The Stanley Park Easter Train runs March 23-April 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Tickets for kids 3-12 are $8.75.  Adults pay $3.50 to accompany children on the train.

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