Bright Nights Christmas Train Returns to Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Photo credit: Michael Kwan (Freelancer) | Flickr

Photo credit: Michael Kwan (Freelancer) | Flickr

Ask Vancouverites about their favourite childhood memories from the holidays and one activity almost always pops up: the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park.

There’s just something about chugging into the forest on a cold night in a tiny train, millions of lights twinkling overhead, that gets burned into your memory banks. And, to be honest, it’s probably not just the kids that get a kick out of it.

The Bright Nights Christmas Train is back for another run in Stanley Park, Dec. 5-Jan. 5. Passengers can hop onboard at the park’s miniature train plaza, not far from the Vancouver Aquarium and Lumberman’s Arch (map).  The plaza itself is free to visit (suggested donation $4) and decorated with literally millions of lights.  Santa is usually on hand in his living room, and seasonal choirs add to the holiday cheer.  Meanwhile, free hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and even organic popcorn keep visitors warm and toasty.

Of course, the highlight is the train ride itself ($11 adults; $7 kids and seniors; free for under age 3).   Continue reading:
Bright Nights Christmas Train Returns to Vancouver’s Stanley Park

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. Continue reading:
Easter Train Coming to Stanley Park, March 23-April 1

Catch the Amtrak Cascades Train to Vancouver

The train travels along the scenic waterfront (Photo: Amtrak)

Hey Seattle! Portland! Looking for something to do? Looking for a short getaway?  Well, look no further! I have the answer, and the answer is Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada!

Visit your neighbours, just over the border and do it all in comfort by catching the Amtrak Cascades train. Amtrak Cascades offers a Pacific Northwest route between Eugene, Oregon and Vancouver, BC which stops at major cities along the way (Portland, Seattle) and some others in between (check out the Amtrak Cascades website for exact stops).

 

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Catch the Amtrak Cascades Train to Vancouver