5 things you should know about the Stanley Park Easter Train

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Stanley Park’s popular miniature railway is back on track to take passengers for a ride over the Easter long weekend.

After announcing that the family attraction will be back in service for Easter, the park board released more details Thursday, including information about ticket sales, which are scheduled to begin next week.

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Here’s what you need to know if you want to participate.

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Stanley Park Easter Train
Children get a visit from the Easter Bunny on the Stanley Park Easter Train, which runs this year from March 29 to April 1, 2024. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG

What is the Stanley Park Easter Train?

The Stanley Park Railway has a collection of vintage locomotives that run on a 20 kilometer wide track that winds through Stanley Park Forest.

Decorated for various holidays, including Christmas, Halloween and Easter, the railway typically attracts more than 200,000 visitors a year.

This year, the little train will run over the Easter weekend, from Friday, March 29 to Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to the park management, two locomotives and six cars will be in operation.

“Guests can expect a family-friendly atmosphere highlighted by a visit from the Easter Bunny and interesting exhibits in the plaza,” he said Thursday. “Local vendors will also be present, offering a variety of sweet and savory delights.”

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 12 at 12 p.m.

The park board says there will be 5,700 tickets up for grabs. Based on previous demand, tickets are expected to sell out faster than eggs during the Easter egg hunt. The park board recommended visitors purchase tickets in advance.

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How do I buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online at vancouver.ca/eastertrain.

The ticket system, Showpass, will ask you to select how many tickets you want and then show you the available dates and time slots based on the number of tickets. Each customer may purchase a maximum of six tickets.

Showpass uses a queuing system. Shoppers can register starting at 11:30 a.m., when they will be placed in a virtual waiting room. When the sale begins at noon, people in the waiting room will be randomly assigned a spot in the shopping queue.

Those who join after the sale will be placed at the back of the line on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets will not be available on site.

How much are the tickets?

Tickets are $9 for ages three and up, plus GST and service fees. Train travel is free for children under two years old.

Will there be accessible cars?

Yes. The Easter train marks the return of the accessible carriage, which was out of service last Christmas when the train returned after a three-year hiatus.

Last week, Mayor Ken Sim said the accessible car will be available over the long weekend after he was able to obtain the parts needed to meet regulatory standards.

Tickets for the accessible car must be reserved before general sale by calling 1-844-307-7469 on March 12 starting at 8 a.m.

Attendees accompanying people with disabilities will not have to pay admission.

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