Stanley Park train back on track for Christmas, Mayor Ken Sim announces

The Stanley Park Train will be open in time for the Christmas season, Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim announced Monday.

“Today is an incredibly special day: today we’re going to announce that the Stanley Park train is back,” Sim said. “That’s right. It’s back, baby.”

The train had been out of commission for several seasons, the most recent being the cancellation of the Ghost Train due to mechanical issues. At the time, it was unknown whether or not it would be ready in time for Christmas, considering the ongoing technical problems with its antique engines and passenger cars.

“A year ago, we committed to bringing swagger back to the city and it begins by bringing back events, attractions, and the things that our community loves and celebrates,” Sim said.

Sim says there were challenges fixing the train, including issues around funding and a shortage of essential parts due to supply chain issues. He adds donors and a hard-working team are to thank for getting things back on track.

“Our train has been loved by Vancouverites for generations, and it will be once again,” he said.

The train was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then again in 2021 due to the threat of coyotes in the park. The same mechanical issues caused its cancellation in 2022.

Bright Nights, which is set to run from Nov. 30 until Jan. 1, also includes live entertainment, twinkling lights, a vintage fire truck, and more. The event is a fundraiser that raises money and awareness for the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund. It is the largest fundraiser for the organization, and admission is by donation.

Tickets for Bright Nights will be available Nov. 9 for purchase at an assigned time slot at

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