Stanley Park miniature train ride, Vancouver

On Saturday afternoon, we visited the seasonal attraction of the Stanley Park miniature train ride. Our good friends here invited us to join them as they have two boys too.

We set off on bicycle which I might add might have been a little ambitious as it was a 45 minutes each way. There was the right amount of breeze to stay cool on this mission and a little sun out so cycling conditions were good. When we arrived all I could think of was throwing back a cold lager. Alas, that would have to wait till later and I went with the sensible choice of hydrating with water and topping my energy stores up with popcorn.

The entrance to the Klahowya Aboriginal Village was marked with a colourful designed eagle board leading us into where the ‘spirit train’ is situated. This is a great way to learn about the legend of the ‘Sasquatch’ or Bigfoot.

For a family with children under four years of age, a group ticket is the best value at $25. The train ride is approximately 10 minutes long. The train is a replica of the Canadian Pacific Railway engine #374. This engine was made famous by pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s.

There was the story, song and dance as we weaved around the forest track and tunnel seeing animals like the eagle, bear, frog and Sasquatch. I also learnt that they have a special Halloween themed train ride and Christmas lights themed ride as well which sounds wonderful.

A relaxed way to spend the afternoon…until the way back. One huge black cloud loomed and just as we jumped on our bikes it started to rain, a little, a lot … then we were drenched! Of course, this was the day we left over enthusiastic and under prepared without any rain gear.  We hightailed it half the way until we made it to the safe haven at Steamrollers – 437 Davie Street at Homer, Yaletown. They are seriously quick and healthy burritos, not to mention so delicious! They are a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR = fast food), which only uses steam to cook their food, preventing shrinkage, locking in moisture and nutrients supposedly. They even provide kid’s options on the menu which got the thumbs up from our little guy.

Ok, so a little damp later we made the dash again to the Canada line down Davie Street and jumped on with our bikes to get us as close to home as possible. Dare I say, this an accomplishment even a local Vancouverite would be proud of!

The evening ended with a warm bath and finally a good lager! I highly recommend the Calico Brown Ale by Tenaya Creek, Nevada. It goes without saying that after all that the household was very peaceful as we all slept really well.

Please note: The photos represented here are not my own (sourced from google images).