The Stanley Park Ghost Train and Alice in Nightmareland

September 29, 2019
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The Stanley Park Ghost Train, presented by the Vancouver Park Board, opens on Friday, October 11 with a new gothic theme: Alice in Nightmareland.

Things still aren’t what they seem as a teenaged Alice falls down the rabbit hole again. Follow Alice and the Not-So-White Rabbit through an endless series of stone doors and enter into a gothic nightmare world of creatures, crypts, and catacombs!

“The Park Board welcomes families and folks of all ages to celebrate our 20th year of the Stanley Park Ghost Train with Alice in Nightmareland. It’s with the dedication of our community partners that we can bring a new theme to life each year for all park visitors to enjoy.” – Stuart Mackinnon, Vancouver Park Board Chair.


This year, the Ghost Train experience will also feature a haunted maze, pumpkin patch, hands-on activities and tours by Stanley Park Ecology Society, storytellers, crafts and movies, plus food vendors such as The Looking Glass Canteen and Café, Insomniac’s Coffee, Organic Villa for plant-based options, organic popcorn from the CobHouse, and more.

“In the train plaza, both parents and children can expect to see, and actually play, croquet with the Queen of Hearts herself! The Mad Hatter will then escort families onto the miniature train that journeys through a strange and twisted world, where they’ll meet many more of the characters and creatures from the original Alice books.” – Peter Hall, Artistic Director, Mortal Coil Performance Society.


Food Bank Donations:

The event encourages visitors to donate non-perishable food items to partner charity, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.


The Ghost Train runs Friday, October 11 until Thursday, October 31. Hours are 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm from Monday to Thursday, and 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm from Friday to Sunday, with matinee hours (no live performances) on Friday to Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Monday, October 14 will have matinee trains only.

Night Train:

The classic night train ride includes a 14-minute experience with lights, sounds, and live performers.

Matinee Train:

The matinee train ride is a great daytime activity for families, school groups, and groups with children, with all the treats but none of the tricks. There are no live performers during matinee train rides.


Buy online at or by phone (604-252-3700) with TicketLeader. On-site ticket sales start at 3:00 pm, Monday to Thursday and 11:00 am, Friday to Sunday. Visitors can buy same-day tickets or advance tickets for future dates on-site in Stanley Park.

Special Offers:

2-for-1 Online Only Available October 15 (Tues), 16 (Wed), 21 (Mon), or 22 (Tues) – Purchase one ticket online for these select dates and add a complimentary ticket for free! Unlimited Matinees Available Friday to Sunday, 11 am to 2 pm: Visitors with a ticket valid during this time can ride the train as many times as they dare!

Photo Credit: Tim Matheson