Riding the rails lets travellers relax, sit back and enjoy the passing scenery in a way that travelling by hamster ball can never match. Embark on a locomotive adventure with today’s Groupon to the Spirit Catcher Train at Klahowya Village in Stanley Park. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get one ride on the Spirit Catcher Train for two adults (up to a $20 value, including HST).
- For $14, you get one ride on the Spirit Catcher Train for an immediate family of four (two adults and two children ages 17 and younger) (a $28.80 value, including HST).
- For $36, you get unlimited rides on the Spirit Catcher Train for an immediate family of four (two adults and two children ages 17 and younger) until the end of the season on Sunday, September 11 (a $72 value, including HST).
The Spirit Catcher Train ride is free for children younger than 2.
The iron-horse whisperers at the Spirit Catcher Train ride whisk voyagers of all ages away on a 13-minute journey through the sylvan surrounds of Stanley Park aboard a covered miniature train. Riders choo-choo through the verdant woodland to follow the story of Princess Klahowya and her animal friends as they race to find Raven to save the sun from the Chief of Darkness. Aboriginal youth in elaborate costumes and trees with a knack for dramatic monologues act out the narrative’s crucial events at various locations along the tracks, and an audio soundtrack narrates the story as the train is in motion. While they ride, visitors can also admire the bevy of First Nations artwork and installations that bedizen the train’s path. Engine excursionists can prepare for their upcoming ride and memorize the train’s path for accurate prejourney daydreams with this video.
Train trekkers can also explore the Klahowya Village, which celebrates First Nations and Métis culture with a plenitude of activities and events, including dance performances, cultural tours, and a storytelling circle. A 40-foot teepee welcomes wee visitors in to partake in Aboriginal crafts with the resident 39-foot artisan, and hungry mouths can nosh on Aboriginal eats provided by Raven’s Landing for an additional cost.
Klahowya Village in Stanley Park
Rustic wood cabins interconnected by wooden walkways stand amid a network of fountains, mountain streams, and small waterfalls. Dense forest and blooms of emerald ferns spread out in all directions. The train whistle and drum beats echo through the trees. At Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, natural scenery opens up to authentic representations of British Columbia's First Nations and Métis cultures through its attractions, performances, and artisan marketplace. As guests arrive, knowledgeable First Nations guides in native dress usher guests into the park, where they can start by taking in the sights or boarding the miniature covered Spirit Catcher train for storytelling journeys past forest tableaus.
Young dancers and actors in traditional dress stage cultural performances every Friday through Sunday throughout the summer, and coffee by Spirit Bear Coffee Company keeps visitors warm year-round. In the indoor marketplace, First Nations and Métis artisans proffer pieces of handmade visual art, jewellery, apparel, and other crafts. The nonprofit Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia operates the park as part of its aim to create a sustainable and educational showcase of Aboriginal culture for visitors and local residents.
A well set-up and comprehensive attraction, with an educational component, too, in the middle of beautiful Stanley Parkjoanoarts, TripAdvisor, 7/26/11
Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Z4