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What's a good park without great activities for kids? Stanley Park has numerous attractions to keep the whole family busy for part or all of the day.
Visitors can thank Typhoon Frieda for the Stanley Park Miniature Railway. The 1964 storm cleared a near-perfect train route and, shortly after, a 20-inch gauge track was placed in the park. Now more than 200,000 visitors ride the train each year, winding through more than two kilometres of trestles, tunnels and beautiful park scenery. There are three sets of cars, including one fashioned after the historic, 19th-century Canadian Pacific Railway #374.
For those wanting a ride on something dating back even further than the locomotive, the park offers Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours March through October. The one-hour tours are relaxing and educational as passengers learn about the park and its surroundings.
Even more simplistic is a day spent relaxing in the park with a blanket and a picnic basket, or at a barbecue and a picnic table. There are three designated picnic spots in Stanley Park and all can be reserved for large parties.
Of course if you want to just relax while the little ones blow off steam, there are several playgrounds in the park, including the city's first. The playground at Ceperley Meadow near Second Beach was built in the 1920s and features a seafaring theme. There are also playgrounds near Lumberman's Arch and the Stanley Park Pavilion.