Burnaby Central Railway

Enjoy riding a miniature railroad and more during your visit to the Burnaby Central Railway

Boarding the Burnaby Central Miniature Railroad
Boarding the Burnaby Central Miniature Railroad cc licensed photo by Mike W.

Operated by volunteers from the British Columbia Society of Model Engineers, Burnaby Central Railway is a 1/8 scale miniature replica railroad that the entire family will love. This hidden gem is located in Confederation Park in north Burnaby where it has been operating since 1993. Burnaby Central Railway offers a delightful experience for both locals and visitors alike. Whether you're a railway enthusiast or a family looking for a fun day out you will be sure to enjoy this attraction.

As you step into Burnaby Central Railway, you'll be greeted by the nostalgic sights and sounds of miniature trains chugging along the over 2 miles of 7.5" gauge track.

One of the highlights is going for a ride on one of the miniature trains. Climb aboard and embark on a journey around the railway's extensive track network. Feel the gentle breeze as you pass through tunnels, over bridges, and climb and descend gentle hills during the 15 minute ride that meanders through the large 7 acre site. It's an experience that's sure to delight both children and adults alike.

In addition to the train rides, Burnaby Central Railway offers a range of other attractions to enjoy. It is free to view the smaller G and O gauge model trains, both steam and electric, that operate along the garden railway. There is a picnic area where you can relax and soak in the scenery while enjoying light snacks from the concession, a gift shop where you can pick up railway themed souvenirs to commemorate your visit, and even a small museum where you can see pictures of full-sized and miniature locomotives along with other railway collectables.

Throughout the year, Burnaby Central Railway hosts a variety of events and special occasions. From themed train rides to holiday celebrations, there's always something exciting happening at the railway. Be sure to check their website or social media pages for information on upcoming events so you don't miss out on the fun.

Before you visit Burnaby Central Railway, it's a good idea to check their website for the latest information on hours of operation, admission prices, and any special requirements or restrictions that may be in place. They are normally open on weekends and statutory holidays from Easter until Thanksgiving. Ticket sales for rides on the trains cut-off at 4:30pm as all rides must be finished by 5pm.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - There is a nominal fee for rides on the miniature railway, however visiting the sight and viewing the smaller scale garden railway is free.

Burnaby Central Railway Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 120 N Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5C 6K1, Canada

Phone: (604) 291-0922

Official Website: Burnaby Central Railway

Burnaby Central Railway Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating The railway station provided a delightful experience for families with children, thanks to the inclusion of model trains for interactive fun. It was a joy to watch the excitement on the kids' faces as you boarded the miniature trains and embarked on imaginary journeys. The station's initiative to incorporate these model trains added an extra layer of entertainment, making it a memorable outing for families. Additionally, the station maintained excellent facilities and amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable visit for all. With its family-friendly atmosphere and engaging activities, this railway station is a definite must-visit for families looking for a fun day out.
Hassan Mk - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating This was a really great experience! My kids really enjoyed the train ride and watching all the trains. It's priced a lot cheaper than most other places and the train ride was quite long. I will be bringing my kids back for sure. I also like that you can get a pack of 10 tokens for cheaper that don't expire
Stephanie Ma - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Discovering Burnaby Central Railway was a delight! Perfect for kids with thrilling mini train rides, delicious food options, and even baby changing facilities. An adventure the little ones will cherish! Can't wait to go back soon! 🚂✨
Erika Santos - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Burnaby central railway is a fun family activity that ride is about 10 min long with under $5.00 per person. We realized that people have BD party for kids there too.
Anahita Kasiri - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Excellent 1-1.5h excursion for younger kiddos. We have driven here 3 weekends in a row from Kitsilano at the behest of our 3yo train enthusiast. Young + young-at-heart volunteers are kind and knowledgeable (thanks Ronin and Brian). Thank you to BCR and the BC Society of Model Engineers for operating this gem. Looking forward to visiting all summer long. *FYI - Lines are much shorter on cloudy days 5-15’ vs on sunny days, the wait can be upwards of 40’.
monique cheung - a month ago

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Directions

Skytrain and Bus Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Expo LineMetrotown Station1 Minute
Millennium LineBrentwood Station11 Minutes

How to get to Burnaby Central Railway by Skytrain and Bus

From Brentwood Station follow the walkway to the bus loop and take the #130 Kootenay Loopbus and get off as soon as the bus turns left onto East Hastings Street. Walk back to Willingdon Ave and go left (north) to Pensznce Drive, then go East to the entrance.

From Metrotown Station take the walkway and escalator to the bus loop and take the #130 Kootenay Loop bus and proceed as above.

If you are coming from downtown Vancouver it may be just as quick to catch the R5 Rapid bus from any of it's designated stops to Hastings and Willingdon and walk north as above. Whichever option you choose, you can also take a #131 bus north on Willingdon from Hastings to shorten the walk, however this bus is not very frequent, so check when the next bus is due. It may be just as quick to walk.

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