It’s become a tradition and the BC Forest Discovery Centre Halloween train saw more than ten thousand people visit over nine days this year.

The Forest Discovery Centre broke the ten thousand visitor threshold this year and General Manager Chris Gale said those who helped make this event successful deserve a lot of credit.

“Because of our great staff, our loyal volunteers, and the fantastic support of people, it’s just been fantastic,” said Gale. “There were ten thousand people this year, five or six hundred more than last year, despite the rain. Some nights when it was pouring rain, we still had every train full.”

Gale said people travel from up and down the island to enjoy what’s become the third most popular paid attraction on Vancouver Island.

“Everything is getting better, I think people are taking ownership of the centre,” said Gale. “This is such a great place to visit, a lot of people from Nanaimo and Victoria, even the north island, as people from Courtenay are coming.”

The Christmas Train starts on December 1 and it’s spread out throughout the month because of how popular the event is.

The train runs on the following days.


December 1
December 2
December 7
December 8
December 9
December 14
December 15
December 16
December 19
December 20
December 21
December 22
December 23