Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station

Enjoying the Beaux-Arts Style of Vancouver’s Pacific Central VIA Train Station

Travellers to and from Vancouver can enjoy the Heritage Listed Beaux-Arts-style of our Pacific Central Railway Station while they wait for their VIA train ride to Seattle and parts south.

Often the location of popular TV and Films, Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, built in 1917 by Canadian National Railways is a listed historic building in the Canadian Register of Places.

Riding the Amtrak Cascades Train from Vancouver to Seattle – avoid traffic, relax and enjoy the view.

I missed my train recently (*Always arrive 30 minutes before your ticket departure time as they close the doors 20 minutes before departure) and had a few hours to spend with this beautiful old building.

Arch and pediment sheltering the main entrance of Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Arch and pediment sheltering the main entrance of Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Clock inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Clock inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Rainy Park Outside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Rainy Park Outside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Cafe inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Cafe inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Arch and pediment sheltering the main entrance of Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Arch and pediment sheltering the main entrance of Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Beaux-Arts style inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Beaux-Arts style inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Phone Boxes inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station
Phone Boxes inside Vancouver Pacific Central Train Station

From The Canadian Register of Historic Places

The Canadian National Railways / VIA Rail Station (CNR) in Vancouver is a large, Beaux-Arts-style railway station, built in 1917. It is located on reclaimed land in the False Creek area of the city of Vancouver. The formal recognition is confined to the railway station building itself. The Vancouver Canadian National Railways (CNR) Station represents the end of the turn-of-the-century period of railway prosperity which culminated in the acquisition of much of Canada’s rail service by the government-owned CNR. Designed by the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) to serve as the western terminus of its transcontinental route, the Vancouver station opened as a CNR station.

Source: Heritage Character Statement, Canadian National Railways/VIA Rail Station, 1150 Station Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 1992.

Lots of things in Vancouver change, but a few things don’t.

1937 [The McLennan, McFeely and Prior display car and van near the Canadian National Railway Station] Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-: Trans P20

The Canadian Register of Historic Places
http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=4527

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