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A Guide to Vancouver’s Engine 374 Pavilion Approved by Railfans

Guide to Engine 374 Pavilion in Vancouver
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In Yaletown, we happily lost ourselves amidst the maze of shops, cafes, and vibrant street art. Here, each turn reveals a new delight—whether it’s savoring artisanal coffee or stumbling upon colorful murals that breathe life into the city streets.

As we meandered along, we stumbled upon a hidden gem—the Engine 374 Pavilion. With its locomotive and proud stature, it stood as a testament to Vancouver’s rich railway history, evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity.

But let’s get back on track (pun intended)! We were so amazed that we made this guide which is perfect for history buffs, railway enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by Vancouver’s past. 

So, if you’re ready to embark on an adventure through Vancouver’s railway heritage, read on to learn more. All aboard!

Best Time to Go

The best time to go to the Engine 374 Pavilion is during the weekdays, preferably around its opening time of 10 a.m., as this is when it is less crowded and you can fully enjoy the historical exhibits and train memorabilia without feeling rushed.

Things to Know


The Engine 374 Pavilion is open seven days a week and is closed on statutory holidays. The pavilion has different schedules during the summer and winter seasons:

  • Summer (July – September): Monday to Sunday: 10am-4pm
  • Winter (January – March): Monday to Sunday: 11am-3pm


Admission to the Engine 374 Pavilion is free of charge. However, right by the entrance, there’s a donation box where you can donate for the upkeep of the train.


You can park underground at the Roundhouse Community Centre for $4 per hour until 6:00 pm every day. 

After that, it’s $7.75 for the night until 11:00 pm. You’ll also find plenty of street parking nearby.

What is the Canadian Pacific 374?

What is the Canadian Pacific 374

The Engine 374 Pavilion in Vancouver is vital as it houses the locomotive that pulled the first transcontinental train into the city in 1887. 

Its historical significance draws tourists to learn about Canada’s railway history while serving as a local symbol of progress and connectivity.

The Canadian Pacific 374 (CPR 374) train arrived on May 23, 1887, which marked the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

It was a pretty big deal since it marked the completion of a twin line of steel linking the new nation of Canada from coast to coast after ten years in construction.

The train was used until 1945, and it was eventually moved to Kitsilano Park as a play structure for children. A restoration project followed and the refurbished train was featured at Expo 86 (World Fair 1986).

Today, CPR 374 is on display at the Engine 374 Pavilion at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

How to Get to Engine 374 Pavilion

By car: head northeast on Hornby Street toward W Georgia. Turn right into How Street and a left onto Pacific Street. Finally, make a right onto Roundhouse Mews. The pavilion  will be on your left.

By public transit: hop on the 050 bus at W Georgia Street towards South False Creek via Granville Island. Get off at Davie, and from there, the pavilion would be an 11-minute walk.

Where to Stay near Engine 374 Pavilion


Address: 322 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5Z6, Canada

Phone: +1 866-642-6787

Pricing: $$$

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OPUS is this fancy hotel smack dab in Yaletown. Rooms here are thoughtfully-designed, with pop art adorning the walls, luxe spa bathrooms with heated floors and deep soaking tubs. 

And check this out—they’ve got an Italian restaurant, a fancy cocktail bar, and a fitness center that’s open all day, every day.

Best Western Premier Chateau

Address: 1100 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2B6, Canada

Phone: +1 604-669-7070

Pricing: $$

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Perfectly situated in downtown Vancouver, The Best Western Premier Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites is perfectly located for easy access to Granville Street bridge for those who may be heading to the airport.

Among the offerings are a refined bar and a laid-back restaurant boasting an outdoor patio. Additionally, there’s a well-equipped gym and a professional business center available


Address: 1022 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0G1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-685-3835

Pricing: $$$

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Situated in the Yaletown neighborhood, Level introduces a novel approach to extended stay lodging. Their apartment-style suites are equipped with full kitchens and in-suite laundry facilities, providing guests with the comforts of home. 

On top of that, they offer amenities such as a rooftop pool, a gym, and onsite guest services.

Residence Inn

Address: 1234 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2, Canada

Phone: +1 604-688-1234

Pricing: $$$

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This extended-stay hotel is conveniently just a 3-minute drive away from the Engine 374 Pavilion. Step inside, and you’ll find sleek studios complete with fully equipped kitchens, while the suites offer private balconies boasting picturesque bay views.

In addition to these features, they also have an indoor pool, a relaxing whirlpool tub, and a well-appointed fitness center.

The Parker Hotel

Address: 1379 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-688-7678

Pricing: $$

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At The Parker Hotel Vancouver, you’ll discover a rooftop terrace offering stunning views, just a quick 2-minute drive from the Engine 374 Pavilion. Plus, you’ll find an array of attractions within walking distance, and plenty of fantastic dining options.

They have a restaurant serving modern French cuisine, a fitness center, which conveniently opens onto a beautiful 9th-floor garden, and an outdoor Jacuzzi.

Where to Eat near Engine 374 Pavilion

Ki Isu Japanese Restaurant

Address: 1275 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R6, Canada

Phone: +16048990366

Pricing: $$


Ki Isu Japanese Restaurant offers a laid-back dining experience, serving up a variety of Japanese dishes, sushi rolls, and ever-changing specials.

Their tuna stack is an absolute must-try, and everything else on the menu is prepared and executed flawlessly. We were particularly impressed by the freshness of their ingredients and the prompt service.

Rodney’s Oyster House

Address: 1228 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L2, Canada

Phone: +16046090080

Pricing: $$


Rodney’s Oyster House, founded in 1998, is a seafood enthusiast’s paradise. Stepping inside, you’ll feel like you’re aboard a ship, thanks to the carefully curated decor.

One of the highlights for us was the variety of house sauces for the oysters. The oysters were also fresh and bursting with flavor. Apart from that, we savored every bite of the Lobster & Shrimp Sliders and the delectable Lobster Mac & Cheese.

Capo & The Spritz

Address: 350 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1R2, Canada

Phone: +16046420557

Pricing: $$


Tucked at OPUS Vancouver, you’ll find Capo & The Spritz, serving up delightful Italian fare such as homemade pasta, pizza, and mouthwatering desserts. The ambiance here exudes romance, heightened by the soft glow of candlelight.

If you’re dining here, make sure to indulge in their Chicken Piccata. It’s a classic dish, yet bursting with flavor from the combination of tender chicken, zesty lemon, briny capers, and a rich buttery sauce. 

MeeT in Yaletown

Address: 1165 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P2, Canada

Phone: +16046961165

Pricing: $


You won’t believe the menu at MeeT in Yaletown—it’s a veggie lover’s dream! They’ve taken everything you thought you knew and turned it into delicious vegan dishes. The variety here is truly impressive.

One standout from our meal was the mushroom calamari. It was perfectly crispy, lightly battered, and not overly greasy. The tangy tzatziki sauce served alongside it was the perfect complement.


Address: 1118 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, Canada

Phone: +16046858080

Pricing: $$$


At Minami, you’ll experience a fusion of traditional Japanese flavors with a touch of West Coast influence. The ambiance is intimate, boasting a full bar and lounge area, two spacious private dining rooms, and even a hidden garden patio.

We were blown away by the freshness of their sashimi and the flavorful sushi offerings. But what really stole the show was the sablefish prepared with dashi.

What to Do in Engine 374 Pavilion

Learn about the train’s history

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Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-713-1800


Once you hit up the Engine 374 Pavilion, start by digging into the train’s backstory. It’s a neat spot, whether you’re with the fam or just wandering solo. And hey, you call the shots on how deep you wanna dive into it.

The folks running the show here are real pros—they’ll fill you in on all things trains around these parts and how Vancouver’s grown over time.

Check out the attractions

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Address: 181 Roundhouse M/ews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-713-1800


It’s not only about the train at the heart of this place. There’s also a cool wooden train set for the little ones to enjoy. And don’t miss those historical photos showcasing the train in action—it’s like taking a trip back in time.

Read through the educational cards

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Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-713-1800


If you’re the type to read to learn and you prefer learning about the Engine 374 Pavilion, the museum also features educational cards in multiple languages.

These educational cards provide detailed information about the history of Engine 374, its significance to Vancouver’s development, and the restoration process that brought it to its current state.

Climb onboard

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Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-713-1800


Engine 372 isn’t just for show—you can actually climb aboard, give the whistle a toot, and peek inside the locomotive for a genuine train experience. Ringing that bell will transport you right back in time.

Drop by on May 23rd

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Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-713-1800


Since its arrival in 1887, Engine 374’s legacy is celebrated annually at the museum. Come around May 23rd, and you’ll find a day filled with free fun for everyone. 

The event boasts family-friendly activities and live tunes. Plus, Engine 374 itself gets fired up for the occasion, allowing folks to give that iconic train whistle a blow.

Where to Shop near Engine 374 Pavilion

Urban Fare

Address: 177 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y1, Canada

Phone: +16049757550


Urban Fare is a sprawling grocery haven, stocking everything from fresh produce and deli meats to sushi and dairy products. It’s hands down the swankiest spot for grocery shopping in Yaletown, but it comes with a price tag. 

Here, you’ll discover unique and high-end ingredients. Plus, they offer convenient ready-to-eat meals and boast a sushi bar right in the heart of the store.

West of Woodward

Address: 1188 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2S2, Canada

Phone: +16046885757


West of Woodward stands out as a women’s denim and garment boutique, offering an elevated casual selection with a touch of sass. They’ve got some bold and adventurous pieces, along with great jewelry and shoe options. 

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans, this place is a must-visit, with its interesting cuts and high-quality fabrics.

Brooklyn Clothing

Address: 1189 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6, Canada

Phone: +16046832929


Since 2003, Brooklyn has been a go-to destination for denim enthusiasts, boasting the city’s largest selection. Beyond denim, they offer a range of shirts, outerwear, sweaters, footwear, and accessories.

While it might not be the most budget-friendly option for jeans, Brooklyn is brimming with style and personality, making it a worthwhile destination for those seeking fashion-forward pieces.

Luigi & Sons Butcher Shop

Address: 1119 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P6, Canada

Phone: +16044165443


Luigi & Sons Butcher Shop prides itself on offering a meticulously curated selection of meats sourced from top-notch local and global suppliers. 

From the renowned 63 Acres Premium Beef originating right here in British Columbia to the coveted A5 Wagyu from Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, Luigi & Sons ensures premium options catering to every palate.

Apps to Download for a Trip to Engine 374 Pavilion

OpenTable: book a table at popular restaurants in Vancouver and skip the lines.

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Transit: access real-time information of buses and trains in Vancouver, with special service alerts, bus capacity predictions, and real time vehicle locations.

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Uber: book a private ride in the city with transparent rates and an easy contactless payment experience. 

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GPSmyCity: Self-guided walks over 1,000 cities in Vancouver, with built-in GPS navigation functions. Works both online and offline.
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