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Pacific Central Station

Vancouver, Canada

Luke Tomes

05 Mar 2021
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About Pacific Central Station

Pacific Central Station is a railway station in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which acts as the western terminus of Via Rail’s cross-country train line to Toronto and the northern terminus of Amtrak’s train line to Seattle and Portland.

Pacific Central Station history

The Neoclassical Revival Pacific Central Station was completed in 1919 for the Canadian Northern Railway, and designed by the architecture firm Pratt and Ross. It became a heritage railway station in 1991.

In 1993, the station was converted to a multi-modal transportation facility that includes intercity buses; it stands across Thornton Park from the Skytrain monorail stations. A bus concourse has been added in the rear of the building. Since the Amtrak Cascades crosses the border into the U.S., there is a customs area that passengers must pass through to board the train.

Pacific Central Station today

Pacific Central Station is a handsome illustration of Beaux-Arts architectural principles, retaining both the exterior features and interior detailing typical of the style.

The station retains the general layout and major components of its site and serves as a prominent landmark in the urban fabric of Vancouver.

Getting to Pacific Central Station

Pacific Central Station is located at 1150 Station St. Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 4C7.

It is situated near the corner Main St and terminal, Science World Skytrain Station, east of downtown adjacent to Chinatown and Olympic Village.

If travelling by car, long term parking is available on the north side of the gated entrance.

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