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2021 BCFDC Christmas Express

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Thursday, December 9th, 2021
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The Christmas Express is back and once again riding the rails at the BC Forest Discovery Centre! All aboard this year's Christmas Express Green Hornet locomotive as it travels through thousands of twinkling lights that adorn the 100 acre enchanted woods of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. Thousands of visitors over the years have made a Christmas tradition of attending this colourful and entertaining event. “We love hosting the Christmas Express and seeing the magic of the holiday in the faces of everyone that attends. Because of last year’s cancellation, we are even more excited to bring all the Christmas Express Train ride magic to our guests. To ensure the safety of our boarders, we have had to scale back the indoor activities and we will be requesting proof of vaccination, the wearing of masks, and advance online booking. Although a few activities like crafts and indoor entertainment have scaled back, we have also lowered admissions to the public." explains Chris Gale General Manager of the Centre.

"This year the Green Hornet locomotive has stepped up to pull the Christmas Express passenger cars, as our steam locomotive, Samson had to isolate since the start of the pandemic and will need to undergo a full health checkup prior to running on the tracks for the public's safety. The Green Hornet, the little engine that can' Gale chuckles. Our attendance has been growing, so we have also added a few dates to include 16 nights of holiday magic. We invite islanders to come out to see the light displays and ride the Christmas Express train” says Chris Gale, Manager of the BC Forest Discovery Centre. The concession will not be operating but you'll be able to warm up after your Christmas journey with hot chocolate and fresh-popped popcorn.

Tickets are ONLY online in advance on our new website at 

While on the website, why not purchase an annual membership for 2022, a perfect gift for holiday gift-giving and gives for months, and years of family memories.

The Christmas Express is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year and the first event at the Centre since the Big Leaf Maple Syrup Festival pre-pandemic in 2020. It is paramount to the ongoing operation and maintenance of our antique vehicle collection, our trains, the maintenance of the historical buildings and the preservation of an important ecosystem within the Cowichan Region. Families and corporations can support the museum by purchasing a membership for the 2022 season.

The Christmas Express runs at the BC Forest Discovery Centre. Open at 4 pm on the listed dates with train departures every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm. The last train departs at 9:00 pm.

Experience the magic of Christmas at the BC Forest Discovery Centre aboard the Christmas Express!

Please remember that for everyone’s safety we will be requesting proof of vaccination. For additional information & tickets,


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