Being an illustrated mini-travelogue on taking the new Canada Line train to Vancouver airport. Almost certainly of interest only to people who might do such a thing.
We live near 19th and Ontario; the nearest station is thus King Edward. I asked Lauren to drive me over there, which cost her under ten minutes there and back, and saved me a twenty-minute walk; but I’ll walk next time the load is light and the day is bright.
The stations are not exactly glamorous; I wonder how drab they’ll look on one of our many grey winter days.
My camera says I got there at 11:16 AM.
So in the middle of a Friday, the trains are running pretty often.
The tunnel is very narrow and the train doesn’t seem to go that fast, but then there are only six stops to the airport. In the tunnel it’s kind of gloomy even with the nice cheery interiors of the cars. Then you emerge to go over the Fraser river. Here’s another train coming over toward us as we head out of Marine Drive station.
Riding the trains is something I’m accustomed to doing in foreign cities, not at home; it was novel to me to hear the announcements in a mid-range Canadian, the only English that to my ear is completely uninflected.
The snarl of tracks south of the Fraser where the Richmond and airport trains sort themselves out is really complex; I suppose it needs to be. Oddly, the rails are already rusty-brown, albeit with bright metal on top where the trains run.
Here we are approaching the airport, somewhere past the ridiculously lonely and deserted Templeton station.
Once you get out in the sun the cars are much cheerier inside. Once again, I wonder what it’ll be like on a steely-grey day or rainy December night.
If you’re wanting to go International/US and you’re in a hurry, you want the back end of the train; and the front for domestic flights. The station at the airport is nicer, with a bit of architectural effort.
Here we are in International Departures. The camera says 11:45, so that’s 29 minutes elapsed. Which includes buying tickets, waiting for the train to arrive, stopping to take a couple of pictures in the airport station, and the really rather long walk through the station, across the road, and over to International. If you’re on Air Canada you have further still to go, they’re way down at the far end.
It’s all very painless. If you have a lot of luggage the savings compared to a taxi might not be worth it. I think that in low-traffic times of day, we could get there quicker by car, but not a whole lot.