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Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Yaletown & False Creek North
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Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews | (Downtown), Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2W3, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-713-1800
09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre is located in Yaletown on...

Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre is located in Yaletown on Pacific Blvd between Davie and Drake. Open 7 days a week (except statutory holidays) and always hopping: courses and programs for all ages, a black box theatre, galleries, an exhibition hall, and the restored historic steam engine, Engine 374.

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We very much enjoyed our visit to the CPR Engine 374 Pavilion! The host was quite knowledgeable about the local rail history and seemed thrilled to share his passion with a couple... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
Rick j
Lynnwood, Washington
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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We very much enjoyed our visit to the CPR Engine 374 Pavilion! The host was quite knowledgeable about the local rail history and seemed thrilled to share his passion with a couple of interested tourists. There is a historical locomotive on display and you are allowed to touch and ring the bell!

1 Thank Rick j
Management response:

Thank you for your enthusiastic review, Rick. We certainly appreciate it. Our Engine 374 Pavilion is hosted by volunteers from the West Coast Railway Association, who are, as you noted, very knowledgeable about our local train history. I'll forward your kind note to them, which I know they will appreciate. Thank you for spreading the word about our shiny engine!... More 

Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This historic structure filled with train history was a super place for a conference. The interiors were hip, the restrooms nice and the acoustics for listening were excellent. I enjoyed all of the old train memorabilia and the all of the windows and bricks. The views outside were great as you can see much of the city along the water.

Thank Oceandweller7
Management response:

Thank you for your kind review. We're so pleased your conference was a success and that we could be a part of that. There's a little bit of something for everyone who visits us here in Yaletown. ^Hanne Lene Dalgleish More 

Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

This exhibition has one big artifact, Engine 374, the first locomotive to bring passengers into Vancouver, on May 23, 1874 to be exact. It used to sit outside near Kits Beach before being cleaned up and brought inside. You are allowed to climb up into the cabin and imagine shoveling coal into what would have been a vast fire that... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

This is a review of the railway pavilion and engine 374 that adjoins the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown. Engine 374 was the first train to arrive in Vancouver in 1887; connecting Vancouver to the rest of Canada, so the railway has a lot of historical significance. We spent 30-45 minutes looking at the engine and some of the old... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

I've been here for a few different events and always found it to be a nice venue. They have a large gym for drop-in sports as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

We stopped by en-route to the ferry and so glad we did. Bill gave us a fantastic history of the engine and being able to stand inside the cabin was brill. Free entry but donations should really be made to help maintain this treasure!

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Roundhouse Community Centre is more than just a Vancouver Recreation Centre. It preserves local history in a way: if you look hard enough you can see the old roundhouse building (especially the south facing wall both inside and out); although it's been repurposed, the turntable for redirecting the train can be imagined in an area that has multiple use: programmes,... More 

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Oshkosh, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015

I am into the old railroad thing, so I really enjoyed seeing an old roundhouse repurposed into a cultural center for the entire community. It is neat to see the original structure refurbished for this. The original steam engine that connected parts of the country is also on display and brings the past back for all future generations to enjoy.

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Harrogate, UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Great for a Brit to be able to get up close to a piece of North American Railway history. The loco is well preserved with good access to the cab etc. volunteer staff very helpful and the signage informative

1 Thank Harrogate_Folk
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

In one place, you can enjoy several types of activities. From dance class, language class, kids indoor playgrond in winter times, fairs, cafeteria, you will find a train, a real train.

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