All aboard Vancouver’s New Year’s Eve “Party Train” transit ride


Public transit is already free for all passengers on New Year’s Eve in Vancouver, but one social events group wants to make it a real party ride.

The NYE “Party Train” event is set to take place the night of December 31, 2017, and the good clean fun event promises to be “off the rails” (while remaining on the rails, of course).

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The “Party Train” is put together by Party4Health, a local self-proclaimed “movement and community” all about promoting “healthy partying,” i.e. having a fun without having to get drunk or do drugs…or suffer the after affects of either.

Earlier this year, the group was behind an all-day roaming sober “Party Safari” event at UBC.

For New Year’s Eve, Party Train riders are asked to assemble in the lobby at Waterfront Station at 7 pm; departure is set for 7:30 pm. Expect to ride along with your fellow party people (and go wherever you need to along the trip), dance to music, and enjoy some free family-friendly sober fun.

Organizers will release the exact route of the evening’s dance party on rails on Sunday, December 31, in case you want to join along the journey.

Party4Health has also issued a list of rules for the event, and remind party-goers that failure to comply could get the whole thing shut down.

1. No inappropriate language
(i.e. no illegal activity)

1. Failure to heed order to leave (by transit staff)
2. Delayuing closing of doors
3. Lying to transit officers

1. Respect fellow commuters. Wave and smile.
2. Wear clothing. No nudity on the party train. But costumes encouraged.
3. No pushing or shoving.
5. Party like its 1999.


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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom