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Canada Line roundup: even more pics and video, and passport stamp info!

A Canada Line train breezes by Oakridge-41st Avenue Station. Photo by <a href=>Steve Chou</a>.

A Canada Line train breezes by Oakridge-41st Avenue Station. Photo by Steve Chou.

Some more tidbits about the Canada Line!

Even more photos, video, and stories to read

Tafyrn and Seamora Palecloud, who have been documenting the Canada Line since forever, finally have their photos up from opening day! Check out galleries of Waterfront Station, Marine Drive Station, and the North Arm Bridge.

vfk has sent along a time-lapse video: Canada Line in 90 seconds!

A number of blog posts and discussions about the Line are popping up too.

Here’s a blog post from the airport’s YVRConnections blog, and one from Writergal.

As well, @JasonParis told me to check out the Urban Toronto discussion boards to see what Toronto planning/transit enthusiasts are saying about the Canada Line. Here’s a discussion about art and architecture in stations, one announcing our Line’s opening, and the tail end of another discussion with references to the Canada Line.

There’s also a longstanding continuous Canada Line discussion at Skyscraper Page, from our local planning and transportation enthusiasts.

Again, I’ll add these links to the main photo and video post and the first ride/opening day stories post.

You can still get stamps for your Canada Line opening day passports

The Canada Line souvenir passport. Photo by <a href=>brent_granby</a>.

The Canada Line souvenir passport. Photo by brent_granby.

You can still get Canada Line passport stamps until Sunday August 23, and many people have asked where you can get the stamps.

Well first, the full details of the passport program can all be found at — look on the right hand side of the page.

Merchants near the Canada Line stations are now stamping passports, and here’s a direct link to the list of retailers.

You only need 8 of the 11 stamps, then you can go to to fill in an online ballot to win prizes. The grand prize is a $4,000 package from the River Rock Casino, and other prizes include hundreds of dollars of gift cards from shopping centres along the Line.

These passports seem to be hot tickets by the way: this Province article indicates that people are selling them on Craigslist, although they’re apparently still available at some stations. We printed 40,000 so there are limits to the number out there!


  • By Cow, August 20, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    Where are they still available? I have a friend coming to town this weekend who’s doing urban studies / transit policy, and she loves the idea of going passport stamp hunting, so I’d like to get one for her.

  • By Cow, August 20, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    (Also, the direct link to the list of retailers doesn’t work.)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 20, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    OK, this is weird because it worked like 2 seconds ago. The stamping list doesn’t look like it’s on right now… will see what’s happening…

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 20, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

    Try that link now: luckily I had a cached version of the PDF.
    Keep an eye on to see if the stamp list reappears or undergoes any changes though. Perhaps they pulled it for a reason?

  • By LB, August 21, 2009 @ 10:08 am

    Jhenifer – are there plans to add full system maps somewhere inside the Canada Line trains? And maybe on the platforms? Given the number of visitors going to/from the airport, seems like it would be helpful for them to have more than just the CanadaLine map to refer to.

    Also – I’m riding the Canada line to/from work every morning and it’s AWESOME. So fast!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 21, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    Hmmm… this is a question for our concessionaire ProTrans BC, since they are actually in charge of what goes on the interiors. I’ll send a note over and ask.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 21, 2009 @ 10:14 am

    PS: has put the stamping locations PDF back up, and it looks basically the same as what I had cached, as far as I can tell.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 21, 2009 @ 11:04 am


    Turns out maps & transit specific signage are a TransLink concern — I’m still getting turned around with all this! So anyway, the answer is that full line maps are at ticket machines and on the track level, and just line specific route maps are inside the vehicles. People can get off and see the bigger maps and local service at each station. There’s no plans to put them inside the cars at this point.

    Good to hear you’re enjoying the Canada Line on the way to work – yay!

  • By ;-), August 21, 2009 @ 11:14 am

    I get a chuckle each I leave the station. Instead of the standard “Exit” label, I notice it’s labeled “Way Out”. Real cute.

  • By WriterGal, August 21, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

    Hey Jhenifer. Thanks for the mention and link to my blog post for the Canada Line! I had a great afternoon!
    -WriterGal (aka Ashley)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 24, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    No problem Ashley :)

  • By Bill, August 26, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

    Shoot, seem to have found this out too late, is there any place to still get the stamps this late Aug 29?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, August 27, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    Bill: As far as I know, the stamps are actually the property of the retailers/organizations listed in the sheet (they bought/created the stamps). So if you still want the Waterfront stamp, ask Canada Place; if you want the Broadway-City Hall stamp, ask the City of Vancouver, and so on. TransLink doesn’t have any of the stamps on hand!

  • By john, August 31, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

    What about the stamp for the King Edward station? Did anyone get the stamp for that station after Aug. 23rd?

  • By Calvin C., September 1, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    Hi Jhenifer, I was doing some quick search on discussions about the “Way Out” label on the exit routes of the stations and found this post. Pretty surprised that not a lot of people and info talk about this. I’m not a professional designer, but am so curious why use “Way Out” instead of the standard “Exit”? And the way-out label seems to be a sticker put on the signs after the fact. I’d love to get some insights and direction from you!

    More complete post of my thought is at and sorry for the shameless plug. Thank you!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 1, 2009 @ 11:32 am

    John: Check with Silkway Travel near the station: they’re listed as the stamp location for King Edward.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 1, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    Calvin C:
    TransLink isn’t responsible for most of the signage in the Canada Line stations — we only provide the info about transit connections and safety/security.

    The rest of the signage was provided by our concessionaire, InTransit BC, a.k.a. the contracted private partner who built the Canada Line). Here’s what they told me before about the decision to use “Way Out”:

    We thought “Way Out” was more descriptive and would be easily understandable by an international ridership.

    With that all being said, if you would like to register a complaint about the signage, please enter it into our Customer Relations form, so it will be logged in our system and sent to the correct staff.

  • By john, September 1, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

    First of all, Jhenifer, thank you for your reply! :-)
    I called Silkway Travel a few days ago and they said they had no more stamp. Then I asked where I can get one for the King Edward location and they replied they already returned the stamp to the Canada Line office! Then, what should I do to get the King Edward station stamp?

  • By Calvin C., September 1, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    Thanks Jhenifer for prompt response. I’ve submitted a comment to Translink Customer Service (you can see it at will see how they response.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 3, 2009 @ 11:39 am

    John: check this post — you can get the King Edward stamp at the Canada Line offices!

  • By john, September 3, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    Thank you so much once again, Jherifer, and I really appreciate for your help!

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