SkyTrain Goes Podcast

Downtown, from the Nanaimo station

According to the Vancouver Sun, Translink has proposed a new initiative to promote the SkyTrain as a tourist attraction by renting out headsets with a guided narration of the trip from downtown out at least to New Westminster. Presumably the tour would highlight points of interest both natural and man-made, historical and current.

Before I moved to Vancouver, I ran across a website which recommended the SkyTrain as a great inexpensive way to see a lot of the city quickly, and it seemed like a pretty good idea at the time. Adding some kind of official narration to the voyage strikes me as a logical next step.

I have to admit, I’d be pretty curious myself to check out the audio tour once it’s available.

I’m also curious whether anyone has attempted to do something like this as a roll-your-own podcast. There are plenty of good Vancouver walking tour podcasts available for download, but are there any train-riding audio tour recordings?

6 Comments so far

  1. Maktaaq (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 10:42 am

    I know there are guidebooks out there based on Skytrain stations. It’s by the same guys who did the Heritage Walks of Vancouver books. Hopefully the city is working with these guys.

    What a cool idea!

  2. Bryan (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    How about providing some links for the Vancouver walking tour podcasts you mentioned?

  3. John Bollwitt (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

    I’ve done some video podcast stuff on the skytrain, and will do more in the future. It’s tough to do recordings on the train with my current setup, but I know that others are trying to do the same as well.

  4. Roland Tanglao (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    I’ve podcasted a sound seeing tour not a tourist tour from Granville to Broadway on my podcast site:

  5. Maktaaq (unregistered) on March 21st, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

    Over on the BC Museum Association mailing list, someone from the Vancouver Police Museum asked, “Does anyone know who is putting together this project or what technology they’re using?”

    I checked the article and it didn’t get any clearer.

  6. Richard (unregistered) on March 22nd, 2006 @ 12:06 am

    I’ve been posting mundane videos of SkyTrain at

    I love the idea of rider-submitted guides though, available through podcast form. Why wait for TransLink to spend $30,000 when we can do it now for free?

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