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Alberta Prairie Railway: Still Rolling Strong After 35 Years of Unique Adventures


A remarkable experience awaits those seeking adventure mixed with a taste of history. Alberta Prairie Railway, based out of Stettler, offers an extraordinary excursion that transports passengers back in time to the early 20th century, providing not just a trip but a captivating narrative of Alberta’s rich past. Celebrating over 35 years of service, this iconic adventure has been enjoyed by thousands of locals and tourists alike. If you have yet to experience it, now is the time!

What awaits you on the train? Well, imagine setting off on a leisurely ride, only to be halted by mounted gunmen in a dramatic train robbery re-enactment! That is just one of the unique experiences offered by Alberta Prairie Railway, where each round trip promises more than just scenic views. Operating on a vintage 1920 steam locomotive (or a 1950s diesel-electric locomotive) the excursions provide an immersive glimpse into the past, complemented by the stunning scenery, wildlife, and historical insights of the Alberta Parklands and Prairies. What really sets Alberta Prairie Railway’s excursions apart is its integration with the communities it connects. The excursions travel between Stettler and Big Valley, where local residents play a significant role in welcoming and entertaining passengers.

Since its inception in 1990, Alberta Prairie Railway has grown from a modest idea to one of Canada’s premier tourist attractions, drawing visitors from around the globe. In 2023 alone, the railway welcomed over 28,234 guests, including international visitors from more than 31 countries.

Here is a look at some of this year’s excursions:

  • Mother’s Day Special to Big Valley: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a unique experience that takes you and your loved ones through the picturesque landscapes to Big Valley. This special ride is a wonderful way to show appreciation for mothers in an extraordinary setting.
  • Country Dinner to Big Valley: Enjoy a rustic and heartwarming country dinner as you travel to Big Valley aboard a diesel train. This event highlights local cuisine in a communal setting, perfect for those looking to enjoy Alberta’s culinary delights while soaking in the scenic vistas.
  • Romp in the Park to Country Hideaway: An adventurous outing that’s perfect for nature lovers and those looking to escape the city’s hustle. The Romp in the Park event takes passengers to a serene country hideaway, offering a peaceful retreat amidst Alberta’s natural beauty.
  • Country Dinner – Hideaway: Another variation of the popular country dinner series, this event takes you to a charming hideaway, setting the stage for an intimate dining experience paired with breathtaking views of the Alberta countryside.
  • School Special Train to Hideaway/Big Valley: Tailored for educational trips, the School Special Train offers a fun and informative outing for students. This excursion to either Hideaway or Big Valley provides a hands-on learning experience about Alberta’s history and natural environment.
  • Country Dinner to Big Valley: Experience the nostalgia of steam train travel coupled with a delightful country dinner. This event promises a throwback to the golden age of railway travel, enhanced by the scenic beauty of the route to Big Valley.
  • Seniors/Adults Only Special to Hideaway: Designed with adults and seniors in mind, this exclusive event offers a tranquil getaway to the Hideaway, allowing passengers to enjoy a leisurely day out in a more serene and mature setting.
  • Father’s Day Special to Big Valley: Honour fathers with an extraordinary train ride to Big Valley. This Father’s Day Special combines the thrill of diesel train travel with the scenic beauty and historical richness of Alberta, making for a memorable family outing.

The value of this distinctive adventure is exceptional. Fares vary depending on events or limited excursions, but the experience remains consistently high in quality, offering great value for the price.

Alberta Prairie Railway was among the first to offer such a comprehensive and engaging train excursion, blending travel, history, and entertainment into one package. This concept has since been emulated worldwide, yet the original charm and authenticity found in Stettler, Alberta, remain unmatched. It’s a reminder that sometimes, the most extraordinary adventures are available right in our backyard!

After 35 years, Alberta Prairie Railway continues to steam ahead, offering unforgettable experiences to those looking to step off the beaten path and onto the rails of history. Whether you’re a history buff, a train enthusiast, or simply in search of a new adventure, Alberta Prairie Railway promises a journey that’s not just about the destination, but the excitement of experiences along the way.

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