This was our fourth trip on the heritage steam train from Winnipeg to Grosse Isle.
Booking on line was a breeze but be sure to take advantage of the family rate and then add the kids to get the best value.
Finding the station from the new Centre port highway is a bit of a challenge especially as current Garmin maps are woefully out of date, use Google instead. Turn north at Oak Point Hwy or at the intersection just west of there to take Park Royale Way west to Prarie Dog Trail to find the station.
Enjoy a leisurely ride to the small town of Grosse Isle and have a picnic lunch or buy some fast food. There is a restored farmhouse and schoolhouse and an opportunity to visit with the engineer in the locomotive cab. You can tour the passenger cars on the train or visit one of the last remaining patches of original tall grass prairie. There is almost always a small petting zoo and a mini train ride for the kids. Local vendors display crafts for sale. The porta potties were the cleanest ever which was good to see as there is only one loo on the train for emergencies.
After 90 minutes in Grosse Isle it's all aboard for Winnipeg.
The volunteer staff are friendly and enthusiastic and share their knowledge of the train's history. It's a great way to spend half a day and support a unique organization. The train runs weekends and holidays through the summer so don't miss it.
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