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“Great day trip”

Prairie Dog Central Railway
Ranked #46 of 212 things to do in Winnipeg
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Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

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the station from the new Centre port highway is a bit of a challenge especially as current Garmin maps are woefully out of date, use Google instead.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.

4  Thank chutneywalla
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

We went on the Prairie Dog on Sunday Aug 28th and it was very well attended. We had a great time. There were 5 adults and 2 kids.

1  Thank Don M
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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

In our group was 2 seniors, 2 kids (6 & 9), and 1 adult. We had a wonderful time. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We were approached by many staff offering us facts and history about the train. One even let the kids wear a conductor's hat and posed for pictures with us. We stopped at the Hitch'n Post for lunch. For safety they take the passengers there on school busses. The meal was great! The only negative was the restaurant staff were rushing us to eat. A lady took my daughter's plate and fork away even though she wasn't finished eating. We didn't get to walk around because the rain started. Then it was back on the train and back to the station. All in all it was a very nice day. Thanks to everyone who works on the Prairie Dog!

3  Thank inneedofbreak
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Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

We greatly enjoyed the Prairie Dog. The Steam Engine was very nice as well as the beautiful restoration of the cars. We arrived at the station about 1 hour early and are glad we arrived early to take everything in. The staff was very friendly and helpful answering all our questions. Really enjoyed talking to the engineer Steven and also to Dave. A must do if you are visiting Winnipeg.

2  Thank Aircanman4
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Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Pricey, but well worth it. Took a 7 and an 8 year old on the train with us. They totally enjoyed the Great Train Robbery and meeting the robbers and their extremely patience horses! They loved the petting zoo, with the goats, chickens, chicks, and a goose. They rode the miniature train and danced to the music of Fire and Ice. They were fascinated to see all the antiques in the old house, and all the handmade crafts at the little stalls. A very enjoyable day! I highly recommend this trip. Try to book your outing on a day when the steam train is operating. It's definitely an amazing sight, and the center of attention for all the vehicles full of people who stop to watch and take pictures!

2  Thank Dena R
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