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“Great History, Value and Food!”

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Stettler
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
Attraction details
Edmonton, Alberta
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great History, Value and Food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2011

Booking ~ Easy to find all the information you need on-line. Called and booked same day. We were booked on the Country Dinner that left at 2:30.
The Trip ~ Arrived 1/2 an hour before we were to leave Stettler. The train ride on the way to Big Valley was very informative and fun! We learned a ton of neat stuff about the rules of the railways in Alberta.
The hold-up is incredible and very entertaining for kids and adults.
Gabriel Dumont is amazing and very entertaining.
There are souvenirs, snacks and drinks (alcohol and non) available for purchase, as well as entertainment moving throughout the train and in the lounge.
The time spent in Big Valley is just enough! We wandered and learned about Alberta history.
We opted to eat dinner as soon as we arrived and there was an abundance of tasty food and drink. Our kids loved the food!

The kids fell asleep on the way back and it was a real highlight of the trip!
We would return again for sure.

Visited September 2010
4 Thank rvhavingfun
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Edmonton, Canada
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Super Fun Experience for the whole family”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2010

We went on the Railway excursion on October 2, 2010 with the kids, grandkids and other grandparents. It was truly a relaxing and fun experience for all of us. The trains are refurbished turn of the century coaches usually pulled by a steam engine. We were a little disappointed to learn that they replace the steam engine with an old electric engine at the end of September, but it really didn't make a difference to the experience. There were snack bars on board and at the end of the train was a saloon car complete with banjo duo. "robbery" by a group of masked robbers on horseback who ride up from out of nowhere and stop the train, board it and demand money (contributions to the children's hospitals). The little ones' eyes were as big as saucers.The trip we went on included a turkey dinner once we reached our destination, Big Valley Alberta, a friendly little town that we had time to walk around and explore. Dinner was served at the town hall, and we all enjoyed it immensely, lots of home cooked food with pies for dessert. On the trip back we enjoyed a singer/guitar player who led a sing a long in our coach. We all had a lot of fun. This trip will give you a glimpse of central Alberta beauty and hospitality that many never have a chance to appreciate. I highly recommend it.

1 Thank Denlight
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Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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102 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A delightful step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2010

What a way to visit my daughter and her family!

We drove from Calgary to Stettler on the morning of August 15 to get on the train to Big Valley for the afternoon. The travel arrangements were well thought out and wonderfully executed, including destination ground transport for those with walking difficulty. The meal at the community hall was delicious and plenty. The entertainment on board included music and comedy as well as a visit by the Reynold Raiders.

Lots of fun and great prairie scenery. Super value.

1 Thank Tough2Please
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Red Deer, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Murder Mystery Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2009

We booked a murder mystery train trip on October 10, 2009.

Each ticket cost $110. The Complete package includes diesel-locomotive powered train excursion, full course roast beef buffet dinner and murder mystery. Performers from Shadow Productions, a Calgary professional theatre company, play all
the parts and you become part of the play as you attempt to solve the
mystery. Starts out on the train and finishes up at the community hall in
Big Valley.

The train is wheelchair accessible with a lift. It is great that an attraction like this is accessible to everyone. The attractions in Big Valley and the community hall in Big valley are also accessible. The staff where very helpful and friendly. It was cold that day and the staff were always checking to see if my mom was warm enough because she was the closest to the door due to the wheelchair. They handed out blankets to people during the ride to anyone who wanted one.

There are two bars and entertainment on the train. You can also buy coffee, tea and hot chocolate and popcorn. The hot drinks came in handy that day. It is also possible to get a ride to the community hall iand back to the train station in Big Valley if people have difficulty walking there for supper.

Different themes are offered throughout the season, including murder mysteries, family, dinner theatre, seniors and teddy bear specials.

It was a great trip, and a nice way to spend the day with relatives from Switzerland.

4 Thank Nicole E
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Lethbridge, Canada
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2007

I discovered this company through a magazine ad. I surfed their website and found they offered a wide variety of trips to
suit anyone. I booked my husband and I onto a murder mystery trip in September. We were lucky enough to have an authentic 1944 Steam Engine pull us. Wonderful!!! As soon as the train started off, we walked down to the bar car. To our excitement, there was live entertainment provided. The gentleman was not
only a good singer, but a good comedian too. We travelled from Stettler to Big Valley. Upon arriving, we made our way to the Town Hall, were a buffet dinner awaited us. The mystery continued, and was later solved. We walked the town for a while then returned to the train for the trip back. I can't speak highly enough about our experience but rest assured, come 2008, I WILL be back for more!!!

3 Thank I_Love_Grumpy
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