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“Railway trip”

Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Stettler
Certificate of Excellence
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Railway trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

This was the purpose of our trip to Stettler. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Trip to Big Valley was leisurely and insightful. Dinner in Big Valley was very good and well organized for over 300 guests.

Visited August 2013
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MEDICINE HAT
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unique Experience only in Central Alberta”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

Bob Wallace and his team were exceptional. They provided top level service and a personalized and unique experience. Definitely worth the trip.

Visited July 2013
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Glendive, Montana
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147 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fun Train Ride for Families & Those Interested in Railroads”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2013

Took train ride from Stettler, AB to Big Valley. At Big Valley, had time to walk around the town to see museum displays and other historical buildings. Had a turkey buffet meal at the Community Hall in Big Valley. Very good food. Had two young grandchildren along for the ride. Interesting historical Canadian rail route. Plenty of announcements and plenty of attention to safety by all crew members. Diverse mix of passenger cars. Entertainment along the way and on board the train. You could walk through the different cars to locations to purchase snacks and souvenirs. Rode train on Fri. July 12, 2013.

Visited July 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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216 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A fun trip.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

I really enjoyed the ride on the steam train. The meal in Big Valley was excellent. This excursion is a slow one but thoroughly enjoyable.

Visited June 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Excellent family day (Teddy Bear Special)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

Can't believe how much fun we all had on the Teddy Bear Special trip. Everyone we encountered demonstrated such effort and pride in the operation, and tried to make sure everyone was able to enjoy the day. Having said that, the experience was not pushy or "in your face" -- just a well done, relaxing good time.

The operation was organized and well thought-out from start to finish. One example: All seats are reserved on the train so people needn't feel rushed to board in order to obtain seats together. Another example: The trainmen double as parking supervisors so that arrival remains organized and safe. Another example still: The lunch at Big Valley is set up such that lineups are minimal and none of the kids have to wait in an enormous line before eating.

The open air car was great, especially on such a nice sunny day with a cold beer.

Given that kids ride and eat free on the Teddy Bear Special the value is great. Prices at the on-board concessions and bar are surprisingly reasonable.

The only drawback -- and I had to think hard -- the roast beef at lunch was slightly more well-done than I prefer. However, it was actually still very tender and I enjoyed it. (How credible is a review without at least one sticking point anyway? This was in no way a deal breaker.)

If you have train-crazy kids, for the money if you can get to Stettler I think the Teddy Bear Special is probably a better deal than going to see a Thomas show.

If you'd enjoy a relaxing day and some great fun for the kids I'd recommend this 100%!

Visited July 2013
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