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2017 Schedule
Now available for booking.

All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Tuesday September 26, 2017)

The destination for most Alberta Prairie excursions is Big Valley. The exception being Pumpkin Fest, The Polar Express, and The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas. Big Valley was the divisional point for the Canadian Northern Railway in the early 1900s. Feature attractions include restored railway station, roundhouse interpretive centre, St. Edmund's Church and Jimmy Jock Boardwalk. All (A) type excursions are great entertainment for both children and adults.

The alphabetic characters (A) to (T) refer to the excursion type and the fare structure for trips. If you click on these letters the fares for that trip will be displayed.

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You can also decide to view all trips of a particular type:

Murder Mysteries

APST Limited Specials

Teddy Bear Specials

The Polar Express

 Canada 150 Excursions

 Special Event Excursions

 Feature Country Dinner Excursions

                                                                             PUBLIC TIMETABLES
Alberta Prairie reserves the right to substitute trips to different destinations and to use alternative locomotives in cases of mechanical failure. Train robberies are scheduled on all (A) excursion with meals, (B) special event, (D) Newfoundlander, and (C) APST Limited excursions. Train robberies are not part of the entertainment on (E) Murder Mystery, and (T) Teddy Bear Special excursions. Inclusions on all excursions are subject to change without notice, discount, or refund should circumstances arise which would prevent the delivery of such things as train robberies.

Fri., Sept. 29 - Fall Colours Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)   (A)       
This is a once a year opportunity. Depending on the year spectacular
colours can be seen all along the tracks in the fall. Usually the brush,
trees, grasses and fields have turned to bright gold, orange and reds,
and are wonderful to see up close and away from the highways.
Includes buffet-style
Alberta roast beef meal and on board entertainment.
Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Sat., Sept. 30 - End of Steam Special to Big Valley (No. 41 Steam)(A)      
This is your last chance in 2017 to ride the train behind steam-locomotive
No. 41. Come and join us for
buffet-style Alberta roast beef meal, on board
entertainment and a fireworks display on both sides of the train during
the return journey.
Departs Stettler       3:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:05 p.m.

Saturday, Oct 7 - Dancing Good Time to Big Valley (Diesel)      (B)    
Dance to live big band swing music from the 1920, 1930 and 1940. Includes
up-scale buffet-style meal featuring stuffed pork loin served on glassware,
wine with meal, guaranteed robbery, and on board entertainment. Seating
limited so book early.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:25 p.m.

         

Sunday, Oct 8 - Country Dinner to Big Valley (Diesel)                    (A)  
The outstanding Rod Miller collection of hand-tools is one the largest
and best of its kind in North America. Be sure to spend some time at the
new tool museum building south-west of the Big Valley station and
the railway related artifacts in the station while you are in the area.
Trip includes buffet-style
Alberta roast beef meal.
This could be the
last time that the notorious Reynolds Raiders will try to hold up the train
this season.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 14 - Harvest Pumpkin Fest (Diesel)                          (P)      
In keeping with the season, guests are invited to join us on one of four
special experiences. Includes selecting very own pumpkin from our
patch, hot chocolate and cookies, family friendly activities, and
much more.
#1  
Departs Stettler    10:00 a.m.    Returns Stettler    12:15 p.m.
#2   Departs Stettler    11:05 a.m.    Returns Stettler     1:45 p.m.
#3   Departs Stettler    12:35 p.m.    Returns Stettler     3:15 p.m.
#4   Departs Stettler      2:05 p.m.    Returns Stettler     4:45 p.m.

Fri., November 24 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                  (PE)
Polar Express #1
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
2
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Sat., November 25 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #3
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
4
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Sun., November 26 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #5
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
6
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Fri., December 1 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                    (PE)
Polar Express #7
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
8
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Sat., December 2 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                   (PE)
Polar Express #9
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
10
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
11
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 3 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                  (PE)
Polar Express #12
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
13
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
14
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Fri., December 8 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                    (PE)
Polar Express #15
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
16
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Sat., December 9 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                   (PE)
Polar Express #17
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
18
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
19
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 10 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #20
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
21
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
22
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Thru., December 14 - The Polar Express (Diesel)               (PE)
Polar Express #23
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
24
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.

Fri., December 15 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                  (PE)
Polar Express #25
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
26
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
27
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sat., December 16 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                 (PE)
Polar Express #28
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
29
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
30
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Sun., December 17 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                (PE)
Polar Express #31
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
32
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
33
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Tue., December 19 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                (PE)
Polar Express #34
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
35
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
36
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Wed., December 20 - The Polar Express (Diesel)              (PE)
Polar Express #37
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
38
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
39
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Thru., December 21 - The Polar Express (Diesel)             (PE)
Polar Express #40
Departs Stettler       4:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
41
Departs Stettler       6:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:30 p.m.
Polar Express #
42
Departs Stettler       8:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:30 p.m.

Or you can view Alberta Prairie's complete operating schedule for past years:
       2006   2007   2008   2009    2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016

Menu Options
Because of the nature of what it is we offer Alberta Prairie Railway is not able to provide alternative menu choices. Over the years what we have found is that guests find the buffet more than amble with lots of choices. In special circumstances, and as an alternative to the meat dish offered, guests can request a high-quality vegetable burger by pre-ordering at time of booking.

PUBLIC TIME TABLES
Alberta Prairie reserves the right to substitute excursions to destinations other than those shown in this schedule and to use alternative motive of power in case of mechanical failure.

RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED
Reservations can be arranged by phone using MasterCard or VISA. Although we can usually accommodate passengers without reservations, we do sell out and a reservation guarantees seating.

THE POLAR EXPRESS CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
THE POLAR EXPRESS train cancellations will be accepted up until departure. No refunds will be made once the train has left the station. The Polar Express cancellations will receive a 50 percent refund of all monies paid up until the date and time of departure and the return of unused tickets. There will be no refunds after the fact.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
With the exception of THE POLAR EXPRESS trains cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours prior to departure. No refunds will be made with less than 24 hours notice. Cancellations received less than seven (7) days prior will be issued a voucher of equal value for a future trip. With less than five (5) days notice, it may not be possible to seat passengers with their group. Please try to reserve the required number of seats with original booking.

RECOMMENDED TRAVEL TIMES
A leisurely drive from Calgary will take approximately three hours and, from Edmonton, two and one-half hours.

ALBERTA PRAIRIE COUNTRY DINNERS
Dinners are buffet style, served at the hall in community named and are prepared by the people of that community. Meals usually include either Alberta beef, roast turkey or baked ham, potato, roll, salad, vegetables and dessert.

FINE RAILWAY DINING (Winter Excursions only)
Dinners include a five-course meal with a choice of three different entrees. Wine is included with your meal.


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