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2016 Schedule
All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Wednesday December 07, 2016)

The destination for Alberta Prairie excursions is Big Valley. This community 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 are great entertainment for children and adults.

 The alphabetic characters (A) to (T) and (FD) refer to the excursion type and fare structure for that trip.

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Murder Mysteries

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                                                                             PUBLIC TIMETABLES
Alberta Prairie reserves the right to substitute trips to different destinations and to use alternative locomotives in cases of mechanical failure. Although 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.

Please note all excursions have seats available unless marked SOLD OUT.

Thurs., December 8 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                            (PE)
As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #5
Departs Stettler       4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
6
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.

Sat., December 10- Christmas Special to Big Valley (Diesel)           (H)        
This is the last of Alberta Prairie’s special Christmas party trips and a
great way to celebrate with the staff from work. Includes train trip, 
turkey buffet-style supper, dancing to a live band, carolling and hay rides.
And it is really simple to do.

Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      12:25 a.m.

Tues., December 13 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                             (PE)
As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #7
Departs Stettler       4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
8
Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.
Thurs., December 15 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                           (PE)    

As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #9
Departs Stettler       4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #10

Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.

Fri., December 16 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                                (PE)
As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #11
Departs Stettler   
SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
12
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.

Sat., December 17 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                              (PE)
Polar Express #13
          
Departs Stettler   
SOLD OUT          Returns Stettler       3:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
14            
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT          Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
15                                        
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.  
Polar Express #
16
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       9:00 p.m.

Sun., December 18 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                             (PE)
Polar Express #17         
Departs Stettler     
SOLD OUT        Returns Stettler       4:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
18    
Departs Stettler     SOLD OUT        Returns Stettler       6:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
19
Departs Stettler     SOLD OUT        Returns Stettler       8:00 p.m.

Mon., December 19 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                          (PE)
As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #20
Departs Stettler       2:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       3:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
21
Departs Stettler       4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
22
Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
23
Departs Stettler       8:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:00 p.m.

Tue., December 20 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                            (PE)
As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #24
Departs Stettler       2:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       3:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
25
Departs Stettler       4:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       5:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
26
Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
27
Departs Stettler       8:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       9:00 p.m.
Wed., December 21 - The Polar Express (Diesel)                           (PE)    

As per December 1 trip above.
Polar Express #28
Departs Stettler       3:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler       4:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
29
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       6:00 p.m.
Polar Express #
30
Departs Stettler    SOLD OUT         Returns Stettler       8:00 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 23 – Night Before, The Night Before Christmas Train
Come celebrate the season with Alberta Prairie. These FREE special event
excursions are an annual offering for the children and their parents and
guardians. Include is an hour long train ride, cookies and juice, costume
characters, and gifts for the youngsters. A $5 or none perishable food
donation to the Stettler Food Bank by adult passengers is recommended.
                  10 a.m.      12 noon     2 p.m.      4 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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