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Special Excursion Schedule

All trains depart and return to Stettler, Alberta
(Updated: Monday February 17, 2014)

   Special event excursions include steam or diesel-powered rail excursion lasting between six, and six and one-half hours, upscale buffet meal, on board and special entertainment, and guaranteed train robbery.
   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 Church and Jimmy Jock Boardwalk.

                                  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 robbers are scheduled on all (A) excursion with meals, they are only guaranteed on (B) special event and (C) APST Limited 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.

Tuesday, May 27 - School Special to Big Valley (Diesel)
First of two trips developed especially for school classes. The price is
right for students, teachers, and family adult supervisors. Includes
lesson plan, hamburger and hot dog lunch, and guided tours of historic
sights in Big Valley.

Departs Stettler     10:30 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Thursday, May 29 - School Special to Big Valley (Diesel)
Special pricing makes this trip an attractive year-end outing. See and
experience pioneer railway travel and learn about how the West was
settled by the railways. Includes lesson plan, hamburger and hot dog
lunch, and guided tours of historic sights in Big Valley.

Departs Stettler     10:30 a.m.         Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2 - Newfoundlander Special (Steam)           (D)      
Enjoy a little bit of "The Rock" right here in Alberta and feast on
steak and lobster. Included are guaranteed train robbery, on board
entertainment and Down-East entertainment at supper. And what would a
Newfoundlander Special be without complementary "East Coast" beer
and blue berry wine with the meal.
And as an added bonus,  Ever wonder 
who these people are who call themselves Métis? This is your chance
to visit a hivernant, meet the people of the plains in their colourful
sashes and Hudson's Bay coats, and see their handicrafts.

Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       7:55 p.m.
                        Sponsored by Stettler Dodge Ltd.

Saturday, August 16 - Steak Barbecue Special (Steam)     (B)    
Join us for one of this year's highlight events. Pull on your boots and
cowboy hat and dine on barbecued steak, chuck wagon beans, baked
potatoes, and tossed green salad. Complementary beer with supper.
Entertainment on train and at the barbecue. Guaranteed
train robbery. And as an added bonus you are invited to visit first
day of  the Calgary Free-Mo show, one of the largest model train
shows of its type in North America.
Departs Stettler       2:30 p.m.         Returns Stettler       8:10 p.m.
     Sponsored by Town Pump Restaurant & Lounge - Stettler

Sun., Sept. 14 - Adults Only Senior's Special (Steam)          (G)
No children please! Just for those who want to ride the train without the
bustle and excitement of 17 and under children. This trip offers all the
extras normally found on "County Dinner" excursions including

Alberta roast beef buffet
, time for sight-seeing in Big Valley and
entertainment plus a 10 per cent discount on tickets for seniors.

Departs Stettler      11:00 a.m.        Returns Stettler       3:55 p.m.
                Sponsored by Big Valley Inn - Big Valley

Sat., October 18 - 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    11:00 a.m.    Returns Stettler     1:00 p.m.
#2   Departs Stettler    12:00 a.m.    Returns Stettler     2:20 p.m.
#3   Departs Stettler      1:20 p.m.    Returns Stettler     3:40 p.m.
#4   Departs Stettler      2:40 p.m.    Returns Stettler     5:00 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 29 - Christmas Special to Big Valley (Diesel)        (H)     
Looking for unique way to celebrate the season with colleagues from work
and friends. Look no further. Alberta Prairie's Christmas party trains sell out
every year so book early. Includes turkey buffet supper, dancing to a live
band, carolling and hay rides.
Departs Stettler       6:00 p.m.         Returns Stettler      12:25 a.m. 

Sat., December 6 - Christmas Special to Big Valley (Diesel) (H)
This is the second of three special Christmas party trips and a great way
 to celebrate with the staff from work. Includes train trip, traditional turkey
dinner, hay rides & dance. And it is really simple to do; all you have to
do is make a phone call or two.

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

Sat., December 13- 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 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.


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.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
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 Alberta beef, potato, roll, salad, vegetables and dessert.

FINE RAILWAY DINING (Winter Excursions only)
Dinners include a five-course meal with a choice of Prime Rib of Beef, Grilled Fillet of Halibut, or Cornish Game Hen served on a bed of Wild rice.


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