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Train Travel Attractions & Entertainment

Travel the province the way some of Alberta’s earliest visitors did. Rail travel in Alberta is all about the journey. Now's a great time to start. • See it: Snag a seat in the glass-walled observation car on a trip between Jasper and Edmonton. It's the perfect place to gawk at the preserved wilderness from all angles. • Level up: If the old-fashioned glamour of train travel is on your bucket list, go all-in. Book a Rocky Mountain train trip complete with gourmet meals. • Offbeat: Get robbed by prairie bandits, solve a mysterious murder, and top it off with a juicy steak dinner. It all happens on a vintage steam train staffed by characters from the past. 

What makes a perfect vacation? A chance to relax, of course. Stunning scenery, certainly. But there's usually another essential in the equation: The opportunity to experience something extraordinary and thought-provoking that changes you forever.

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Banff National Park | Paul Zizka

Aspen Crossing | Neil zeller

Maple-cured, coho salmon drizzled with sweet-tangy red cedar emulsion. Summertime baked apricot tart. Award-winning wines. These are the things top-rated restaurant dreams are made of -- not necessarily what you expect to find on a train.

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Rocky Mountaineer

Vancouver, British Columbia
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Rocky Mountaineer offers over 65 unique Canadian vacation packages and four distinctive rail routes through British Columbia, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest. The world-renowned, luxury train travels by daylight between April and October through the wild beauty of Canada’s West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies. Rocky Mountaineer offers two levels of service, GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf service, both with impeccable service, engaging hosts, delectable food, and all the comforts for which Rocky Mountaineer is known. Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has welcomed more than 2 million guests and has been honored with numerous awards. This is more than a luxury trip - it's a life changing experience.

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VIA RAIL

Edmonton, Alberta
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Travel to the Canadian Rockies in comfort and style aboard Via Rail. Sit back, relax and take in the picturesque prairie scenery and stunning mountain views on the five-hour train ride between Edmonton and the town of Jasper in Jasper National Park.

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Rocky Mountaineer

Vancouver, British Columbia
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Rocky Mountaineer offers over 65 unique Canadian vacation packages and four distinctive rail routes through British Columbia, Alberta and the Pacific Northwest. The world-renowned, luxury train travels by daylight between April and October through the wild beauty of Canada’s West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies. Rocky Mountaineer offers two levels of service, GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf service, both with impeccable service, engaging hosts, delectable food, and all the comforts for which Rocky Mountaineer is known. Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has welcomed more than 2 million guests and has been honored with numerous awards. This is more than a luxury trip - it's a life changing experience.

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Attractions

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Galt Historic Railway Park

Stirling, Alberta

The Galt Historic Railway Park, established in 2005, collects, preserves, restores, and interprets artifacts representing the history and social impact of the “steam & coal” eras in southern Alberta, with emphasis on Galt Railway and the 1890 International Train Station Depot North West Territories from Coutts, AB / Sweetgrass, MT. The Train Station from 1890 to 1916 straddled the Canada – US border, making it one of the only existing example of this type of building left in Western Canada.At the Galt Historic Railway Park, costumed historic interpreters will give tours of this unique building and as well the inside of a restored railway baggage car that has been converted to a school car! Visitors can also explore the other railway cars adjacent to the Train Station, and as well check out the wooden caboose & stock car. On special event days, the Great Canadian Plains Railway Society (operators of the Railway Park) will be offering combined Train Station tours and rides on a restored railway motorcar on hand built railway track.

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Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions

Stettler, Alberta

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel by train and have your journey abruptly halted by mounted gunmen? Well that is exactly what is likely to happen board Alberta Prairie's excursion train at Stettler. Round-trip excursions are on board a vintage train.

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Aspen Crossing

Mossleigh, Alberta
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Aspen Crossing provides visitors a unique train-themed getaway, with camping, caboose cabins, dining, dinner theatre, shopping and a garden centre. Ticket holders will enjoy scenic prairie vistas on the 28-mile round-trip journey. Guests will pass historic wooden elevators, while learning first hand about agriculture and the railroad.

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Tours

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Battle River Railway Train Excursions

Forestburg, Alberta

With headquarters in Forestburg, Alberta, the Battle River Railway is a fully functioning short line with a super fun twist. Exchanging the usual boxcars for a beautiful, vintage passenger car. The Friends of the Battle River Railway are delighted to offer a number of theme based, day excursions throughout the year. Each unique theme is carefully tailored to provide a fun filled and memorable experience for those with a hankering to ride the rails. All Aboard!

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Calgary Stampede Train

Calgary, Alberta

Canada Rail Vacations offers a broad assortment of fabulous Canadian vacation packages, all intended to make memories that will last for a lifetime.

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SunDog Tour Co.

Jasper, Alberta
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Providing memorable sightseeing, activity and transportation services. From daily sightseeing excursions, to group tours, to airport shuttles, to coach touring and conference services, our staff of holiday planners specialise in making your time in the mountains unforgettable.

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Events

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Oktoberfest Sausage Supper

Forestburg, Alberta
2018-10-27 To 2018-10-27 MST

Find your Lederhosen for the 'wunderbar' Oktoberfest train. Board in Kelsey and polka down the tracks to the famous 63rd Annual Heisler Community Sausage Supper. Oom-pa-pa! (Don't miss the sauerkraut!). Train departs from Kelsey at 2:00 pm, travels to Heisler, return train from Heisler at 6:00 pm. Cost $100 per person.

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Santa Daze! The Battle River Raiway Christmas Train

Forestburg, Alberta
2018-12-08 To 2018-12-08 MST

A magical Christmas Train Experience with Santa's elves, music and much merriment! Bring your skates, explore the market and roast a hotdog at the bonfire. Don't forget your wish list as a visit with Santa is guaranteed. End the evening with the Parade of Lights and fireworks.

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The Haunted Train

Forestburg, Alberta
2018-10-27 To 2018-10-27 MST

Get spooked on the Haunted Train! Spine tingling tales will be told on your way down the tracks to Forestburg, where you will be creeped out in the Station basement. This run is not for the weak at heart. 12 and up only on this excursion. When your heart rates slows down, share your scary stories over appetizers and refreshments. Excursion departs from Kelsey at 2:00pm, travels to Forestburg. Return from Forestburg at 5:00pm. Tickets $75 per person.

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