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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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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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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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High Level Bridge Streetcar

Edmonton, Alberta
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Enjoy sweeping views of the Edmonton River Valley aboard a beautifully restored vintage streetcar. On this scenic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River, you'll learn all about the city's streetcar history from Edmonton Radial Railway Society's costumed guides. Tours run daily, from mid-May through mid-October.

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First Passage to the West Highlights

This relaxing week-long tour has many highlights but one that will most definitely stand out is the two day rail journey from the Canadian Rockies resort town of Banff through to the coastal, scenic city of Vancouver.

Offered By: Canadian Affair

Expires: 2018-10-01
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Majestic Rockies by Rail & Road

Travel on the renowned Rocky Mountaineer and drive along the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Offered By: Discover the World

Expires: 2018-10-09
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Winter in the Rockies

Get ready for a magical adventure through the winter wonderland that is the Rocky Mountains. Exploring the Rockies, you’ll stop off perennial favourites such as Banff and Jasper, and have the chance to admire the lofty peaks from the air, from a sleigh, on skis & from a dog sled.

Offered By: Flight Centre

Expires: 2018-12-31
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Tours

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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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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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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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Open Farm Days

Mossleigh, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

Discover Alberta Rail & Agriculture History at Aspen Crossing! They welcome you to see and experience a part of Alberta seldom seen, only 45 minutes SE of Calgary. With a commitment to entertain, enliven as well as enlighten, visitors from around the world will have an opportunity to see up close and personal, Alberta’s agricultural landscape that makes it one of Canada’s 2nd largest agricultural producer and one of the world’s most productive agricultural economies. Short Aspen Crossing Railway Tours: Enjoy a 1 hour in length train experience on the full-size excursion train that hosted THE POLAR EXPRESS™! Tickets for the 1-hour teaser excursions will be available for purchase at the Station during Stampede Train Day, July 7th. Departures will be at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Adults: $25.00. Children: 25 months – 14 Yrs. $15.00. Children 24 months or under: are free! Lots of Free Parking. ELEVATOR TOURS: Take a visit to the Mossleigh Grain Elevators with a personalized tour guide to share local history and how these prairie grain elevators played a pivotal role in the farming community of yesteryear. Tours at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Come Celebrate Our Railway & Agriculture Ties!

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The Great Battle River Train Robbery

Alliance, Alberta
2018-08-18 To 2018-08-18 MST

Gather at the restored railway foremen’s house in Alliance and jump on the train. Along the rails, watch out for masked men on horseback! In Heisler, you will enjoy dinner with all the fixin’s. You will head back to Alliance with full bellies and possibly empty pockets.(Ticket includes meal) Tickets are $100/person ($105.15 if ordering online with eventbrite.ca) Tickets are also available by calling 780-384-4150 during business hours.Depart Alliance @ 11:00 Arrive back in Alliance @ 5:00 Kid Friendly

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Railway Days

Calgary, Alberta
2018-09-22 To 2018-09-23 MST

All aboard for a weekend of train facts and fun at Heritage Park Historical Village. As one of the few sites in North America with two steam locomotives, the Park's trains take centre stage for two days with demonstrations, hands-on activities, and exciting exhibits. Watch a turn table demonstration, take a ride in a caboose, tour the cab of an antique steam engine and enjoy special activities all weekend.

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