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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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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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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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High Level Bridge Streetcar

Edmonton, Alberta
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Ride in a beautifully refurbished trolley car that dates back to the early 1900s. On your trip, you'll experience views of the river valley you wouldn’t otherwise see. Feel the breeze coming in through the window as you savour a spectacular journey across the 100-year-old High Level Bridge.

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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 Railway Museum

Edmonton, Alberta
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The largest railway park in Alberta – third largest in Canada – features a terminal with a station, water tank, locomotive and car shops, as well as exhibits from 1899 through the 1950s. With more than 75 train cars and locomotives, this outdoor working prairie rail yard is a fun hands-on family experience.

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Travel Offers

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Western Canada Luxury Resorts and Rail

Treat yourself and experience the world renowned Fairmont properties, rich in history, resplendent in natural beauty and nestled in awe inspiring locations. Your journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies will be complimented by these grandeur hotels.

Expires: 2019-07-29
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Train of Terror

There is an all new level of fear coming to Alberta, aboard the Train of Terror. Not your average relaxing railway tour. Experience unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else but onboard Canada's only moving train haunt. It'll scare you to death!

Expires: 2018-11-03
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Winter in the Rockies - 8 Days

Make your way through the twists and turns of Canada's Rocky Mountains, and enjoy snow-capped landscapes at every turn on this winter tour to Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Expires: 2019-04-29
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Tours

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Canada Rail Vacations

Calgary, Alberta

Canada Rail Vacations specializes in providing spectacular customizable train travel and accommodations with exciting rail tours across Canada and the Canadian Rockies. Canada Rail Vacations is proudly Canadian owned and operated since 1995, and locally based staff are experts in providing the best experience of this country. Canada Rail Vacations' specialty is creating exciting rail vacations using the world-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer train, a two-day, all daylight rail journey through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies. Rocky Mountaineer was honoured with the World Travel Award as World's Leading Travel Experience by Train for the fifth year and named by National Geographic as one of the World's Greatest Trips.

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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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Events

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Murder on the Battle River Express

Forestburg, Alberta
2018-11-24 to 2018-11-24 MST

A murder has taken place on the Battle River Express...Find out 'whodunit' with a murder mystery by the Flagstaff Players and a traditional Christmas feast, with a licensed bar. A perfect Christmas party for businesses and families. Cost $100 per person.

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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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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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