Indiegogo Comes Alive 

We are super-excited about our new Indiegogo campaign. Tons of things are coming together for this summer’s event—great creativity, teamwork, volunteers, events, partnerships—and now we have a dynamite video for our donorship campaign. Check out the links, and forward them to everyone in your social media circles. Putting together the video was fun, and I … [Read more…]

Métis: Preserving a Way of Life

Many visitors to Alberta’s central regions have some understanding of North America’s colonial past, particularly the interactions between colonizing Europeans and the First Nations and Inuit who originally populated the land. However, many have little understanding of the uniqueness of the place of the Métis people within this mix. The first European explorers (and later … [Read more…]

Troop Trains: Canada’s Response to War Moves a Nation into the Twentieth Century

Canada’s rail heritage has fingers in a lot more pies than just the immediately-recognized image of pioneers and train robbers. For instance, our old steamers were instrumental in supporting military mobilization since before Canada had a coast-to-coast railway. Troop trains began operating with the advent of the second Northwest Rebellion in 1885. Canada’s militia (Queen’s … [Read more…]

Riding on Heritage Rail Cars

One of many highlights at Canada 150 Rails & Tails Rail enthusiasts coming to Rails and Tales this summer will be looking forward to riding behind heritage steam locomotives #41 and #1392. But perhaps not everyone is aware of the pedigrees of the heritage rail cars in which they will be riding. The Glen Sutton, … [Read more…]

More Than Just #1392

Everyone in the know knows that the Alberta Railway Museum’s star is steam locomotive #1392. That’s a given. But some people might be unaware of the host of other equipment that is on display at St. Albert’s cool museum. The museum features equipment from Canadian National Railways, Northern Alberta Railways, short lines and industrial railways. … [Read more…]