Events & To Do

Rails and Tales Events

Trains will run every day from June 28th to July 4th from Stettler to Big Valley. You can find schedules, ticket prices, reservations, and other relevant information here.

Schedule of Specific Events (In Progress – Please watch this site for updates as they become available) 

Kickoff Day: Wednesday, June 28

5:30: Train arrives
Flags, Static displays
5:30: First dinner seating (include VIPs)
Barry Luft concert
6:00: Second dinner seating
Barry Luft concert
6:30: Program
7:25: “All Aboard!”
7:45: Train departs

Thursday, June 29

11:30: First lunch seating
Métis Fiddler and Dance demonstration
12:00: Second lunch seating
Métis Fiddler and Dance demonstration
1:30: Train departs

6:30 First dinner seating
Métis Fiddler and Dance demonstration
7:00: Second dinner seating
Métis Fiddler and Dance demonstration
8:00: Train departs

Friday, June 30

5:30 First dinner seating
6:00: Second dinner seating
8:00: Train departs

Canada Day, Saturday, July 1

8:30: Train arrives
Legion Color Guard
8:30: Champagne Breakfast – First seating
Barry Luft concert / photo ops with double header steam locos/ face painting / petting zoo/ parade
9:00: Champagne Breakfast – Second seating
Barry Luft concert / photo ops with double header steam locos / face painting/ petting zoo/ parade
9:30: Program
10:00: Cake
10:15: “All Aboard!”
Legion Color Guard
10:30: Train departs

4:30: First train arrives
Legion Color Guard
4:30: First Dinner Seating
Barry Luft concert / face painting/ petting zoo/ parade
4:45: Second Train arrives
Legion Color Guard
5:00: Second Dinner Seating
Barry Luft concert / face painting petting zoo / parade
5:30: Program
6:00: Cake
6:30: “All Aboard!”
Legion Color Guard
7:00: First train departs
7:30: Second train departs

Sunday, July 2:

3:30: First dinner seating
Métis Fiddler / Métis demonstration dance
4:00: Second dinner seating
Métis Fiddler / Métis demonstration dance
7:00: Train departs

Monday, July 3:

10:30: First lunch seating
Steam Traction engine parade
11:00: Second lunch seating
Steam Traction engine parade
12:30: Train departs

5:30: First dinner seating
Steam Traction engine parade
6:00: Second dinner seating
Steam Traction engine parade
8:00: Train departs

Last Hurrah: Tuesday July 4 (Stettler)

1:00: Program

Wednesday, July 5 (Stettler)

Time TBA: Locomotive Pull: The Firemen vs the Bikers in Stettler, Alberta


Daily Events

Beyond our specific events, the following daily events will be occurring in Big Valley:

  • Static displays: films, model steam locomotives, rail interpretation
  • Speeder rides
  • Tours of the restoration of Locomotive #6060 (#6060 located in Warden), including tours of the shed housing all the interior parts of the engine which have been removed and will be replaced, and tours of the tool car. Tours will be available daily from Wednesday, June 28 to Tuesday, July 4, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Tuesday July 4 will have extended hours from 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM).
  • Steam traction engines
  • Merchandise sales
  • Photo ops
  • Metis displays: trappers’ tent, tipi, red river cart, demonstrations of beading



RAILS and Tales 2017: Tribute to the Pioneers

June 30 to July 3 in Big Valley Alberta

In conjunction with Alberta Prairie Railway train trips, Rails and Tales will be presenting an exposition of vintage agricultural equipment. It will include full size steam, gas and oil powered equipment. Displays of double flywheel hit and miss gasoline engines and smaller equipment will also be operational. All of the equipment will be operated by volunteers. The equipment is from personal collections and heritage preservation groups. Come chat with them about their experiences preserving Alberta history.

Bring your family and enjoy a day of steam trains and working historical agriculture equipment.

This event is being planned as a celebration of Canada’s history and the influence the railway played in it. Train Tickets will be available starting mid February 2017 by contacting Alberta Prairie Railway in Stettler, AB at 403-742-2811

Equipment Donated by:
Steam powered:
1914 28-80hp. George White contributed by Bill Graham, Edmonton
1916 Waterloo 16hp side mount, custom contributed by Dave Rose
two speed, threshing engine
1916 65hp. Case contributed by Heritage Park Historical Village
1919 68hp. Sawyer-Massey contributed by Rawes Ranches Ltd.

Gas / Kerosene powered:
1911 27-50 Sawyer-Massey contributed by Bill Graham, Edmonton
1911 60 Holt track caterpillar
1919 10-20 International Harvester Titan contributed by Camrose and District Museum
1911 25hp. International Harvester Mogul Junior contributed by Pioneer Acres of Alberta
1925 22-40 Crossmount Case
1911 25-40 Model B Rumely oil pull
1910 Model B Gas traction contributed by Reynolds Alberta Museum
1908 12hp International Harvester friction drive
1924 Model N Waterloo Boy contributed by Perry Winddelfield, Markerville
1926 Model G 18-36 Hart Parr

* Numerous displays of other double flywheel hit and miss gasoline engines and smaller equipment from the period will operational for public viewing.


Photography Contest

Rails and Tales is running a photography contest for all interested photographers. Prizes will be awarded for the use of the photographs that best portray the significance of Canada’s rail heritage of the past 150 years. See below for contest details.

Rails and Tales 2017 Photo Contest Rules

This contest is open to all photographers (except official Rails and Tales volunteers and staff). Entries are limited to photos taken of the Rails and Tales event between June 28, 2017 and July 5, 2017. The entrant must have taken the photos submitted.
Entrants can submit up to 3 photographs. Photos must represent “Rails and Tales 2017” and can include railway and festival events.

Format: Digital files must be in JPG format, and must be at least 1600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1600 pixels tall (if a vertical image). It is recommended that digital cameras be set at their “highest” or “best” resolution to ensure the highest quality image possible. We will require the high res photo for reproduction.

Identification: Pictures that are submitted MUST include a description and location of the photo.

Submission of Entries: Winning photographers will grant permission for East Central Alberta Heritage Society and Alberta Prairie Railway to use the photos for promotional and information print and electronic publications. Photo credit will be provided. The use of other submissions will be subject to licencing agreement between the photographer and any entity wishing to use them. Entries must be submitted electronically to

Releases: If the photograph contains person(s) in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph.

Deadline: Entries must be submitted by Aug 5, 2017

Prizes: Best Photo $100 and a cab ride for photographic purposes in Alberta Prairie railway steam locomotive #41. Second prize $75. Third prize $50
Winners will be direct messaged &/or emailed and will be required to supply complete name and mailing address to redeem their prize.

Judging: Winners will be selected by a panel of judges Aug 12, 2017.


*Rules and dates are subject to changes &/or additions.

Stettler and Area

Stettler Visitor’s Center
Stettler Canada Day Celebrations
Big Valley
Red Deer


For train rides: Alberta Prairie Railway, 4611-47th Ave. Stettler, AB, T0C 2L1
Phone: 1.800.282.3994

For events, go to: Railway Avenue and Main Street, Big Valley, AB

Map of Big Valley Events