Events & To Do

Rails and Tales Events

Come ride the train! 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.

Jump to our Special and Daily Events Schedule:

Kickoff Day Wednesday, June 28
Thursday, June 29
Friday, June 30
Saturday, July 1
Canada Day Sunday, July 2
Monday, July 3
The Last Hurrah Tuesday, July 4

To do:

Rails and Tales 2017: Tribute to Pioneers
Photography Contest
Stettler and Area
Location and Maps

Kickoff Day: Wednesday, June 28


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Schedule of events Public W 28

Listed Special Events:

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: Kickoff Day Ceremony
7:25: “All Aboard!”
7:45: Train departs

Thursday, June 29

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Schedule of events Public R 29

Listed Special Events:

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
7:00: CF-18 Flypast

8:00: Train departs

Friday, June 30

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Schedule of events Public F 30

Listed Special Events:

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

Canada Day, Saturday, July 1

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Schedule of events Public S 1

Listed Special Events:

11:00 Big Valley Community Parade
Petting Zoo (11AM – 3 PM)

12:00: Penny Carnival (Noon – 3 PM)

4:45: Train arrives
Legion Color Guard
4:45: First Dinner Seating
Barry Luft concert
Photo ops with double header steam locos
Face painting
5:15: Second Dinner Seating
Barry Luft concert
Photo ops with double header steam locos
Face painting
6:00: Canada Day Ceremony
6:30: Cake
6:05: “All Aboard!”
Legion Color Guard
7:25: Train departs

Sunday, July 2:

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Schedule of events Public S 2

Listed Special Events:

12:00: Penny Carnival (Noon – 3 PM)

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:

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Schedule of events Public M 3

Listed Special Events:

10:30: First lunch seating
Heritage Farm Machinery parade
11:00: Second lunch seating
Heritage Farm Machinery parade
12:30: Train departs

5:30: First dinner seating
Heritage Farm Machinery parade
6:00: Second dinner seating
Heritage Farm Machinery parade
8:00: Train departs

Tuesday July 4 and Wednesday, July 5 (Stettler)

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Schedule of events Public T 4 W 5

Listed Special Events:

1:00: Program: CANCELED

Attractions in Big Valley

The following attractions and services are available in Big Valley year round. While you are in town for Rails and Tales, be sure to visit these places:

Local Attractions and Services PDF

OTHER EVENTS:

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 antique steam, kerosene and gas tractors and equipment. 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.

Photography Contest

How to Submit

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.

Deadline: Aug 5, 2017

First Prize: $100 and a cab ride for photographic purposes in Alberta Prairie railway steam locomotive #41.

Second Prize: $75.

Third prize: $50

Winners will be selected by Aug 12, 2017

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 railsandtales@gmail.com

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.

 

How to Submit

Step 1: Choose Photograph

Step 2: Fill out Photography Contest Form

Step 3: Email your Photograph and Entry Form to:
railsandtales@gmail.com
include the subject line: “Photography Contest”

 

QUESTIONS?
Contact railsandtales@gmail.com

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

Stettler and Area

Stettler Visitor’s Center
Stettler Canada Day Celebrations
Big Valley
Drumheller
Red Deer
Camrose
Wetaskawin
Donalda

Location and Maps

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

For free wifi: Go to the Big Valley Inn (Railway Ave. and Main St. W.) or the Big Valley Library (29, 1st Ave. S. (just off Main St.).

To get to Warden for Tours of #6060: Leave Big Valley and head east to Highway 56. Turn north and travel approximately 22km. The events at Warden will be on your left, and there will be signs.

 

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

Map of Big Valley Events

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