Big Valley Spring Clean-up scheduled for Sunday, May 8 at 10:00 am. – has been cancelled.
CAMROSE HERITAGE RAILWAY STATION EVENTS – 2016
May 14, 2016 – Opening Day for the Station and Site
2016 Station hours of operation: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm Self-serve refreshments (homemade cookies and beverages) can be purchased Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, throughout the season. Enjoy special desserts on Saturdays throughout July and August from 10 am – 5 pm. Gift shop open, tour of spring gardens and exhibits self or guided available. Take a ride on our Percy-like train.
May 28, 2016 – Plant Sale and Swap (10 am to 5 pm) and Pressed Flower Workshop (1 to 4 pm)
Purchase or swap some of the many plants that grow within our station gardens or have been donated by community members. Also available will be various White Elephant gardening pots and yard items. Donations of plants, garden and yard items are gratefully accepted. Carrot cake and beverages available for purchase. Station and park admission by donation.
Pressed Flower Workshop facilitated by Diana Nickel. Diana has over 20 years experience with the Devonian Botanic Gardens and headed the pressed flower division for five years. Once you pick flowers from the station gardens, Diana will show how to press the flowers and create a beautiful pressed flower card and a framed picture. No experience required. Materials needed: old phone book and a pair of tweezers. Workshop Cost: $20. Please register by calling 780-672-3099 or email to email@example.com.
June 21, 2016 – Aboriginal Days (10 am to 3 pm)
Enjoy performances by “Red Thunder The Next Generation” dance group, storytelling related to aboriginal legends and an art show. Bannock and beverages available for purchase.
July 9, 2016 – Annual Garden Tour & Victorian Luncheon
Enjoy several local private gardens and experience an incredible homemade luncheon in the historical railway station. The day starts at 9:30 am at the station to receive your map and instructions. Our Victorian Luncheon will be served in the beautifully decorated Station Tea Room and the King George Room following the tour. Pre-registration is required; cost is $25.00 per person (includes luncheon). Tickets can be purchased at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station.
July 11 to 16, 2016 – Garden Tour with Victoria Dessert
An interpretive garden tour of the Victory Garden and 12 spectacular flower gardens followed by dessert and tea served in the Station’s King George Room or Tea Room. Individual or large group tours welcome! Tour bookings available for 10 am or 2 pm. Tours need to be booked in advance; cost is $12.00 per person.
July 23, 2016 – Tribute to Retired Farmers (2 pm)
Join us as we pay tribute to retired farmers. Come and enjoy a special tour and free beverage in the tea room. Do you have a special story to tell about your life or history? Let us know so it can be shared. Enjoy live western musical entertainment.
July 30, 2016 – Tribute to Prairie Women
Join us at 2 pm to celebrate ‘Women of the Railway’—the story about the first four women hired as railway operators. Take part by wearing a hat or clothing from the 1930s and enjoy the Belles and Whistles Fashion Show. Homemade berry desserts will be featured. Many featured displays for this tribute to view around the station.
August 20, 2016 – Founders Day Festival
Exciting events are hosted across the City of Camrose—at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station, enjoy a Garden Party and Chocolate Festival from 1 to 5 pm. Bring your favourite chocolate dessert to enter in the competition. Adults will be entertained by the Station Swing Band in a beautiful garden party atmosphere, so come dressed in garden party attire! Young and old can enjoy the Firebox Festival and ride the Mirror Lake Train with our characters from ‘The Island of Sodor’. Watch Thomas and friends travel around the newly renovated Garden Railway. Attend a special show at 2 pm for children and the young at heart. Children and adults can try our Olympic game activities. Food and beverages available to purchase. For a full schedule on events throughout Camrose, see www.camrosefoundersdays.com.
August 27, 2016 – Last day of the regular season
Enjoy the gardens and all exhibits with family and friends on our last day of the season. Bookings and appointments can be made in off-season.
November 4, 2016 – White Elephant Christmas Gift Sale and Tea
Enjoy Christmas shopping from 10 am to 5 pm for unique items in our gift shop on opening day. Enjoy tea and scones in our beautiful seasonally decorated Station Tea Room on November 4. The White Elephant Christmas Sale will be open every Friday from November 4 through December 2. Donations of gift items are greatly accepted. Book the station’s Tea Room for your private event or Christmas party.
December 3, 2016 – Annual Cookie Walk, Tea & Christmas White Elephant Sale (1 to 4:30 pm)
Within our beautiful seasonally decorated Tea Room or King George Room, enjoy one of our major fundraisers for the year. Our volunteers bake batches of cookies (including gluten free) and other items including homemade carrot pudding and loaves. Enjoy tea with seasonal homemade desserts. Purchase special gifts in our Station White Elephant Gift Shop.
MEETING CREEK EVENTS – 2016
August 28, 2016 – Prairie Fun Days at the Meeting Creek Station and Elevator Site, Meeting Creek, Alberta 10 am to 4:30 pm
As part of Prairie Fun Days and Open Farm Days join in and Celebrate our Earth Day for the whole family. Enjoy tours of the station and elevator at Meeting Creek, Alberta. Ride the Track Car, take guided or self-guided nature walks along Linear Park Trails, enjoy homemade pie and many children’s activities. Horse and wagon rides for all ages will be available. Join in on story time and dance for all ages. Adults are invited to attend “Connecting to This Land” talk in the Meeting Creek Community Hall. Homemade pies and cookies available throughout the day from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Pie and Beverages
Covered Wagon Rides
Meet the role playing Station Agent or his wife as you tour the Meeting Creek Railway Station.
Take a guided tour of 1917 Pioneer Elevator
Review newly developed historical interpretive signage regarding the Meeting Creek Valley geological and Indigenous history
11:00 am to 4:30 pm – Purchase a Chili Lunch with Homemade Sunny Boy Bread, pie and cookies
Hands on activities
Crafts and Games
Nature Hike for all generations. Hike the old abandoned railway line west of the Station which is rich in flower, plant and bird diversity. Use Discovery Kits with hands-on fun activities for interactive activities for children and adults.
1:00 pm – Experience a part of the valley’s Indigenous history as you watch a Jingle dance and take part in a Round Dance for all generations.
2:00 pm – Story and song time for children and the young at heart (by the Gazebo)
For more information visit www.facebook.com/PrairieFunDays.
BATTLE RIVER RAILWAY PASSENGER EXCURSIONS – 2016
All trains leave from the Camrose Heritage Railway Station. For more information on these excursions contact Shara-Lynn Weller 780-374-2924 or Muriel Fankhanel 780-879-3924 or visit www.friendsofbrr.com.
March 6, 2016 – All the World’s a Stage
You will be treated to a delicious dinner and stage production of Not Now Darling.
June 11, 2016- Historic Heisler Hotel Run
A cool antique hotel and our beautiful vintage train!
August 14, 2016 – Garden and Gourmet
Enjoy fabulous food and hospitality on the rails and tour the beautiful gardens at the Camrose Heritage Railway Station and in the welcoming town of Forestburg.