Stettler Train Ride

Rosebud with golf course at top.

Rosebud with golf course at top.

Our last weekend with Pat and Harry was a fun-filled adventurous 3 days away from
Calgary. We drove a couple hours northeast to a small town of Rosebud, where we had flown over in Harry’s plane a few days earlier. We played golf at the Akokiniiskway Golf Club, it was the Rosebud Valley’s original name meaning ” by the river of many roses”.
This 9-hole executive course has lush fairways and grass greens, meandering among the trees and along the Rosebud River, it was definitely a fun course to play. In the evening we enjoyed a spectacular show of the Wizard of Oz at the local theater. The next day we drove to Stettler, Alberta, Harry’s hometown. We had flown over Stettler in Harry’s plane to see his farm from the air. We were excited to ride on the Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions, a heritage railway originating in Stettler and runs between Stettler and Big Valley.  
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The trip lasts about 6 hours with a stopover in Big Valley and a buffet dinner. Our tickets were for the Newfoundlander Excursion, thus there we’re a lot of Newfie jokes and songs plus a special lobster and steak cooked dinner. We had time to explore the tiny town of Big Valley after dinner and then boarded the train for the ride back to Stettler. On the return trip we all became honorary Newfie’s when we “Kissed the Cod” and slammed back a shot of Screechers Rum. We spent the night at Harry’s brother’s house in Stettler and enjoyed meeting his sister as well. It was a fun day on another historical train ride, and a special time with Pat & Harry.