Prairie Dog Central Events

August 2019

Saturday August 3 – Tall Grass Prairie Day
Steam Locomotive

This trip is a fun, enlightening and completely unique way to spend your day. Join us onboard for presentations by representatives from the Prime Meridian Trail. During this event we allow our passengers to de-train at the wye and take a walk through the Prime Meridian Trail with an expert who will identify some of the 300 flowers and species that have made the Prime Meridian Trail their home. Activities include a ride on the mini train, building and painting bird boxes and walking through the Heritage Village. Bring along your own home packed picnic or pick up a freshly prepared hotdog or smokie, followed by a delicious piece of pie or freshly scooped ice cream.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 3:15 PM
Adult Ticket - $30.95
Child - $23.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

 

Sunday, August 4 – Great Train Robbery (Cowboys n’ Gals)
Steam Locomotive

Here we go again! We are thundering down the track hoping that those shameful cowboys and gals are taking a break from their increasingly frequent train robberies. You can feel the tension and uncertainty in the air during this suspense filled trip to Grosse Isle. Keep a look out, remain vigilant and be prepared to handover any spare change should they strike. On arrival take a stroll around the vendors selling their hand-crafted souvenirs or indulge in a freshly prepared hotdog or smokie followed by delicious home-baked sweet treats and ice cream. Afterward, sit back, relax and tap those toes to live music performed by the Audayo Brothers.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $33.95
Child - $25.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

 

Monday August 5 – Civic Holiday Celebration
Steam Locomotive

There is no better way to spend your holiday Monday! Enjoy a leisurely trip to the rural community of Grosse Isle aboard our beautifully restored vintage coaches as Steam Locomotive No. 3 leads the way. Sit back and relax as we head up the line. During the stopover you can walk through the steam locomotive as the Engineer and Fireman prepare for the return trip. A vast array of home baking and freshly prepared hotdogs and smokies are available to purchase or you can bring along your own picnic. Finally, stroll though the Heritage Village as the volunteers demonstrate items from years past or sit back and enjoy the live music performed by Fire and Ice. It’s a wonderful way to spend this holiday.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $30.95
Child - $23.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

 

Saturday August 10 – Family Fun Day
Diesel Locomotive

Join us for a day packed with fun and entertainment! Family Fun Day aboard the Prairie Dog Central is a firm passenger favourite. With something for everyone make sure you book early as this event sells out fast! The Audayo Brothers will entertain with live music and magician Patrick Gregoire will make balloon animals for all the children as we make our way to Grosse Isle. During the stopover enjoy your own home packed picnic basket or delight in the home baked pies, pastries, hot dogs and smokies freshly prepared by the locals. Drop in to the caboose for a tattoo, enjoy more live music and grab a front row seat in preparation for Patrick’s fully interactive 45-minute magic show. Before we head back to the city, visit the volunteers in the Heritage House, the East Rosser School and take a moment in the Church.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $29.95
Child - $21.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

 

Sunday August 11 – Mystical Magic Train
Diesel Locomotive

Join us onboard as we head to the rural community of Grosse Isle. Awaiting our arrival is the amazing Gregoire the Astonisher. Pick up a freshly prepared hotdog or smokie along with fresh baking or ice cream and grab your front row seat as we await Patrick’s 45 minute, fun and fully interactive show that will have you marvelling in the trickery and sleight of hand. Before we depart and head back to the city make sure you take a walk through the beautifully restored buildings making up the Heritage Village.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $29.95
Child - $21.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

Saturday August 17 – Blue Grass Bonanza
Steam Locomotive

Sit back and take in the wonderful live Blue Grass music performed by PDCR favourite Spruce and the Meadowlark. Relax as they make their way through the beautifully restored 1900 era coaches. Enjoy this unique ride as we travel from the hustle and bustle of the city to the peaceful community of Grosse Isle. Put on your dancing shoes and shake some moves to the live music during the stopover. Take a stroll through the various vendors who sell their crafts, and walk through the 1886 Heritage House, the East Rosser School and Grosse Isle United Church. Pack up a lunch or pick up a freshly prepared hotdog or smokie and leave room for one of the delicious pies, tarts and ice cream for dessert!

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $30.95
Child - $23.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

Sunday August 18 – Great Train Robbery (Cowboys'n Gals)
Steam Locomotive

If you are looking for something crazy and unique to do this weekend, then look no further! Hop onboard and join us for a fully interactive day packed with suspension and anticipation. Remain alert and inform our onboard Porters and train crew if you see any suspicious activity because rumour has it that the cowboys and gals are up to their old tricks again. During the stopover enjoy your home packed lunch or pick up a freshly cooked smokie or hotdog. Be sure to save space for a delicious slice of pie or a hand scooped ice cream. Relax as you enjoy the live music performed by the Audayo Brothers or take a stroll through the beautiful Heritage Village.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $33.95
Child - $25.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

 

Thursday August 22 – Heritage Village Picnic
Diesel Locomotive

Join us for a relaxed trip from Inkster Junction Station to the beautiful community of Grosse Isle, visit with family and friends as we make our way up the line. Sit back and enjoy the live onboard music performed by the Audayo Brothers. On arrival the volunteers will serve freshly prepared sandwiches, Caesar salad, pickle, chips and dessert accompanied by a warm or cold drink. Take time to stroll through the Ridgeway Heritage House, the East Rosser School and the Grosse Isle United Church before we make our way back to the city.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
All Tickets - $23.00. No discounts available.
Ticket price includes lunch.

Saturday August 24 – Family Fun Day
Diesel Locomotive

Family Fun Day aboard the Prairie Dog Central is a firm passenger favourite. With something for everyone to enjoy make sure you book early as this event sells out fast! Magician Patrick Gregoire will make his way through the coaches making balloon animals for all the kids onboard. Following Patrick are the Audayo Brothers who will entertain with live music. During the stopover drop in to the caboose for a tattoo, enjoy more live music and grab a front row seat in preparation for Patrick’s fully interactive 45-minute magic show. Before we head back to the city, visit the volunteers in the Heritage House, the East Rosser School and take a moment in the Church. Bring along your own home packed picnic basket or delight in the home baked pies, pastries, hot dogs and smokies freshly prepared by the locals.

Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $29.95
Child - $21.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

Sunday August 25 – The Mystical Magic Train
Diesel Locomotive

Abbra-ca-Dadabra! We have planned a day with mind-bending tricks, illusion and sleight of hand that will leave you wondering ‘how did he do that?’ Join us as we take a peaceful and relaxed ride to Grosse Isle where the Prairie Dog Central’s favourite magician, Patrick Gregoire, will greet us. Find a front row seat as Patrick performs a 45-minute fun and interactive magic show. Bring along your home packed lunch or savour the home baking, hotdogs and smokies freshly prepared for your arrival. Finally take a wander through the beautifully restored Heritage Village buildings before we hop back onboard for the return trip
Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $29.95
Child - $21.95
4-Pack Pricing Available

Saturday August 31 – It’s a Hog Heist!
Steam Locomotive

We are creeping up the track hoping that our late departure will throw the troublesome robbers off the scent. Take part in an old fashioned sing-song with our onboard entertainment as we make our way to the rural community of Grosse Isle. We are hoping for an uninterrupted ride, but we have been advised that there is a chance of a hold up and the cowboys and gals on horseback have been spotted looking for their next haul. On arrival enjoy the delicious supper of Pork in a Bun, salad and light dessert. Take a stroll through the wonderfully restored Heritage Village and appreciate more live music as we wrap up this fun filled and fully interactive trip.
NB – Each passenger will receive 1 plate including 1 Pork in a Bun, 2 varieties of salad and light dessert.

Departure – 5:00 PM and Return – 9:30 PM
Adult Ticket - $43.95
Child - $35.95
4-Pack Pricing Available