Prairie Dog Central Events

August 2018

Thursday, August 2 – Heritage Village Picnic (Buy here)
Diesel Locomotive

This weekday picnic is ideal for larger groups and family gatherings. Join us for a slow-paced 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. On arrival, the volunteers will serve freshly prepared sandwiches, Caesar salad, chips and dessert accompanied by a warm or cold drink. Take time to stroll through the 1886 Heritage House, the 1 room school house 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 - $22.00. No discounts available


Saturday, August 4 – Tall Grass Prairie Day (Buy here)
Steam Locomotive

This is a fun, enlightening and completely unique way to spend your day. Join us onboard for presentations by our volunteers including a representative from the Prime Meridian Trail. Tap your toes as our onboard musicians entertain during the trip up the line. During this event we allow our passengers to de-train at the wye and take a walk through the Prime Meridian Train 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 cool ice cream.
Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 3:15 PM
Adult Ticket - $29.95
Child - $22.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Sunday, August 5 – Great Train Robbery - Cowboys and Gals (Buy here)
Steam Locomotive

Once again we thunder down the track hoping that those despicable cowboys and gals are taking a break from their increasingly frequent train robberies. You can feel the anticipation 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. Afterwards, sit back, relax and tap those toes to lively music performed by Fire and Ice.
Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $32.95
Child - $24.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Monday, August 6 – Civic Holiday Celebration (Buy here)
Steam Locomotive

Steam Locomotive No. 3 leads the way this holiday Monday! Enjoy a leisurely trip to the rural community of Grosse Isle aboard our beautifully restored vintage coaches. Sit back and relax as our onboard musicians make their way through the train singing their hearts out. 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 through the Heritage Village as the volunteers demonstrate items from years past. It’s a wonderful way to spend this holiday.
Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $29.95
Child - $22.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Saturday, August 11 – Sleepy the Clown Comes to Town (Buy here)
Diesel Locomotive

Enjoy the beautiful prairie landscape as the mighty diesel locomotive leads the way to the rural community of Grosse Isle. On arrival pick up some made-from-scratch baking, freshly prepared hotdogs and smokies or bring along your own packed lunch. Secure your front row seats as we await Sleepy the Clown’s fully interactive 40-minute performance, packed with fun, laughter and trickery. Before we head back, take time to walk through the restored Heritage House, East Rosser School and newly added Church. Don’t miss out and book early for this is a fun and entertaining family day.
Departure – 11:00 AM and Return – 2:45 PM
Adult Ticket - $28.95
Child - $20.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Sunday, August 12 – The Mystical Magic Train (Buy here)
Diesel Locomotive

Join us onboard as we head to the rural community of Grosse Isle. Awaiting our arrival is Magician Patrick Gregoir. Pick up a freshly prepared hotdog or smokie along with fresh baking or ice cream and grab your front row seat as we await the show. Patrick’s 45-minute fun and fully interactive display 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 - $28.95
Child - $20.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Saturday, August 18 – It’s a Hog Heist! Cowboys and Gals (Buy here)
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 and Salad. 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 and 2 varieties of salad.
Departure – 5:00 PM and Return – 9:30 PM
Adult Ticket - $42.95
Child - $34.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Sunday, August 19 – Blue Grass Bonanza (Buy here)
Steam Locomotive

Sit back and tap those toes as our onboard entertainers, Spruce and the Meadowlark, make their way through the beautifully restored 1900 era coaches performing classic Blue Grass tunes. 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 one room school house 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 - $29.95
Child - $22.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Saturday, August 25 – Family Fun Day (Buy here)
Diesel Locomotive

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 of the children as we make our way to Grosse Isle. During the stopover, drop in to the caboose for a temporary 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, 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 - $28.95
Child - $20.95
4-Pack Pricing Available


Sunday, August 26 – The Mystical Magic Train (Buy here)
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 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 - $28.95
Child - $20.95
4-Pack Pricing Available