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“Wonderful way to spend a day!”

Prairie Dog Central Railway
Ranked #41 of 196 things to do in Winnipeg
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

The Prairie Dog Central is a very family oriented attraction - well organized and run by terrific volunteers. Everyone was friendly and attentive.
The ride out is an hour so perhaps the trip is better suited for children four and older.
The train is spacious with very comfortable seating. You really feel like you are going back in time. Grosse Isle is a nice little place to stop and enjoy a bit of lunch ( hot dogs) with tasty homemade desserts.
The theme for our train ride was a magical ride with a magician who was very good. The children enjoyed him.
Overall an excellent trip!

1  Thank Karen D
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Took our 2 year old for a train ride. Lots of kids on the train, and a very family friendly atmosphere. Keep in mind, this thing is entirely run by volunteers. Train ride itself was Great. Its a completely straight track through the prairies, so it was sort of lacking scenery, but it is Winnipeg. The stop in Grosse Isle was ok. Maybe a bit long. But the kids love the miniature train and the animals. And they do let you tour the engine. It was sort of a pricey activity, so we probably won't do it again for a while, but I can only imahine how expensive it is to run an 1880's steam engine. Nothing bad to say about it. I hope it keeps running, it is a fairly unique opportunitty.

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Reviewed 20 July 2013

We went on the magic train. The train trip was ok, but it is definitely not for children who cannot sit still for 30 minutes. Our 3-year old was chomping at the bit towards the end. There was an infant on our car who cried a lot as well. At the stop, we watched the magic show which was good, and the little train ride for kids made a lot of kids happy. The volunteers on the train were all very nice and full of information. Would I go again? Not anytime soon, but in a few years. It did seem a bit pricey. I would try the train robbery or something like that next time. There are "emergency" restrooms on the train ( we didn't need them) , porta potties at the stop, and fair restroom at the station (FYI).

2  Thank hopeforsun
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

There are some benefits to this outing, being from the area I think I have ridden on the prairie dog central three or four times in my lifetime. Many young children do find the ride fun, but easily do bore of it in a little while. There is very limited things to do while on board, and prices for each train ride continue to only climb higher. When you reach the location to deboard and walk around for an hour, you are bombarded by many people trying to see you merchandise. Touristy, though I don't think it is a very good representation of Manitoba's wonders

2  Thank desireeepenner
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

We went on the Great Train Robbery Event, Halloween and the last time the train ran the Christmas ride. Its not quite the same as travelling on VIA Rail but it is a lot of fun for adults and children alike.

1  Thank Brenda A
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