Since the first train rides in 1996, The Assiniboine Valley Railway has given rides to over 130 000 passengers through the Taylor family’s Christmas light display. The display grows every year and now has over 98 000 lights. The Assiniboine Valley Railway features four 1/8 scale trains transporting up to 45 people at a time through the 7 acres of forest. The railway winds through trees and light displays.
The trip takes about 6 minutes and can accommodate up to 700 people per night. Tickets can be purchased at the station, where you can also warm up and enjoy hot chocolate. Visitors must walk in from Roblin Blvd or from the 1 hour parking area in order to purchase train tickets. Those walking in will enjoy a 1000 foot lighted pathway in the bush, which will not be accessible to those who drive in. You can also enjoy a longer path of about 2000 feet that takes you deeper in the forest. This trail will take you past the new Gingerbread Village that can only be seen from this trail or by riding the train on the old line. This trail has been improved this year and has more lighting along its length. It is a natural trail so watch for roots and trees, etc.
Enter trails and road at your own risk. We are not responsible for accidents. Please stay on trails and paths. Parents watch your children. Lights will go out after 10:00 pm without warning.
Train does not run when the temperature is colder than –30C or during snowstorms etc. Windchill is not a factor because the train is sheltered in the bush.
You can park for one hour at the parking area, which is located half way down the lane. This area holds 25 cars. Parking is also available on side streets. While walking from the parking areas, guests will enjoy Candy Cane Lane and a Manger Scene where you will find a Christmas Cheer Board donation box.
Miniature train runs daily 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm starting in early December, until the kids go back to school (except Christmas day).
If you have problems walking, please arrange in advance for parking on site.
Train ticket prices
3 years and up $ 2.00 each
12 ride pass usable on any public run $20.00 each
2 years and under no charge
Call for group prices.
The Assiniboine Valley Railway (a non profit club) welcomes donations to help defray the cost of operating the club and the Christmas displays.
For more information please call 837-1305 during the day or night.
For pictures and a complete history of the Assiniboine Valley Railway, visit their website at http://www.swedenfreezer.com/avr/index.htm Photos courtesy of the Assiniboine Valley Railway and Bill Taylor.