Railway history signals Canada Day in Big Valley

Central Albertans can celebrate Canada Day in Big Valley, where a multitude of activities have been planned to mark Canada’s 145th

Central Albertans can celebrate Canada Day in Big Valley, where a multitude of activities have been planned to mark Canada’s 145th birthday, the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Northern Railroad train station in Big Valley and the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.

This Sunday is Canada Day.

The Rocky Mountain Rail Society is co-ordinating some of the celebration activities, including free rides on a track speeder and a reaffirmation ceremony of the 1912 train station at 2:15 p.m., with several dignitaries and the Royal Canadian Legion colour guard expected to be in attendance.

The station is a Provincial Historic Resource and one of the few that still sits on its original location.

The Alberta Prairie steam train is scheduled to arrive in town just before 1 p.m., and its arrival will be piped in with bagpipes, as will its departure at 2:45 p.m.

All of Big Valley’s museums and attractions are slated to be open.

Other activities will include a local art show and face-painting — something to interest all ages, organizers say.

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