Iron Horse Park

The park is now CLOSED for the winter season.

We do not know what 2021 will bring. Hopefully things will be much improved Covid wise so that we may go back to our normal activities which include:

- Our traditional Frostbite run, Sunday February 14, 2021,
- On time season opening, Sunday of the May long weekend, May 23, 2021,
- Fully operational raised track trains,
- Fully operational G-Gauge track trains,
- And, of course, a fully operational mainline including some of our new steam locomotives,
- We also hope to start using a new section of track some time in 2021. This was tied in, Fall 2020.

Please stay tuned to this web page or our Facebook page for updates.

2021 Season opening and Covid restrictions

Assuming we are able to open the park in 2021 and Covid is still with us, we will likely implement the same procedures we used in 2020. Here is what we used during 2020, which we will revise as required during in 2021. We will aim to stay open as long as we feel it is safe to do so. We will continue monitoring the situation on a daily basis. As usual always consult our Facebook page or this web page for the latest run day information.

HOWEVER, because of the Covid-19 situation, there are many features at the park which must be different. We hope that you will still come for a visit and train journey. Please be aware that:
  • Anyone with Covid symptoms, or who have been in contact with someone diagnosed with Covid, or have been out of the country within the last 14 days SHOULD NOT ENTER the park,
  • The line up area and riding cars will be marked for appropriate distancing,
  • ALL adults (over 14) MUST wear a mask while in the line up or on the train journey. A face shield is acceptable if, for medical reasons, you cannot wear a mask.,
  • The wood play train on "Train Mountain" and the pathways in the park will NOT be open,
  • Free picnic tables for use by families throughout the park will not be available,
We are extremely disappointed that we cannot provide our usual level of activities. But because of Covid we have no choice in the matter. Although our Birthday Party areas will still be available (pre reservation still required), additional restrictions have been imposed for parties. Most importantly BBQs are not permitted and the indoor room of the Lioness area will not permit seating. All parties must be outdoors only.

Here is a link to a document which described these. Birthday Party Guidelines During Covid. Please read this carefully. The Birthday Party requester will be asked to sign off on this document before their birthday party event.

About us - What is Iron Horse Park?

The miniature trains, track and landscape at Iron Horse Park represent the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) from the prairies to the coast. Take the 1.6km interpretive journey aboard one of the 1/8th scale diesel or steam locomotives at the park and get a feeling of what the railway was like in Western Canada during the pioneer days. The journey will take you over hills, across trestles and through tunnels across the varied landscape.

Snacks and souvenirs can be found in the full size replica of a CPR station on site. Picnic tables on site provide a place for small family gatherings.

Smoking, Pets, Alcoholic Beverages and Private BBQ's or Hibachis are not permitted on the site on public run days.

The park is leased from the City of Airdrie and operated by the Alberta Model Engineering Society, which was incorporated in 1971. Anyone who wants to volunteer is welcome to come and put their skills to work by helping create and maintain a unique and special place within the community. The park is a work in progress with big ideas to add a small scale farmstead, town and industries typical to the journey. Check our "Open Days/ Schedule tab above for pricing information.

Birthday Party Bookings for the 2021 season will be available January 7, online only. See Birthdays/Events tab above.

Our normal operating days are Sundays between the Victoria Day/May Long weekend and Thanksgiving weekend. And we do plan to host our usual "Frostbite Run" on Family Day Monday in February, weather permitting of course. Always consult our Facebook page or this web page for the latest run day information.

When the park opens it will still be subject to directives from the Alberta Chief Medical Officer.
We are sorry for any inconvenience these revisions may have caused.
Always consult our Facebook page or this web page for the latest run day information.

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