March Break

Family Activities

Enjoy our family activities during March Break and explore the Canadian Railway World. Exporail is open on March 6-10, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Circus Train

See the buzz of excitement surrounding the Circus Train in America.  While visiting the Grand Gallery, see beautiful miniature train layouts and poster exhibition. Search for the circus animals and performers hiding in various vehicles.

Join the Ringmaster and participate in fun activities for children: Juggling with Chinese spinning plates, balls and diabolo, presented at 11 am, 2 pm and 3:30 pm.

Climb aboard the Canadian Pacific Neville sleeper car and discover how circus staff and performers travelled during the last century. Tours of the sleeper-car will be presented in English at 11 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm and in French at 10:30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.

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Take a ride on our outdoor Miniature Railway!

A favourite among our youngest visitors! This 5-minute miniature train ride allows young and old to live a memorable experience. The train passes over three bridges and through one tunnel. 

The miniature railway ride schedule may change without notice, please check at the information counter.

Watch a video : a ride on the Miniature Railway >>


The Model Train Room

The models displayed, which replicate actual trains and railroads, are the result of a combination of several talents: much like engineers, model railroaders design these miniature layouts to include structures, rolling stock, buildings and even landscapes. Their unparalleled craftsmanship brings this exhibition to life!

Watch a video : a miniature locomotive on display on the operating turntable >>


Stop, Look, Listen: Incoming Train?

The exhibit, presented at Exporail’s Hays train station as an interactive course with railroad-themed decor, facilitates the understanding and application of safety messages. Joined by their parents, young visitors take on the role of apprentice locomotive engineer, using their imagination, senses and motor skills to complete eight challenges. It teaches them to detect danger when approaching train tracks and to recognize the safety signs and devices surrounding them.

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Railroad Jobs

In our Grand Gallery you can experience a variety of railroad jobs. Along with our tour guide, try your hand at the brakeman’s job, learn how he coupled cars and applied the brakes. Become a carman and inspect hot boxes on a truck or a track-man working on building a section of railroad track or a motorman and operate the streetcar controls. 

These activities are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at 3:00 pm. 


Rocky Mountain Express


Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building the nation's first transcontinental railway. The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885 ranks among the greatest engineering feats in history. Retracing the original route aboard the majestic steam engine 2816, the audience is transported back to the age of steam to re-live this alpine nation-building odyssey. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, breathtaking vistas of the west, archival images and maps and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in a an era of remarkable ingenuity and struggle and a region of stunning natural beauty.

Showing daily when Exporail is open at 1:30 pm in English, (in French at 3 pm) Admission is $4 p.p. For more pictures from the movie, visit the web site The Stephen Low Company.

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