Theme days

  • Railway Christmas

    November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020

    Rediscover Holiday magic in the Grand Gallery decorated with a train car filled with toys, a model train chugging under the Christmas tree and a festively lit locomotive. Hunt for Christmas stockings hidden throughout the Grand Gallery. Test your talents at our Christmas craft workshop from 10 am to 11:30 am, 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Decorate your Christmas cookie from 10:30 to 11:30 am and from 2:00 to 3 pm.

    Mail your letter to Santa from our mail car and visit with him on Saturdays and Sundays from Sunday, November 23 to December 22, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3 pm. 

    Exporail Christmas Train

    Board the Exporail Christmas Train at Hays Station. During the ride, the children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus. Departures take place at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, on November 23, 24, and 30. The cost for the ride is $2,65 per child and $4,35 per adult plus taxes.The seats are limited. Please note that you must pay the general admission fee for the museum to be able to acces the train.

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  • Iron and Ice: Trains in Winter

    January 10, 2020 to February 23, 2020

    Winter has arrived, and at Exporail you can learn about how the weather impacts Canadian railway operations.

    Snow and ice have a big effect on the movement of trains, and overcoming the problems created by winter weather is a major issue for railways.  The invention of the rotary snow plow is a good example of the ingenious answers developed in response.  Visitors will have the opportunity to climb aboard the massive snow plow and discover its fascinating history and how it works.

    But winter brings opportunities too, and railways have taken advantage of these to grow the number of riders.  By visiting our Canadian Pacific passenger car you can learn about the snow trains that brought thousands of skiers to the Laurentian hill stations.

    For kids, we propose following an observation trail which will give them an idea of what it is like to take a train trip in winter.