{ day-tripping to the saskatchewan railway museum }

On this first day of summer break, the kids and I gathered a few schoolmates to explore the Saskatchewan Railway Museum with us.

Located just southwest of Saskatoon on the Pike Lake Highway, this is a fun summer day-trip. {We left the house at around 9:30 a.m. and got there around the time it opens for the day at 10 a.m.}

We checked in at the admission area and gift shop, which happens to be a former Canadian National Railways bunkhouse built in 1919. Admission was $5 for myself and $3 for my 6-year-old son. Kids 5 and under are free.

A knowledgeable tour guide showed us around the front part of the seven-acre outdoor collection of trains and stations. He then took us for a short ride on a work car to the back of the property, where he shared some very interesting information about the Canadian railway system and its history here in Saskatchewan. 


From there, the guide left us to explore the additional trains, beautiful old Saskatoon streetcars and buildings with artifacts and memorabilia. Depending on the age and interest-level of your kids, you could spend 30 minutes to 2 hours at the park. The average visit is around 60 to 90 minutes, which is about where our visit landed.

At about 11:30, we were all ready for the picnic lunch we had packed. The museum has several nice picnic tables under big trees that are perfect spots to relax, snack or lunch.

You will notice reoccurring signs reminding visitors to stay safe. Of course, there is a lot of rusty old machinery and some high steps in which to get in and out of them. I have made this trip with a 2-and-a-half-year-old twice now and we made it out unscathed both times. But, this is definitely not a place to sit back and let your kids roam without close supervision. If you are enjoying the area with them, everyone should stay safe and have fun.

From May long-weekend through the September long-weekend, the Saskatchewan Railway Museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus holiday Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also request a more extensive guided tour for larger groups at $3 per person on Mondays and Thursdays, when the museum is closed to the public.

{Click here for another interesting point of interest at this location that we were unable to explore during this trip.}







 
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