Located in a picturesque wide-sweeping valley, the village of Big Valley welcomes visitors year-round. The historic 1912 Canadian Northern Railway standard second-class depot is the centrepiece attraction, located at the foot of Main Street, and houses both local and railway heritage displays.
The station also has a unique interpretive theatre exhibit sponsored by Alberta Treasury Branches. The south room of the station houses a community meeting room. The station garden is available as a rest area and is often used for picnics.
The remains of the railway locomotive shops and servicing area are located across the railway main line and to the south of the station. The railway roundhouse interpretive centre offers a self-guided tour of the once-busy CNR shops, and you can feel the cinders of the steam locomotive crunch beneath your feet. The roundhouse, originally constructed in 1912, looms like colossal “ruins” and is a must-see for all visitors to the village. An effort has been made to keep the undiscovered look.
Big Valley remains a destination point for steam and diesel locomotive powered passenger excursion trains, as it is the southern terminal for Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions operations out of Stettler. For more information and for the latest Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions schedule visit their web site.