Recently, I had the grand opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do — ride the rails on Saskatchewan’s only full service tourist train in Ogema. And, I got to do this alongside fellow travel writers including dear friend, Robin Esrock, author of multiple guidebooks including most notably, The Great Canadian Bucket List.
This event and others Esrock hosted across the prairies was planned and generously sponsored by Ford of Canada. All of us bloggers traveled to Ogema in Ford vehicles, notably the 2016 Ford Explorer Limited, which I got to drive (P.S. I loved it – it has massage built into the seats – OMG, is roomy and luxurious all the way!) and the very cool, 2016 Ford Flex.
The Southern Prairie Railway opened in 2012 and offers visitors a variety of tour options (learn more and purchase tickets online here). Tours run from May to October every Saturday and Sunday. Heritage tours are about 1.5 hours.
I thought I would share with you a snapshot of my day in Ogema, including a visit to the town’s incredible Italian restaurant Sola Italia. If you like Italian, make sure that you put this authentic Naples style restaurant on your must-dine list. Note: food is take-out, this is not a dine in restaurant.
Heck, even if you don’t ride the train – GO to this restaurant. You will not leave disappointed. This family run facility opened in 2013 and serves up a passionate helping of “la cucina italiana” (Italian cuisine).
The Southern Prairie Railway
A wonderful way to take in the prairie views
How fettucini nests get born
Want to win a copy of Robin’s recently released: The Great Canadian Prairies Bucket List?
I’ll make a draw in June. Cheers and best of luck!