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Photo and Video Essay: Dining and train travel in Ogema, Saskatchewan

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.

Me and Robin

Me and Robin

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.


2016 Ford Explorer Limited

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.


The town of Ogema is found 115 kilometres south of Regina.

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


Experience what pioneers of the 1920’s would have experienced when arriving on the prairies.



The Southern Prairie Railway



Fully restored interior



A perfect way to take in magnificent prairie views.



All aboard! Take in some history of the area while enjoying the ride.



A wonderful way to take in the prairie views


 Sola Italia


Italian born co-owner of Sola Italia, Marco de Michele.



Making fettucini nests

How fettucini nests get born



Nom nom nom

Want to win a copy of Robin’s recently released: The Great Canadian Prairies Bucket List?

The great canadian prairies

All you need to do is share this story on social media and leave a comment below. And hey, be sure to follow both Robin Esrock – @RobinEsrock and Ford of Canada – @FordCanada on Twitter.

I’ll make a draw in June. Cheers and best of luck!

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