The Spirit of Kamloops railtour is a 7 mile/11 km round trip on the CN Okanagan Subdivision mile 3.5 to 0.0 that takes 1 hour and 10 mins to complete from the time of departure until return. Passengers have the option of riding in our custom designed open-air ‘Hayrack’ cars or reliving the past in our 1930 heritage coach ‘ Pioneer Park ‘. Standing is permitted on the open-air cars and moving about the train is also allowed. The train is washroom equipped and has a PA System for safety announcements and the brief narrative presented on each trip.
Departing from the restored 1927 CN Station located near the downtown area of Kamloops , the 2141 steam-powered heritage train makes its way across the South Thompson River on a 1927 steel trestle bridge. We stop on the bridge for photos and a brief narrative on the local natural history and heritage. We proceed over the river and soon pass a native cemetery dating back to the late 1800’s.
Just beyond the native cemetery are historic St. Joseph ‘s Church, fully restored and a very scenic photo opportunity especially as the sunsets behind the church and illuminates the stain glass windows. As we proceed further out to the CN junction our furthest point, more photo opportunities exist as lush green fields with horses line the right-of-way on the east side.
Upon arrival at the CN Junction, our onboard crew will present a brief history on the CN railway and on some local history for the region. We return on the same track and passengers will be treated to the ticket punching procedures as in the past. Have your ticket ready and once validated, it becomes a great souvenir.
After a short stop at St. Joseph ‘s Church for more photos and a history of the national historic site, we proceed back to the trestle bridge. Once again we stop as the bridge has a swing span and our operating crew must wait for authorization to proceed over once it has been confirmed to be closed. Due to the popularity of the scenic vistas from the bridge, we again stop astride the South Thompson River so that passengers can move about the train for their choice of photos.
As we proceed back past the station, we reenact the delivery of train orders with the use of a message hoop. Moving at a slow speed, our Train Manager will assign an onboard attendant to reach over the side of the train as the Station Master on the platform extends the hoop for pick up.
The message received warns that masked riders have been seen in the area and that the train must proceed with caution. Soon the Bill Miner gang will reenact the famous 1906 train robbery that took place just outside of Kamloops at Ducks. The train robbery is very realistic and the gang will be onboard to interact with passengers and crew. Following the robbery, the Ghost of Bill Miner himself will tell his story.
Once the gang has ridden off into the hills, the train returns to the station where passengers can detrain and photograph the steam locomotive. Passengers are encouraged to visit the train robbers at Western Town for photos and a chance for the kids to sit on their horses.
Operating June through September. Full schedule in July and August includes Friday through Monday evenings with a Saturday morning trip as well. Limited trips in June and September.
Wheelchair accessible. Service dogs permitted. No pets allowed onboard.