For the third consecutive year the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and Agur Lake Camp Society will partner up to run the Agur Lake Camp train.
The train departs on Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. from Prairie Valley Station.
There will be no fee for the ride. Instead, passengers will be invited to make a cash donation to Agur Lake Camp before boarding for a 90-minute round trip.
Volunteers from ALC will be on hand selling hotdogs and coffee as well as answering questions.
A slide show on the development of the camp will run continuously.
The camp is being designed so that it will be accessible to people with a variety of disabilities.
Plans are underway for the first campers to make trial runs in the facilities this summer.
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway operates on the only preserved section of the historic Kettle Valley Railway built from 1910 to 1915.
A highlight of the trip is the century-old steam locomotive, named the 3716 – Spirit of Summerland, which pulls coaches through six miles of beautiful rural landscapes.
A trip onto the Trout Creek Bridge, live music and historical commentary complete this railway experience. Passengers can ride in open air cars for maximum viewing, or in vintage passenger coaches for maximum comfort. All facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Railway manager Ron Restrick is pleased with the railway’s involvement in this important project.
“It’s our way of giving back to the community. We are helping build awareness about the camp and its need for public support and donations to keep the ALC moving forward,” he said.
Barb Hatton, president of the camp society, said,
“We at ALCS would like to thank all of our community partners for their very generous support without which we could not move forward with this amazing camp project.”
The society is creating a wilderness camp for families with special needs.
To ride the Agur Lake Camp Train you must make a reservation. Call toll free 1-877-494-8424 or 250-494-8422. Donation is by cash or cheque only.