The Little Prince is back this weekend.
“Oh boy have we missed all of you,” said Tracy Calogheros, CEO of the Exploration Place and the Fort George Railway. “We aren’t yet ready to open the museum but we wanted to bring the Little Prince to the community for Thanksgiving, so we are offering free rides this weekend.”
The Little Prince has been shuttered since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020; while the pandemic is far from over, the museum has developed a plan for offering free train rides in Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park over the Thanksgiving long weekend.
“We are following a strict COVID-19 protocol which will require all passengers, five years old and up, to wear masks while in line and while riding,” said Calogheros. “We will be providing tickets via Event Brite in 15 minute increments and there will be NO walk ups for rides.”
In order to ensure everyone’s safety they will be adhering to social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitizing with the museum team sanitizing the passenger cars in between rides. Passengers will be asked to secure their Event Brite tickets in advance and to show up not more than 10 minutes early for their time slot. Family groups will be seated together with an empty seat left between family “bubbles.”
Passengers should self-screen and not attend the event if they are a) experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, b) have returned from travel outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or c) you are required to self-isolate.
“A huge thank you goes out to our fabulous engineers and the museum staff team, the City of Prince George, Johnston Meier Insurance Agency, Prince Sheet Metal, VanValve, A+B Rail, and the Technical Safety Authority for their donations, support and assistance as we worked to get to a place where this is possible for this year,” said Calogheros. “Thank you in advance to the public for their understanding and support of safety protocols.”
The Little Prince will be running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.