While we may not have received our Hogwarts acceptance letters, that doesn't mean we have to live like Muggles for the rest of our days. This magical train ride in Ontario will take you on a scenic adventure, and you'll feel as if you're off to learn some witchcraft and wizardry. Ontario's steam train ride will give you major Hogwarts Express vibes.

Call up your most charming friends and take a trip on this dreamy steam train.

The Waterloo Central Railway offers scenic rides on historic trains that will have you believing in magic as soon as you step onboard.

The railway is home to Ontario's only regularly operating steam locomotive, and you'll half expect to see Harry, Ron, and Hermione waving from the window.

You can enjoy rides on this mystical marvel on long weekends and special occasions.

The train also runs on certain Saturdays from St. Jacobs market.

The best part is, you don't have to go charging through any barriers to get to it!

The locomotive is nearly 100 years old, and it stops at stations in Waterloo, St. Jacobs, and Elmira.

It even passes over a towering bridge, and while it may not be exactly like the one in the Harry Potter films, it's still pretty whimsical.

The cost to ride the train is $24.99 per person and $19.99 per adult for the Saturday market train.

Tickets can be purchased online and will be more expensive in person.

The railway often hosts special events such as a Sugar Bush Breakfast Tour, where you can enjoy french toast on board, or a Polar Express ride to get you in the Christmas spirit.

There has even been a wizard's festival in the past, complete with Dementors and a magical market.

Before you pack up your potions supplies and broomstick, make sure you check the website for updated hours.

Climb aboard this historic steam engine for a riddikulusly good time, and watch out for any lurking Dementors!

Waterloo Central Railway

Price: $19.99 + per adult

When: See website

Address: 50 Isabella St., St. Jacobs, ON

Why You Need To Go: Grab your wand and hop on board this steam train that will make you feel like you're off to Hogwarts!


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