The annual Canadian Pacific (CP) Holiday Train is set to ride the rails again across the United States and Canada for a good cause. Visiting numerous communities in both countries, the CP Holiday Train gathers food & funds for local food banks at each stop. Adorned with festive lights, the train also features various musical artists who play a mini-concert from a boxcar modified into a travelling stage.

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Starting next weekend, November 25th, in Montreal, Quebec, two trains will travel within the US and Canada on CP Rail’s network to 171 communities. At each free event, CP asks attendees to make a donation of either a food item or cash donation – check with your local food bank to see if fresh produce is accepted. Contributions are gathered on-site and CP Rail is encouraging a “heart-healthy” lifestyle with this LIST of recommended donations.

CP is also offering a “Capture the Spirit” photo contest, whereby attendees can submit a photo from a Holiday Train stop. The winner will receive a trip for four aboard the 2018 edition of the Holiday Train and a $1000 donation to the winner’s local food bank. CP will soon release further details about the contest at its official site CP HOLIDAY TRAIN.

CP Rail’s food drive-by-rails was first began in 1999 and in 2016, CP released this 27-minute documentary about the program, entitled All Aboard the CP Holiday Train:

In this writer’s home region of Northern Ontario, the train and music of Colin James and Emma-Lee will make their way westward from Sudbury (November 29th) to White River (Nov. 30th) and then Thunder Bay (December 1st), before continuing on with various stops to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Canadian edition of the Holiday Train includes the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of CP’s CANADA 150 TRAIN in the Summer of 2017. Schedules (with performing artists) for both Canada and the US can be found at the links CDN STOPS and US STOPS.

(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)


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