Once again North America’s longest-running food-bank-on-the-tracks fundraiser is set to begin its trek across Canada, the U.S. Midwest and Northeast.
During the last weekend of November the CP Holiday Train will begin its cross-border mission to feed communities.
For the 13th year, two specially decorated freight trains will launch their unique journeys across six Canadian provinces and eight U.S. states. The Canadian train will begin its cross-country trek on Sunday, Nov. 27.
This year there will be 20 stops in British Columbia for the “train of lights.” The train will be stopping in Golden on Dec. 13 from 9:30-10 p.m. (across from 7-11 Store, 10th Ave.)with the final day of the Canadian Holiday Train is Dec. 17 ending in Port Moody, B.C.
This event will give around 150 cities and towns on both sides of the border the chance to join the Holiday Train with all food and money raised at each stop staying in that community for local distribution.
Since 1999, the CP Holiday Train program, which is run by a group of employee volunteers, has raised $5.6 million and generated close to 2.5 million pounds of food donations for local food shelves.
Each of the Holiday Trains have 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of festive lights. This includes a modified boxcar which has been turned into a travelling stage for performers.
Headlining the musical spirit of the season from a specially designed stage on the Canadian Holiday Train is Canadian legend Valdy.
The 2011 CP Holiday Train schedule is now available on cpr.ca, where visitors can get the latest updates, information on the performers and where the train will be stopping near them. As well, both Holiday Trains can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter (@CPHolidaytrain).