The CP Rail Holiday Train in support of food banks across Canada and the US. will roll into Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Canoe and Notch Hill on Thursday, Dec. 14 and Chase the next afternoon. -Image credit: Photo contributed.

Holiday train lights up the Shuswap night

The annual CP Rail event raises food and funds for food banks

The lights brighten the night and the lives of those for whom the Christmas season is otherwise dark.

The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than $13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.

“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and chief executive officer. “People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community. The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.

The 2017 edition of the Holiday Train also concludes CP’s Canada 150 celebrations and the Canadian train will feature the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of the Canada 150 Train this past summer.

CP Canada 150 train connects Canada, draws thousands to celebrate CP’s history and Canada’s sesquicentennial

Entertainment on this year’s holiday train includes Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band.

Incorporated in 1881, Canadian Pacific Railway was an integral part of confederation creating a physical link between east and west. The building of the railway is one of Canada’s greatest feats of engineering and the railway diversified to include steamships, hotels, airlines, mining, oil and gas exploration, and telecommunications.

Sicamous – Silver Sand Road intersection, Thursday, Dec. 14 at 5:15 p.m.; Canoe – 50th Street Railway crossing Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6:45 p.m.; Salmon Arm at the Lordco parking lot at 8 p.m., at Notch Hill across from the hall at 9:30 and at Chase on the north side of Shuswap Avenue across from the RCMP detachment at 2:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.


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