If you are looking for a way to help out local food banks and also want to enjoy some entertainment then you’ll want to know that the CP Holiday Trains will set out once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America starting Today. In it’s 20 years of running the Holiday Train has raised more than $15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999.
There are once again going to be two Holiday Trains making stops within Canada, one bound for the U.S. and the other for Vancouver. The one bound for Vancouver, or the Canadian train, departs Montreal on November 26th and follows the CP tracks west to Vancouver. Performing free concerts at various stops from Montreal to Calgary featuring Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. CP Holiday Train favourite Terri Clark will join the train in Calgary with another talented musician to be announced later, wrapping up in the Vancouver area on December 17.
This train will make one notable stop in Toronto at 750 Runnymede Road, in front of CP Lambton Yard office on November 28th at 8:15 P.M. with the show taking place from 8:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M and another in Vaughan at the N.W. corner of the CP crossing at Nashville Rd, near the old grain elevator on November 29th at 10:00 A.M. with the show going from 10:15 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.
Making stops closer to our City is the U.S. train, which departs Montreal a day earlier, Today, November 25th, is a train featuring Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band performing in communities in southern Ontario and New York. Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott will pick up the tour in Chicago and finish the train’s journey back to Canada with the final show in Gleichen, Alberta on December 18th.
Some of the stops you might want to know of include the train making its way through Hamilton, Cambridge, Ayr, Woodstock and London, before moving on to Chatham and Windsor after which it will make its way across the border into the U.S.
List of stops and their times:
- Hamilton on the south side of Gage Park on November 28th the train arrives at 7:45 P.M. with the show taking place from 8:00 P.M. – 8:40 P.M.
- Cambridge (Galt) at 10 Malcolm Street, the former Galt Station, on November 29th at 4:00 P.M. with festivities from 4:15 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.
- Ayr’s CP crossing at Inglis Street and Willison Street on November 29th at 5:20 P.M. with the show going from 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
- Woodstock at 199 Winniett Street on November 29th arrival at 6:40 P.M. show runs from 6:50 P.M. – 7:10 P.M.
- London at the Richmond Street railway crossing between Oxford and Central also on November 29th with the train pulling up at 8:15 P.M. and the event from 8:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
If you make your way out to see one of the stops, please be sure to bring a non-perishable food donation, they also will be accepting cash donations to support community food banks. They also ask that you share the information as much as you can to get the word out for better support for these necessary services! Let the Lord move mountains to bring food to those in need.
Images and Information from cpr.ca/holiday-train