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This magical Holiday Train helps support food banks across North America

The Canadian Holiday Train is set to visit more than 100 communities across Canada, collecting food and funds along the way.
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The Canadian Holiday Train is set to visit more than 100 communities across Canada, collecting food and funds along the way. Photo: CP Holiday Train

Decked out with glowing lights, the CP Holiday Train will once again journey across Canada to support food banks in North America.

The Canadian Holiday Train is set to visit more than 100 communities across Canada, collecting food and funds along the way.

The train starts chugging along in Montreal Nov. 26 and follows CP’s tracks west to Vancouver, finishing up its jolly journey on Dec. 17.

Residents are invited to take in the magic of the train’s vibrant lights at each of its stops and enjoy a free 30-minute festive show.

 Decked out in glowing lights, the CP Holiday Train will once again journey across Canada collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. Photo: CP Holiday TrainDecked out in glowing lights, the CP Holiday Train will once again journey across Canada collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. Photo: CP Holiday Train

Since 1999, the Holiday Train has raised more than $15.8 million and 4.5 million pounds of food for North American food banks.

Keith Creel, CP's president and chief executive officer, said the Holiday Train is a program “that our 13,000-strong CP family has immense pride in bringing to communities every year.”

“Access to nutritious food is a basic necessity, and food bank usage is on the rise across North America,” Creel said.

“The CP Holiday Train program is our way to help in the fight against hunger by growing awareness of this issue and providing a fun and engaging way for the public to show their support.”

The train is scheduled to make four stops in the Lower Mainland, with performances by Terri Clark and Dallas Smith.

The Lower Mainland stop include:

  • Dec. 16: Haney-Maple Ridge, across from Billy Miner Pub at 7:50 p.m
  • Dec. 16: Pitt Meadows, Corner of Harris Road and Advent Road, at the railway crossing, at 8:55 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: Port Moody, 300 loco Road, behind Arena and Rec Centre, 5:20 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: Port Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam West Coast Express Station, at 7 p.m.

Have a full look at the CP Holiday Train schedule here.