The brightest train in Canada will chug into the Columbia Valley, as the 2019 Holiday Train is set to stop in Radium Hot Springs next Friday.
“The CP 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,” writes Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief executive officer, on the holiday train website. “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.”
According to CP, the holiday train has raised more than $15.9 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey in 1999.
Musicians Terri Clark and Dallas Smith will put on a free concert from the train-car stage, while volunteers will be on hand to collect donations for the food bank. Ms. Clark is a three-time Juno award winner, has 19 CCMA awards, and is the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Mr. Smith is a multi-platinum Juno Award-winning artist.
“Touring with Terri on the CP Holiday Train is an honour and privilege,” Smith said. “I look forward to performing from the train and seeing Canadians giving generously to help their neighbours in communities large and small.”
The holiday train typically is about 1,000 feet long, with 14 brightly-decorated rail cars featuring hundreds of thousands of LED lights and holiday designs.
The holiday train is set to stop in Radium on Friday, December 13th from 6-6:25 p.m on the CP land at the Forsters Road Railway Crossing. Attendees are encouraged to bring healthy food options for the Columbia Valley Food Bank, or cash donations. Donations collected at the Radium stop are kept in the Columbia Valley.