The CP Holiday Train will arrive in Radium Hot Springs on Wednesday December 13th at the Forsters Landing Road railway crossing. Submitted photo

CP Holiday Train on its way to Radium Hot Springs

19th annual Holiday Train raises food and funds for local food banks

For anyone looking to enjoy a great holiday tradition the CP Holiday Train will be making its way to Radium Hot Springs this year. The famous holiday train that brings cheer and a live musical performance is going into its 19th season and will be helping to ensure that the local food bank will be stocked for the holiday season.

“Two trains will be making the journey across Canada and the U.S. and will be stopping in over 171 communities along CP’s network to bring the message of hope and cheer,” said Mallory McCredie, CP Holiday Train’s media relations advisor.

Since its inception in 1999, the program has raised more than $13 million and 4 million pounds of food for the communities it services.

“This year Alan Doyle formerly of “Great Big Sea” will be performing on stage for the train which will be really amazing…the train will roll in and the stage door will open with Alan ready to go,” said Ms. McCredie of the arrival of the rock legend, who will be sharing a stage with “The Beautiful Band.”

Guests will be delighted with a mix of traditional and non-traditional holiday favourites as well as some original tunes by Mr. Doyle, who dreamt of riding the holiday rails.

“There were no trains anywhere near my small fishing town when I was a kid. I dreamed of what it must be like to cross the prairies and climb the mountains while the railroad stretched out for miles ahead. Coming to play for stops along the CP Holiday Train and to ride the rails from Calgary to Vancouver is literally a dream come true,” said Mr. Doyle in a press release.

The event is free with CP encouraging attendees to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank or to make a donation. All items for the food bank as well as donations will be accepted at each stop to help guarantee that everyone will be able to enjoy a hunger-free holiday season, as well as food security year round.

“The Holiday Train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our communities,” said CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. “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 year, and together thousands of Canadians and Americans will come out for this incredibly important cause and a great time.”

The CP Holiday Train is slated to arrive in Radium on Wednesday, December 13th from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m at the Foresters Road railway crossing.

For more information on the CP holiday Train and its schedule go to http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/canada.

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