December 15,16 –
We know the holiday season is here when the CPR Holiday Train hits the rails once more. Decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, it is quite a spectacle as it winds its way from Rouses Point, New York on November 26th to its final stop in Port Moody, BC. Along the way, the train will have visited 130 communities in eight states and six provinces.
The true purpose of the trip across two countries is to raise awareness for the issue of hunger. In partnership with the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) and U.S. food collection agencies, this annual trek has, in the last decade, helped to raise $4million and 2million pounds of food for local food banks. Their annual visits help individuals, businesses and communities come together with the common goal of helping people in need.
In our present economic environment, the number of Canadians turning to food banks for support has risen over 20% so our help is needed more than ever before.
This year’s entertainment will include the Odds, an alternative rock band, performing on the Holiday Train for the first time. Shaun Verrault of the Canadian blues-rock trio, Wide Mouth Mason, will join them on the stage.
Please check arrival time in your community prior to coming to the event and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. You are encouraged to bring a cash or food donation to the Holiday Train.
Tuesday, December 15
- Revelstoke – 3:00-3:30pm – CP yard, Victoria Rd, adjacent to CP parking lot
- Sicamous – 5:15-5:45pm – Corner of Hwy. 1 and Silver Sand Rd. intersection
- Salmon Arm – 7:00-7:30pm – Lordco parking lot, 51 Lakeshore Dr. N.E.
Wednesday, December 16
- Chase – 4:15-4:45pm –North side Shuswap Ave. across from RCMP station
- Kamloops – 7:00-7:30pm – north side of Interior Savings on Lorne St.
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