THUNDER BAY, ON ---- November 18, 2010 ---- The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train hits the rails again in November, visiting over 140 communities across our network.
Since the program's inception back in 1999, more than 4.8 million in cash and over 2.3 million pounds of food has been collected in Canada and the United States.
• This is the 12th year for one of North America's most unique and perhaps longest running corporate food bank fundraisers of its kind and food banks are telling us that the need is as acute as ever.
• The CP Holiday Train’s goal is to throw the focus on the important job of local food banks and to support local leaders in fighting hunger in their neighborhoods.
• Since 1999, raise $4.8 million and 2.3 million pounds of food for local food banks
• We have two trains that will visit about 140 communities in Canada and the United States.
• This is an easy way to help those in need. People can come out to enjoy some fantastic entertainment at our FREE event - just bring a donation or your LOCAL FOODBANK. The best part is that everything raised in the community stays in the community.
• Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of LED Christmas lights. There is also a box car that has been turned into a traveling stage for our performers and, of course SANTA.
Wednesday, December 1
Sudbury – 9:45 p.m., VIA Train Station, Elgin St.
Thursday, December 2
Cartier – 11:15 a.m., CP Train Station, 3 Spence St.
Chapleau – 5:00 p.m., CP Train Station, 50 Dufferin St.
White River – 9:30 p.m., CP Train Station, 102 Winnipeg St.
Friday, December 3
Mobert – 9:15 a.m., across from Band Office
Heron Bay – 11:30 a.m., old CP Train Station, beside Esso building
Marathon – 1:00 p.m., beside Curling Club parking lot, Stevens Ave.
Schreiber – 3:45 p.m., CP Yard at Cenotaph, beside Harvest Food Cupboard building
Nipigon – 6:30 p.m., CP Building across from Nipigon Inn, 60 Front Street
Thunder Bay – 9:45 p.m., CP Train Station, 440 Syndicate Ave.
The Northwestern Ontario RFDA Food Drive stated in a email that for all who would like to help with the Christmas train, please be at the Syndicate station for 830. Train rolls in at 9:30. We will be collecting food donations and boxing them up for the trucks. We will also be serving hot chocolate and warming soups to the crowd. I encourage you all to bring your families.
Saturday, December 4
Ignace – 9:45 a.m., CP Train Station
Dryden – 12:15 p.m., CP Yard entrance, Queen St. and Earl Ave.
Vermillion Bay – 1:45 p.m., Bay Street Railway Crossing south of Hwy 17
Kenora – 3:45 p.m., CP South Yard across from Wholesale Store, 8th Ave. South entrance
Saturday, December 11
St. Paul – 7:15 p.m., Upper level of Central Parking System ramp at Broadway & Kellogg in Lowertown.
Minneapolis (Shoreham) – 9:30 p.m., CP Shoreham Yard, 2800 Central Ave. NE
Monday, December 13
Loretto – 4:30 p.m., Hennepin County Road 19 Railroad Crossing/Chippewa Trail
Buffalo – 6:00 p.m., 612 NE Third Ave., behind McDonald's on Highway 55
Annandale – 7:30 p.m., West side of downtown park over Oak Avenue Railroad Crossing
Kimball – 9:15 p.m., Willow Park Lions Shelter, 231 South Main Street
Tuesday, December 14
Alexandria – 1:00 p.m., Eighth Avenue East Railroad Crossing by Hubbard Feed Mill at 8th & Nokomis
Detroit Lakes – 4:30 p.m., Holmes Street railroad crossing near the Holmes Community Center, 826 Summit
Thief River Falls – 8:15 p.m., CP Depot/City Hall, 2017 Highway 59 SE
Wednesday, December 15
Elbow Lake – 4:45 p.m., Main Street Railroad Crossing