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21st Edition of the CP Holiday Train Set to Make its Way Through Eastern Ontario Wednesday

21st Edition of the CP Holiday Train Set to Make its Way Through Eastern Ontario Wednesday

Eastern Ontario Stops on Wednesday including Merrickville, Smiths Falls & Perth!

Eastern Ontario – The two CP Holiday trains depart this week. On Monday the US holiday train left Montreal and today, November 26th the Canadian edition of the train leaves Montreal to make their festive journeys, travelling through the U.S. and Canada, respectively. Once again, the CP Holiday Train features a star-studded lineup of country, R&B and pop musicians.

The U.S. train departed Montreal on Monday and features Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band performing in communities in New York and southern Ontario. Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles and Kelly Prescott will pick up the tour in Chicago and finish the train’s journey back to Canada with the final show in Gleichen, Alberta on December 18.

The Canadian train will departs Montreal starting today and follow CP’s tracks west to Vancouver. Performing free concerts from Montreal to Calgary are Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo. CP Holiday Train favourite Terri Clark will join the train in Calgary with another talented musician to be announced later, wrapping up in the Vancouver area on December 17.

The holiday train will make its way through Eastern Ontario this Wednesday, November 27th with the following stops:

Station Address Arrival Event Time Performers
Finch Tracks adjacent to James Street between Williams Street & George Street 2:30 PM 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Merrickville 103 East Broadway & Count​y Road #2. ​South side of crossing near Bay Street 4:45 PM 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Smiths Falls Smiths Falls Train Station, 63 Victoria St. 6:20 PM 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo
Perth CP rail yard at the end of Herriott Street 7:40 PM 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Scott Helman and Madeline Merlo

The CP Holiday Train uses music and community spirit to raise money and generate healthy food donations for food banks in communities along CP’s network. Since 1999, the program has helped raise C$15.8 million and collect 4.5 million pounds of food.

“The CP Holiday Train is a program that our 13,000-strong CP family has immense pride in bringing to communities every year,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “Access to nutritious food is a basic necessity, and food bank usage is on the rise across North America. 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.”

Making a difference one stop at a time

CP is proud to bring the CP Holiday Train program to new communities each year. This year, new communities include Menands, N.Y.; Caledonia, Wis.; and Ossian, Iowa. The full schedule and routing are available at www.cpr.ca/holiday-train.

“From the crews operating the trains to signals and communications employees who are on-site to CP Police and local employees who ensure public safety, the program’s success is shared by many across the CP family,” said Creel. “I thank them all for helping make this program so special to our company and to the more than 1,100 communities the trains travel through.”

“The CP Holiday Train brings CP’s caring employees and caring neighbours together to ensure that local food banks can help the Canadians that make 1.1 million visits to food banks in a month and provide them with the ability to break bread over the holidays” said Chris Hatch, Chief Executive Officer, Food Banks Canada. “Food banks and communities across Canada look forward to the train as it brings together neighbours to kick off the holidays and give back at the same time. We are so grateful for CP’s continued support to help us build a Canada where no one goes hungry.”

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