It is 'all aboard' on the 2007 CP Holiday Train for its journey across Canada in support of food banks

    CALGARY, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - After more than seven months of planning, the
2007 CP Holiday Train is again ready to raise awareness, money and food for
Canadian food banks. Tomorrow, the magical 'train of lights' will begin its
spirited cross-country journey from Beaconsfield, Quebec, eventually
completing its trek in Port Moody, British Columbia on December 18th.
    People in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British
Columbia, in more than 70 communities, will again experience the Holiday
Train's important mission in the fight against hunger. At each stop alongside
the Canadian Holiday Train will be Operation Lifesaver's mobile classroom
sharing the message of public rail safety.
    At the same time as the Canadian Holiday Train, a second
identically-decorated Holiday Train will be rolling across 40 communities in
the United States' Northeast and Midwest with the same goal for food hamper
programs in the U.S.
    Bringing holiday cheer as well as the important message supporting food
banks, is one of the country's most versatile musical exports, Wide Mouth
Mason. The Saskatchewan trio will be joined by Canadian pop sensation Melanie
Doane. Joining the Train in the United States is Canadian Country Music Hall
of Fame member Tracey Brown. Brown will be joined by Juno award-winner Colin
Linden and the critically acclaimed family duo: Ennis. Visit the Holiday Train
page at for their bios and photos
    The online Holiday Train diary on CP's website that will be updated daily
and include unique, interesting and heart warming stories and photos from the
train. New this year, the entertainers will contribute to this popular blog
and share some candid moments about their on train experiences and what
projects they are currently working on.
    This is the ninth year CP's Holiday Train will be taking to the rails for
local food banks with its message of hope and community support. Since 1999,
CP's Holiday Train program has generated almost 1.6 million pounds of food
donations and raised $3 million for local charities. In Canada, CP is proud to
support organizations aligned with the Canadian Association of Food Banks, , and has recently befriended Meal Exchange,, who's mandate to provide young Canadians meaningful
opportunities to help reduce local hunger

    Some facts and states about the CP Holiday Train Program.

    -  Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 decorated
       rail cars, including a modified box car that has been turned into a
       traveling stage for performers. The two trains are assembled and
       decorated by CP employees in Montreal, Chicago and Calgary.
    -  The musicians live on the train for the entire time of the Canadian
       Holiday Train, which cross six provinces
    -  Each live performance takes place from a box car converted to a
       professional stage.
    -  Crowds donate money and nonperishable food, and the railroad presents
       a cheque at each stop to top off whatever is donated.
    -  Everything collected in a community stays in that community for local

    About Canadian Pacific

    Canadian Pacific, through the ingenuity of its employees located across
Canada and in the United States, remains committed to being the safest, and
most fluid railway in North America. Our people are the key to delivering
innovative transportation solutions to our customers and to ensuring the safe
operation of our trains through the more than 900 communities where we
operate. Our combined ingenuity makes Canadian Pacific a better place to work,
rail a better way to ship, and North America a better place to live. Come and
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Canadian Pacific is proud to be the official rail freight services provider
for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

    About the Canadian Association of Food Banks

    Founded in 1985, the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is a
national umbrella organization representing a network of regional and
community food banks, including provincial associations and food distribution
centres. CAFB is the voice of food banks in Canada, with members and their
agencies serving approximately 90 per cent of people relying on emergency food
programs nation-wide. CAFB operates the National Food Sharing System,
coordinating the shipment of food donations through voluntary transport to
food banks across the country. In addition to food received from the CAFB,
food bank members distribute an estimated 150 million pounds of food per year
to the less fortunate in their communities. In March 2006, over 700,000
different people accessed food banks, including more than 300,000 children.
While CAFB provides food daily for people in need, its ultimate goal is a
hunger-free Canada.

    About Meal Exchange:

    Meal Exchange is a national student-founded, student-driven, registered
charity that helps young Canadians realize their potential to improve the
future of their communities, by providing them with meaningful opportunities
to reduce local hunger today. Meal Exchange offers students in a national
network of 40 universities and colleges, three fun, simple and creative
programs including Trick or Eat (R), Skip-A-Meal (R) and Clear the Shelves!
(R) as well supporting their own initiatives to address local hunger. Visit

    Editor's Note: For the schedules, the musicians' bios and photos, a route
map and downloadable pictures of the train, visit and click on the
Holiday Train icon. The schedule of Canadian stops follows at the bottom of
this news release.

    2007 Holiday Train Schedule - Canadian Stops

    Saturday, December 1
    Beaconsfield - 7:30 p.m. - Beaconsfield Commuter Station
    Les Cedres (St. Lazare) - 8:45 p.m. - CPR railroad crossing at Chemin St.
    Dominique, mile 26.33 Ontario

    Sunday, December 2
    Smiths Falls - 11:00 a.m. Smiths Falls Train Station, 64 Victoria Street
    Perth - 12:30 p.m. Railway crossing on Wilson Street
    Belleville - 4:15 p.m. - South Church Street railway crossing, south of
    Dundas Street East
    Trenton - 5:45 p.m. - Railway Crossing on R.C.A.F. Road, North of the
    Bowmanville - 9:00 p.m. - Scugog Rd Xing at mile 154.22 Belleville Sub

    Monday, December 3
    Toronto - 6:45 p.m. - 55 Mill Street near commuter tracks
    Vaughan Intermodal - 9:00 p.m. - NW corner of the CPR crossing at
    Nashville Road, near the old grain elevator

    Tuesday, December 4
    Mactier - 4:00 p.m. - Old CPR Station
    Parry Sound - 5:45 p.m. - Museum Train Station, 1 Avenue Road
    Shawanaga - 7:00 p.m. - CPR Mile 40.85, over from band office beside
    railroad crossing at Village Road
    Sudbury - 9:45 p.m. - VIA Train Station, Elgin Street

    Wednesday, December 5
    Cartier - 11:15 a.m. - CPR Train Station, 3 Spence Street
    Chapleau - 5:00 p.m. - CPR Train Station, 50 Dufferin St.
    White River - 9:30 p.m. - CPR Train Station, 102 Winnipeg St.

    Thursday, December 6
    Mobert - 9:15 a.m. - Across from Band Office
    Heron Bay - 11:30 a.m. - Old CPR Train Station, Beside ESSO Building
    Marathon - 1:00 p.m. - Beside Curling Club Parking Lot, Stevens Ave.
    Schreiber - 3:45 p.m. - CPR Yard Tracks, Cenotaph beside Harvest Food,
    Cupboard Building
    Nipigon - 6:30 p.m. - CPR TMS Building, Across from the Nipigon Inn, 60
    Front Street
    Thunder Bay - 9:45 p.m. - CPR Train Deport Track,  No. 440 Syndicate Ave.

    Friday, December 7
    Ignace -  9:15 a.m. - CPR Train Station
    Dryden - Noon - CPR Entrance Corner of Queen Street and Earl Ave.
    Kenora -  4:45 p.m. - CPR Old South Yard Across from Wholesale Store,
    Enter from 8th Ave. South

    Southern Ontario (U.S Holiday Train)

    Entertainers on this train include Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame
member Tracey Brown, Juno award-winner Colin Linden, and the critically
acclaimed family duo Ennis.

    Tuesday, December 4
    Hamilton - 8-8:30 p.m. - Western approach to Kinnear Yard opposite Gage

    Wednesday, December 5
    Cambridge - 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Former Galt station, 10 Malcolm St.
    Woodstock - 7:45-8:45 p.m. - CPR main line, 199 Winnett St.
    London - 9:30-10:15 p.m. - CPR yard on Central Avenue at Elizabeth St.

    Thursday, December 6
    Windsor - 7-7:30 p.m.- CPR rail yard at Erie St.W & Janette St.

    Manitoba (Canadian Holiday Train)
    Friday, December 7
    Whitemouth - 7:45 p.m., Railway Avenue across from Whitemouth Hotel
    Winnipeg - 9:45 p.m., Molson St., between Panet Road and Munroe Ave

    Saturday, Dec. 8
    Portage La Prairie - 7:00 a.m., 301-3rd St. NE- opposite Centennial Arena
    Minnedosa - 11:15 a.m., West of Station, south side of yard.

    Saturday, Dec. 8
    Bredebury - 5:15 p.m., CPR Station
    Wynard - 10:15 p.m., CPR Train Station

    Sunday, Dec. 9
    Saskatoon - 11:00 a.m., CPR Sutherland yard, 801 Gray Avenue
    Regina - 6:00 p.m., Stadium Parking Lot, Taylor Field
    Moose Jaw - 8:15 p.m., 3 Manitoba St. West, West of CPR Station

    Monday, Dec. 10
    Swift Current - 11 a.m. MT (Noon CT), just east of CPR Train Station,
    3rd St. & North Railway Ave.

    Southern Saskatchewan

    Southern Saskatchewan (End of U.S Holiday Train)
    Monday, Dec. 17
    North Portal - 12:00, Town Centre
    Estevan - 5:00 p.m., east of CPR Station at vacant lot off 7th St.
    Weyburn - 7:45 p.m., 512 Railway St.

    Monday, Dec. 10
    Maple Creek - 2 p.m. MT (3:00 p.m. CT), Track Maintenance Shack on
    Pacific Avenue
    Medicine Hat - 5:30 p.m., just east of CPR Train Station, Queen & North
    Railway St.
    Tilley - 7:45 p.m., Southeast side of the tracks at HWY 876
    Brooks - 9:15 p.m., 1st Ave. behind Civic Building

    Tuesday, Dec. 11
    Calgary - 5:45 p.m, 9515 Horton Rd SW (one street back from MacLeod
    Trail, behind the Brick and Shanks)
    Vulcan - 9:15 p.m., 1st Avenue and 2nd Street

    Wednesday, Dec. 12
    Lethbridge - 9:00 a.m,  2nd Ave North and 12 Street behind Save-On Foods
    Coleman - 1:30 p.m., East of Xing at mile 92.59 Crowsnest Sub, South of
    17th Ave between 69th & 70th St.

    British Columbia
    Wednesday, Dec. 12
    Sparwood - 4:15 p.m., 367 Pine Street (behind the Leisure Centre)
    Fernie - 6:00 p.m., 700 1st Avenue (behind Station)
    Cranbrook - 9:45 p.m., 1400 block Theatre Road

    Thursday, Dec. 13
    Creston - 10:00am, Old CP Station on Northwest Blvd, west of elevators.
    Castlegar - 4:15 p.m., to be determined
    Nelson - 7:45 p.m., Railway Crossing at Lakeside Park, 1900 Lakeside

    Friday, Dec. 14
    Radium - 6:45 p.m., Foresters Road Crossing
    Golden - 9:15 p.m. Across from 7-11 Store (Track  No. 7), 10th Ave

    Saturday, Dec. 15
    Revelstoke - 3:15 p.m., House Track in Revelstoke Yard, Victoria Road
    adjacent to CPR Parking Lot
    Sicamous - 5:30 p.m., N.W. corner of HWY No. 1 at Silver Sand Road
    Intersection, East of the Draw Bridge
    Salmon Arm - 7:15 p.m., CPR Station, 51 Lake Shore Drive
    Notch Hill  - 9:15 p.m., Davies Road - Notch Hill Rd Crossing across from
    Notch Hill Hall, 1639 Notch Hill Rd.

    Sunday, Dec. 16
    Chase - 3:45 p.m., North side of Shuswap Ave. across from Chase RCMP
    building, West of CPR Tool Shed
    Kamloops - 6:15 p.m., North side of the Interior Savings Centre, Lorne St
    Ashcroft - 9:00 p.m., TMS building, Railway Ave

    Monday, Dec. 17
    Lytton - 5:15 p.m., TMS building, Station Road
    North Bend - 8:00 p.m., East of TMS building, Across from the Bunkhouse

    Tuesday, Dec. 18
    Agassiz - 5:15 p.m., West of HWY No. 9 across from Agra Center Pioneer
    Haney - Maple Ridge (Haney), BC - 7:45 p.m., Across from Billy Minor Pub
    Port Moody - 9:30 p.m., Queen St. at Clark Ave.

For further information:

For further information: Canadian Media Contacts: Breanne Feigel, (403)
319-3932 (office), (403) 589-6949 (cell),; U.S. Media
Contact: Jeff Johnson, (612)851-5616, (612)723-6422 (cell),

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