The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is on track to raise more than C$1.3 million and collect over 200,000 pounds of food for local food banks and food shelves.

This year’s final numbers are still being calculated for our district through the Holiday Train has now raised more than C$15.8 million and collected 4.5 million pounds of food since its inaugural journey back in 1999.

The 2018 CP Holiday Train featured an acclaimed musical lineup.

On board the Canadian train, recent Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Terri Clark was joined by Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble as they entertained Parry Sound, Shawanaga and MacTier.

In addition to the local food banks that benefit from the Holiday Train, CP has also been an active partner of Food Banks Canada since 1997, before the CP Holiday Train began. Each year, CP provides Food Banks Canada $250,000 worth of in-kind transportation services to support its National Food Sharing Service program.

This year, with the donation of a refrigerated storage and transport system, Food Banks Canada was able to move a million pounds of food that included fresh, frozen and perishable items by rail.

The Capture the Spirit photo contest has closed Friday and six winners will each be awarded a CP prize pack, including a ride on the 2019 CP Holiday Train and a $1,000 donation to a local food bank