The first cross-continent tour for the CP Holiday Train in three years will see it make a stop in MacTier, Parry Sound, and Shawanaga.
The train will be in Parry Sound at the Festival Station Gallery at 1 Avenue Rd. at 4:15 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Country singer Tenille Townes and Aysanabee, who is Oji-Cree from the Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation, will perform.
When the train stops in Parry Sound, Moose FM and Engel and Volkers are teaming up to collect donations for the Harvest Share Food Bank. There will also be hot cocoa and Whispering River Music will be playing music until the train arrives.
The train will also be stopping at Georgian Bay community at 2:50 PM at the Old CP Station and at the Band Office beside Village Rd. in Shawanaga at 5:30 PM.
The shows are free to attend. However, officials with CP ask attendees to bring a non-perishable food item or cash, which will be donated to an area food bank.
“I’m grateful to the CP team members who adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver two exceptional virtual Holiday Train shows and to all those who continued to donate while we kept community members safe,” said Keith Creel, CP’s President and CEO. “The Holiday Train is all about families and communities coming together to celebrate the season and help those in need. We are excited to be back out on the rails and in our communities, taking these two beautiful trains across our network and sharing the joy that comes with gathering in the spirit of giving.”
Officials boast that since the holiday train program launched in 1999, $21 million has been raised and over five million lbs. of food have been handed over to food banks.
With files from Kent Matheson