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CP's Holiday Trains roll into town,
support local food banks, November 28, 29



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Hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights decorate the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Holiday Trains, which roll into the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe this week.

The 14-car trains include a boxcar stage featuring great musical talent and CP’s corporate contribution to local food banks. CP encourages each community, in turn, to donate food and funds — all of which stay in the community. CP presents a cheque at each stop to top off whatever the audience donates that day.

The trains support local food banks by raising the public’s awareness of the fight against hunger and collecting food that goes directly to your hungry neighbours. You can view the trains, if you bring a non-perishable food item as your admission fee, in Bowmanville, Oshawa, Milton, Hamilton and Toronto Thursday, November 28 and Vaughan,Midhurst (Barrie), Cambridge and Ayr Friday, November 29.


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CP invites local food banks along the trains’ 150 stops in six provinces and eight of the United States to participate by collecting food and cash donations. The Holiday Trains have helped raise $15.8 million and 2.4 million kilograms (4.5 million pounds) of food for North American food banks across Canada since 1999 and across the United States since 2001. Everything raised in each community stays in that community, and CP also makes its own donations at each stop. Generous North Americans have visited the trains and contributed as much as $750,000 in cash donations each year.

CP also works with Food Banks Canada, which has shared more than 15 million pounds of food with CP’s donation of $1.2 million worth of transportation over the last five years. It also supports Meal Exchange, whose youth-driven registered charity work has achieved a more secure and sustainable food system on campuses and with communities across Canada.

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With heart disease becoming one of the most rapidly growing health challenges in North America, CP has also dedicated millions of dollars towards supporting research and promoting awareness around this issue with its CP has Heart program.

It’s asking all 150 food banks that it partners with at Holiday Train events to commit 10 per cent or more of its monetary contribution to healthy food initiatives or purchases.

It’s also asking those who attend a Holiday Train event in their community to bring a healthy non-perishable food donation. Its goal is to have 20,000 people across North America take this online challenge and show their support.

Since 1999, the Holiday Trains have covered about 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometres), and entertained hundreds of thousands of supporters. It takes 30 “CP elves” 100 days to completely transform and decorate the Holiday Trains before they start their journey across North America.

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Here’s where you’ll find the trains. (This post indicates the arrival times. Show times are about 15 minutes later.)

Bowmanville

Thursday, November 28, 1:45 p.m.

Scugog Street rail crossing

Special guests: Madeleine Merlo, Scott Helman and Santa Claus.

Oshawa

Thursday, November 28, 3:05 p.m.

680 Laval Drive, Oshawa, behind Walmart off Stevenson Road South.

Special guests: Madeleine Merlo, Scott Helman and Santa Claus.

Milton

Thursday, November 28, 4:45 p.m. Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre, West Parking Lot - 5234 Kelso Road.

Special guests: Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band and Santa Claus.

Hamilton

Thursday, November 28, 7:45 p.m.

CP Kinnear Yard on Lawrence Road across from Gage Park

Special guests: Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band and Santa Claus.

Toronto

Thursday, November 28, 8:15 p.m.

750 Runnymede Road,
in front of CP Lambton yard office

Special guests: Madeleine Merlo, Scott Helman and Santa Claus.


Vaughan

Friday, November 30, 10 a.m.

North of the Nashville Road rail crossing near the old grain elevator

Special guests: Madeleine Merlo, Scott Helman and Santa Claus.

Midhurst (Barrie)

Friday, November 30, 12:15 p.m.

Anne Street North and Wenden Court

Special guests: Madeleine Merlo, Scott Helman and Santa Claus.

Cambridge

Thursday, November 29, 4 p.m.

former Galt Station, 10 Malcolm Street.
(near Galt Collegiate Institute)

Special guests: Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band and Santa Claus.

Ayr

Thursday, November 29, 5:20 p.m.

CP railway crossing at Inglis Street.

Special guests: Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band and Santa Claus.


The events in Bowmanville and Hamilton result in detours for local transit services along these routes:

Durham Region Transit502 North Bowmanville.

Hamilton Street Railway5 Delaware.

Bowmanville

The Municipality of Clarington is closing

  • Scugog Street North at Wellington Street West

Thursday afternoon to accommodate the train’s annual visit to support local foodbanks.

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Durham Region Transit is detouring buses, while the intersection is closed.

502 North Bowmanville

From 12:30 until 4 p.m. Thursday, November 28, buses operate along their regular route to Scugog Street North and Longworth Avenue, then detour:

westward along Longworth;
southward along Bowmanville Avenue [Regional Road 57];
eastward along King Street West; and then
northward along Scugog Street North to Church Street West,
resuming their regular route eastward along Church West.

Buses skip their regular stops

  • on Scugog Street North south of Longworth Avenue and Jackman Street and across from Odell Street.

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Hamilton

The City of Hamilton is closing

  • Gage Avenue South between Cumberland Avenue and Lawrence Road and
  • Lawrence Road between Ottawa Street South and Gage Avenue South

Wednesday evening to accommodate the train’s annual visit to support local foodbanks.

The Hamilton Street Railway is detouring bus services while the streets are closed.

5 Delaware

From 5:30 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 28, westbound buses operate along their regular route to King Street East and Province Street South, then detour:

westward along King Street East; and then
southward along Gage Avenue South to Maplewood Avenue,
resuming their regular route westward along Maplewood.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Province Street South at Justine Avenue,
  • on Justine Avenue at Edgemont and Ottawa Streets South and Balmoral Avenue South,
  • on Lawrence Road at Rosslyn Avenue South, Rothsay Avenue, beside Gage Park and #50 Lawrence and
  • on Gage Avenue South across from Cumberland Avenue and #194 Gage South.

Instead, westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on King Street East at Edgemont and Ottawa Streets South, Belview Avenue and East Bend Avenue North.

Eastbound buses operate along their regular route to Maplewood Avenue and Gage Avenue South, then detour:

northward along Gage South;
eastward along Main Street East; and then
southward along King Street East to Justine Avenue,
resuming their regular route eastward along King East.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Gage Avenue South beside #194 Gage South and at Cumberland Avenue,
  • on Lawrence Road across from #50 Lawrence, Gage Park and Rothsay Avenue,
  • on Rosslyn Avenue South at Justine Avenue,
  • on Justine Avenue at Balmoral Avenue South, Ottawa and Edgemont Streets South and King Street East.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Main Street East across from East Bend and Glendale Avenues South and at King Street East (“The Delta”) and
  • on King Street East east of Ottawa Street South and at Montclair and Justine Avenues.

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