CP Holiday train not to run in Canada this year due to pandemic


Since 1999, the Canadian Pacific Railway’s annual holiday train has traveled to communities across Canada and the United States to raise funds for local food banks.But like so many events deemed impractical in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the festive train will not leave its station this holiday season.

Keith Creel, president and CEO of the railroad, said CP will instead donate to food banks across the rail network this year and host virtual concerts instead of the annual event.

“COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities in our network and has only increased the need for local food banks and food shelves,” he said in a statement.

“It is our honor to continue to donate to the communities in our network this year, even though the train itself will not be running. ”

In its 21 years of operation, the Holiday Train has raised $ 17.8 million while raising 4.8 million pounds of food for local food banks.

Calgary Food Bank President and CEO James McAra said support would be especially needed in the face of growing demand during the pandemic.

“The need for food bank services has increased dramatically during this year and as the busy winter months approach. We hope the CP concert will inspire train supporters to give as generously as they can, ”McAra said in a Release.

Details on the virtual concerts will be released at a later date. CP has announced plans to resume the vacation train in 2021.


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