Fernie & Elk Valley Culture Guide Issue 7 - Winter 2017 - Page 6

LIGHTS IN THE NIGHT CP HOLIDAY TRAIN COMES TO Elk Valley Rolling into the Elk Valley every second year with grand cheer, the CP Holiday Train will arrive once again on Monday, December 11th. A spectacle of lights, music and celebration in true Canadian style, the 2017 Holiday Train concludes CP's Canada 150 celebrations and will feature the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of the Canada 150 Train this past summer. The CP Holiday Train is over 1,000ft in length and each of the 14 cars are decked out in thousands of LED lights in festive designs. Arriving just after dark in Fernie, it is a spectacular sight flanked by blankets of pillowy snow reflecting the rainbow of colours. The train begins its journey in Quebec in late November and travels across the country, stopping at towns and cities along the way. The dual purpose of the Holiday Train is to raise donations for local food banks and to bring communities together to enjoy the festive entertainment. LIVE FREE CONCERT Alan Doyle—of Great Big Sea fame— and The Beautiful Band will provide a live boot-stomping performance from the train as it stops in Sparwood at 3:30pm, Fernie at 5:15pm and Jaffray at 7:15pm before continuing through BC to the coast. HELPING LOCAL FOOD BANKS Since its inception in 1999, the CP Holiday Train has raised over $13 million dollars and 4 million pounds of food for North American Food Banks. CP Rail encourages you to bring non-perishable food to donate to the cause. The Fernie Food Bank also appreciates gift card donations to assist in helping local families. PHOTO CONTEST & COLOURING PAGES Take a photo of the train and you could win four seats on the 2018 train and a $1,000 donation to the local food bank. See website for details. #CPHolidayTrain cpr.ca/holiday-train/ 6