The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will return to the rails this season for its first cross-continent tour in three years.
Virtual concerts were held in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
The tour includes stops in central Alberta in December to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks in communities along the CP network.
The 2022 tour will launch on Nov. 23 and feature 168 live shows. A full schedule of stops and performers is available at cpr.ca/holidaytrain.
“The Holiday Train is all about families and communities coming together to celebrate the season and help those in need,” said CP’s president and CEO Keith Creel, in a statement.
Holiday Train shows are free to attend, and CP asks people to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation if possible. Cash donations do go further than food because local food banks buy food at a discount. All donations will go to the local food bank to help people in need in that community.
“Food banks and communities across Canada are so excited to see the CP Holiday Train return, as it brings together the city of Calgary to kick off the holidays and give back at the same time,” said Calgary Food Bank president and CEO James McAra.
Since the Holiday Train program launched in 1999, it’s raised more than $21 million and collected five million pounds of food for community food banks across North America.