It won’t be making a stop in the South Okanagan, but CPR’s Holiday Train is at least in the neighbourhood.
The festively-lit, music-blasting express makes a stop in Castlegar around three this afternoon before continuing to Nelson, bringing with it Alan Doyle (of Great Big Sea fame) and the Beautiful Band,
It hits the Kootenay Valley community at 6:15 p.m. this evening, with entertainment a half hour later.
The holiday train is in Sicamous and Salmon Arm on Thursday and Kamloops on Friday. It continues on to the West Coast through the weekend. A full schedule is available on the CPR website.
The 2017 edition of the Holiday Train also concludes CP’s Canada 150 celebrations and the Canadian train will feature the Spirit of Tomorrow car, which was part of the Canada 150 Train this past summer.
The Holiday Train program launched in 1999 as a local food bank donation initiative and has raised more than $13 million — and four million pounds of food — for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States.
“People come for the beautifully-lit train and stay for the incredible show – all in the name of community, said Keith Creel, CP’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“The holiday season is the best time of the year, and we look forward to bringing together thousands of Canadians and Americans this season for this incredibly important cause and a great time.”