In some of the most temperate weather the event has ever seen, the CP Holiday Train rolled into Ashcroft on the evening of Dec. 16, after stops earlier in the day in Chase, Kamloops, and Savona.
Several hundred people were waiting in Ashcroft for the train, now in its 20th year and sporting new lights and designs on many of the cars. Many people had brought donations of food and cash for the South Cariboo Elizabeth Fry Society (SCEFS) food bank, and CP presented a cheque for $5,500 to SCEFS executive director Yoriko Susanj, to go to the food bank.
Since its inception, CP has raised $14.3 million and more than four million pounds of food for food banks across Canada and the northern United States. This year’s entertainers were the Sam Roberts Band, along with Kelly Prescott and Sierra Noble, who got the crowd going with some rocking holiday classics.