Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Cancelled Due to COVID-19

The CP Holiday Train at Gage Park featuring Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band

Credit: Hamilton Food Bank

Canadian Pacific has announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CP Holiday Train will not be running this year.

Canadian Pacific says CP will donate to food banks in communities along its network and host a virtual concert in lieu of its regular Holiday Train program.

The modified program will draw attention to food security issues, while ensuring donations go to all food banks that would ordinarily receive them, including those that typically host a Holiday Train event in alternating years.


“COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves,” said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel. “It is our honour to continue to donate to communities across our network this year, even if the train itself will not run. The spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year through our virtual concert. We will have the Holiday Train rolling again spreading Christmas cheer as soon as it’s safe to do so!”

CP launched the Holiday Train in 1999, and every year since it has travelled across Canada and the northern U.S. raising money, collecting food and drawing attention to the important work of local food banks.

In its first 21 years, the train has raised $17.8 million and collected 4.8 million pounds of food for local food banks in communities along CP’s network.


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    1. Ron H Fichtner

      Just another example of corporations, along with all public sector organizations using Covid to restrict service and withdraw from customer focus. Really, does CP expect us to believe that Covid is the reason they are cancelling Christmas?

      September 25, 2020 at 11:59 AM

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