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Holiday Train will be chugging through area on Nov. 29

Barrie Food Bank and Elmvale and District Food Bank will be accepting donations during the Springwater event
CPKC Holiday Train is shown in a file photo.

The CPKC Holiday Train is returning to the rails to bring holiday cheer to hundreds of communities across Canada. The train will roll into Springwater at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2023 at the railway crossing at Anne Street North and Wenden Court.

Formerly known as the CP (Canadian Pacific) Holiday Train, the CPKC Holiday Train features a box car stage and a line-up of great musical talent to raise money, food and awareness for local food banks.

The event is free to attend, with CPKC encouraging attendees to open their cupboards and wallets to help combat food insecurity in their communities.

The Elmvale and District Food Bank and Barrie Food Bank will be accepting donations in Springwater to ensure those in need locally have enough healthy food this holiday season.

Anne Street North will be closed for the duration of the event to accommodate the expected foot traffic and allow for safe viewing. Parking, with shuttle service, will be available at Tree Nursery Sports Park, at 2231 Nursery Rd. Accessible parking is available to those with a permit on Anne Street North, however space is limited. A parking map is available on the township’s website.

Performing on the train this year is Anyway Gang; a Canadian musical group made up of four friends from some of Canada’s most notable bands – Sam Roberts, Chris Murphy (Sloan), Menno Versteeg (Hollerado), and Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club). The group formed in the summer of 2018 and released their debut single Big Night in 2019. Their debut album, Anyway Gang, followed in November 2019.

The live performances will run from 12:30 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. Audience members can also enjoy hot chocolate and candy canes, which will be given out for free beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Since 1999, the CPKC Holiday Train has helped raise over $22.5 million and helped to collect over five million pounds of food for those in need across North America.

For more information, please visit the CPKC Holiday Train website.